Best and Worst Cover Songs of All Time

If you ever want me to waste a few million brain cycles thinking about something, just ask me to compile a best of/worst of list.  Perfect OCD feeder.

Here was the ask:  name the 5 best, 5 worst, and 5 never-made-but-should-be cover songs.

I, of course, completely ignored the 5 limit and just went with it.  Except for the should-be-mades, since anything good I think of I’m going to cover myself and why give away my best ideas, amirite?

== Best ==
Note: my preference is for songs that reimagine the original rather than just recreate it.  Basically when I hear these covers, I wished I had thought to interpret the song that way.  Because of this, I generally exclude traditional roots-y cover songs and the like.

I Will Always Love You – Whitney (Dolly).  Also a worst cover ever.
All Along The Watchtower – Jimi (Dylan)
Respect – Aretha (Otis Redding)
Tainted Love – Soft Cell (Gloria Jones)
Ghost of Tom Joad – RATM (Springsteen)
Darling Nikki – Foo Fighters (Prince)
Higher Ground – RHCP (Stevie Wonder)
Nobody Does it Better – Radiohead (Carly Simon)
Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin (Kris Kristofferson)
Blinded By the Light – Manfred Mann (Springsteen)
Got To Get You Into My Life – Earth Wind & Fire (Beatles)
Superstition – SRV (Stevie Wonder)
Voodoo Child (Slight Return), Little Wing – SRV (Jimi).  SRV was a great cover factory, but that’s blues for you.
Smooth Criminal – Alien Ant Farm (Michael). Could also be on worst list.
Jolene – White Stripes (Dolly)
I Can’t Go For That – Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers (Hall & Oates) (Youtube)
The Man Who Sold the World – Nirvana (Bowie)
Hazy Shade of Winter – The Bangles (Simon & Garfunkel)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Devo (Rolling Stones)
Let Down – Easy Star All Stars (Radiohead)
No Quarter – Tool (Led Zeppelin)
You’re No Good – Linda Ronstadt (Betty Everett)
Why Dont U Call Me Anymore – Alicia Keys (Prince)
Helter Skelter – U2 (Beatles)
Boyz-N-The Hood – Dynamite Hack (Easy-E)

== Easily could also be on the Worst Covers list as well: ==
Blue Monday – Orgy (New Order)
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Marilyn Manson (Eurythmics)

== Worst ==
Oh FSM, these are terrible.  Note: these are all “serious” covers where the artists are really trying.  Joke/unserious covers are excluded.  I’m going to start by saying every cover of Imagine (Lennon) has sucked. Ditto for Smells Like Teen Spirit.  … but I pretty much hate every one of these songs listed below for making me want to vomit in my mouth.

I Will Always Love You – Whitney (Dolly)
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Tori Amos (Nirvana) worst cover ever. Bar none.
These Boots Were Made for Walking – Jessica Simpson (Nancy Sinatra)
Hurt – Johnny Cash (NiN)
When a Man Loves a Woman – Michael Bolton (Percy Sledge)
Emotive (entire album, but particularly Imagine and What’s Going On) – A Perfect Circle
Imagine – Avril Lavigne.  I’m serious about all Imagine covers sucking.
Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead (Prince)
Funkytown – Psuedo Echo (Lipps Inc.)
Soul Man – Blues Brothers (Sam and Dave)
Lady Marmalade – Xtine, Mya, etc (LaBelle)
Bring Tha Noize – Anthrax (Public Enemy)
I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany (Tommy James & the Shondells)
Always on My Mind – Pet Shop Boys (Brenda Lee)
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Britney Spears (Rolling Stones)
Sweet Child o’ Mine – Sheryl Crow (GnR)
Purple Haze – The Cure (Jimi)
Faith – Limp Bizkit (George Michael)
Cat’s in the Cradle – Ugly Kid Joe (Harry Chapin)
Get it On (Bang a Gong) – Power Station (T. Rex)
Everything ever created by UB40.

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Cee Lo’s Fuck You

Besides being a great song musically (right in my wheelhouse with the late Motown/peak Stevie Wonder vibe), it’s catchy as shit and plain funny. Just don’t think too deeply about the trite misogynistic lyrics and enjoy the awesomeness.

This song has totally exploded on the interwebs by the way. By the time you read this, it will probably be as overplayed as Crazy was, but for right now? Kick. Ass.

Because I can

This video cracks me up. Music’s awesome too.

Update: cracks me up… disturbs others. Overly Kubrick, I guess, but what got me was the bridge with the interlude to the childhood friendship. C’mon, genius! Way less Clockwork Orange that way. Anyhoo, Here’s the fine young lads being all young and brit-like:

(note, not the studio cut)

Try not to be slightly disturbed that Alex Turner (lead singer) looks a lot like Martin Freeman (Tim from the British Office).

Musings on Muse

Is there any current band with a bigger disparity between awesomeness of the music and craptacularity of the vocals & lyrics than Muse? They’re Queen 2.0.

I thought they were going to be a what-if-Kid-A-never-happened version of Radiohead, but instead appear to be closer to Rent fans who happen to have an electric guitar handy.