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The 20 best cover songs, as decided by you

Caroline Szwed


October 6, 2017


Sample new twists on old classics. Filled with fresh takes of your old favourites, here is the place where everything is both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. Hear: Seu Jorge, K.D. Lang, Johnny Cash, Feist and Nouvelle Vague

We recently launched a stream called Under the Covers, featuring new twists on classic songs. If you love music by Seu Jorge, k.d. lang, Feist and many more, press play on the stream above.

To find out how you felt about cover songs, we asked our readers and listeners a simple question: "What is the best cover song of all time?" With more than 250 comments on CBC Music's Facebook page, the 20 most popular answers are made up of a variety of cover songs that will get you through your day.

So sit down, relax and enjoy a classic Canadian cover like k.d. lang's "Hallelujah" or the majority favourite, Johnny Cash's take on "Hurt." Below are the 20 best cover songs, according to you.

Cover: Dixie Chicks, "Landslide"
Original artist:
Fleetwood Mac

Cover: Stevie Wonder, "We Can Work it Out"
Orginal artist: the Beatles

Cover: Johnny Cash, "Hurt"
Original artist: Nine Inch Nails

Cover: k.d. lang, "Hallelujah"
Original artist: Leonard Cohen

Cover song: Barenaked Ladies, "Lovers in a Dangerous Time"
Original artist: Bruce Cockburn

Cover: Travis, "Hit Me Baby One More Time"
Original artist: Britney Spears

Cover: City and Colour, "Hometown Glory"
Original artist: Adele

Cover: Jennifer Warnes, "Ain't No Cure For Love"
Original artist: Leonard Cohen

Cover: Whitehorse, "I'm on Fire"
Original artist: Bruce Springsteen

Cover: Sarah McLachlan, "Blue"
Original artist: Joni Mitchell

Cover: Dolly Parton, "Don't Think Twice"
Original artist: Bob Dylan

Cover: Pearl Jam, "Last Kiss"
Original artist: Wayne Cochran

Cover: The Ataris, "The Boys of Summer"
Original artist: Don Henley

Cover: Michael Jackson, "Come Together"
Original artist: the Beatles

Cover: Willie Nelson, "Just Breathe"
Original artist: Pearl Jam

Cover: Lior and Serena Ryder, "Heart of Gold"
Original artist: Neil Young

Cover: Holly Cole Trio, "I Can See Clearly Now"
Original artist: Jimmy Cliff

Cover: Bonnie Raitt, "Angel From Montgomery"
Original artist: John Prine

Cover: Aretha Franklin, "The Weight"
Original artist: the Band

Cover: April Wine, "Bad Side of the Moon"
Original artist: Elton John

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