Top Ten Cover Songs of the 1960s

Inspired by Metal_Treasure and his series of cover song lists charting the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s. All songs on this list were cover versions released in the 1960s. Feel free to add more examples.

The Top Ten

1 Hush - Deep Purple

I like this song, too. When I first heard it I didn't know it was a cover. I just liked what I heard.
(by the way, thanks for mentioning me as an inspiration in the list description). - Metal_Treasure

You're definitely welcome. Thanks for letting me make this list. - Gg2000

Originally recorded by Billy Joe Royal. It was their first single, released in 1968. - Gg2000

2 Twist and Shout - The Beatles

Although the original version was by a group called the Top Notes, the Beatles' version was based on the Isley Brothers version. Bert Berns, the writer of the song, actually preferred the Isley Brothers version because the Top Notes version was produced by a young Phil Spector, who drastically rearranged the tune. - Gg2000

I love that song. It reminds me of the 1980's movie that Matthew Broderick had starred in.

So catchy! I prefer the older version though. - DaringXx

3 Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds

Originally by Bob Dylan. They covered it after their manager, Jim Dickson, acquired a demo from Dylan's publishing company. It became their first single (and their first hit), becoming known as the first successful folk rock song. - Gg2000

4 Piece of My Heart - Big Brother & The Holding Company & Janis Joplin

Originally by Erma Franklin (Aretha's sister). She said that when she heard the Big Brother version on the radio, she didn't recognize it because of the way that Janis changed the vocal arrangement. - Gg2000

This is the song that springs to my mind when I hear the name 'Janis Joplin'. A very powerful and catchy tune. - Metal_Treasure

This song has such amazing vocal performance! Janis has an amazing voice. - DaringXx

I never knew this! - DaringXx

5 Crossroads - Cream

What is wrong with me? I should have added this to the list! Kudos to you! - Gg2000

6 Satisfaction (I Can't Get No) - Otis Redding

Originally by the Rolling Stones. Otis said that he made up some of the words because it was hard to understand some of the original lyrics. - Gg2000

Satisfaction is my fave song by the Stones (mostly for the riff) but I didn't know this cover existed (I should give it a listen - Otis is a pretty interesting musician). - Metal_Treasure

7 Louie Louie - The Kingsmen

Originally recorded by rhythm and blues musician Richard Berry in 1957. The song became a staple for garage bands after the Kingsmen recorded it. - Gg2000

8 Back Door Man - The Doors

The Wolf (obviously) is my favourite; but as covers go, this one is really quite amazing. Love it. - Britgirl

Originally by blues musician Howlin' Wolf. The Doors did quite a few blues covers; this one's my personal favorite. - Gg2000

9 I Fought the Law - Bobby Fuller Four

Originally by The Crickets; the Crickets version was recorded in late 1958-1959. The song would later be covered by The Clash (their version is on the 70s list). - Gg2000

10 All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

I like this song. He was a very talented guitarist and singer.

The Contenders

11 I'm a Man - The Yardbirds

Originally by Bo Diddley. The ending of this song features a fast "rave-up" where the band starts out quietly and gradually grows louder. It gives me a rush every time I hear it. - Gg2000

12 Do You Love Me - The Dave Clark Five

Ahh...I know this song. I think I heard the tune for the first time in the film Dirty Dancing (maybe it was the original by The Contours but the cover sounds good, too) - Metal_Treasure

Yeah, it was the original version. That whole song got a new generation of fans after Dirty Dancing. - Gg2000

The original version was by a group called the Contours, who were signed to Motown. I'm not a big fan of the Five, but I thought this was a solid-sounding cover. - Gg2000

13 With a Little Help from My Friends - Joe Cocker

Can't believe the greatest song of all-time wasn't already on the list. Way better than The Beatles' version. - truckturner

I didn't think about adding it until afterwards. Thanks for adding it to the list! - Gg2000

Should be number 1

14 Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Joe Cocker

Nina Simone cover - Metal_Treasure

15 Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin
16 I Put a Spell on You - The Animals

I've never heard this. Sounds good! - Gg2000

Screamin' Jay Hawkins cover of 1966 - Metal_Treasure

17 I Put a Spell on You - Nina Simone
18 Susie Q - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Originally recorded by rockabilly musician Dale Hawkins. CCR slowed it down a little and made it sound more swampy; it became their first single. - Gg2000

19 I Put a Spell on You - Creedence Clearwater Revival

I think it's the best cover of this song. - Metal_Treasure

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