Top 10 Best Cover Songs of the 2010s

Now, who doesn't love a good cover? When executed correctly, a cover song can breathe new life into a classic, introduce an old gem to a new audience, or offer a completely different take on a beloved track.

The 2010s, in particular, were a hotbed for innovative, exciting, and downright beautiful cover songs. From indie artists strumming out acoustic versions of pop hits in their bedrooms to major stars reimagining iconic tunes on world stages, the last decade gave us some truly memorable reinterpretations.

So, what makes a cover song great? Is it the ability to stay true to the original while adding a unique twist? Or maybe it's about completely transforming the song into something new and unexpected. Perhaps it's the emotional connection the artist makes with the song, transforming it into something deeply personal. Whatever your criteria might be, this list aims to celebrate the best cover songs of the 2010s.
The Top Ten
1 Children of the Grave - Havok

2013. Excellent Black Sabbath cover. Havok is a newer thrash metal band. No disrespect to Black Sabbath, but I like the cover better than the original. I love the double bass drumming they added.

By the way, Children of the Grave is my favorite Black Sabbath song with Ozzy.

2 The Sound of Silence - Disturbed

2015. Simon & Garfunkel cover. For me, this is a good cover but not excellent. The best thing about the original are the vocal harmonies. Unfortunately, David D. skipped namely the best part.

#9? Best cover EVER, vote this baby to the top!

Disturbed may not be the best band but this is great, even I'll say that.

3 Rainbow in the Dark - Corey Taylor
4 Dreams - Bastille

Everyone needs to listen to this cover of Fleetwood Mac. It is one of the most chilling songs I've ever heard. It cuts very deep.

5 Rock Me Amadeus - Edguy

2014. Falco cover by a German metal band. The original is sick! And the cover, too! The song refers to Mozart.

6 Highway Star - Chickenfoot

Deep Purple cover. It's a live version that was so good it was included in the tribute album "Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple's Machine Head." Chickenfoot is the band of Joe Satriani.

I really dig this cover. Joe Satriani's playing here is awesome, and the whole band is riding on full cylinders.

7 You Raise Me Up - Jeffrey Li and Celine Tam
8 Same Ol' Mistakes - Rihanna
9 Africa - Weezer

Better than one hundred percent of Taylor Swift's songs about nothing interesting.

This is actually a really good cover.

10 Cold Sweat - Megadeth
The Contenders
11 Stayin' Alive - San Di Ego

2014. Bee Gees rock/metal cover. Love it. Play the sample to hear the vocals without the original falsetto. Sounds better to me.

Cheers for introducing me to this song. Nice cover!

12 Rolling in the Deep - Vázquez Sounds
13 Zombie - Bad Wolves

A cover of a song by the Cranberries.

This is probably the best cover this year, and just so, so good anyways.

14 Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better) - Felix Jaehn
15 Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker
16 When a Blind Man Cries - Metallica

2012. Deep Purple cover. It was on the album "Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple's Machine Head."

17 The Temple of the King - Scorpions
18 Super Trouper - Cher & Meryl Streep

That's very interesting. I know Meryl Streep sang ABBA in the film Mamma Mia, but still. And Cher still has it at her age! Amazing.

Thanks for this song, Martin! And for all other songs you added to this list!

19 Pursuit of Happiness - Lissie
20 Praying - Malinda Kathleen Reese
21 I Follow Rivers - Triggerfinger

Both versions were big hits in Austria, with this cover version being slightly more successful, topping the charts while the original peaked at number two. Both versions receive a lot of airplay now, the original in The Magician Remix.

I personally prefer the cover version on any level. The vocals, overall guitar-based style, and whistle segment are outstanding.

22 God Help the Outcasts - Malinda Kathleen Reese
23 Eisbär - Eisbrecher
24 Can't Help Falling in Love - Christina Grimmie
25 How You Remind Me - Avril Lavigne
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