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

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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". ...read more.

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

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 ...read 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

3 Guns n Roses 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 ...read more.

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

Both covers are really great. - Metal_Treasure

4 Death 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 ...read more.

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

5 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were 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 ...read 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

They did make some of the songs way better and also helped make them well known. I know longer care for them as much as I used to because they did similar things to bands like Limp Bizkit cover songs and recieve credit as their own, which annoys me a lot know. - Lucretia

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

Good covers yes, credited covers no. - Skullkid755

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6 Disturbed Disturbed Disturbed is an American heavy 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

7 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

8 Anthrax 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

9 Pantera Pantera Pantera was a Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The group got into mainstream after changing from Glam Metal to Groove Metal. The band's most successful album is "Vulgar Display of Power". As the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, They ...read more.

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

10 The Jimi Hendrix Experience 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 ...read 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

The Contenders

11 At Vance

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

12 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.

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

13 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 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

14 Nickelback 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

15 Motorhead Motorhead Motörhead were an English heavy metal/Hard Rock 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 ...read more.
16 Flametal 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

17 Cream Cream Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton.
18 AC/DC 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 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to ...read more.

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

19 Ramones 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.

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