Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. We have heard this a million times. I don’t necessarily agree, but in some cases I think it’s true. I decided to write this post after coming across the song; ‘Hurt’ by Johnny Cash. The first time I heard that song I thought it was a very powerful and emotive song. The lyrics were so poignant and the video connected well with the overall theme of the song. After being blown away by the song, I decided to do some research on it (as per usual). I found out that the song was actually written by Trent Reznor and was a cover of a Nine Inch Nails original. That’s when I remembered another favorite song of mine; Pearl Jam’s ‘Last Kiss’. This song was also a cover; the original version was done by Wayne Cochran. This got me thinking about cover songs. I realized that some of my favorite songs were cover songs. At first I was going to make a list of the greatest cover songs of all time. After thinking about it some more, I decided against it. If you are interesting in such a list, you can check out; The Greatest Cover Songs of All Time or Cover Songs More Famous Than The Originals.
Instead, I decided to do a list (unranked) of my all time favorite cover songs. What are some of your favorite cover songs? Let me know in the comments section.
1. “Hurt” by Johnny Cash (original by Nine Inch Nails)
2. “Smooth Criminal” by Alien Ant Farm (original by Michael Jackson)
3. “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper (original by Robert Hazard)
4. “Last Kiss” by Pearl Jam (original by Wayne Cochran)
5. “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia (original by Lis Sorensen)
6. “Nothing Compares To You” by Sinead O’Connor (original by Prince)
7. “Leaving On A Jet Plane” by Chantal Kreviazuk (original by John Denver)
8. “Piece of My Heart” by Janis Joplin (original by Emma Franklin)
9. “Everything I Own” by Ken Boothe (original by Bread)
10. “Space Oddity” by Natalie Merchant (original by David Bowie)