You are here: Home The List 15 Best Cover Songs of All Time 15 Best Cover Songs of All Time Follow American Songwriter for More Breaking News Facebook Twitter instagram pinterest youtube by Jeff Terich October 27, 2019, 9:33 am 28 Comments JOHNNY CASH, “HURT”: When Johnny Cash teamed up with Rick Rubin in the 1990s, he tried his hand at a number of covers of songs by Tom Petty, Beck, Nick Cave and U2, to name a few. But the unlikely recording of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” proved the most surprisingly poignant. Released just a year before Cash’s death, this version of “Hurt” provided new meaning to the original. Cash strips the song of its self-destructive angst and turns it into a song of reflection from an aging and frail artist. The video – juxtaposing images of a young Johnny Cash against images of a run-down Johnny Cash museum – provided an added layer, making it into a powerful statement about aging and death. Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, for one, was moved by the song, stating, “That song isn’t mine anymore.” Page 14 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.