Top 10 Beatles Cover Songs
The Beatles were arguably the most iconic and influential band of the 20th century. After enjoying success on their debut single "Love me do" in 1962, they would spend the remainder of the '60s delivering hit after hit, including 27 tracks that topped the charts at #1. Their groundbreaking catalog of music can be heard just about anywhere. Artists across the world have been covering their beloved Beatles' tunes. Here are 10 of our favorites.
10. James Taylor - "Day Tripper"
In 1979, James Taylor released his ninth studio album, Flag. Though it was not one of his best perceived albums, it features a groovy take on the 1966 Beatles' hit "Day Tripper."
9. The Black Crowes - "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
The Black Crowes recorded their rendition of the song in 2002 for the I Am Sam original soundtrack. The soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy Award, and consists only of Beatles' covers recorded in the same musical timing as the original Beatles' recordings.
8. Al Green - "Get Back"
The Beatles originally released "Get Back" as a single on April 11, 1969, and Al Green wasted no time giving the song a Memphis blues twist on his album Green Is Blues, released in 1969. He also recorded a cover of "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" on that same record.
7. The Tubes - "I Saw Her Standing There"
A lot of people probably didn't think they'd ever hear a punk band covering the Beatles, but punk bands have always had a way of not caring much about what most people think. So, strap in, put on some acid washed jeans, and enjoy as The Tubes tear through "I Saw Her Standing There."
6. Ozzy Osbourne "In My Life"
Recorded on the album Under Cover in 2005, the song "In My Life" seems to be one of importance to Ozzy, and you can feel it in his poignant delivery of the tune. He also released a heartfelt music video for his take, highlighting moments in his personal life, and career in music.
5. Otis Redding - "A Hard Day's Night"
Otis Redding recorded a live show at the world famous Whisky A Go-Go in April of 1966, where he gave a soul-filled cover of the Beatles' number-one hit "A Hard Day's Night." Otis was known for leaving it all out on the stage, and this performance goes to show why.
4. Wilson Pickett - "Hey Jude"
In November of 1968, Wilson Pickett was recording an LP in Muscle Shoals, Alabama when Duane Allman suggested that he covered "Hey Jude." The Beatles had just released the single a couple months earlier, and although Pickett was hesitant, he went for it. The soulful, aggressive cover is punctuated by Allman's dynamic closing guitar solo.
3. Joe Cocker - "With A Little Help From My Friends"
"With A Little Help From My Friends" is probably the most popular song to cover as far as Beatles' tunes go. Many artists such as Widespread Panic, Mumford & Sons, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and more have given the song a crack of their own. That said, none have done it better than Mr. Joe Cocker. He slowed the song down to a 6/8 meter, changed up a few chords, and blew everyone away. His version would go on to make it to the top of the UK charts in 1968.
2. Stevie Wonder - "We Can Work It Out"
The Beatles meet funk. Released as a single in 1965, "We Can Work It Out" was brought back to life on Stevie Wonder's 1970 album, Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Stevie truly made the song his own, and many have argued that he is the one artist to cover a Beatles' song better than The Beatles themselves.
George Harrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and these artists got together on stage to pay tribute with a howling rendition of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." Although the performance was nearly flawless all in all, one thing stood out and made this cover top my list; Prince. He appeared out of darkness to take the stage with a chilling guitar solo that commanded the attention of all eyes and ears in the building. "It was electric," Tom Petty recalled in an interview with New York Times. Prince finished his three-minute solo, and tossed his guitar straight up into the air, only to never see it come back down. A sacrifice to the guitar gods.