Pick a songwriter. Your 5-10 favorite covers of their work?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Parachute Woman, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. Parachute Woman

    Parachute Woman Positivity Thread Starter

    Like many of you I'm sure, I am fascinated by and appreciative of the craft of songwriting. The ability to write a great song--especially one that connects with millions--is a wonderful gift. This thread is to celebrate songwriters who inspired other artists to record their material. Here's the thread:

    1. Pick a songwriter or songwriting team.
    2. List your 5 to 10 favorite songs they wrote performed by someone else. These can be covers or they can be songs they wrote specifically for another artist.

    That's it!

    Here's my example:

    Songwriters: The Bee Gees
    01. "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" by Al Green
    02. "If I Can't Have You" by Yvonne Elliman
    03. "Grease" by Frankie Valli
    04. "Islands in the Stream" by Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
    05. "Emotion" by Destiny's Child
    06. "Inside and Out" by Feist
    07. "Shadow Dancing" by Andy Gibb
    08. "To Love Somebody" by Rod Stewart ft. Booker T. and the MG's
    09. "More Than a Woman" by Tavares
    10. "(Love is) Thicker Than Water" by Andy Gibb

    Got it? I'd love to read your own favorites.
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  2. If I Can Dream_23

    If I Can Dream_23 Forum Resident

    United States
    A wonderful post! Thank you for starting it and for remembering the most integral part of the music we all love - the songwriters! :)

    As a big Bee Gees/Andy Gibb fan, I love your choices!

    These are 10 "Kiss covers" that I have always enjoyed:

    1. Deuce - Lenny Kravitz & Stevie Wonder (Gene Simmons)
    2. Hard Luck Woman - Garth Brooks (Paul Stanley)
    3. Do You Love Me - Nirvana (Paul Stanley, Kim Fowley, Bob Ezrin)
    4. Strutter - Drive By Truckers (Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons)
    5. Black Diamond - The Replacements (Paul Stanley)
    6. Hide Your Heart - Bonnie Tyler (Paul Stanley, Desmond Child)
    7. Goin' Blind - The Melvins (Gene Simmons, Stephen Coronel)
    8. Sure Know Something - The Whipper Snappers (Paul Stanley, Vini Poncia)
    9. Calling Dr. Love - Shandi's Addiction (Gene Simmons)
    10. She - Anthrax (Gene Simmons, Stephen Coronel)
  3. Parachute Woman

    Parachute Woman Positivity Thread Starter

    Thanks for replying, @If I Can Dream_23 ! I should have known you'd go for KISS. :)

    To keep the ball rolling and to speak the forum's chief language...here are my favorite Lennon/McCartney covers:

    01. "Hey Jude" by Wilson Pickett
    02. "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" by Eddie Vedder
    03. "With a Little Help from My Friends" by Joe Cocker
    04. "Here, There and Everywhere" by Emmylou Harris
    05. "Let It Be" by Aretha Franklin (actually released before the Beatles' version!)
    06. "Across the Universe" by Fiona Apple
    07. "We Can Work It Out" by Stevie Wonder
    08. "I Will" by Alison Krauss
    09. "Dear Prudence" by Siouxsie & the Banshees
    10. "I Wanna Be Your Man" by the Rolling Stones
  4. Yawndave

    Yawndave Forum Resident

    Santa Clara CA
    Pete Townshend

    So Sad About Us - The Jam
    Eminence Front - Michael Hedges
    Love Reign O'er Me - Bettye Lavette
    Sell Out - Petra Haden
    Tommy - Smithereens
  5. If I Can Dream_23

    If I Can Dream_23 Forum Resident

    United States
    Actually my first thought, and list, was made up of covers that were written by my "other favorite" - Sammy Cahn (Come Fly With Me, The Christmas Waltz, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow), but I figured I'd resort back, as I often do, to the more surprising/less acclaimed option... :)
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  6. Justanamericanboy

    Justanamericanboy Forum Resident

    Rolling Stones

    1. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Devo
    2. Honky Tonk Woman - Taj Mahal
    3. Gimme Shelter -Merry Clayton
    4. Alvin Youngblood Hart - Moonlight Mile
    5. Townes Van Zant - Dead Flowers
    6. The Concretes - Miss You
    7. Tegan and Sara - Fool to Cry
    8. Linda Ronstandt - Tumbling Dice
    9. Chris Farlowe - Out of Time
    10. David Bowie - Let's Spend the Night Together
  7. Dylan
    ' A Hard Rain' s A -Gonna Fall ' by Bryan Ferry. By far my fave Dylan cover - a quirky , rockin' take of this vintage Bobby tune. Pure Ferry.

    Lennon & McCartney
    ' We Can Work It Out ' by Stevie Wonder. My fave Fab Four cover. Soulful. And ya gotta love those shouted out " Hey"s scattered throughout percussively. If percussively is even a word.
  8. palisantrancho

    palisantrancho Forum Resident

    Bob Dylan- This could be a very long list. These are the first that come to mind. I know I'm forgetting a lot!

    It's All Over Now Baby Blue- Them/ Chocolate Watchband
    Wicked Messenger- Faces
    Mama You Been on My Mind- Rod Stewart
    You Ain't Goin' Nowhere- The Byrds
    Mr. Tambourine Man- The Byrds
    Spanish Harlem Incident- The Byrds
    Tomorrow is A Long Time- Elvis
    To Ramona- Humble Pie
    A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall- Bryan Ferry
    Subterranean Homesick Blues- Harry Nilsson
    I Shall Be Released- The Box Tops
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  9. CrawdaddySim1

    CrawdaddySim1 Forum Resident

    Indianapolis, IN
    Bob Dylan

    Rod Stewart--"Tomorrow Is a Long Time"
    The Band--"When I Paint My Masterpiece"
    The Byrds--"Chimes of Freedom"
    Fairport Convention--"Percy's Song"
    Jimi Hendrix--"All Along the Watchtower"
    The Band--"I Shall Be Released"
    Neil Young--"Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues"
    Them--"It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"
    Emmylou Harris--"Every Grain of Sand"
    The Byrds--"You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"
  10. If you like this ...
    A few years back Mojo Magazine did one of their tribute CDs of The White Album. These tributes are very hit and miss usually but this one was quite interesting. There's a dynamite take of ' I Will' on it by a female artist whose name escapes me at the moment. Well worth hearing. Maybe someone could post it .
  11. maui jim

    maui jim Forum Resident

    I have 5 more Stones covers...
    Aretha with Keith JJFlash
    Otis -Satusfaction Live
    FBB-Wild Horses
    Susan Tedeschi-You Got the Silver
    Luther Allison-You Can’t Always...
  12. Parachute Woman

    Parachute Woman Positivity Thread Starter

    I'm a mega Stones fan, but Otis' version of 'Satisfaction' is absolutely my favorite version. He just slayed it and I love the horns!

    I also love the Sundays' version of 'Wild Horses.' Those are my two favorite Jagger/Richards covers.
  13. Zardok

    Zardok Forum Resident

    Castle Cary
    Songwriters: Leonard Cohen

    o1. "Hallelujah" - Jeff Buckley
    02. "Light as the Breeze" - Billy Joel
    03. "Mi Gitana"(The Gypsy Wife) - Duquende (see below)
    04. "Tower of Song" - Nick Cave
    05. "First We Take Manhattan" - REM


    06. "True Love Leaves No Traces" - Dead Famous People

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  14. deanrelax

    deanrelax Forum Resident

    Kris Kristofferson

    Sunday Morning Coming Down - Currently owned by Jerry Lee Lewis
    Help me make it through the night - Sammi Smith
    Once more with feeling - Jerry Lee Lewis
    For the good times - Al Green
    Loving her was easier - Tompall and the Glaser Brothers
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  15. JoeOnWheels

    JoeOnWheels Forum Resident

    Loveland CO USA
    Allen Toussaint

    A Certain Girl/W Zevon
    What Do You Want the Boy (Girl) to Do?/Bonnie Raitt
    Going Down Slowly/Pointer Sisters
    Working in the Coal Mine/Lee Dorsey
    Pain in My Heart/Rolling Stones
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  16. RandyB1961

    RandyB1961 Justin Townes Earle 1982-2020

    Bob Dylan Covers:

    1) Jason & The Scorchers: "Absolutely Sweet Marie"
    2) Johnny Cash: "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright"
    3) Tom Russell: "Lily, Rosemary and The Jack Of Hearts"
    4) Nanci Griffith: "Boots Of Spanish Leather"
    5) Derek Trucks Band: "Down In The Flood"
    6) Warren Zevon: "Knockin' On Heaven's Door"
    7) The Band: "I Shall Be Released"
    8) Anderson East: "Forever Young"
    9) Garth Brooks: "Make You Feel my Love"
    10) Jimi Hendrix: "All Along The Watchtower"
  17. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

    Tarragona (Spain)
    Yeah they are possibly my favourite band too. I became mega fan when I bought the 3CD set "singles collection London years".
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  18. Jackson

    Jackson Forum Resident

    MA, USA
  19. CrawdaddySim1

    CrawdaddySim1 Forum Resident

    Indianapolis, IN
    Townes Van Zandt

    "Rex's Blues" --James McMurtry
    "Pancho & Lefty" --Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard
    "Tecumseh Valley" --Steve Earle
    "If I Needed You"--Emmylou Harris & Don Williams
    "No Place to Fall" --The Little Willies
    "Be Here to Love Me" --Norah Jones

    (Btw, I prefer Townes' own recordings of all of these songs. But they are the next best thing.)
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  20. JoeOnWheels

    JoeOnWheels Forum Resident

    Loveland CO USA
    Willie Dixon

    Hoochie Coochie Man/Muddy Waters
    The Same Thing/Muddy Waters
    Back Door Man/Doors
    My Babe/Little Walter
    Little Red Rooster/Howlin’ Wolf
    I Ain’t Superstitious/Howlin’ Wolf
    Seventh Son/Johnny Rivers
    I Just Want to Make Love to You/Rolling Stones
    Just Like I Treat You/Rolling Stones
  21. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Forum Resident

    Lawrenceville, NJ
    Holland Dozier Holland

    How Sweet It Is - James Taylor
    Nowhere To Run - Martha & The Vandellas
    I Hear a Symphony - Supremes
    Reach Out, I'll Be There - 4 Tops
    You Keep Me Hangin On - Vanilla Fudge
    Jimmy Mack - Martha & The Vandellas
    Dancin in the Street - Grateful Dead
    Band of Gold - Freda Payne
    Same Old Song - 4 Tops

    And I am pretty fond of the unique arrangement I created of
    Heatwave - The Beagles
  22. JNL

    JNL Active Member

    Jimmy Webb:

    Isaac Hayes - By the Time I Get To Phoenix
    Glen Campbell - Galveston
    Nina Simone - Do What You Gotta Do
    Alice Clark - I Keep It Hid
    Linda Ronstadt - Adios
    Linda Ronstadt - Shattered
    Radka Toneff - The Moon's a Harsh Mistress
    Amy Grant - If These Walls Could Speak (although I dislike her change of a line)
    Waylon Jennings - If You See Me Getting Smaller
    Harry Nilsson - Camp de Encino

    But Webb has such an outstanding song catalogue, the above list could change by the day.
  23. jlf

    jlf Custom Title Unlocked

    United States
    I’m sure you’ll enjoy this, @Parachute Woman

    Joni Mitchell

    1. Tina Turner - Edith and the Kingpin
    2. Diana Krall - For the Roses
    3. Seal - Both Sides Now
    4. Prince - A Case of You
    5. Brandi Carlile - Shine (performed live at Walt Disney Concert Hall)

    6. Liam Titcolm - If
    7. Chaka Khan - Hejira
    8. Los Lobos and La Marisoul - Nothing Can Be Done
    9. Emmylou Harris - Magdalene Laundries
    10. Lizz Wright - Shades of Scarlett Conquering
  24. Soopernaut

    Soopernaut Forum Resident

    Des Moines,IA
    Kate Bush:

    Placebo- "Running Up That Hill"
    Another Heaven- "Running Up That Hill"
    Meg Myers- "Running Up That Hill"
    Tori Amos- "Running Up That Hill"
    Ellevator- "Running Up That Hill"

    I think I did this wrong, but I was close. :)
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  25. JoeOnWheels

    JoeOnWheels Forum Resident

    Loveland CO USA
    Bo Diddley

    Mona/Rolling Stones
    Road Runner/Pretty Things
    Who Do You Love?/Quicksilver
    I’m a Man/Yardbirds
    Crackin’ Up/R Stones

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