Friday, November 23, 2018

Cover Songs: Top 100

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Cover songs have long been a staple of music, although listeners tend to favor the originals. However, there have been some covers which outshone the original – in some cases, to the point that people may not realize the song with which they’re so familiar is not recorded by the original artist. Here, according to the rankings in Dave’s Music Database, are the top cover songs of all time:

1. Bill Haley & His Comets “We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock” (1954)
2. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You” (1992)
3. Aretha Franklin “Respect” (1967)
4. Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
5. Elvis Presley “Hound Dog” (1956)
6. Artie Shaw “Stardust” (1941)
7. Gene Austin “My Blue Heaven” (1927)
8. Al Jolson “Swanee” (1920)
9. Elton John “Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” (1997)
10. Artie Shaw “Begin the Beguine” (1938)

11. Ethel Waters “Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time)” (1933)
12. Bessie Smith with Louis Armstrong “St. Louis Blues” (1925)
13. Bobby Darin “Mack the Knife” (1959)
14. Haydn Quartet “Sweet Adeline (You’re the Flower of My Heart)” (1904)
15. Billy Murray with the Haydn Quartet “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (1908)
16. The Animals “The House of the Rising Sun” (1964)
17. Dooley Wilson “As Time Goes By” (1942)
18. Fats Waller “Ain’t Misbehavin’” (1929)
19. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll” (1981)
20. Sinead O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)

21. The Harmonicats “Peg O’ My Heart” (1947)
22. Coleman Hawkins “Body and Soul” (1940)
23. Patti Page “Tennessee Waltz” (1950)
24. The Righteous Brothers “Unchained Melody” (1965)
25. Chubby Checker “The Twist” (1960)
26. Haydn Quartet “In the Good Old Summertime” (1903)
27. Cliff Edwards “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” (1928)
28. Paul Whiteman “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (1933)
29. The Kingsmen “Louie Louie” (1963)
30. Vaughn Monroe “Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)” (1949)

31. Red Nichols “I Got Rhythm” (1930)
32. The Weavers “Goodnight Irene” (1950)
33. Marion Harris “After You’ve Gone” (1919)
34. Les Paul & Mary Ford “How High the Moon” (1951)
35. Sophie Tucker “Some of These Days” (1911)
36. Perry Como “Some Enchanted Evening” (1949)
37. Ben Selvin “Happy Days Are Here Again” (1930)
38. Rudy Vallee “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” (1932)
39. John McCormack “It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary” (1915)
40. Larry Clinton with Bea Wain “Deep Purple” (1939)

41. Woody Herman “Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me)” (1941)
42. Gertrude Lawrence “Someone to Watch Over Me” (1927)
43. The Ink Spots “The Gypsy” (1946)
44. Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981)
45. Arthur Collins with Byron Harlan “The Darktown Strutters’ Ball” (1918)
46. Ray Noble “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” (1936)
47. Fats Domino “Blueberry Hill” (1956)
48. The Jimi Hendrix Experience “All Along the Watchtower” (1968)
49. Judy Garland with Gene Kelly “For Me and My Gal” (1942)
50. Harry MacDonough “Down by the Old Mill Stream” (1911)

51. Ray Charles “Georgia on My Mind” (1960)
52. Paul Whiteman “Three O’Clock in the Morning” (1922)
53. Fred Astaire “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” (1937)
54. Ray Charles “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (1962)
55. Billie Holiday “Summertime” (1936)
56. Soft Cell “Tainted Love” (1981)
57. Glenn Miller “That Old Black Magic” (1943)
58. Bunny Berigan “I Can’t Get Started” (1938)
59. Bing Crosby “Silent Night” (1935)
60. Elvis Presley “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (1960)

61. Fats Waller “Honeysuckle Rose” (1935)
62. Charles Harrison “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows” (1918)
63. Paul Whiteman “My Mammy” (1921)
64. Henry Burr “Beautiful Ohio” (1919)
65. The Flamingos “I Only Have Eyes for You” (1959)
66. Run-D.M.C. with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler & Joe Perry “Walk This Way” (1986)
67. Peerless Quartet “I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier” (1915)
68. The Fifth Dimension “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” (1969)
69. Count Basie “April in Paris” (1956)
70. Ben Selvin “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” (1919)

71. Mitch Miller “The Yellow Rose of Texas” (1955)
72. The Byrds “Mr. Tambourine Man” (1965)
73. The Five Satins “In the Still of the Nite (I’ll Remember)” (1956)
74. Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (1983)
75. Bing Crosby with the Mills Brothers “Dinah” (1932)
76. Vess Ossman “The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)” (1900)
77. Bert Williams “Nobody’ (1906)
78. Haydn Quartet “Bedelia” (1904)
79. Missouri Waltz (Hush-A-Bye Ma Baby)” (1917)
80. James Harrison & Dick Haymes “I’ll Get By As Long As I Have You” (1941)

81. George MacFarlane “A Little Bit of Heaven (Shure, They Call It Ireland)” (1915)
82. Louis Armstrong “All of Me” (1932)
83. Bing Crosby with Trudy Erwin & Sportsmen Glee Club “People Will Say We’re in Love” (1943)
84. Elvis Presley “That’s All Right, Mama” (1954)
85. Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers “Sunday, Monday or Always” (1943)
86. Willie Nelson “Always on My Mind” (1982)
87. Harry MacDonough “Hiawatha (His Song to Minnehaha)” (1903)
88. Perry Como “If I Loved You” (1945)
89. Henry Mancini with Audrey Hepburn “Moon River” (1961)
90. Kay Kyser with Harry Babbitt & Julie Conway “Jingle, Jangle, Jingle” (1942)

91. All-4-One “I Swear” (1994)
92. Ray Miller “The Sheik of Araby” (1922)
93. Bill Snyder “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered” (1950)
94. Art Mooney “I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover” (1948)
95. Frank Stanley with Corrine Morgan “Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka “The Mocking Bird”)” (1904)
96. Ernestine Schumann-Heink “Danny Boy” (1918)
97. Rosemary Clooney “Tenderly” (1952)
98. Guy Lombardo “How Deep Is the Ocean?” (1932)
99. Ada Jones & Billy Murray “Come Josephine in My Flying Machine” (1911)
100. George Olsen “Who?” (1926)


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