UG's Top 10 Best Cover Songs

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UG's Top 10 Best Cover Songs
On Wednesday we asked you about the best cover songs of all time. We've collected the results and pulled the best cover songs ever. There's a few entries you might expect, but several that might surprise you. And, as usual, UG readers pulled another classic prank and voted a hilarious but worthy entry to number 1. See if you can guess what it is before scrolling down. So make a cup of tea, grab a guitar, and play along to the best cover songs ever.

10. Metallica covers "Turn The Page" by Bob Seger

The original by Bob Seger in 1973 was never released as a single but became a mainstay of classic rock radio stations. When Metallica tackled it in 1998 for their album "Garage Inc.", and went to the top of the Billboard Rock Chart for longer than any of their previous hits.

09. Van Halen covers "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks

This slammin' version of The Kinks' classic improves on the lo-fi original with crisp guitar and thumping drums. We love the original, but Van Halen make it sound even better then throw in a guitar solo for good measure.

08. Anthrax covers "Antisocial" by Trust

French band Trust released the original in 1980, but Anthrax decided to brush it off in 1988 with English lyrics to include on their album "State Of Euphoria". They paid respect to the gallic songwriters by including a French version on their compilation album "Anthology: No Hit Wonders (1985-1991)".

07. Nirvana covers "Where Did You Sleep Last Night"

This American folk classic otherwise known as "In The Pines" or "Black Girl" was brought to the attention of Kurt Cobain via the band Lead Belly, who recorded several versions in the 1940s. This live version for Nirvana's unforgettable unplugged session could be the most aggressive version ever committed to tape.

06. Red Hot Chili Peppers cover "Higher Ground" by Stevie Wonder

The band loved this Stevie Wonder song so much that they made it the second track on their album "Mother's Milk" and released it as a single. Believe it or not, this awful 1980s-style video earned them an MTV Award nomination.

05. Children Of Bodom cover "Oops I Did It Again" by Britney Spears

This Finnish death metal act took aim at the pop princess with this gnarly distorted recording. It's not particularly good until around 2:40, when you accidentally start singing along and sling an air guitar around your head.

04. Johnny Cash covers "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails

Perhaps one of the most emotional songs of all time. Johnny Cash recorded this shortly before his death, helping secure his legacy as an all-time musical hero. Producer Rick Rubin is often slammed for being something of a non-producer, but this song is as much a testament to him as it is to Cash and its original composer Trent Reznor.

03. Nirvana covers "The Man Who Sold The World" by David Bowie

David Bowie's 1970 album of the same name was listed in Cobain's top 50 albums ever in his journals. The song became such a regular in Nirvana sets that Bowie became frustrated with "kids that come up afterwards and say, 'It's cool you're doing a Nirvana song.' And I think, 'F-ck you, you little tosser!'"

02. Jimi Hendrix covers "All Along The Watchtower" by Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan was full of praise for Hendrix's classic re-imagining of this song, which is often cited as one of the best cover songs ever. "[Hendrix] could find things inside a song and vigorously develop them. He found things that other people wouldn't think of finding in there," Dylan said in 1995. In fact, ol' Bob liked the cover so much that it inspired him to play include the song in his own live sets for the first time.

01. Drunk guy in back of cop car covers "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

Oh man. You guys deserve a high five, because this is f--king awesome. Who could forget the drunk guy singing to cops after being arrested back in March this year? This real video from the back of a cop car shows a young man protesting his innocence before diving into a word-perfect rendition of the classic. It's the eighth wonder of the earth, and officially your best cover song of all time. We couldn't agree more.
Which is your favorite? Did another classic miss the cut? Share other covers worth checking out in the comments. Drunk singers get extra points, especially if they sing instrumental parts.
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