Top 10 Cover Songs Of the 70s


The Top Ten

1 Whiskey in the Jar - Thin Lizzy

Released in 1973.

Originally it's an Irish folk song by Lena Bourne Fish. Thin Lizzy added rock, Metallica - metal. - Metal_Treasure

2 Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner

Originally by CCR - Metal_Treasure

3 You're No Good - Linda Ronstadt

Original: Betty Everett (1964) - Metal_Treasure

4 Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City - Whitesnake

It was included on their 1978 debut EP, Snakebite
Originally by Bobby Bland - Metal_Treasure

5 Knock On Wood - Amii Stewart

Original: Eddie Floyd (1966) - Metal_Treasure

6 I Fought the Law - The Clash
7 You Really Got Me - Van Halen
8 Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede

Original: B.J. Thomas (1969) - Metal_Treasure

9 Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds - Elton John

Original:...oh no, I forgot who made the original (kidding! ) - Metal_Treasure

10 Still I'm Sad - Rainbow

The Yardbirds cover.
Rainbow actually made 3 covers in different decades - with different singers and even an instrumental cover version. They played the covers live. Ritchie Blackmore obviously liked this song.
The sample plays the instrumental version of 1975 (debut album) that was the 1st version. Interestingly, the 3rd version, with vox, was on their final album - 1995. So they played this cover song on the debut album and on the final album. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross

Original: Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell (1967) - Metal_Treasure

12 Rivers of Babylon - Boney M.

The Melodians cover - Metal_Treasure

13 The Loco-Motion - Grand Funk Railroad
14 Mistreated - Rainbow

Deep Purple live cover of 1977; excellent cover (Dio on vox) - Metal_Treasure

15 Come Together - Aerosmith
16 Macarthur Park - Donna Summer

Original: Richard Harris (1968) - Metal_Treasure

17 Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
18 Diamonds and Rust - Judas Priest

1977. Joan Baez cover - Metal_Treasure

19 Take Me to the River - Talking Heads
20 Sorrow - David Bowie

A cover of a cover, David Bowie's version was based on the version by British pop rock group The Merseys. It was the lead single from his album Pin Ups, which was an album of Bowie covering songs by mid-60s British rock and pop bands. - Gg2000

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Top Remixes

1. Whiskey in the Jar - Thin Lizzy
2. I Fought the Law - The Clash
3. Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner
1. Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner
2. Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City - Whitesnake
3. Whiskey in the Jar - Thin Lizzy


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