21 Cover Songs That Have Redefined The Originals

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Cover performances have become a mainstay of quarantine as artists adapt to new ways to find inspiration at home, from Sammy Hagar and The Circle's Lockdown Sessions to Paul Stanley's Soul Station.

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But even prior to COVID-19, artists have catapulted their careers with iconic cover renditions that have not only introduced the tune to younger generations, but also re-contextualized the originals with a newfound feel. We've dug through the crates and surfed through the web to bring you 21 cover songs that have redefined the original versions below. 

21. Aretha Franklin , "Respect" (Otis Redding)

20. Joan Jett, "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (The Arrows) 

19. Eric Clapton, "Cocaine" (JJ Cale) 

18. Foo Fighters, "Baker Street" (Gerry Rafferty)

17. Janis Joplin, "Me and Bobby McGee" (Roger Miller)

16. Rod Stewart, "Downtown Train" (Tom Waits) 

15. Jeff Beck, "Jailhouse Rock" (Elvis Presley)

14. The Rolling Stones, "I Don't Know Why" (Stevie Wonder)

13. The Ramones, "California Sun" ( Joe Jones)

12. Bad Company, "Youngblood" (The Coasters)

11. The Black Crowes, "Hard to Handle" (Otis Redding)

10. The Grateful Dead, "Turn On Your Lovelight" (Bobbly Bland)

9. Joni Mitchell, "Both Sides Now" (Judy Collins)

8. Roberta Flack, "Killing Me Softly" (Lori Lieberman)

7. Led Zeppelin, "When the Levee Breaks" (Memphis Minnie and Kansas City Joe)

6. The Beatles, "Twist and Shout" (The Isley Brothers)

5. Nirvana, "The Man Who Sold The World" (David Bowie)

4. The Byrds, "Mr. Tambourine Man" (Bob Dylan)

3. Earth, Wind & Fire, "Got to Get You Into My Life" (The Beatles)

2. Grateful Dead, "Peggy-O" (The Corries)

1.  Led Zeppelin, "Dazed and Confused" (Jake Holmes)

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