What is your favorite cover?

There are many great covers, such as Mr. Tambourine Man,by the Byrds.  I'm curious about everyone's favorite.


As usual with these types of threads, most people totally disregarded the OP’s clearly stated request of "favorite cover", meaning one, NOT a list. And yes, I know it’s hard to pick just one but I did it. It can be done.

So how many do we get? 3, 6, 8, 10? Guess I’ll come up with my top 50 and list them tomorrow. See how meaningless that makes all of our responses? Is this Reddit or Audiogon?


Unbelievable. OK, @vair68robert, you want to go totally off topic with a whole album of covers, I give you Mark Lanegan’s Imitations, you won’t see that one talked about in his obits, a brilliant and underappreciated recording. Comes with a special bonus just for Audiogon members. Outstanding sound quality.

@middlemass How 'bout taking a less doctrinaire approach? How about taking initial posts such as the one here as conversation starters, not instructions written in cyber stone? We used to call these sorts of websites "Chat Rooms." Chat! Have fun! Don't think of them as Interrogation rooms.

Johnny Winter "Highway 61 Revisited"

Levon Helm "Take Me To The River"

Harry Nilsson "Without You"

CSN&Y "Woodstock"

Joe Cocker " With a Little Help From My Friends"

Johnny Cash "Hurt"

Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You"

Jimi Hendrix "All Along The Watchtower"

Guns N' Roses "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"

Linda Ronstadt "Hey Mister That's Me Up On The Jukebox"

Van Halen "You Really Got Me"

Devo "Satisfaction"

Bloomfield, Stills & Cooper "Season of the Witch"

Barenaked Ladies “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” 

Rod Stewart "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You"

Jose Feliciano "Light My Fire"

Nina Simone "I Put a Spell on You"

The Temptations "Papa Was a Rollin" Stone"

Marvin Gaye "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"