The 10 Best Covers (Remakes) of Famous Songs by Popular Singers
by SJ Johnson
A few decades ago, famous singers always covered songs that were originally recorded by other music artists; however, the practice went out of favor for several years. During that time, recording artists would "sample" a melody or chorus. Fortunately, shows like Glee, American Idol, and The Voice have made covering famous songs popular again. Here is a list of 10 of the best remakes of famous songs:
10. The Faces with lead singer Rod Stewart 'I'd Rather Go Blind'
Rod Stewart recorded a cover of the famous Etta James hit, 'I'd Rather Go Blind' while performing with the band The Faces. Stewart puts his own brand of the blues on this eerily haunting song of pain and heartache. Where a British rocker got that much soul from, I don't know. However, Stewart sings this poignant tale of preferring blindness to seeing a loved one leave like a man who knows the experience firsthand. The band ain't shabby either.
9. Red Hot Chili Peppers 'Higher Ground'
The RHCP put their funk rock vibe on this hit Stevie Wonder song. If you listen closely, you will hear the band give a shout out to the musical maestro.
8. Patti LaBelle 'You Are My Friend'
Both Patti LaBelle and Sylvester put their unique stamp on the song, 'You Are My Friend,' which was co-written by LaBelle. LaBelle's powerful pipes easily soar over the song's high notes and gently glide during its quieter moments, proving LaBelle's absolute control over her angelic vocal instrument.
Sylvester was one of the best vocalists to come out of the Disco era. His hits include, 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)' and a remake of 'You Are My Friend.' Unfortunately, this talented musician's life was cut short far too soon due to AIDS-related complications.
7. Celine Dion 'If You Ask Me To'
One of Celine Dion's biggest hits is a cover of 'If You Ask Me To' by Diane Warren. Although Patti LaBelle previously recorded the song, the song became a hit for Dion and was the perfect platform for her amazing voice.
6. Adele 'Lovesong'
Some songs are so good as they are that you can't imagine improving them. It isn't until you hear the song with a different twist that you can see its full potential. That is the experience I had listening to Adele's remake of The Cure's 'Lovesong.' As much as I love The Cure, I equally love Adele's rendition of 'Lovesong.' I never imagined that song any slower or more soulful, but Adele's bluesy interpretation gives it a completely different personality.
5. Tom Jones 'I (Who Have Nothing)'
'I (Who Have Nothing)' was originally recorded by Ben E. King; however, many people remember the Tom Jones remake.
4. Marvin Gaye 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine'
'I Heard It Through the Grapevine' has been covered by the likes of everyone from Gladys Knight and the Pips to Creedence Clearwater Revival; however, it will always be known as the 1968 Marvin Gaye hit. Using an intoxicating combination of raw talent, soul and sexuality, Gaye made the song his own.
3. Aretha Franklin 'Eleanor Rigby'
Everyone knows Aretha Franklin's famous cover of Otis Redding's 'Respect.' However, the talented Queen of Soul also put her extraordinary spin on The Beatles hit 'Eleanor Rigby.' The song appears on her 1970 album, 'This Girl's in Love With You.'
2. The Beatles 'Twist and Shout'
One of the most famous remakes ever is The Beatles cover of 'Twist and Shout,' written by Phil Medley and Bert Russell. The song was originally recorded by The Top Notes and then by The Isley Brothers. However, the song became synonymous with the British rock band after the group recorded it on their 'Please Please Me' album (1963). To read more about the song and The Beatles, visit TheBeatlesBible.com.
1. Whitney Houston 'I Will Always Love You'
At one time, you could not turn on the radio without hearing Whitney Houston belting out this song. According to Songfacts.com,country music great Dolly Parton wrote the song in honor of her departure from "The Porter Wagoner Show." The movie 'The Bodyguard' made the song into one of the biggest love songs ever.
Nothing is better than hearing your favorite recording artists put their unique spin on a great song. Years ago, it was far more common to cover great popular songs than it is now. Singers like Adele prove that it can still be done today with the right amount of talent and individuality. In fact, artists like Adele have inspired other artists to cover her hit song 'Rolling in the Deep."
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