Top 10 Rock and Metal Bands that Make the Best Cover Songs

The Top Ten

1 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.

They made "Stone cold crazy" from Queen, and it is amazing! - bzsuzsi0128

Metallica has made many great cover songs examples Am I Evil? Turn the Page Whiskey in the Jar etc - christangrant

2 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.

Every cover they made is awesome - christangrant

3 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.

They have about 10 cover songs. My favorite versions are:

Don't Talk to Strangers (Dio), The Wizard (Uriah Heep), Hallelujah (Deep Purple), Beyond the Realms of Death (Judas Priest), In A Gadda the Vida (Iron Butterfly), Dream a Little Dream of Me (Ozzie Nelson).

The most surprising cover was Dream a Little Dream of Me - I knew Hansi had several different voices but the way he successfully mimicked the singing style of the 1930s at the beginning was jaw dropping. I couldn't believe it was him...the same metal singer. - Metal_Treasure

They have many great covers - christangrant

4 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.

Any song that they covered, are much better than original. Plus more skills requiring songs. For example - if they had only released the Babe I'm Gonna Leave You riffs (non-plagiarized), still it would be famous. It was so dam* heavy riff. - zxm

Yes they do good covers although they steal them and claim it's their own - christangrant

Most of their good covers were actually uncredited covers, i.e. ripoffs. But these ripped off versions were very good so they are the best cover band of all time, LOL. - Metal_Treasure

Good covers yes, credited covers no. - Skullkid755

5 Guns n Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also more.

Live and Let Die Knocking on Heavens Door are two great covers - christangrant

Both covers are really great. - Metal_Treasure

6 Motorhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member; guitarist and songwriter Larry Wallis; and drummer Lucas Fox. The band's harsh vocals and fast paced tempos helped inspire speed metal and more.
7 Anthrax Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.

A lot of times Anthrax can actually make the cover song better Examples Antisocial and Got the Time. - christangrant

8 Jorn

Jorn is the band of Jorn Lande (his solo career). He has many amazing covers, I really mean amazing. Here are some of them:
Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers, Burn, Stormbringer
Rainbow - Kill the King
Dio - Sunset Superman, Don't Talk to Strangers, Egypt (The Chains are On), Night People, Stand Up and Shout
Whitesnake - Fool for Your Loving - Metal_Treasure

9 Death Death was an American death metal band formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. Its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's more.

While they don't have that many covers their cover of Painkiller by Judas Priest was an absolute Masterpiece - christangrant

10 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.

Their cover of Looking' Out My Back Door is awesome! - benhos

They have many covers and they are very good. My favorite is Aces High - the best cover of this song and the best Iron Maiden cover song, in my opinion. Also, I like their funny death metal cover of Britney Spears' Oops I Did It Again!
Their version of Somebody Put Something In My Drink (Ramones) is very interesting - they made it sound kinda brutal (of course). - Metal_Treasure

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11 Disturbed Disturbed is an American nu metal/ alternative rock/ alternative metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .

They have some pretty good cover songs Example Land of Confusion The Sound Of Silence. - christangrant

12 The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the band was active until June 1969. During this time more.

Sunshine of your Love, Hey Joe, Blue Suede Shoes, All Along The Watchtower, Like A Rolling Stone, Hound Dog, Killing Floor, Born Under A Bad Sign, Come On are all fantastic covers. - BrianScott01

All Along the Watchtower enough said - christangrant

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

A metal band with mindblowing covers of classical pieces - Antonio Vivaldi's Summer, Beethoven 5th Symphony, Flight of the Bumblebee.
And an ABBA cover - S.O.S.
They have over 10 cover songs and I like them all - covers of Deep Purple, Rainbow, to name a few. - Metal_Treasure

14 Pantera Pantera was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a Glam Metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with more.

Cat Scratch Fever is my favorite cover by them. - Metal_Treasure

15 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.

They have several great covers but my favorite are: Angel Of Death (Thin Lizzy cover) and the best metal cover of a pop song is theirs, too - It's A Sin (Pet Shop Boys). - Metal_Treasure

16 Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.

Metallica's Sad But True, which they performed live, is incredibly good and I'm a Metallica fan, everybody knows it. Also these covers are very good: Sharp Dressed Man (ZZ Top), We Will Rock You (Queen). - Metal_Treasure

Surpisingly when they make cover songs they are actually pretty good - christangrant

17 Trivium Trivium is an American Heavy Metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. Their frontman, Matt Heafy, lead guitarist Corey Beaulieu and Bassist Paulo Gregoletto are the band's most consistent members and have appeared in every album since. more.
18 Flametal

Unique covers of metal classics on flamenco guitars (instrumentals). They released an album called "Heavy Mellow" - Metal Classics on Flamenco Guitars.
Try these: Aces High (Iron Maiden), Gates of Babylon (Rainbow), Sails of Charon (Scorpions), I am a Viking (Yngwie J. Malmsteen). - Metal_Treasure

19 Cream Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton.
20 AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson more.

School Days, Baby Please Don't Go, Fling Thing - BrianScott01

21 Ramones The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound.

They did "Surfin' Bird", "Take It As It Comes" and many more fantastic covers.

22 Quiet Riot Quiet Riot is an American heavy metal band. The band was founded in 1973, by guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni under the name Mach 1. They then changed the name to Little Women, before settling on Quiet Riot in May 1975. The band's name was inspired by a conversation with Rick Parfitt of more.
23 Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with more.
24 Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
25 Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage is an American metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 after the disbanding of Overcast and Aftershock.
26 Machine Head Machine Head is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California. Formed on October 12, 1991, the group was founded by vocalist and guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Adam Duce. They have received great critical success especially for their album "The Blackening" which is considered a modern metal more.
27 Type O Negative Type O Negative was an American gothic/doom metal band formed in Brooklyn, New York City in 1989. Their lyrical emphasis on themes of romance, depression, and death resulted in the nickname "The Drab Four".
28 Overkill Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone through many line-up changes, with singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D.
29 Stryper Stryper is an American Christian metal band from Orange County, California. The group's lineup consists of Michael Sweet, Oz Fox, Perry Richardson, and Robert Sweet.
30 Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. more.
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