eil.com Feature - The Best & Worst Cover Versions Of All Time
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The Cover Version. Almost every artist ever has recorded one. In fact some have built careers based on nothing else! Some cover versions have surpassed the originals. While many are best forgotten.

It is a phenomenon which from the earliest rock'n'rollers to the current chart toppers drives the music industry. The often levelled accusation is that cover versions are simple or sterile interpretations recorded by lazy artists. Some however are radical, wonderful, honest and special versions that can even better an original.


This is our tribute to some of the best and worst cover versions of all time. Below are EIL.COM charts with rare and collectable singles and albums plus the chance to vote and chat about your choices.

Because of the peculiarity of a cover version they are often amongst the most sought after items by any artist so check our charts to see what you should include in your collections.

  • The 20 Greatest Collectable Cover Versions Of All Time
  • The 20 Most Awful...yet Collectable Cover Versions!
  • 10 Great & Collectable Cover Version collections



  • The EIL.COM have nominated their best and worst cover versions, get voting and settle the score. Or you can nominate more covers for a poll...

  • Vote for the best Cover Versions ever...
  • Vote for the worst Cover Versions ever...


  • Let the rest of the world know what they should be searching out in the world of classic covers...

  • Get chatting about the best & worst cover versions @ EIL Chat


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    In May 2003 viewers voted in a poll for digital TV channel Music Choice to mark the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' first number one, 'From Me To You'. Here is their truly awful Top Ten.

    Click on the underlined artist or track to get copies of the 'classics'!

    WORST TEN BEATLES COVERS
       1 WILLIAM SHATNER Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
       2 PINKY AND PERKY All My Loving
       3 WILL YOUNG/GARETH GATES The Long and Winding Road
       4 DAMON HILL Drive My Car
       5 BANANARAMA
    WITH FRENCH & SAUNDERS
    Help!
       6 JIM CARREY I Am the Walrus
       7 WET WET WET With A Little Help From My Friends
       8 SUGGS I'm Only Sleeping
       9 PM DAWN Norwegian Wood
       10 CANDY FLIP Strawberry Fields Forever



    The Covers Project is an ongoing tribute to all that is good and bad with cover versions. Add to the huge database or check out who your favourite artist has covered.

  • Check out the excellent 'Covers Project' site



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