So many great songs have been re-recorded over time. Sometimes the new versions are so good that you discover something new about the original. Other times, the new takes are so bad that you just wish they’d left well enough alone.
So today we ask: What do you think are the best and the worst cover songs?
For my five best, I’m picking versions that I enjoyed so much more than the originals that I rarely listen to the first versions anymore. But you don’t have to do that!
Original artists are in parentheses after each pick.
Five Best Cover Songs
- Emmylou Harris, “The Boxer” (Simon & Garfunkel)
- Johnny Cash, “Why Me Lord” (Kris Kristofferson)
- Reba McEntire, “Sweet Music Man” (Kenny Rogers)
- Alison Krauss, “Ghost in This House” (Shenandoah)
- Dwight Yoakam, “Wichita Lineman” (Glen Campbell)
Five Worst Cover Songs
- David Kersh, “Wonderful Tonight” (Eric Clapton)
- Brooks & Dunn, “Missing You” (John Waite)
- Rascal Flatts, “Revolution” (The Beatles)
- Gretchen Peters, “Sunday Morning Coming Down” (Johnny Cash)
- Willie Nelson, “Time After Time” (Cyndi Lauper)