Top 10 Music Artists that Started Their Career as Cover / Tribute ActsSome music artists start as cover acts until they grow to write and perform original material. This happens when the band is eager to play live and band members feel confident enough to play live or record cover songs.
The Top Ten
Joe Cocker sings my favourite song of all-time (and it's a cover), but The Stones did several great covers, especially early on in their career. - truckturner
They released 3 albums consisting primarily of covers before recording one with their own original material - Metal_Treasure
He started in the band Sheffield Soul Shouter that covered songs by many artists including The Beatles, Dave Mason, and The Lovin' Spoonful. - Metal_Treasure
A Finnish cello band known for their awesome and unique covers of Metallica. After the success of Metallica covers, they also covered Faith No More, Sepultura, Slipknot, David Bowie, and Pantera.
They have made original music as well. - Metal_Treasure
A rock band of the 1960s and 1970s that almost exclusively recorded cover songs. - Metal_Treasure
That's no unpopular opinion, the post grunge stuff is why everyone hates them. I personally think since they're so similar, I only need to listen to one or two, and I enjoy Savin Me and Someday for what they are. But yes, I much prefer their hard, heavy songs like Burn it To the Ground, This Means War, Get 'Em Up, Edge of a Revolution, Feed the Machine, Coin for the Ferryman, Make me Believe Again, and Bottoms Up. Though I believe the place where Nickelback REALLY shines is their more melodic songs, some of which could even border on to pop, even though I'm not a fan of 99% of pop. I believe there isn't a single artist in existence that masters it like they do.
Lullaby is my favorite song of all time, and the Hammer's Coming Down used to be, and the likes of After the Rain, Home, Song on Fire, Silent Majority, Every Time We're together, Sister Sin, What Are You Waiting For (yeah, it uses autotune, minus points), Miss You, When We Stand Together, Trying Not to Love You, Don't Ever ...more
Nickelback was formed in the early 1990s and started as a cover band - they performed songs by Metallica and Led Zeppelin.
This explains why their live cover of Metallica's Sad But True at the Rock Am Ring festival was sooo good (although played many years later, in the late 2000s).
Unpopular opinion: metal and hard rock suit them much better than the whiny post-grunge. Another proof of 2008: their original song 'Burn It To The Ground' is a flawless hard rock song. - Metal_Treasure
UB40 are an English band best known for reggae versions of 1950s and 1960s pop songs. But they made original songs as well. - Metal_Treasure
They started as a cover band with covers in Gregorian chant style - Metal_Treasure
An English singer who began as a cover artist - Metal_Treasure
He became famous in 2011-2012 for his incredible voice, resembling Freddie Mercury, for which he was handpicked by Queen members to sing for the official tribute band Queen Extravaganza.
In 2014 Marc Martel released a debut solo album with original songs (Impersonator). I would recommend this album.
You can start with checking out the list Best Songs on Marc Martel's Impersonator
(there are song samples and more info) - Metal_Treasure
He was an American-born singer of French origin who was a major success in France through his French-language covers of English language hits. His original songs are very good, too. - Metal_Treasure