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Covers That Are Better
Than the Original Songs

January 13, 2006
Blog
Column
Writer: Dorian Lynskey

Song

Artist

Recommended by

1

Gloria

Patti Smith

Will

2

Black Steel

Tricky

Dcowie

3

Only Love Can Break Your Heart

Saint Etienne

Alison

4

Your Song

Billy Paul

Moma

5

By the Time I Get to Phoenix

Isaac Hayes

jasona parkes

6

My Favourite Things

John Coltrane

WKB

7

Song to the Siren

This Mortal Coil

alexkintner

8

Hallelujah

Jeff Buckley

Luke the Drifter

9

Hurt

Johnny Cash

Luke the Drifter

10

Heartbeats

Jose Gonzalez

Alex Little

Favorite Picks

Below are the most popular picks for this category, some of which (four of them) made Dorian's final playlist above. As Dorian explained, the RR playlist is not a popularity contest but a compilation of reader recommended songs that he thinks work well together. But he thought it would be interesting to list the most popular suggestions as there was such a large response to the topic. This was the first time Dorian offered an alternative playlist. Later a B List became a regular feature in the blog.
 

Song

Artist

1

Hurt

Johnny Cash

2

All Along the Watchtower

Jimi Hendrix

3

Hallelujah

Jeff Buckley

4

I Heard It Through the Grapevine

The Slits

5

Only Love Can Break Your Heart

Saint Etienne

6

Respect

Aretha Franklin

7

Jolene

The White Stripes

8

Wuthering Heights

China Drum

9

Hallelujah

John Cale

10

Song to the Siren

This Mortal Coil

 

 

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