->''"I think he died when he heard my version of 'Heartbreak Hotel'."''
-->--Music/JohnCale on Music/ElvisPresley

If a song is recorded by a singer-songwriter, and then by somebody else, the second person's recording is a Cover Version. If the song is from TinPanAlley and not released by the original songwriter, the Cover Version is either any version after the first recording, or any version after the first hit recording. The term got its name in TheFifties, when labels used to record & release "black" (rhythm & blues) and "white" (country or rock n' roll) versions of the same song, thereby "covering" the market.

Hit songs tend to attract Cover Versions. Sometimes, Cover Versions are more popular than the first version; the original is then CoveredUp. If a cover is done in another language then it is a TranslatedCoverVersion. See also TheCoverChangesTheGender and TheCoverChangesTheMeaning.

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!!Examples:

* Finnish [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly Neo-Classical Black/MeloDeath/Thrash Metal]] band Music/ChildrenOfBodom has covered Britney Spears' Oops I Did It Again and Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival's Lookin' Out My Backdoor. Yes, there's a whole album of them, but those two stand out the most.
* The song 'Another Girl, Another Planet'. Originally performed in 1979 by the cult band The Only Ones, it has been covered many times. The most recent cover (by Blink-182) is actually a cover squared, as it is based on an earlier cover with slightly different lyrics to The Only Ones' original.
* "Yesterday" was originally recorded by Music/TheBeatles. It has been covered many times since (rumor has it 3000 times) by such luminaries as RayCharles, Matt Munro, Michael Bolton, PaulMcCartney (as a solo artist), and even ElvisPresley. Guinness lists it as the most-covered song of all time.
** There have been ''lots'' of covers of Beatles songs. Among the artists that have done a successful cover include JimiHendrix with "Day Tripper," EltonJohn with "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," Joe Cocker with "With A Little Help From My Friends" and {{Yes}} with "Every Little Thing". Roger Greenawalt with various singers has covered [[http://beatlescompleteonukulele.com/ about half the songs]] on [[RuleOfCool ukulele]].
** Music/TheBeatles themselves have recorded their share of covers. For example, they covered a number of Music/ChuckBerry songs early in their career, such as "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Too Much Monkey Business".
*** With the exception of ''Film/AHardDaysNight'' and ''Film/{{Help}}'' (which contained two cover songs), thier first five albums were almost half covers (6 out of 14 songs). They stopped this around 1965, but threw in a short cover of "Maggie Mae" on LetItBe.
* Living For The City by Music/StevieWonder was covered by quite a lot of artists.[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddsgUFT4hm0 This may be one of the best attempts:]]
* "Take It Easy" was originally by Music/JacksonBrowne, but The {{Eagles}} made it famous.
** And it's also been covered by Billy Mize, Johnny Rivers, and Travis Tritt, among others. (Travis Tritt's version was on a country tribute album to the Eagles.)
* Music/LindaRonstadt made a career out of cover versions. "It's So Easy" was originally by Music/BuddyHolly, for instance.
* "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" was actually recorded by both Music/MarvinGaye and Gladys Knight & The Pips at more or less the same time; the Gladys Knight version was released one year before the Gaye version. The song was covered by several other artists, including the Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival and the California Raisins. Most cover versions use Gaye's arrangement.
* Pig Destroyer's cover of Exhumed To Consume by Music/{{Carcass}} may have completely muffed the vocal patterns and lyrics, but you'd be lying if J.R.'s voice didn't scare you in the chorus.
* Alien Ant Farm has the dubious honor of being a OneHitWonder whose single hit was not their own song; they covered MichaelJackson's "Smooth Criminal".
** The Ataris share this "distinction", their only mainstream hit being their cover of Don Henley's "Boys of Summer".
** As discussed by ToddInTheShadows, Australian group Pseudo Echo's only hit was a cover of ''another'' OneHitWonder! In this case "Funky Town" by Lipps, Inc.
* The Jeff Beck Group, a short-lived supergroup featuring the eponymous ex-Yardbird on guitar, Rod Stewart on vocals, Ron Wood on bass and future Music/LedZeppelin members Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Music/TheWho drummer Keith Moon on one song, had a repertoire consisting almost ''entirely'' of Chicago blues covers. Most of it was pretty good.
** However they were not a supergroup back then, only Beck being famous. Ron Wood and Rod Stewart didn't become stars after this (when they joined The Faces).
* A number of BobDylan's early songs became widely known through their covers. Examples include Peter, Paul and Mary's rendition of "Blowin' in the Wind", the Byrds' covers of "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "My Back Pages", the Turtles' version of "It Ain't Me, Babe", and JimiHendrix's cover of "All Along the Watchtower". That last one became so pervasive, Dylan himself incorporated elements of it into his live show.
** Also, "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" has had [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knockin%27_On_Heaven%27s_Door#Covers many, many versions]].
* It was ReelBigFish's cover of [[WikiWord Ween]]'s "Roses Are Free" that "reeled" in many of [[WikiWord Ween]]'s fans. Sorry, couldn't resist.
* JoniMitchell's songbook is a favorite for other artists to tap into. Hit covers of her work include Judy Collins' "Both Sides Now" and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young's version of "Woodstock".
* While J.J. Cale is a relatively unknown musician in his own right, three of his songs have attained major notoriety in their covers; "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" as performed by Music/EricClapton, and Music/LynyrdSkynyrd's cover of his "They Call Me the Breeze".
* Try to count how many bands or solo artists have covered Music/TheCure's "Lovesong". Mind-boggling.
* And if you think that's bad, look up Music/TheRollingStones' "Paint It Black".
* Grindcore band 7000 Dying Rats covered Music/{{Journey}}'s Any Way You Want it, but covered it up with the title Hellcatcher and the first minute or so being random radio static and interference.
* Basshunter covered two of ''his own songs'' among others for his most recent album, Now You're Gone.
* "Last Christmas" is extremely popular amongst Japanese artists to cover.
* I challenge you to name 4 Metal bands who have covered Aces High by Iron Maiden. Give up? [[spoiler: Arch Enemy, Hypocrisy, Vital Remains, Children Of Bodom]]
** Savage Garden and Creator/BilliePiper also have their own versions of it. But the one that takes the cake and is almost humorous? One of the Sailor Moon "Christmas" collections has the voice for Rei Hino singing it. Of all the places it could end up...
** On the topic of Music/IronMaiden, there's a whole album of hip-hop covers of famous 'Maiden songs.
* The Tornados's "Telstar" has somewhere in the region of 130 covers. Tim "[=TelstarMan=]" Lehnerer has achieved minor Internet fame for owning a copy of ''every one of them''. That is, every one we know about - rest assured, if another is discovered, he will acquire it.
** I bet he doesn't own the versions by OVNI, Venus Gang, & T.H.X.
*** Not yet I don't. (Also missing the one by the Monsters from Mars)
* Music/QuietRiot's first major hit was a cover of Slade's "Cum On Feel The Noize". Kevin Dubrow hated the song and had to be talked into it by the rest of the band; the version released on ''Metal Health'' is the first (and only) take.
** Dubrow saw the light after the song became a major hit. The first single from their next album was another Slade cover, "Mama Weer All Crazee Now".
* Music/LeonardCohen's "Hallelujah" has been covered so many times, TheOtherWiki has two hefty paragraphs dedicated to listing instances.
** Cohen originally wrote the song with ''15'' verses, with each artist choosing 4-5 verses for their cover version.
* Music/SunnO covered "For Whom The Bell Tolls" by Music/Metallica in their usual droney style, so it's nearly impossible to tell that a track named FWTBT (I Dream of Lars Ulrich Being Thrown Through the Bus Window Instead of My Master Mystikall Kliff Burton). On that note they also covered "Cursed Realms (Of The Winterdemons)" by Music/{{Immortal}}, but once again, in their molasses moving uphill style. One must wonder how it's really a cover if it sounds NOTHING like the original.
* For rights reasons, almost every song on ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' is actually a cover. When the title and artist come up at the beginning of the song, look at what it says: "As made famous by" is a cover, and "As performed by" is the original. This is why "Spanish Castle Magic" by Music/JimiHendrix is an instrumental in the original ''Guitar Hero'' as the Hendrix's estate would not license the track to Harmonix if they attempted to have a singer impersonate Jimi's voice.
** By the third game in the series, the franchise was already notable enough to start putting more and more master recordings into the games, with ''Guitar Hero World Tour'' having every single song in the game a master track (although two covers would later be released as DLC). This can arguably be considered a case of missing the point completely, seeing as the player assumes the role of a guitarist in a cover band in the game...
*** Given the quality of some of those covers, it's more like an AcceptableBreakFromReality.
*** Amusingly, there are two JimiHendrix songs in ''Guitar Hero: World Tour'' - but due to an agreement with his family, your guitarist in those songs is ''always'' JimiHendrix, and you can't use Hendrix outside of those songs. Apparently they don't want even the ''illusion'' of covers... (But in retrospect, the Kurt Cobain incident in ''Guitar Hero 5'', which caused controversy due to the fact that his character could be used to play .. erm.. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR_8pgk436gless less fitting songs]], sheds some reasoning behind the Hendrix family's restrictions. [[CrossesTheLineTwice Or not]].)
* ''OsuTatakaeOuendan'' and ''EliteBeatAgents'' also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZB1_IuM9qc&feature=PlayList&p=192D4D9402B39B80&index=0 use covers]] (link leads to all of them except YMCA) instead of original songs, mainly because they have to alter the length of the songs to fit the stages. "Canned Heat" by Music/{{Jamiroquai}}, for example, is over seven minutes long; the version used in ''Elite Beat Agents'' is only three minutes). The ''Osu Tatakae Ouendan'' games have three or so mixes made from master recordings as opposed to covers between, however.
* Music/BlindGuardian seem to be fond of doing these. They have done several of them, such as "Surfin' USA" (Music/TheBeachBoys), "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vidda" (Music/IronButterfly), "Spread Your Wings" ({{Queen}}), and a rather amusing version of "Mr. Sandman" (heres a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDFmNgmaEe0 video]])
* {{JAM Project}}'s Masaki Endoh did a cover of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ix8Vy3mEHk Go Go Power Rangers]] for when ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' was (re) re-dubbed and aired in Japan.
** Endoh has released a pair of albums titled ENSON which are entirely covers of songs he (presumably) likes. "Go Go Power Rangers" is in the first one.
* MarilynManson's first real mainstream hit was a cover of the Music/{{Eurythmics}}' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)".
** See also: MarilynManson's covers of "Personal Jesus" and "Tainted Love".
* Ever try looking up how many covers of Music/{{Radiohead}}'s hit "Creep" are out there? I'll give you a hint, A LOT.
** There's even a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKltlk8A6Lk ukulele version]] by AmandaPalmer.
* "Pop pop Pop pop pop pop pop, pop pop Pop pop pop pop pop...". Curse you, Gershon Kingsley.
* Progressive Thrash/Power Metal band Music/{{Nevermore}} covered The Sound Of Silence by Music/SimonAndGarfunkel. They don't dive straight into the song, so one would be forgiven for thinking it to be an original until "Hello Darkness My Old Friend!" is shouted right in your ear.
* Almost every song on Depeche Mode's album ''Violator'' has been covered. "Enjoy The Silence" in particular, has almost 20 covers.
** HIM's hideous version made this Depeche Mode fan ask her nephew how he could stand listening to it.
*** They were probably hoping to make something as awesome as the Music/{{Rammstein}} cover of DM's "Stripped".
* Yet another Depeche Mode cover: Music/TheSaturdays did "Just Can't Get Enough", and that's what that EarWorm you hear in the Payless commercials is. The original songwriter, Vince Clarke, even remixed it for them.
* Just when you think the album has to come to an end, Austrian Death Machine's album ''Double Brutal'' salvos you with an array of covers from Metallica to Music/TheMisfits to Music/{{Motorhead}} to Goretorture and Agnostic Fuckin' Front.
* KateBush's song "Running Up That Hill" has been covered by everyone from Armin Van Buuren to Music/WithinTemptation.
** That would be only Dutch bands then?
*** Maybe it's in alphabetical order!!
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hXEx_tgh3E Placebo]] also did a cover of this, which is, oddly enough, one of their better known songs.
* The ''entire point'' of RichardCheese and Lounge Against the Machine is producing light, breezy easy-listening covers of songs from metal, hip-hop, and rap artists.
** You have not lived until you've heard their cover of Music/NineInchNails' "Closer". It's absolutely hysterical.
** Not to mention the cover of Music/{{Disturbed}}'s Down With The Sickness. Just try to keep a straight face when the[[spoiler: infamous child abuse segment]] comes up, sung in Cheese's trademark lounge style.
* Music/{{Disturbed}} has done a few covers including "Shout" by Music/TearsForFears ("Shout 2000" on ''The Sickness'') and [[Music/{{Genesis}} "Land of Confusion"]] (with an AWESOME music video).
* Being, as they were, major influences on just about every metal/punk/emo band that's emerged in the past twenty years, pretty much every single song in The Misfits discography has been covered a hundred times over. "Last Caress" and "Halloween" are particular favorites, it seems.
** Music/{{Metallica}} loves covering the Misfits: a medley of "Last Caress" and "Green Hell" on ''Garage Days Re-Revisited'' and "Die Die My Darling" on ''Garage Inc.''.
* A special category in this trope is where the original artists assist in the cover version. For instance, the Beatles helped out the Silkie with their hit cover version of "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" (mainly because the Silkie were being managed by Brian Epstein). EltonJohn did this trick with not one, but three, major hits: he got [[Music/TheWho Pete Townsend]] to assist on his version of "Pinball Wizard", had [[Music/TheBeatles John Lennon]] on guitar on his version of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", and returned the favor when George Michael did a cover of his "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me".
** OzzyOsbourne joined with {{Primus}} to cover Music/BlackSabbath's [=NIB=].
** [[Music/ToshimitsuDeyama Toshi]] from Music/XJapan will occasionally sing songs from Yoshiki's solo project Music/VioletUK. He's covered ''7th/Unnamed Song,'' and ''I'll Be Your Love.'' It works (far better than the models that originally sang both) since Yoshiki tends to write for Toshi's voice no matter what he's writing for, out of AuthorAppeal.
* KillswitchEngage covered Music/RonnieJamesDio's "Holy Diver."
* On the topic of all things holy, a Power/Thras Metal band named Holy Grail covered Fast As A Shark by Music/{{Accept}} and Music/JudasPriest's Exciter. The covers were modified to be even faster, [[ThePowerOfRock lending two already kickass old school songs even MORE kickassery]].
* TomLehrer recorded his song "The Irish Ballad" in his usual fashion, playing a piano as accompaniment. The group Darby O'Gill later covered the song, turning it into a real Irish ballad. (Well, they perform in America, but they play Irish-type music and instruments.)
* JimiHendrix took Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" and cranked it UpToEleven, adding two guitar solos.
** He did the same thing to Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," with the result that [[CoveredUp his cover gets more airplay than the original.]]
* Music/EmilieAutumn has recorded a few covers, some songs covered by her are "I Don't Care Much" from Cabert, "I Know It's Over" originally by Music/TheSmiths, "All My Loving" by The Beatles, a harpsicord cover of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life", and most recently "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper and {{Queen}}'s "Bohemian Rhapsody".
** She is also one of the few to have had the nerve to cover the last one on stage.
* {{Madonna}} did a cover version of ''American Pie''.
* ArethaFranklin wasn't the first to sing "Respect". That would be the song's writer, OtisRedding.
* "Lips Of An Angel". The radio success of Hinder's version spawned several covers. They weren't as good.
* Probably the most well-received cover in history was Music/JohnnyCash's cover of the Nine Inch Nails song ''Hurt''. Even Trent Reznor agrees that Cash did a far better job. This popularity does not extend to Cash's other covers of 90s songs, however.
* Music/{{Mayhem}}'s most well-known song, ''Deathcrush'', from the EP of the same name, has been covered over 140 times.
* NineInchNails covered SoftCell's club-hit ''Memorabilia'' and stuck it on the Closer single as a b-side.
** Interestingly, their song "Wish" has been covered by a few artists. The most well-received cover is without a doubt [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrr110sr4o0 the one done by]] LinkinPark, to the point that fans honestly believe that ''the cover'' is the original version, ''even though [[WordOfGod the singer]] [[FailedASpotCheck clearly stated that it was a cover]] during the video''.
* A lot of artists like to do a cover during unplugged sessions (notably MTV's unplugged).
** Music/StoneTemplePilots did ''Andy Warhol'' by Music/DavidBowie.
** Music/{{Nirvana}} did ''Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld'' by DavidBowie, ''Where did you sleep last night?'' by Leadbelly, ''Jesus doesn't want me for a sunbeam'' by TheVaselines and three tracks by TheMeatPuppets: ''Plateau'', ''Oh me'', ''Lake of Fire''.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Clouds_and_Silver_Linings#Special_edition_tracks A complete disc full of covers]] was released in the 3CD edition of Music/DreamTheater's ''"Black Clouds and Silver Linings"''.
** In addition, Music/DreamTheater has covered ''entire albums'' by influential rock and metal bands during certain live shows. These include Music/{{Metallica}}'s ''"Master of Puppets"'', Music/PinkFloyd's ''"Dark Side of the Moon"'', Music/IronMaiden's ''"The Number of the Beast"'', and Music/DeepPurple's live album ''"Made In Japan"''.
* This is the entire point of the "Punk Goes..." series (with the exception of Punk Goes Acoustic)
* Atreyu has covered both ''You Give Love A Bad Name'' by BonJovi, and ''Epic'' by FaithNoMore.
* '60s British pop group the Searchers made a business of great covers.
* ''ManfredMann'' took Dylan's "The Mighty Quinn" and Music/BruceSpringsteen's ""Blinded By The Light" and made them their own.
* A good amount of Music/{{Cascada}}'s work are covers, Including "Everytime We Touch, "What Hurts the Most", Because the Night", "Wouldn't It Be Good", "Truly Madly Deeply", and several others.
* Music/ToriAmos is known to cover a lot of songs, most famously "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "'97 Bonnie & Clyde".
** ''Strange Little Girls'' (which features "97 Bonnie & Clyde") is an entire album of cover songs, supposedly with the theme of "songs written by men about women".
* Music/{{Apocalyptica}} started their career by covering Metallica songs '''ON CELLOS'''. They later moved on to covering stuff like Music/{{Sepultura}}, Music/{{Pantera}}, you name it. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbTozgoj9OQ Here]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MI5fbksdVlc are]] two examples.
* TheIsleyBrothers cover of ''summer breeze'' probably counts. Ernie Isley adding a EpicRiff and ending on a bad ass 3 minute guitar solo. It went from a folk type tune by Seals and Crofts and turned into psychedelic funk/rock/soul track.
* DavidBowie is frequently covered, specially "Heroes" and "Rebel Rebel".
* MyChemicalRomance did a cover of BobDylan's "Desolation Row" for the "Watchmen" soundtrack, but cranked it UpToEleven.
* There is an album called Pun-Colle that consists of anime {{seiyuu}} covering classic punk songs. In J-Pop style. Hearing a high-pitched, Japanese voice actress singing "White Riot" certainly is... something.
* {{Primus}} did an EP of unexpected cover versions, including {{XTC}}'s "Making Plans for Nigel" and PeterGabriel's "The Intruder".
** They also did an ''insanely'' kickass cover of Metallica's "Master Of Puppets". Where the guitar and bass lines are swapped. Sadly, it's only the intro of the song, but it kicks absolute ass. It can be found on Website/YouTube if you want to hear it.
* Music/SmashMouth did a cover of "I'm a Believer" for the ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' soundtrack.
** Music/FrouFrou did a cover of ''Holding Out For a Hero'', which was played over the end credits of Shrek 2.
* Music/ReelBigFish has performed a myriad of covers, although most famous would be their cover of "Take On Me", originally by Music/A-ha, as it was part of the BASEketball soundtrack.
* DoctorSteel does a cover version of the ''InspectorGadget'' theme song, and a ''very'' quirky version of the ''Series/SesameStreet'' theme song.
* MaryAndTheBlackLamb Have covered various songs live such as Nine Inch Nails' "Closer" and Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People."
* Lampshaded by FrankSinatra in his cover of "[[Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera Mack The Knife]]":
-->Ah, old Satchmo, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darrin\\
They did this song nice, Lady Ella too\\
They all sang it, with so much feeling\\
That [[FrankSinatra Old Blue Eyes]], [[SelfDeprecation he ain't gonna add nothing new]]
* PULP's video for "[[AntiLoveSong Bad Cover Version]]" (see what he did there?) has a whole host of celebrity impersonators getting together to record the eponymous song.
* Tubeway Army's "Down in the Park" has been covered by both MarilynManson and Music/FooFighters.
* Music/SonataArctica are fond of covers; they have versions of Iron Maiden's "Die With Your Boots On," Music/{{Scorpions}}' "Still Loving You," Metallica's "Fade to Black," Music/DepecheMode's "World In My Eyes," Music/{{Helloween}}'s "I Want Out," and Vanishing Point's "Two Minds, One Soul."
* Music/{{Avantasia}} has covered "Lay All Your Love on Me" by ABBA, "Dancing With Tears in My Eyes" by Ultravox, and "In My Defence" by Freddie Mercury.
* The Ultravox song "Hymn" has been covered by Music/{{Edguy}} and Lunatica.
* {{Music/Savatage}} covered two songs on their album ''Fight for the Rock''; {{Music/Badfinger}}'s "Day After Day" and Music/{{Free}}'s "Wishing Well".
* Music/DefLeppard Covered [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKBSFKcav7w The Sweet's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPOeAIUEVbs Action]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db-bIWaXEFE Mick Ronson's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOO6wztjxV0 Only After Dark]] on their album Retroactive, As well as a whole slew of other glam rock songs on [[CoverAlbum YEAH!]]
* Music/BlueCheer covered Music/EddieCochran's "Summertime Blues". Music/{{Rush}} in turn covered the Blue Cheer version. Cover of a cover.
** Other notable bands who have covered Summertime Blues include: Music/TheWho, [[{{Grease}} Olivia Newton-John]], Music/TheBeachBoys, Music/AlanJackson,and [[Music/MarcBolan T. Rex]].
* The KatyPerry song "Hot N' Cold" has been covered by.. well.. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_TIOfUEudo these guys]].
** McFly, a British ''boy'' band, covered her song, "I Kissed a Girl".
*** And though it's not strictly a cover, Jill Sobule was upset at the similarity between Katy's song and her 1995 song of the same name. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FdwUGwasck Video]]
* The MariahCarey version of ''WithoutYou'' (Can't Live...), generally taken to be the original, is a cover of Music/HarryNilsson's much earlier version, released a week after Nilsson's death. The song actually originated with Badfinger, but Carey's version (and most other covers of the song) followed Nilsson's arrangement much more closely.
* One pattern that seems to be fairly popular is to have a hardcore or death metal band cover a pop song. Take, for instance, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLzt87q9yZw "1000 Miles"]], a cover of Music/VanessaCarlton's "A Thousand Miles" by Australian hardcore band Never See Tomorrow.
* TheOnion's affiliate pop-culture magazine ''The AV Club'' has a feature called "Undercover" where bands cover popular songs, taken from a limited list. After being covered, a song is crossed off the list so that the earlier a band comes, the better its selection of songs. The first round of songs is available [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-walkmen-cover-rem,38887/ here]], the second round (currently ongoing) [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/bob-mould-covers-sugar,53053/ here]].
* TheBirthdayMassacre covered Film/TheNeverendingStory theme song.
* Many people are familiar with the [[CarlosSantana Santana]] song ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UIojGDIBvI The Game of Love]]'' as sung by Michelle Branch from his 2002 album ''Shaman''. This version, however, is '''not''' the original version: Tina Turner originally sang the song, but it was released only five years later on a compilation album.
* Two of the English language songs on Bentley Jones' TRANSLATION2 album are covers - one is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8nv4uYp79U "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)"]], and the other is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZr-y8AuiF0 "Word Up"]]. Both songs have been covered by everyone and their grandmother, but his attempts are probably among the best out there. He's also done a cover of the DevilMayCry4 theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=cOpe2zborw0 "Shall Never Surrender"]], turning it into a soft piano ballad.
* The recent movie ''Film/TheMuppets'' has two covers: one of "We Built This City" by Starship and another of "Forget You" by Cee Lo Green
** And let's not forget a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome barbershop quartet]] version of Music/{{Nirvana}}'s "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
* Music/{{DEVO}} covered Music/TheRollingStones "Satisfaction."
* Music/AnalCunt has done plenty of these, the most famous being their cover of the Bee Gee's "Staying Alive". They've also covered Manowar's "Gloves of Metal", the theme from Series/ThreesCompany, and Music/{{Pantera}}'s "The Great Southern Trendkill" [[spoiler: Although it doesn't sound that different, since lead singer Seth Putnam contributed backing vocals to the original.]]
** Also as a joke they did "Bank Machine"- a cover of Music/{{KISS}}'s "War Machine" mocking Gene Simmons's conversion to Judaism.
* Speaking of KISS, they also did covers of other people's music during their career.
** "Kissin' Time" by Bobby Rydell on their self-titled debut album.
** "Then She Kissed Me" (a GenderFlip version of the original song by The Crystals) on ''Love Gun''.
** "Any Way You Want It" by the Dave Clark Five on ''Alive II''.
** "2000 Man" by Music/TheRollingStones on ''Dynasty''. It was even played by the band on the New Years' Eve concert leading to 2000.
** "Odyssey" by Tony Powers on ''Music from "The Elder"''.
** "Hide Your Heart" (written by Paul Stanley and originally performed by Bonnie Tyler) on ''Hot In The Shade''.
** "God Gave Rock And Roll To You" (a remake of the original from Argent) on the ''Bill And Ted's Bogus Journey'' soundtrack.
** "New York Groove" by Hello on the Ace Frehley solo album.
** "Tossin' And Turnin'" on the Peter Criss solo album.
** "When You Wish Upon A Star" from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' on the Gene Simmons solo album.
** ''Kiss My Ass'' is an entire album of KISS songs covered by other artists.
* Music/{{Gob}} did a well-received cover of Music/TheRollingStones' "Paint It Black." They also did a super-fast version of the Chordettes' "Mr. Sandman," because why not?
* The whole idea behind MeFirstAndTheGimmeGimmes is to do cover versions of famous songs but in punk-rock style. Each of their albums has a different theme around which the songs are selected: the album ''Have a Ball'' has songs by 1960s through '80s singer-songwriters like Music/JohnDenver and Music/EltonJohn, ''Take a Break'' does 1980s-90s R&B songs from artists like R. Kelly and Lionel Richie, etc. TheCoverChangesTheGender is typically averted With these, so you get things like an obviously male voice singing ''(I Feel Like) A Natural Woman''.
** Several of the group's members are from the bands [=NOFX=] and Lagwagon, both known for including cover versions of well-known songs on their albums, such as Music/FleetwoodMac's "Go Your Own Way" or Music/VanMorrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" the latter being hard to distinguish from the original until just before the vocals start and the tempo changes up a couple of gears.
* VisualKei band Music/{{D}} has done a cover of Music/MaliceMizer's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad6etICzXGQ "Gekka no yasoukyoku"]], although it isn't available on any of their releases.
* JimmyFallon loves these.
* Music/AvrilLavigne has a [[SoBaditsGood hilariously bad]] cover of [[Music/SystemOfADown "Chop]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXofYXDwRK8 Suey"]]. She also made genuinely good covers of Music/JoanJett's "Bad Reputation" and {{Music/Nickelback}}'s "How You Remind Me" for ''Anime/OnePieceFilmZ''.
* Donovan's "Season of the Witch" has been covered by numerous artists, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpizS9h-1Xk this version]] by Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger manages to condense the entire 60's cultural scene into seven and a half minutes.
* When Music/WeirdAlYankovic was [[ExecutiveMeddling pressured to include]] a cover song on one of his albums, he did a version of the theme song to ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle''.
* Music/{{Cimorelli}} runs on this trope, covering popular songs in their YouTube videos. One even has ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie9-Dm1KpTU I Won't Give Up]]'' mixed with [[Music/MileyCyrus When I Look at You]] at the final chorus.
* As well as working with other musicians, Music/LindseyStirling has covered some songs and arrangements of themes from several films and videogames (''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', and ''Series/GameOfThrones'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQiNVk_u0po here]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3KUyPKbR7Q here]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSLPH9d-jsI here]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oNpmSAvpGQ here]] respectively). She has also stated that she enjoys adding a violin part to popular radio songs.
* ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'' contained two covers during the credits. The first being "Green Tamborine", covered by Robert Goulet (As Mikey's singing voice) and the second being "Dancing in the Street" by Myra.
* The Japanese rock band Music/ManWithAMission has covered {{Nirvana}}'s "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Lithium".
* In addition to an EP of nothing but cover songs (''Local H's Awesome Mix Tape Vol. 1''), Local H has covered Toxic by Britney Spears, as well as songs by TheRamones, Godfathers, Music/GuidedByVoices, and PrimalScream.
* The BlueOysterCult's song ''Going Thru The Motions'' is perhaps better known in Great Britain in the hit version by rock chick Bonnie Tyler. Co-author Ian Hunter, of MottTheHoople fame, also recorded his version (albeit after the BOC put it on their ''Spectres'' album, which qualifies his version as a cover) which also charted.
* DexysMidnightRunners had one of their bigger hits with a cover of VanMorrison's ''Jackie Wilson Said'', which Morrison allegedly loathed. A little mix-up between black American soul singer ''Jackie Wilson'' and Scottish darts legend ''Jockie Wilson'' didn't help, either. Elsewhere, Morrison's song ''Have I told You lately That I love You?'' was made a worldwide hit by RodStewart. And any number of acts have covered ''Gloria''.
* Music/DeStaat have covered "Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo.
* From 2003 - 2010, PorcupineTree frontman Steven Wilson toyed with the idea of having a solo career by releasing a series of singles under his own name. Each single would consist of an acoustic (and sometimes electronic) cover of a certain artist, with selections ranging from Alanis Morrissette to The Cure, and an original composition. The singles were also released without a title or sleeve so listeners could guess as to the name of the artist Wilson would cover. And the name of this series? [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Cover Version]].
* Music/GunsNRoses released an album called "The Spaghetti Incident?", which contains absolutely no original material, only covers. It didn't sell nearly as well as their earlier records.
** Their first EP, Live Like A Suicide, contained 4 songs. "Reckless Life" and "Nice Boys" by Rose Tattoo, "Move To The City" by Hollywood Rose and "Mama Kin" by Aerosmith, all of which were covered by Guns N' Roses on that record. However, since "Reckless Life", "Nice Boys (Don't Play Rock'n'Roll)" and "Move To The City" weren't recorded prior to this, they might not count as covers (also, Rose Tattoo later changed name to Hollywood Rose, which fused two of its members with some members from LA Guns, and created Guns N' Roses). "Mama Kin" is definitely a cover, though, as is Music/BobDylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" from Use Your Illusion II.
* Music/SugarRay covered Music/AdamAndTheAnts' "Stand and Deliver".
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