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 THE KINGSMEN, “LOUIE, LOUIE”: An emblem of chaotic, rock and roll mayhem, “Louie, Louie” is more or less a party song, but in 1964, it earned its place in pop music notoriety. Originally written by Richard Berry in the fashion of a Jamaican ballad about a sailor returning to his paramour, The Kingsmen made it louder, messier and completely indecipherable. This led some concerned parents to complain about its supposed “obscene” content, which prompted an FBI investigation into the song. The Feds came up empty of course, but for a brief moment, “Louie, Louie” was the most dangerous song in America. Page 4 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.