Top 50 Cover Versions

XFM reports on the poll conducted by the Daily Telegraph of the top 50 cover versions of all time. The Dylan classic “All Along the Watchtower” as performed by The Jimi Hendrix Experience topped the list.
Here is the full list:

1. ‘All Along the Watchtower’ Jimi Hendrix Experience, 1968

2. ‘You Were Always on My Mind’ Pet Shop Boys, 1987

3. ‘My Way’ Sid Vicious, 1979

4. ‘Hallelujah’ Jeff Buckley, 1993

5. ‘Respect’ – Aretha Franklin, 1967

6. ‘Tainted Love’ Soft Cell, 1981
7. ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ The Byrds, 1965

8. ‘Twist and Shout’ The Beatles, 1963

9. ‘Comfortably Numb’ Scissor Sisters, 2004

10. ‘Mr Bojangles’ Nina Simone, 1971

11. ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’ Roberta Flack, 1971

12. ‘One’ Johnny Cash, 2002

13. ‘My Favourite Things’ John Coltrane, 1960

14. ‘Rocket Man’ Kate Bush, 1991

15. ‘Wild Horses’ The Flying Burrito Bros, 1971

16. ‘Billie Jean’Shinehead, 1984

17. ‘Mad World’Gary Jules, 2003

18. ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ Nouvelle Vague, 2004

19. ‘Sweet Jane’ Cowboy Junkies, 1988

20. ‘Police and Thieves’ The Clash, 1977

21. ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ St Etienne, 1990

22. ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ Devo, 1978

23. ‘Caravan of Love’ Housemartins, 1986

24. ‘Why Can’t We Live Together’ Sade, 1985

25. ‘Wonderwall’ Ryan Adams, 2004

26. ‘I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself’ The White Stripes, 2003

27. ‘Summertime Blues’ The Who, 1968

28. ‘Jealous Guy’ Roxy Music, 1981

29. ‘Black Steel’ Tricky, 1995

30. ‘I’m A Believer’Robert Wyatt, 1974

31. ‘Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word’ Mary J Blige, 2004

32. ‘Chimes of Freedom’ Youssou N’dour, 1994

33. ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’ The Flying Lizards, 1980

34. ‘Fell In Love With A Boy’ Joss Stone, 2003

35. ‘Gloria’ Patti Smith, 1975

36. ‘Dear Prudence’ Siouxsie & the Banshees, 1983

37. ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ John Cale, 1975

38. ‘Wichita Lineman’ Dennis Brown, 1970

39. ‘Ms Jackson’ The Vines, 2002

40. ‘I Fought The Law’ The Clash, 1979

41. ‘Hazy Shade Of Winter’ The Bangles, 1987

42. ‘It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City’ David Bowie, 1975

43. ‘Jolene One Dove’ 1993

44. ‘Oops I Did it Again’ Richard Thompson, 2003

45. ‘Rock el Casbah’ Rachid Taha, 2004

46. The Robots’ Señor Coconut & His Orchestra, 2000

47. ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)’ The Wedding Present, 1990

48. ‘Step On’ Happy Mondays, 1991

49. ‘Going Back to My Roots’ Richie Havens, 1980

50. ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ The Communards, 1986

I cannot believe that “You Really Got Me” by Van Halen did not make the list. Ridiculous.


  1. hi im just posting to see if anyone knows who done a cover version of “Tainted Love” , they were a rocka billy band but cant think of their name, although i do know it was – someone and “the Hot Rodders” just posting on the off chance that a rockabilly or rock n roll fan will see this post and be able to tell me ,



  2. this list is missing quite a bit.
    just to name a few:
    Joe Cocker’s “With a little help from my friends”
    Radiohead’s “Wish you were here”
    Cake’s “I will survive”
    Dave Matthews Band’s “Long Black Veil”
    Dynamite Hack’s “Boyz n the hood”

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