Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Updated: Do you agree?: The Worst Cover Songs Ever, according to the London Sunday Times

CBC Radio 2, also known as Canada's guilty pleasure, just put a list on their blog of the Twenty Worst Cover Tunes Ever, based on a list by London Sunday Times writer Ron Liddle

They are as follows (original artists in parentheses)...

1. Madonna - American Pie (Don MacLean)
2. Michael Bolton - Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)
3. Tori Amos - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
4. Creedence Clearwater Revival - I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Gladys Knight and the Pips or Marvin Gaye)
5. Duran Duran - 911 Is a Joke (Public Enemy)
6. Ronan Keating - Fairytale of New York (the Pogues)
7. Boney M - Heart of Gold (Neil Young)
8. Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
9. The Eagles - Ol’ 55 (Tom Waits)
10. Sting - Little Wing (Hendrix)
11. Gareth Gates* - Spirit in the Sky (Doctor and the Medics)
12. J Geils Band - Where Did Our Love Go? (The Supremes)
13. All Saints - Lady Marmalade (LaBelle)
14. UB40/[Robert Palmer] - I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (Unknown)
15. The BBC - Perfect Day (Lou Reed)
16. Will Young - Light My Fire (The Doors)
17. Beck, Bogert and Appice - Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
18. Bruce Springsteen -: Chimes of Freedom (Bob Dylan)
19. Tom Jones - Kiss (Prince and the Revolution)
20. Rod Stewart - I Don’t Want to Talk About It (Crazy Horse)

*Wikipedia sez he's a UK Idol Finalist
I have to say I agree (Boney M covering a Neil Young song? Come On!), but I am surprised at the omissions of any and all covers of Peter Frampton's "Baby I love Your Way". That would make 20-pack list in itself.

Update made on August 2: Apparently, another London newspaper, The Guardian, countered with a list of the 50 Best Cover Songs. Radio 2 also posted it.

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