The Telegraph (not exactly the pop music-minded of the newspapers) have published a list of the best 50 covers of all time. While I’d probably agree with the winner (Jimi Hendrix’s All Along The Watchtower), and some of the other entries, I’m shocked at the omission of The Stranglers version of Walk On By. Shirley Bassey’s Light My Fire could do with going there too. And Johnny Cash’s Personal Jesus. And while we’re at it – The White Stripes’ Jolene and Nirvana’s unplugged version of The Man Who Sold The World. Maybe Radiohead doing Nobody Does It Better too.
The article loses severe credibility by including the vile Joss Stone cover, Fell In Love With a Boy [sic] though. Anyone got any more that should (or shouldn’t) have been in there?
Update: While I’m at it, I thought the Gary Jules cover of Mad World, which is also in the list, is quite dull and inferior to the original. But I believe this is a minority view.