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The Painman Reveals His Favorite Cover Songs

When I first got into radio, (big) bands weren’t really doing covers. Yeah, every so often one would pop up, but they weren’t as evident as they are today. When the tidal wave of these big bands doing covers first hit, I was adamantly opposed to the idea of cover songs. To me, they were for small bands who play the bars on the weekend. Yeah, that sounds a bit harsh, but it’s what I honestly felt. Then, I finally talked to a couple of these bigger artists about their decision to do covers and they resoundingly replied that they were paying homage to the great bands and songs that influenced them. That’s when I shed the opposition to covers.

Since then, I’ve become a huge fan of cover songs, be it by a big or small band. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a great original, but hearing a different rendition of a cool tune is good for the ears.

So, with all that being said, I decided to share my favorite covers. This list doesn’t discount all the other great cover songs out there, these are just some of my favorites.

This list is in no particular order, listen to them all and let me know about your favorite cover songs.


Something in the Way

 
 
orig: Nirvana
 

Down in the Park

 
 
orig: Gary Numan
 

Rolling in the Deep

 
 
orig: Adele
 

Time After Time

 
 
orig: Cyndi Lauper
 

I Only Wanna Be With You

 
 
orig: Dusty Springfield
 

Thunder Rolls

 
 
orig: Garth Brooks
 

Man of Constant Sorrow

 
 
orig: Dick Burnett
 

Major Tom

 
 
orig: Peter Schilling
 

Zombie

 
 
orig: Cranberries
 

In the Air Tonight

 
 
orig: Phil Collins
 

Bette Davis Eyes

Space Cadet
 
 
orig: Kim Carnes
 

Any Way You Want It

 
 
orig: Journey
 

Break on Through

 
 
orig: The Doors
 

Call Me

 
 
orig: Blondie
 

Remember Tomorrow

 
 
orig: Iron Maiden
 

She's Got the Look

 
 
orig: Roxette
 

SOS

 
 
orig: ABBA
 

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