Top 10: Cover Versions

Covers, some are good, some are bad and some are just plain terrible (Atreyu’s attempt at Bon Jovi classic “You Gave Love A Bad Name” for example), but i have compiled a list of the 10 most awesome covers ever recorded.

10.I Will Follow – Fear Factory (originally by U2)
Take an alternative rock classic, add metal… you get this. Great cover.

Hurt – Johnny Cash (originally by Nine Inch Nails)

Trent Reznor’s haunting ballad about drug addiction was seen in a new light when sung by country legend Johnny Cash. made even more haunting by Cash as it was released after his sad death. Reznor said this about the cover:
“I pop the video in, and wow… Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps… Wow. I felt like I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn’t mine anymore… It really made me think about how powerful music is as a medium and art form. I wrote some words and music in my bedroom as a way of staying sane, about a bleak and desperate place I was in, totally isolated and alone. Somehow that winds up reinterpreted by a music legend from a radically different era/genre and still retains sincerity and meaning — different, but every bit as pure ”

Remember Tomorrow – Metallica (originally by Iron Maiden)

I don’t know what to say about this one, except that finally, we see where Metallica got inspiration for songs such as Fade To Black from.

Antisocial – Children Of Bodom (originally by Trust, later covered by Anthrax)

French band Trust wrote the song, Anthrax changed the lyrics, and Bodom added the tenacity.

Breaking The Law – Fightstar (originally by Judas Priest)

A Heavy Metal classic, with a Hardcore tinge added by Fightstar.

Holy Diver – Killswitch Engage (originally by DIO)

DIO’s classic track with pinched harmonics and double the heaviness…Er, AWESOME! (couldn’t get one that would embed )

Billie Jean – Chris Cornell (originally by Micheal Jackson)

Cornell said this about the cover: “I didn’t plan on it. It just sort of happened organically. I changed the music quite a bit, I didn’t touch the lyrics. And it’s not a joke. I took a completely different approach to it, musically.”


Anarchy In The U.K. – Megadeth (originally by The Sex Pistols)
A classic punk song, metalificated (yeah thats a word) by Thrash legends Megadeth. This song makes it obvious that Mustaine’s trademark “sneer” was inspired by Johnny Rotten.

New Rose – Guns N’ Roses (originally by The Damned
Similar to the above, but with Duff Mckagan on vocals this kept a lot more of its punk vibe.

Whiskey In The Jar – Metallica (an Irish folk song, made famous by Thin Lizzy)

Thin Lizzy’s version was awesome, but Metallica took this song to a whole new level, possible the best song recorded by Metallica since Master Of Puppets.

Honorable Mentions

Hit The Lights – Black Tide (Metallica)
Lookin’ Out My Backdoor – Children Of Bodom (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Don’t Stop Me Now – McFly (Queen)
Midlife Crisis – Disturbed (Faith No More)
Phantom Lord – Anthrax (Metallica)
Hallowed Be Thy Name – Machine Head (Iron Maiden)

Don’t agree with my choices, leave me a comment, any good suggestion will be added in!

1 Comment

  1. A few others you could stick in the honourable mentions bit:

    Opeth – Would? (Alice In Chains)
    System Of A Down – Snowblind (Black Sabbath)
    Alchemist – Eve Of The War (Jeff Wayne)

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