I’m a sucker for a good cover song… but I don’t think I’m the only one.
There’s a very good reason there are so many tribute albums or compilation albums made up almost completely of covers. A well-chosen and creatively-performed cover can make a career or at the very least introduce a band to a whole new audience or new generation of fans. Covers can be copies, reconstructions, or even deconstructions of the originals and can force a listener to think about a song in a whole different light. Sometimes, though it is rare, a cover can be an improvement and there have even been examples of covers that have become far more popular than the original versions.
Artists or bands cover their idols or artists that influenced them and sometimes even play it tongue-in-cheek while performing their guilty pleasure tracks. Once this list is fully posted, you might see patterns and names of certain artists covered over and over again. I don’t think this is a coincidence, nor is it just because these are covers of songs written by artists I, myself, love. But enough rambling, let’s gone on with this list…
#100 Manic Street Preachers “Raindrops keep falling on my head” (originally performed by BJ Thomas)
#99 The Rural Alberta Advantage “Eye of the tiger” (originally performed by Survivor)
#98 Great Big Sea “End of the world” (originally performed by R.E.M.)
#97 The Raveonettes “My boyfriend’s back” (originally performed by The Angels)
#96 Barenaked Ladies “Lovers in a dangerous time” (originally performed by Bruce Cockburn)
#95 Aurora “Half the world away” (originally performed by Oasis)
#94 Rheostatics “The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” (originally performed by Gordon Lightfoot)
#93 Billy Bragg with Natalie Merchant and Wilco “Way over yonder in the minor key” (originally written by Woody Guthrie)
#92 Crash Vegas “Pocahontas” (originally performed by Neil Young)
#91 Dum Dum Girls “There is a light that never goes out” (originally performed by The Smiths)