Top 10 Metal Artists with 3 or More Good Cover Songs

There are 3 types of metal bands:
1) very good bands that don't make good covers (they are excluded from this list)
2) very good bands that also make very good covers
3) not very good bands that make very good covers

This list is about bands that are very consistent and made at least 3 remarkable cover songs.

The Top Ten

1 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.

Whiskey in the Jar
Turn the Page
Am I Evil?
Stone Cold Crazy
Ronnie Rising Medley
When a Blind Man Cries
So What
The Ecstasy of Gold - Metal_Treasure

2 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large more.

Don't Talk To Strangers (Dio)
The Wizard (Uriah Heep)
Beyond the Realms of Death (Judas Priest)
Dream a Little Dream of Me (Ozzie Nelson)
Hallelujah (Deep Purple)
Barbara Ann (The Beach Boys) - the best version is from Tokyo Tales live album
Surfin' USA (The Beach Boys)
In A Gadda Da Vida (Iron Butterfly)
I don't like only one cover by them but I don't like the original song either, so this might be the reason. I didn't include that song. - Metal_Treasure

3 Jorn

A total of about 20 good covers but the ones I listed are the best, in my opinion. I made a list - Top 10 Cover Songs by Jorn Lande.
1. Perfect Strangers (Deep Purple) - the best Deep Purple cover ever
2. Kill the King (Rainbow) - the best cover of this song though it has over 10 covers
3. Don't Talk to Strangers (Dio)
4. Egypt (The Chains are On) - (Dio)
5 Fool for Your Loving (Whitesnake)
6 Burn (Deep Purple)
7 Stormbringer (Deep Purple)
8 Sacred Heart (Dio) - Metal_Treasure

4 Gamma Ray Gamma Ray Gamma Ray is a power metal band from Hamburg, northern Germany, founded and fronted by Kai Hansen after his departure from the German power metal band Helloween.

Look At Yourself (Uriah Heep)
It's a Sin (Pet Shop Boys)
Victim of Changes (Judas Priest)
Angel of Death (Thin Lizzy)
Exciter (Judas Priest) - Metal_Treasure

5 At Vance At Vance At Vance is a German neoclassical/power metal band. They were formed by vocalist Oliver Hartmann and guitarist Olaf Lenk in 1998.

This is one of the bands where their covers are better than their original songs. I would conclude the band members are talented musicians (esp. guitarist Olaf Lenk) but they need a more creative songwriter. - Metal_Treasure

Summer (Vivaldi)
Beethoven 5th Symphony
Flight of the Bumblebee (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov)
I Surrender (Rainbow)
Vivaldi / Spring
Shout (Tears for Fears)
Highway Star (Deep Purple)
Chopin Etude No.4
Caprice No.16 - Metal_Treasure

6 Children of Bodom Children of Bodom Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.

They released a whole album with 18 cover songs ( I made a list -. Top 10 Cover Songs by Children of Bodom).
These are my favorite:
Aces High (Iron Maiden)
Oops!...I Did It Again ( Britney Spears)
Somebody Put Something in My Drink (The Ramones)
No Commands (Stone)
Looking' Out My Back Door (Creedence Clearwater Revival) - Metal_Treasure

7 Vader Vader Vader is a Polish death metal band from Olsztyn. Formed in 1983, the group was founded by then-bassist Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek and guitarist Zbigniew "Vika" Wróblewski. Starting as a heavy metal group, Vader eventually went to thrash, speed, and then in the late 1980s became a death metal band. The more.

Black Metal (Venom)
Fight Fire with Fire (Metallica)
Angel of Death (Thin Lizzy)
Raining Blood (Slayer)
Black Sabbath (Black Sabbath) - Metal_Treasure

8 Northern Kings

We Don't Need Another Hero
Don't Bring Me Down
Rebel Yell
I Should Be So Lucky
I Just Died in Your Arms - Metal_Treasure

9 Ghost Ghost Ghost is a Swedish heavy metal band that was formed in Linköping in 2008. Ghost consists of 5 masked instrumentalists, known as The Nameless Ghouls, and a demonic anti-pope known as Papa Emeritus. They have released 4 studio albums, 1 live album and 2 EPs. Each album brings in a new version of Papa more.

1. If you have Ghosts (Rory Erikson)
2 I'm a Marionette (ABBA)
3. Under the Sun (Beatles)

And 4/5 of the songs on popestar. - SoldierOfFortune

10 Yngwie J. Malmsteen Yngwie J. Malmsteen Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.

1. Dream On (Aerosmith). With Dio on vocals (one of the best covers ever)
2. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (ABBA)
3. Mistreated (Deep Purple)
4. The Sails Of Charon (Scorpions)
5. Gates of Babylon (Rainbow) - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Tim 'ripper' Owens Tim 'ripper' Owens Timothy S. "Ripper" Owens is an American heavy metal singer who first gained attention as the lead singer of Judas Priest, and then Iced Earth. He took the nickname "Ripper" from the Judas Priest song "The Ripper" during his time in the tribute band "British Steel". He currently performs with Beyond more.

Flight Of Icarus (Iron Maiden) - one of the best Iron Maiden covers, esp. vocal-wise.
Santa Claus is Back in Town - one of my favorite Xmas cover songs.
Besides, Tim 'Ripper' covered many Iced Earth songs that were re-recorded with him on vocals. And many Judas Priest songs as well while he was the lead singer for Judas Priest. - Metal_Treasure

12 Primal Fear Primal Fear Primal Fear are a German metal band formed in 1997 by Ralf Scheepers and Mat Sinner. They play heavy metal, power metal and speed metal. Primal Fear remind of Judas Priest but Primal Fear are faster and heavier. They use twin (dual) lead guitars. Ralf Scheepers voice reminds of Rob Halford.

Metal Gods (Judas Priest)
Speedking (Deep Purple)
Out In The Fields (Gary Moore and Phil Lynott) - Metal_Treasure

13 Iced Earth Iced Earth Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour.

Screaming for Vengeance (Judas Priest)
The Trooper (Iron Maiden) - Stu Block in lead vocals
The Ripper (Judas Priest)
Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden)
A great band with talented musicians but I feel they didn't choose the right songs. They made good covers and Matt Barlow is a great singer but he's a low baritone who would sound better in songs written for baritones. Judas Priest and Iron Maiden singers are high tenors who also scream a lot. Matt doesn't scream much in his original material. I guess Iced Earth just wanted to pay tribute to Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. - Metal_Treasure

14 Halford

This is Rob Halford of Judas Priest - he released a solo Christmas album. All songs are great but I like these covers the most:
We Three Kings
Oh Holy Night - Metal_Treasure

15 Paul Di'anno Paul Di'anno Paul Andrews better known as Paul Di'Anno, is an English singer best known as the first vocalist to record with heavy metal band Iron Maiden, from 1978 to 1981.

Symphony Of Destruction (Megadeth)
Killer on the loose (Thin Lizzy)
Another Rock'n' Roll Christmas
Silent Night - Metal_Treasure

16 Stratovarius Stratovarius Stratovarius is a Finnish power metal band that formed in 1984. Since their formation, they have released 16 studio albums, 4 DVD and 3 live albums.
17 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian more.

Doctor Doctor (UFO)
Massacre (Thin Lizzy)
Space Truckin' (Deep Purple) - Metal_Treasure

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