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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Best/Worst cover versions

Rock trio Muse have been lauded for the greatest cover version of all time, with their rendition of Feeling Good. The band's cover of the track - originally made famous by Nina Simone - topped a poll of music fans, beating performances by the Clash, Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Buckley. More than 15,000 music fans took part in the poll, which placed Twist And Shout by The Beatles in second place and Johnny Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails song Hurt at three.



Luke Lewis, deputy editor of NME.com, said: "The cover versions we love are generally the ones that radically overhaul the original."

The Top 10 best and worst rankings were:

Top 10 best cover versions:

1. Muse - Feeling Good.
2. The Beatles - Twist and Shout.
3. Johnny Cash - Hurt.
4. Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe.
5. Nirvana - Where Did You Sleep Last Night.
6. The Clash - I Fought The Law.
7. Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah.
8. Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower.
9. Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine.
10. The White Stripes - I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself.

Top 10 worst cover versions:

1. Britney Spears - I Love Rock 'N' Roll.
2. Ronan Keating - Fairytale Of New York.
3. Celine Dion - You Shook Me All Night Long.
4. Take That - Smells Like Teen Spirit.
5. M People - Itchycoo Park.
6. Robbie Williams - Song 2.
7. Will Young - Light My Fire.
8. Madonna - American Pie.
9. Limp Bizkit - Faith.
10. Mark Ronson - No One Knows.

Ed. I reckon Madonna should have tied at No. 1 Worst for her cover of American Pie. The question is did she think she could improve on Don Mclean's classic original or was she just out to make money? 

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