The Best and Worst Cover Songs of All Time

All in the same list!

love hateThey’re the best because despite being played weekend after weekend in every bar in the US for the past 15 years, they still get fists pumping and people dancing. They have stood the test of time. They are the staples, the songs every cover musician should know if they want to be employed, or have the ability to jump in on an open jam.

If you want to know why they’re the worst, just show the list to any musician you know, and watch their reaction. I’m certain they’ll agree. Pass it along, and see.

If I missed any songs let me know, and I’ll be happy to add it.  If I agree.

Best and worst cover songs (pop, rock, and dance) – alphabetically:

American Band – Grand Funk Railroad
American Girl – Tom Petty
Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet
Are You Gonna Go My Way – Lenny Kravitz
Blister in the Sun – Violent Fems
Blitzkrieg Bop – Ramones
Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf
Brick House – Commodores
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi
Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
Enter Sandman – Metallica
Everlong – Foo Fighters
Hard to Handle – Black Crows
Hey Jealousy – Gin Blossoms
Hurt so Good – John Mellencamp
I Want You to Want Me – Cheap Trick
Jenny Jenny – Tommy Tutone
Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield
Laid – James
Living on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffet
Mony Mony – Billy Idol
My Own Worst Enemy – Lit
Paranoid – Black Sabbath
Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
Roadhouse Blues – Doors
Rock and Roll – Led Zeppelin
Rock and Roll All Night – Kiss
Santeria – Sublime
Semi Charmed Life – 3rd Eye Blind
Seven Nation Army – White Stripes
Shimmer – Fuel
Suck My Kiss – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns n’ Roses
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynard Skynard
Take on Me – Aha
Talk Dirty to Me – Poison
The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
Walk This Way – Aerosmith
What I Got – Sublime
What I Like About You – The Romantics
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
You Shook Me – ACDC

And contrary to popular belief, most bands don’t know, nor play – Freebird.

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