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In Music, artists and groups are influenced by earlier ones. As a result, most artists and groups perform and play several covers of their favourite songs. In many cases, said artists and groups record them. Said versions can be more famous then the original recording or even surpass it, in quality. These covers can also be entirely different to the original, whether it be in style, gender or meaning.


A Cover Album is what happens when you compile several of these Cover Versions together and exclusively in one album.

There are basically two kinds of this:

  • The Tribute Album: In this kind of album, some artist(s) or group(s) is/are tributed by many other ones by doing Cover Versions of the original songs the tributed one(s) had composed. Very seldom, some original songs may be introduced, generally by showing what the bands do or a song specially composed for the album. These Tribute Albums may be done in order to celebrate some milestone (X Years of...) or simply for the pleasure of tributing the artist(s) or group(s).
  • The Single-Artist Tribute: This is where just one artist or group does all the covering job. Artists may do this for a variety of reasons. It might be that they want to have a product out there but don't have any new material at the moment, or they could be trying to pump some life into a stalled career by recording a bunch of familiar songs whose popularity has already been established. It can be an honest desire to pay tribute to songs and artists they enjoy, or it could just be for fun.

See also Cover Version, Covered Up, The Cover Changes the Gender, The Cover Changes the Meaning and Suspiciously Similar Song. Compare and contrast with Remix Album.

As a note for the tropers: We're talking about recordings, whether these are live recordings or studio ones, and said recordings should consist only of covers. There may be exceptions with one or two (no more) original songs.


See also this list at That Other Wiki.


Tribute Albums:

  • The Heavy Metal genre is very fond of this:
    • Iron Maiden has many of these.
    • Helloween has essentially four: The Keepers of Jericho Vol. I & II, The Eastern Tribute to Helloween and HelloRay, shared with Gamma Ray.
    • Judas Priest has also some of these: both volumes of Legends of Metal, Hell Bent for Metal, Hell Bent Forever and The Metal Forge Vol. 1: A Tribute to Judas Priest, which covers British Steel in its entirety.
    • Dream Theater: Voices: A Tribute to Dream Theater, and Sin City: The Dreams Go On.
      • Of note about Voices... is that the album is actually composed of two CDs: one with the aforementioned Dream Theater covers, and the other with original songs by the same bands. We care for the first CD anyway.
    • Metallica has many as well: Metal Militia, Metallic Assault, Kerrang's Tribute to Master of Puppets and so on...
    • And, of course, Black Sabbath's Nativity in Black Vol. 1 & 2 and Evil Lives: A Tribute to Black Sabbath, among others...
    • Queensrÿche's Warning Minds of Raging Empires.
    • Megadeth's Megaded.
    • Ronnie James Dio had three, two of them after his death.
    • Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple's Machine Head had many heavy hitters covering the seminal metal band's best known album.
    • Summoning has In Mordor Where the Shadows Are: A Tribute to Summoning.
  • We're a Happy Family: A Tribute to Ramones. There are many, many Ramones tribute albums out there, but this one's notable for featuring lots of well-known artists such as Metallica ("53rd & 3rd"), Rob Zombie ("Blitzkrieg Bop"), Red Hot Chili Peppers ("Havana Affair") and Tom Waits ("Return of Jackie and Judy"). The album was produced by Zombie and Johnny Ramone, who had creative control over the project, right down to personally sequencing the tracklisting himself.
    • Let's just say you may never hear "The KKK Took My Baby Away" the same way again after you hear Marilyn Manson singing it; your ideas about U2 may be upended as well when you hear their version of "Beat on the Brat".
  • Stay Awake, which consists entirely of covers of Disney songs by various artists.
  • Hello Radio, a tribute to They Might Be Giants.
  • Legacy: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, where assorted artists (Jewel, Shawn Colvin, Elton John) cover a song from the Rumours album.
  • Kick at the Darkness, a tribute album to the Canadian singer Bruce Cockburn. Yielded a Covered Up version of his song "Lovers in a Dangerous Time", done by the Barenaked Ladies on that album, and now most people don't know about the original.
  • Leonard Cohen has had a few:
  • Concert for George, a 2002 tribute to George Harrison, available on CD and DVD.
  • Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles: Eagles songs performed by country artists.
  • This Bird Has Flown: An indie rock tribute to The Beatles' Rubber Soul.
    • Similarly, Sgt. Pepper Knew My Father was a benefit album for a child-abuse charity that had various artists covering all of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The most well-known contributors included WetWetWet (whose version of "With a Little Help from My Friends" went to number one), Sonic Youth and The Fall.
  • Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project was a 1997 album of covers of James Bond theme tunes by contemporary artists. The producer David Arnold went on to compose the music for the Bond films from Tomorrow Never Dies onward.
  • Dub Side of the Moon, a reggae cover of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon.
  • A Century of Covers, a tribute to Belle & Sebastian.
  • Stereogum Presents... OK X: A Tribute to OK Computer: An indie tribute to Radiohead's OK Computer.
  • Seven Swans Reimagined: Sufjan Stevens' album Seven Swans covered by various indie musicians.
  • Duran Duran merited no fewer than three tribute albums, all within the span of three years (1997 - 2000): The Duran Duran Tribute Album, featuring late '90s alt-rockers such as Deftones and Less Than Jake; UnDone: The Songs of Duran Duran, featuring Australian musical artists such as Ben Lee (with Kylie Minogue) and Something for Kate; and Glue: A Tribute to the Music of Duran Duran, a fan-driven covers album project that benefited RAINN (the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network).
  • Spin Magazine put together Nevermind: A Tribute, an album that featured various artists covering the entirety of Nirvana's Nevermind, in honor of that album's tenth anniversary. Possibly most notable for featuring two bands who went from being Covered Up by Nirvana to doing Nirvana cover songs themselves (The Meat Puppets and The Vaselines).
    • In a similar vein, Japanese label Far East Tribe Records pulled together a Nevermind tribute album for the album's twentieth anniversary, simply called Nevermind Tribute. The album is responsible for getting several bands noticed in the west for the first time, such as ONE OK ROCK and Man With a Mission.
  • RAM by Paul and Linda McCartney was the subject of three out of the blue tribute albums in recent years: Ram on L.A. and TOM were released within weeks of each other in 2009, and in 2011 a Portland musician released a re-creation of the album called The RAM Project.
  • A Led Zeppelin tribute album called Encomium was released in 1995, and features covers done by various alternative and pop groups from The '90s, including Hootie & the Blowfish, Stone Temple Pilots, Duran Duran, 4 Non Blondes, and the Rollins Band, among others.
  • In 1994, a bunch of Country Music artists got together to record a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute called Skynyrd Frynds.
  • Also in 1994 came Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved, featuring (among others) Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Wonder, Extreme, Anthrax, Yoshiki (from X Japan), and members of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. Plus Kiss themselves on a straight remake of "Hard Luck Woman"... but this time with Garth Brooks on lead vocals.
  • 1995's A Testimonial Dinner; the Songs of XTC. This one included a contribution from a group calling themselves "Terry & The Lovemen"...who were actually XTC themselves in disguise, and their contribution was a previously unreleased song that had been left off their 1989 album Oranges & Lemons.
  • 1996 saw the release of "Schoolhouse Rock Rocks", a tribute album to Schoolhouse Rock!. Highlights include Blind Melon's "Three's a Magic Number" and Better Than Ezra's "Conjunction Junction".
  • Whore: Various Artists Play Wire.
  • 1991's Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Notable for Kate Bush's cover of "Rocket Man" and The Who's cover of "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)"; Elton John is one of the few recording artists to ever cover The Who, with his version of "Pinball Wizard".
  • Mojo magazine curates one of these with pretty much every issue it releases, mostly focusing on covers of one artist or one specific album. The theme of the CD always ties in with a story in the issue.
  • For the Masses, a Depeche Mode tribute album released in 1998, mainly featured contemporary Alternative Rock bands (such as Deftones, The Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt), with a few Electronic Music artists (Meat Beat Manifesto, Apollo Four Forty) contributing too. It's also notable for focusing entirely on Depeche Mode songs written by Martin Gore, and for having a cover designed by Martyn Atkins, who frequently worked with Depeche Mode themselves as a graphic designer or video director. Additionally, Marilyn Manson were going to contribute a version of "Personal Jesus" to this album, but couldn't due to scheduling conflicts — they finally covered the song six years later and used it as a new track for their own Greatest Hits Album instead.
  • Virus 100, a Dead Kennedys tribute album that gets its name from the fact that it was the 100th release for Jello Biafra's label Alternative Tentacles. It mainly featured artists who were signed to Alternative Tentacles themselves, but notable outside contributors included Sepultura, Faith No More, L7, and Napalm Death. The album had a good deal of arrangements that completely changed the genre of the original song — aside from the metal covers, you have Faith No More playing "Let's Lynch the Landlord" as a lounge song, Mojo Nixon's country version of "Winnebago Warrior", NoMeansNo's a capella version of "Forward to Death", The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy's rap version of "California Über Alles" (with updated lyrics focusing on then-current California governor Pete Wilson), and Kramer turning "Insight" into an eerie ballad with synthesized orchestration.
  • Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three is in an odd gray area between being a tribute album and a single artist tribute, but for convenience, let's place it here: The album consisted of the current lineup of the Rollins Band collaborating with different vocalists on covers of Black Flag songs.
  • Tom's Album is unusual in that it's basically a tribute album to one song: It features twelve versions of "Tom's Diner" by Suzanne Vega — the original vocal and instrumental versions that book-ended Suzanne Vega's album Solitude Standing, plus a selection of remixes, covers, parodies, or other songs that just prominently sample it, all curated by Vega herself. The album was primarily inspired by the popularity of DNA's remix of the song, which is included note . Aside from the concept, the album is notable for featuring a bizarre cover of the song by Bingo Hand Job, a one-off collaboration between R.E.M. and Billy Bragg.
  • Star Power!, 20 Explosive Dynamic Super Smash Hit Explosions!, and 20 More Explosive Fantastic Rockin' Mega Smash Hit Explosions! are a trilogy of albums released by Pravda Records in the '90s, which featured indie and punk artists covering '70s AM radio hits: The verbose and/or excited album titles were coupled with deliberately garish, eye-searing cover art as a parody of K-tel compilations of the time. Many of the artists who contributed are fairly obscure today, but 20 Explosive Dynamic Super Smash Hit Explosions! features the The Smashing Pumpkins covering "Jackie Blue" by southern rock band The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, while 20 More Explosive Fantastic Rockin' Mega Smash Hit Explosions! has King Missile's considerably snarkier version of "Still the One" by Orleans note 
  • If I Were a Carpenter, a 1994 compilation featuring contemporary alternative artists covering songs written/made famous by the 70s pop duo Carpenters.
  • Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits from 1995 featured artists covering songs from '60s and '70s children's TV shows, such as Spider-Man: The Animated Series by The Ramones and Underdog by Butthole Surfers.
  • Fearless Records' Punk Goes... tribute series features bands like Pierce the Veil, August Burns Red, and others covering songs in various genres, like Punk Goes Pop, Punk Goes Metal, and hysterically enough, Punk Goes Crunk.
  • Urban Renewal, a soul, R&B, and hip hop tribute to Phil Collins featuring Brandy and Ol' Dirty Bastard among others. The album came about because the publishers of Collins' songs noticed a notable amount of artists in those genres asking about covering or sampling his music - As explained in Pop-Culture Isolation, Phil Collins' solo work was popular with a generation of black audiences who heard his eighties hits on "urban" radio stations but didn't know of his roots in Progressive Rock with Genesis. It received negative reviews for being a Phil Collins tribute album released at the time of his hatedom's height.
  • Twisted Forever – A Tribute to the Legendary Twisted Sister.
  • The Power & The Passion, where Australian bands cover Midnight Oil.
  • Sharin' in the Groove, featuring covers of Phish songs. This album is a bit of a twist on a typical tribute album; Instead of featuring artists inspired by Phish, it instead included songs from acts who were contemporaries of the band (Los Lobos, Pavement side-project The Preston School of Industry), artists who were influences on Phish (Son Seals, Little Feat, Tom Tom Club), famous admirers of the band (Jimmy Buffett, Arlo Guthrie) or friends with its members (Boredoms, Dave Matthews, Phish lyricist Tom Marshall's band Amfibian). The album even includes a contribution from Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, who composed an orchestral medley of two Phish songs, performed for the project by the Vermont Youth Orchestra.
  • Songs From The Neighborhood is this for the TV series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, with artists like Amy Grant and Donna Summer performing songs that Fred Rogers sung on his series. The album also includes a Rewritten Pop Version of "Thank You For Being You", a song from another PBS Kids show, The Noddy Shop. A sequel album, Thank You, Mister Rogers: Music & Memories, featuring artists like Tom Bergeron and Kellie Pickler, was released in 2019, featuring many of the same songs.
  • The compilation album When Pigs Fly: Songs You Never Thought You'd Hear, featuring artists such as Devo, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ani DiFranco and Jackie Chan, Roy Clark, and Herman's Hermits covering popular songs they'd be considered unlikely to cover (such as Herman's Hermits covering Billy Idol's "White Wedding" and the Oak Ridge Boys performing Kansas' "Carry on Wayward Son").
  • Salvation - Inspired by The Cranberries, featuring covers of The Cranberries by Irish musicians like Sinéad O'Connor.

Single Artist Tributes:

  • Rock 'n' Roll by John Lennon.
  • Garage Inc. by Metallica.
  • "The Spaghetti Incident?" by Guns N' Roses.
    • Brazilian band Ratos de Portão spoofed this with "Feijoada Acidente?", which had two versions, Brasil (local punk bands, including RxDxPx themselves) and International.
  • Undisputed Attitude, by Slayer (but while the band is Thrash Metal, the songs are Hardcore Punk covers, and a few original songs in Hardcore Punk style.)note .
  • Feedback by Rush. Released in honor of the group's 30th anniversary is a collection of favorite 1960s songs.
  • Songs from the Mirror by Fish.
  • Thank You by Duran Duran.
  • Famous Blue Raincoat by Jennifer Warnes.
  • Hymns of the 49th Parallel by k.d. lang.
  • Strange Little Girls by Tori Amos is loosely themed as "covers of songs written by men about women".
  • Other People's Songs by Erasure.
  • Any album by Pat Boone.
  • A Singer Must Die by Steven Page and the Art of Time Ensemble.
  • Peter Gabriel's Scratch My Back.
    • Though it's closer in form to a Tribute Album, And I'll Scratch Yours is a companion piece: The original concept was to have all of the artists who Gabriel covered on Scratch My Back record Peter Gabriel covers themselves. In the end, four of the artists covered on Scratch My Back declined to record anything for And I'll Scratch Yours, and two artists who Peter Gabriel didn't cover at all note  appeared on the album just to make up the difference.
  • The Band's Moondog Matinee.
  • Johnny Cash's American Recordings.
  • David Bowie's Pin Ups.
  • Ozzy Osbourne's Under Cover.
  • Bob Seger's Smokin' O.P.'s.
  • Dream Theater have a fondness for tributing their influences. They've covered and recorded several classic albums on stage, such as Iron Maiden's The Number of the Beast, Metallica's Master of Puppets, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon and Deep Purple's Made In Japan. Recently, they've launched a special edition of their latest album with a Cover Album featuring six different covers. Not to mention both volumes of the official bootleg Uncovered.
    • Their keyboardist Jordan Rudess has also released at least three albums consisting largely of covers. Perhaps most notable is The Road Home, which, except for one track, consists of covers of classic Progressive Rock material (with Emerson, Lake & Palmer's "Tarkus" probably being the most impressive; Keith Emerson himself, who was sparse with his praise for others' performances of his material, loved it). Four of these are full band arrangements and the fifth is a piano-and-voice medley of four songs. ("Piece of the π" is an original instrumental.) He also has two albums that consist largely of covers, but just barely miss the cutoff for this trope due to containing too many original songs.note 
  • Helloween's Metal Jukebox.
  • Queensrÿche's Take Cover.
  • Stryper's The Covering.
  • Axel Rudi Pell's Diamonds Unlocked.
  • Hammerfall's Masterpieces.
  • Sepultura's Revolusongs EP.
  • From Sepultura's native Brazil, there are a few cases, but to highlight ones in English (which are also single artist tributes), Matanza's To Hell with Johnny Cash, and Zé Ramalho Canta Beatles (Ramalho also had one with Bob Dylan, though there he made Portuguese versions of the songs).
  • Nineteeneighties by Grant-Lee Phillips covers songs from The '80s.
  • The Cover Record and Jukebox by Cat Power. The latter does have two originals, one of which is a rearranged version of "Metal Heart", one of her earlier songs.
  • Covers, an EP by Greg Laswell.
  • Primus' Rhinoplasty has two live recordings of Primus' original songs as "bonus tracks", but since this trope allows at least one or two original songs, it counts.
  • Renegades by Rage Against the Machine is all about covers.
  • The Flaming Lips' The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon. Take a wild guess as to what album is being covered.
  • Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet (aka "Sid and Susie"), Under the Covers Vol. 1 (favorite songs from The '60s), Vol. 2 (The '70s), and Vol. 3 (The '80s).
  • Bob Dylan's (frequently overlooked) self-titled first album, Bob Dylan (1962) was composed almost entirely renditions of folk standards, with only two (not particularly inspired) original compositions.
  • Similarly, Anne Brigg's self-titled LP was 8 tracks of English folk songs with two original songs.
  • The Russian Album by Paul McCartney (originally a USSR-exclusive release, but went international in 1991)
    • Run Devil Run is an accidental subversion; it was intended to be a Cover Album and is mostly covers, but two of the three original songs on it are perhaps the best-known on the album. (This is what you get when you allow someone else to pick which songs make the album.)
    • Kisses on the Bottom is another album of mostly covers, this time formative pop standards Paul listened to as a youngster and two originals.
  • Rod Stewart's Great American Songbook series of Tin Pan Alley standards, and all the similar albums by other artists (including Cyndi Lauper, Bette Midler and Art Garfunkel).
  • Under the Influence by Alan Jackson.
  • Timeless by Martina Mc Bride.
  • Starting Over by Reba Mc Entire.
  • LeAnn Rimes' Self-Titled Album.
  • Paul Anka's Rock Swings.
  • Mockingbird by Allison Moorer.
  • Songs We Didn't Write by Ghoti Hook.
  • Greased by Less Than Jake is the songs from Grease in their Ska Punk style. TV/EP does the same with TV Theme Tunes and commercial jingles - though it's an EP with an under 20 minute runtime, they manage to fit sixteen songs in.
  • Osso's Run Rabbit Run is an odd borderline case. They covered the entirety of Sufjan Stevens' album Enjoy Your Rabbit, but Osso themselves had gotten their start backing Sufjan on two of his prior releases (Illinois and Song For Christmas, Vol. V).
  • Coverkill by Overkill.
  • Four Year Strong Explains It All, a cover album consisting entirely of Four Year Strong doing 90s songs.
  • Westlife's Allow Us to Be Frank is entirely composed of Frank Sinatra covers. Yes, the title is a pun.
  • Camper Van Beethoven covered the entire Fleetwood Mac album Tusk (under the same album title, of course).
  • Cracker's Countrysides consists of seven country covers, one Bruce Springsteen cover performed country style, and one original song.
  • The Residents, being big fans of The Cover Changes the Meaning and the Concept Album, have quite a few: The Third Reich 'n Roll is two sidelong medleys of deranged '60s and '70s pop covers, The King and Eye consists of Elvis covers with some between-song narration about the rise and fall of Elvis himself, George And James covers George Gershwin and James Brown, and Stars And Hank Forever covers John Phillip Sousa and Hank Williams. The latter two were originally going to be part of a lengthy series of two-artist cover albums that eventually got scrapped.
    • I Am A Resident! is an odd deconstruction of a "tribute album": First the band asked fans to submit their own cover versions of Residents songs, then they created "mash ups" by combining elements of different covers of the same song with each other.
  • Ministry's The Cover Up, which combines three previously released cover songs with covers recorded specifically for the album.
  • A Perfect Circle's Emotive, an album of politically-themed covers with a pair of original songs. Interestingly, those two originals are really only kind of original - "Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums" is a drastic re-arrangement of their earlier song "Pet", while "Passive" was originally co-written by members of the band and Trent Reznor for the defunct Super Group Tapeworm.
  • Vanilla Fudge's 1967 self-titled debut consists of covers of hit songs from the previous three years, including one of the Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On", all of them with slower tempos, thundering rhythms and dramatic vocals.
  • Beach Boys' Party! by The Beach Boys was a quickly-recorded cover album to buy Brian Wilson more time to create Pet Sounds.
    • And on the subject of Brian Wilson, the man himself recorded two cover albums consisting of George Gershwin and Disney tunes, respectively.
  • Michael McDonald recorded two albums of Motown covers.
  • Sacred Cows by The Swirling Eddies was an album of parodic cover versions (often employing Stylistic Suck) of the most popular Christian rock songs of the moment. Thus, De Garmo and Key's "God Good Devil Bad" was performed as if Terry Scott Taylor was recovering from a blow to the head; Amy Grant's "Baby Baby" was performed like a hotel lobby karaoke performance; dc Talk's "I Luv Rap Music" was performed in lounge lizard style.
  • The Hollies had a few. Hollies Sing Dylan was an album of Bob Dylan covers, and Buddy Holly was an album of Buddy Holly covers. Additionally, the group's first album, Stay with the Hollies, contained 14 tracks, only one of which was an original composition.
  • George Michael's Songs from the Last Century, an album of covers mostly from the 20s to the 50s.
  • Toto released Through the Looking Glass, all covers of songs which inspired the band.
  • Robbie Williams recorded Swing When You're Winning, its title a pun on his previous album Sing When You're Winning, following the success of a song for the Bridget Jones' Diary soundtrack. It featured one original song which fit in with the theme and which Robbie had waiting for a suitable album to release it on, and several duets including ones with Nicole Kidman and the late Frank Sinatra.
  • UB40 released four different cover albums, each titled Labour of Love.
  • Joy Electric's Favorites at Play. Ronnie Martin of JE initially wanted to record an album covering the songs and artists that had influenced him. Then he realized that it would have been a bunch of 80s songs, and the last thing the world needed was yet another piece of 80s nostalgia. So he swung in the opposite direction and covered a bunch of songs that had just been released in the prior five years (2004-2009).
  • Foo Fighters' limited edition Medium Rare.
  • Live Frogs Set 2 by Les Claypool's Frog Brigade is an entire-album cover of Animals by Pink Floyd. Live Frogs Set 1 also consists only of covers, but most of them were originally by some of Les Claypool's other projects.
  • On the first album by Fozzy (the self-titled one), eight out of ten songs are covers.
  • The Hit List by Joan Jett.
  • The Director's Cut by Fantômas, which has them covering movie themes in their own avant garde metal style.
  • Rise Above by Dirty Projectors is a cover of most of Black Flag's Damaged. It's pretty far afield from the original versions, in part because band leader Dave Longstreth hadn't heard the actual album in 15 years and purposely avoided revisiting the material aside from the lyrics.
  • Metalcore band Coalesce have There Is Nothing New Under the Sun, an EP of Led Zeppelin covers. A later reissue stretched it to album length by including more covers (of The Get Up Kids, Boysetsfire, Black Sabbath and Undertow), one original, and some alternate takes of the Zeppelin songs.
  • The Crust Brothers' only release, Marquee Mark, is a live set consisting almost entirely of covers (notably the first six songs are all either by Bob Dylan or else are songs by The Band that first appeared on Dylan and The Band's Basement Tapes). The rendition of Silkworm's "Never Met a Man I Didn't Like" may or may not qualify as a cover because The Crust Brothers were Silkworm collaborating with Pavement's Stephen Malkmus.
  • Def Leppard had the album Yeah!, which covered songs by some of their main influences.
  • Michael Bolton released Timeless: The Classics, which was recorded at least in part to spite critics who went after him for doing so many cover songs (one of which had won him a Grammy).
  • Aerosmith's Honkin' on Bobo, in which they cover old blues songs.
  • Claw Hammer's Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Not Devo is a track for track cover of Devo's Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!. It also included covers of Brian Eno's "Blank Frank" and Patti Smith's "Pumping (My Heart)", along with a short jokey Led Zeppelin medley and an introductory skit explaining their reasoning behind covering the album.
  • Petra Haden (who played in alternate band that dog, and did some violin for the Foo Fighters) did an a cappella version of The Who Sell Out by The Who - as in, every single instrument was covered with her voice. Her later album Petra Goes to the Movies mostly takes the same all a capella approach to songs from film scores - this time there were a few covers that included conventional instruments.
  • Counting Crows' Underwater Sunshine: While there are a few pretty well-known songs on the album (Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere", Pure Prairie League's "Amie", and The Faces' "Ooh La La", for instance), the overall focus seemed to be on covering artists that they feel deserved more attention.
  • The Insane Clown Posse's Smothered, Covered, & Chunked is an album that's only found in a certain edition on their The Mighty Death Pop! album. They do have other artists on some of their covers, such as Lil Wyte, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, and the rest of their Psychopathic Records artists, and although they do include some pop songs (such as Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful", Tears for Fears' "Shout", Michael Jackson & Mick Jagger's "State of Shock", and even Yo Gabba Gabba!'s "Hold Still"), it's basically them covering the late '80s/early-to-mid '90s rap artists that ended up influencing them.
  • K. McCarty's Dead Dog's Eyeball: Songs of Daniel Johnston. Another case of a one album band whose only release is a cover album - though she previously sang original material as a member of the band Glass Eye, she only did a solo album in the hopes of helping Daniel Johnston get some more recognition, and hasn't released anything else since.
  • Dump's That Skinny Motherfucker with the High Voice? is an album of lo-fi Prince covers - though technically "A Love Bizarre" was a Sheila E. song with heavy involvement by Prince. By the way, the Intentionally Awkward Title is a Shout-Out to the Prince song "Bob George", which doesn't actually get covered on the album.
  • Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey of Supergrass formed a cover band side project called The Hotrats - their lone album Turn Ons consisted of 12 cover songs.
  • Mark Kozelek of Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon has an AC/DC cover album titled What's Next to the Moon? as well as Sun Kil Moon's Modest Mouse cover album Tiny Cities.
  • Patti Smith's album Twelve is a collection of famous rock songs such as "White Rabbit" and "Gimme Shelter".
  • Laibach covered almost all of Let It Be in pseudo-fascist industrial style, minus the title track, and with "Maggie Mae" replaced by a German folk song.
  • Simple Minds "Neon Lights" album, and the bonus disc of "Graffiti Soul", "Searching for the Lost Boys".
  • Mandy Moore recorded "Coverage" in 2003, a collection of covers of '70s and '80s songs. It was one of her first albums that allowed her to break out of the Pop Princess stereotype.
  • In The '90s, there was something of an unofficial series of albums where a punk band would cover a The Ramones album in full. Screeching Weasel's 1992 cover of Ramones seemed to kick off the trend, and was notable for emulating the original album's production by consistently placing the guitar in the left speaker and bass in the right. Later came The Victims' Leave Home, The Queers' Rocket to Russia, The Mr. T Experience's Road to Ruin, Parasites' It's Alive! note , Boris The Sprinkler's End of the Century note , and Beatnik Termites' Pleasant Dreams.
    • Ramones themselves have Acid Eaters, which much like Rush's Feedback above, is mainly a collection of 60s songs that influenced them.
  • Holly Cole did an entire album of Tom Waits covers called "Temptation".
  • Chulahoma by The Black Keys is a tribute to Mississippi bluesman Junior Kimbrough. The final track is an answering machine message left by Kimbrough's widow commending the band.
  • Ulver's Childhood's End is made up entirely of covers of mostly very obscure songs from the late-sixties psychedelic era. By far the best known song covered is Jefferson Airplane's "Today".
  • Side 1 of Todd Rundgren's Faithful features his near-perfect reproductions of '60s songs from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Yardbirds, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix.
  • Melvins' Everybody Loves Sausages is a fairly eclectic one, with material ranging from obscure Hardcore Punk songs to Venom, Queen, Throbbing Gristle, and the title theme to early John Waters film Female Trouble.
  • Local H's Awesome Mix Tape Vol. 1, as well as its sequel.
  • A fusion of both types with Santana's Guitar Heaven: Carlos playing classic rock under the voices of a who's who of 90s/early 00s vocalists, including "Whole Lotta Love" with Chris Cornell,"Smoke on the Water" with Jacobby Shaddix, and "Riders on the Storm" with Chester Bennington (and Ray Manzerek!).
  • The Blue Aeroplanes' 2007 Harvester album is a single label tribute. The Aeroplanes were signed to Harvest Records (EMI's imprint for Progressive Rock and related genres), and the album consisted of their covering songs by various Harvest bands (most notably Pink Floyd and Deep Purple).
  • Clan of Xymox's Kindred Spirits includes covers of David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure, The Sisters of Mercy, Radiohead, and Joy Division/New Order.
  • Sonique's Don't Give a Damn consists of James Bond theme tune covers.
  • The Anthems EP by Anthrax focuses entirely on songs from the '70s, which is reasonable for a band with some 20-30 cover songs across their discography. The title comes from "Anthem" by Rush (one of the songs performed).
  • Anastacia's It's a Man's World, a cover album of songs originally performed by male artists or singers (such as Kings of Leon, Guns N' Roses, Foo Fighters, and Led Zeppelin).
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' Kicking Against the Pricks, a very varied assortment of folk, blues, country, rock and pop numbers.
  • Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones' Foreverly is a song for song cover of The Everly Brothers' Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. Songs Our Daddy Taught Us itself consisted entirely of cover songs and traditional folk songs, which makes Foreverly a cover album of a cover album.
  • Garth Brooks' Blame It All on My Roots box set contains four CDs of covers, each with its own title (Blue Eyed Soul, Classic Rock, Country Classics, and Melting Pot).
  • Richard Thompson's 1000 Years of Popular Music, which goes in chronological order from "Sumer Is Icumen In" to "Oops I Did It Again". Supposedly, this was inspired when Playboy magazine asked him for his list of "greatest songs ever", and accused him of trolling when it included songs over fifty years old.
  • John Legend & The Roots' Wake Up! is based around covers of Soul songs from the '60s and '70s - more specifically ones that were lesser-known and had lyrics dealing with social and political themes. Though several of the interpretations include new A Wild Rapper Appears! verses, the only fully original song is closing track "Shine".
  • Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' Raising Sand, which had the duo working with a backing band and covering songs chosen by Record Producer T-Bone Burnett. There is one song that could sort of be termed an original: "Please Read the Letter" was co-written by Plant, but it's a new recording of a song that first appeared ten years earlier on the Jimmy Page And Robert Plant album Walking Into Clarksdale.
  • Happy Together by the Leningrad Cowboys with the Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble.
  • We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions by Bruce Springsteen, a collection of folk songs, most of which were recorded by folksinger Pete Seeger.
  • Mutt by Lost Dogs is an odd one. Lost Dogs is a supergroup, consisting (at the time of Mutt) of the frontmen of Daniel Amos, The 77s, and The Choir. For that album, they covered songs by all three of those bands—with each member only singing on the songs they didn't originally write.
  • Songs by psychedelic Soul band Rotary Connection is a collection of radically-altered cover versions of artists ranging from Otis Redding to The Rolling Stones, and no less than three Cream songs! With Minnie Riperton (yes, who later be famous for "Loving You" years later) on lead vocals on most when she isn't doing who trademark high-pitched backing vocals.
  • Francesco Zappa (1984) by Frank Zappa is an unusual example as Zappa used plays music by 18th century classical composer Francesco Zappa on his Synclavier computer. In other words, he doesn't actually cover him as he just lets his computer play the scores.
  • Switched-On Bach by Wendy Carlos is an example of Electronic Music playing work by Johann Sebastian Bach.
  • Five Live Yardbirds by The Yardbirds is comprised of nothing but blues and R&B covers, all played live.
  • Going Back by Phil Collins is an album of his versions of soul and Motown standards from The '60s.
  • Under The Covers by Ninja Sex Party in collaboration with Tupperware Remix Party. Covers a selection of late '70s and '80s songs, including "Rock with You" by Michael Jackson, "Take on Me" by a-ha, and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears. The album's follow-up, appropriately titled Under the Covers Vol. 2, features solely '80s songs.
  • Linda Ronstadt recorded a trio of albums of jazz standards in the 1980s (What's New, Lush Life and For Sentimental Reasons) with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, followed in 2004 with another album of jazz standards (Hummin' to Myself) with a jazz combo.
    • Ronstadt's 1987 album Canciones de Mi Padre was a collection of traditional Mexican folk songs.
  • New Found Glory have From the Screen to Your Stereo and From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II, which are the Signature Songs from well known movies like Titanic and Napoleon Dynamite, and the Mania EP, which consists of The Ramones songs.
  • Marsheaux's A Broken Frame is a full-length cover of the Depeche Mode album of the same name.
  • Apoptygma Berzerk's Sonic Diary.
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers' digital-only Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Covers EP: To celebrate being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame themselves, the band released an EP of covers of past inductees. All six covers were previously released (the already-mentioned cover of Ramones' "Havana Affair" also appears here, for instance), but four of them were previously unavailable digitally.
  • Information Society's Orders of Magnitude, which even covers "Capital I" from Sesame Street and "Heffalumps and Wooozles" from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
  • Marvelous Clouds by Aaron Freeman consists entirely of Rod McKuen covers.
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  • Whitesnake has an unusual case in The Purple Album, where all of the songs are Deep Purple ones... back when Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale was in said band.
  • Another unusual case is Lionel Richie's 2012 album Tuskegee, made up entirely of reinterpretations of songs he wrote in full or part. Most are from Richie's solo career, though a couple were first recorded by his former band Commodores and one by Kenny Rogers. As for the reinterpretations, all but one are collaborations with then-current country acts; the exception is one with Jimmy Buffett.
  • Powerman 5000's Copies Clones & Replicants.
  • Leaether Strip's album of Depeche Mode covers.
  • Ann Wilson's Immortal, meant to pay tribute to rock or pop musicians who passed away in the 2010s - the significance of the title being that their music would always be remembered. Most of the original artists were primarily solo performers, but sometimes she covers songs by groups in honor of one particular member: For instance, Chris Cornell is represented by "I Am The Highway" (originally by Audioslave) rather than a song from any of his solo albums.
  • Ricardo Iorio:
    • Hermética's "Intérpretes".
    • As a solo artist, he has "Ayer Deseo, Hoy Realidad" and "Tangos y Milongas".
  • Weezer (The Teal Album) by Weezer
  • Peter Hollens: In "The Greatest Showman A Capella", he sings multi-track vocals of the entire songtrack from The Greatest Showman.
  • Duet All Night Long by Reel Big Fish and Zolof The Rock And Roll Destroyer: Every other track is one of the aforementioned bands or the other performing a cover. The other gimmick is that every song is performed as a duet - Zolof's Rachel Minton appears on every Reel Big Fish track, and Reel Big Fish's Aaron Bartlett appears on almost every Zolof track (On Zolof's version of "Say Say Say", Reel Big Fish's Scott Klopfenstein gets to Step Up to the Microphone instead)
  • A Flower Bookmark and A Flower Bookmark 2 by IU are remake albums, a tribute to some classic Korean songs she admires.
  • Leeni's Lovefool EP covers songs from Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, including The Cardigans' "Lovefool".
  • Pabllo Vittar's debut EP, Open Bar, consists entirely of Portuguese versions of pop songs.
  • "Reload" by Tom Jones is, with the exception of newly-written "Sex Bomb", entirely cover versions of other artist's songs recorded as duets with a third artist/band e.g. a cover of "Burning Down the House" by Talking Heads as a collaboration between Jones and The Cardigans.
  • Zonkey by Umphree's McGee is a mash-up cover album - based on a feature of their live Halloween sets, they combine elements of two or more cover songs into one track, sometimes adding pieces of their own original songs too. For instance "National Loser Anthem" starts out as the lyrics of Beck's "Loser" set to the music of Radiohead's "National Anthem", and eventually adds "In The Air Tonight" into the mix.
  • Built To Spill Plays The Songs Of Daniel Johnston. After being asked to perform as Daniel Johnston's backup band for a few dates of a tour, Built To Spill decided to record their arrangements of his songs in studio (with Doug Martsch on vocals) without any intention of actually releasing them. After Johnston's death, they decided to put the album out as a tribute.
  • Real Life's Send Me an Angel - 80s Synth Essentials includes a 2009 remake of their own "Send Me An Angel" and 12 other covers of 80s synthpop hits such as "Sweet Dreams", "Fade to Grey", "Cars", "Everything Counts", "Blue Monday", "Primary", "Shout", "Tainted Love", and "The Model".

Holiday themed albums:

  • Merry Christmas by Bing Crosby, the best-selling Christmas album of all time, all covers.
  • Christmas in the Heart by Bob Dylan, an album full with covers of Christmas carols.
  • Weezer's Christmas With Weezer EP, also consisting entirely of Christmas carols. The band originally recorded the songs for a Tap Tap mobile Rhythm Game of the same name, then released the songs on their own with alternate mixes and added backing vocals.
  • Bad Religion's Christmas Songs - there's one original, and it's The Not-Remix of one of their old singles, "American Jesus".
  • Erasure's Snow Globe features covers of both well-known and obscure Christmas tunes, in addition to the five original songs.

Cover albums by artists who are predominantly cover artists.

  • A lot of folk, country and traditional music performers will bring out albums where they play traditionals and standards, rather than their own material.
    • In fact, during the 1950s and 1960s, it was common for many country artists to record albums of songs entirely by one particular songwriter; one notable example is Buck Owens' 1961 album Buck Owens Sings Harlan Howard. Frequently, several of the songs on such albums had been (or would later be) big hits for other artists. One example on Owens' Buck Sings Harlan album is "Heartaches by the Number", which had been a top 5 country hit for Ray Price two years earlier.
  • The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings by Louis Armstrong is a collection of mostly traditionals and jazz originals that were circulating around the time Armstrong and his band recorded them. Some of them are own compositions, but most of them were already covers back then.
  • The Complete Recordings by Robert Johnson is an album with all his recordings, yet most of them were traditionals and blues songs that other artists were already singing at the time. Johnson covered them, added his own lyrics here and there and used different melodies sometimes too.
  • Billie Holiday covered other people's songs, but she managed to make the material personal by her delivery and the listener's knowledge of her tragic life. A good example is her album Lady in Satin, which was recorded one year before her death.
  • Jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughan's entire career is made of cover albums, including Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown (1957) and Live in Japan (1973).
  • Frank Sinatra mostly covered material by songwriters, as was common for crooners in his day. Examples are the albums Songs for Young Lovers and Songs for Swingin' Lovers!. Even My Way is a complete cover album.
  • Elvis Presley's Elvis Presley, Elvis and From Elvis in Memphis are all cover albums, since Elvis never wrote his own material.
  • With a Little Help from My Friends and Mad Dogs and Englishmen by Joe Cocker; the latter is also a Live Album.
  • Sid Vicious solo album Sid Sings (1979) has nothing but covers, except for one solo rendition of one Sex Pistols song.
  • The Muppets have brought out two cover albums, Muppet Beach Party and Kermit Unpigged.
  • The self-titled (and only) album by Replicants was entirely covers of songs by artists active in the seventies, mostly split between New Wave Music (The Cars, Gary Numan, Missing Persons) and album rock (Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, John Lennon). Their name, aside from being a Shout-Out to Blade Runner, was also a tongue-in-cheek acknowledgement that they were just replicating songs already written and performed by other artists. The group featured ex-members of tool and Failure, and the album was perhaps best known for the fact that they got Maynard James Keenan to sing Paul McCartney's "Silly Love Songs".
  • The Four Freshmen mostly did covers of jazz and pop standards, although they sometimes included an original or two in their albums.
  • Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute which featured artists like Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Van Morrison doing covers of Jimmie Rodgers songs.
  • Post Modern Jukebox's Retro stock and trade.
  • The Kidz Bop series, currently on album 40, tries to cover songs only using children's voices. They have attracted some attention from Moral Guardians because of the fact that some of their songs have explicit lyrics.
    • For the EVEN younger set there's the Rockabye Baby series, featuring lullaby renditions of songs by almost everyone (The Beatles, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, you name it!)

Alternative Title(s): Tribute Album


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