You are here: Home The List 15 Best Cover Songs of All Time 15 Best Cover Songs of All Time Videos by American Songwriter Videos by American Songwriter Follow American Songwriter for More Breaking News Facebook Twitter instagram pinterest youtube by Jeff Terich October 27, 2019, 9:33 am 28 Comments Think you have what it takes to write a hit song? Click here to enter our lyric contest and prove it! ELVIS PRESLEY, “HOUND DOG”: Written by songwriting team and future Brill Building alumni Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, “Hound Dog” first garnered fame through a performance by Big Mama Thornton, whose version was a bawdy and rowdy R&B track rife with sexual innuendo. After hearing it performed by Freddie Bell and the Bellboys, however, Elvis Presley recorded his own version (using Bells’ altered lyrics), released as a B-side to “Don’t Be Cruel.” After it became a hit, however, the single was re-released with the A- and B-sides flipped. Page 1 of 15Previous 123456789101112131415Next See more Previous article Daily Discovery: Hailey Whitters, “Heartland” Next article New Jimi Hendrix Collection Includes Photos, Handwritten Lyrics, Artwork, Cover Images 28 Comments Leave a Reply Lots of excellent choices here, in the original list and in the comments. I’d nominate Emmylou Harris’s version of Townes Van Zandt’s “Pancho and Lefty.” (And re. Hallelujah — I’ve always preferred Cohen’s understated original, but whatever version you prefer, plesae, I beg you, don’t add any more — let the poor song be.) Log in to Reply I’ve got to say I love the covers that Cassandra Wilson has done; “Hellhound On My Trail” (Robert Johnson), “Death Letter” (Son House), “Harvest Moon” (Neil Young), “Tupelo Honey” (Van Morrison), “Last Train to Clarksville”, “If Loving You is Wrong”, just to name a few. Log in to Reply A MUST for adding to this list: Manfred Mann’s “Blinded By The Light”! Log in to Reply Great list. I love cover music so much. My favorite is HALLELUJAH. I’ve also encounter with this cool cover for 5 years from David Bowie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZjL1QMMG9c Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyOnly members can comment. Become a member. Already a member? Log In.