When you hear the lyrics, "I fought the law and the law won," which artist comes to mind? If you're musically inclined, a certain English punk-rock band likely pops into your head. And the crunchy guitar riffs and raw power of "American Woman" probably conjure the image of a flashy rock star and his Flying V guitar.
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Even if the worlds of rock, metal and hardcore rarely intersect with the pop ecosystem, we owe Top 40 hits quite a lot when you stop to think about it. Check out the below for a myriad of covers, ranging from the reimagined to the completely reconstructed. Marilyn Manson is an icon. Yet even someone so given to infamy and shock value has created a multitude of covers — all with his haunting and unique spin on them. This cover is arguably his most famous, trading peppy backbeats for thudding bass and drums. The video features some interesting cameos, plus plenty of wind machines. This music video should be shown in alt. While I Prevail have gone on to take much bigger steps in their career, it all started with this cover by the pop princess herself. Early proof that I Prevail had the pedigree to make it big.
At best it could be transformative, lifting both artist and label into the spotlight. Across four top lists in , Treble made a deep dive into how modern covers albums explored past artists and songs. We also limited musicians to one performance slot each in our countdown, although you may notice certain original artists, sources, and songs showing up multiple times—a testament to their timelessness and versatility. Even without considering some big names you might otherwise expect to find here, live bootlegs, radio-show one-offs, parodies and YouTube home-studio clips, we still managed to wade through and vote on hundreds of well-known and obscure covers. You can hear almost all of those in the embedded Spotify playlist. From gender-switched contexts and wild reinterpretations to faithful renditions and star-powered exposure, descriptions of our essential cover songs—and links to their originals—follow below. Let the debate begin. Originally released in Born to Dance , Penned by the prolifically talented Cole Porter, the track earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Song in , and would go on to become a top ten hit for the Four Seasons some 30 years later.