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100 Greatest Cover Songs and Remakes
of the 1950s

Definition:The term "cover version" originally referred to a rival version of a tune recorded to compete with the recently released version of a song. Eventually it went on to have a more general meaning including any performance or recording by someone other than the original artist or composer of a previously recorded, commercially released song. For sake of this list, versions of songs which fit the newer definition of cover version but not the original one are referred to as remakes.

Criteria: These cover songs/remakes of the 1950s are ranked according to their initial and lasting popularity, influence and acclaim, as well as their cultural impact. The greatness of an original record is not taken into consideration. To qualify as a cover version, the song has to be neither the first recorded nor the first released version of particular song.

List Begun: 2019-02-06
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Legend:
Song - Original Artist with first recording (year) | Great Cover Version/Remake (year)
  1. Rock Around the Clock - Sonny Dae and His Knights (1954) | Bill Haley & His Comets (1954)
  2. Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton (1953) | Elvis Presley (1956)
  3. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Big Maybelle (1955) | Jerry Lee Lewis (1957)
  4. I Only Have Eyes for You - Dick Powell & Ruby Keeler (1934) | The Flamingos (1959)
  5. Blueberry Hill - Sammy Kaye with Tommy Ryan (1940) | Fats Domino (1956)
  6. All Shook Up - David Hill (1956, "I'm All Shook Up") | Elvis Presley (1957)
  7. That's All Right - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (1947) | Elvis Presley (1954)
  8. The Train Kept-A-Rollin - Tiny Bradshaw (1951) | The Johnny Burnette Trio (1956)
  9. Mystery Train - Little Junior's Blue Flames (1953) | Elvis Presley (1955)
10. La Bamba - Traditional | Ritchie Valens (1958)
11. Kansas City - Little Willie Littlefield (1952, "K.C. Lovin") | Wilbert Harrison (1959)
12. Crying in the Chapel - Darrell Glenn (1953) | The Orioles (1953)
13. White Christmas - Bing Crosby (1942) | The Drifters (1954)
14. Keep a Knockin' - Louis Jordan (1941) | Little Richard (1957)
15. Shake Rattle & Roll - Big Joe Tuner (1954) | Bill Haley & the Comets (1954)
16. C.C. Rider - Ma Rainey (1925, "See See Rider Blues") | Chuck Willis (1957)
17. Little Darlin' - The Gladiolas (1957) | The Diamonds (1957)
18. Blue Monday - Smiley Lewis (1954) | Fats Domino (1956)
19. Stack-O-Lee / Stagger Lee - Traditional | Lloyd Price (1958)
20. Baby Let's Play House - Arthur Gunter (1954) | Elvis Presley (1955)
21. My Prayer - Georges Boulanger (1924, "Avant de mourir") | The Platters (1956)
22. Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins (1956) | Elvis Presley (1956)
23. Drown In My Own Tears - Sonny Thompson with Lula Reed (1952, "I'll Drown In My Tears") | Ray Charles (1956)
24. See You Later, Alligator - Bobby Charles (1955, "Later Alligator") | Bill Haley & His Comets (1955)
25. One Night - Smiley Lewis (1956) | Elvis Presley (1958)
26. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - Gertrude Niesen (1933) | The Platters (1958)
27. Night Time (Is The Right Time) - Nappy Brown (1957, "The Right Time" ) | Ray Charles (1958)
28. Good Rocking Tonight - Roy Brown (1947) | Elvis Presley (1954)
29. Stranded In The Jungle - The Jayhawks (1956) | The Cadets (1956)
30. Hearts of Stone - The Jewels (1954) | The Charms (1954)
31. Dedicated To The One I Love - The "5" Royales (1957) | The Shirelles (1959)
32. Rock Island Line - Traditional | Lonnie Donegan (1955)
33. Cry - Ruth Casey (1951) | Johnnie Ray (1951)
34. Crescent City Blues / Folsom Prison Blues - Gordon Jenkins & Beverly Mahr (1953) | Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two (1955)
35. Mack The Knife - Harald Paulsen (1928) | Bobby Darin (1959)
36. Rave On - Sonny West (1958) | Buddy Holly (1958)
37. Matchbox Blues / Matchbox - Blind Lemon Jefferson (1928) | Carl Perkins (1957)
38. All My Love/Oh Boy! - Sonny West (1957) | The Crickets (1957)
39. Little Bitty Pretty One - Bobby Day (1957) | Thurston Harris (1957)
40. Singing The Blues - Marty Robbins (1956) | Guy Mitchell (1956)
41. Fever - Little Willie John (1956) | Peggy Lee (1958)
42. Unchained Melody - Todd Duncan (1955) | Al Hibbler (1955)
43. La Mer / Beyond The Sea - Roland Gerbeau & Pierre Guillemin Orch. (1945) | Bobby Darin (1959)
44. Walking After Midnight - Lynn Howard & Accents (1956) | Patsy Cline (1957)
45. Got My Mojo Working - Ann Cole (1957) | Muddy Waters (1957)
46. Too Much - Bernard Hardison (1955) | Elvis Presley (1957)
47. I Believe I'll Dust My Broom - Robert Johnson (1937) | Elmore James (1951)
48. Harlem Nocturne - Ray Noble (1940) |The Viscounts (1959)
49. Blue Moon of Kentucky - Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys (1947) | Elvis Presley (1954)
50. The Glory of Love - Willie Bryant & His Orchestra (1936) | The Five Keys (1951)
51. Rock the Joint - Jimmy Preston & His Prestonians (1949) | Bill Haley & the Saddlemen (1952)
52. My Blue Heaven - Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra (1927) | Fats Domino (1956)
53. A Sunday Kind of Love - Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra (1947) | The Harptones (1953)
54. Gloria - Buddy Baker Sextet with Bob Hayward (1946) | The Cadillacs (1954)
55. You'll Never Walk Alone - Christine Johnson (1945) | Roy Hamilton (1954)
56. Kansas City - Little Willie Littlefield (1952 "K.C. Lovin'") | Little Richard (1959)
57. Let The Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan (1946) | Ray Charles (1959)
58. Three O'Clock Blues - Lowell Fulson (1948) | B.B. King (1951)
59. I'm A Man / Manish Boy - Bo Diddley (1955) | Muddy Waters (1955)
60. Red Hot - Billy Emerson (1955) | Billy Riley (1957)
61. I'm Wise / Slippin' And Slidin' - Eddie Bo (1956) | Little Richard (1956)
62. Everyday I Have The Blues - Lowell Fulson (1950) | B.B. King (1954)
63. I Promise To Remember - Jimmy Castor & the Juniors (1956) - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers (1956)
64. My Baby Left Me - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup (1951) | Elvis Presley (1956)
65. It Hurts Me Too - Tampa Red (1940) | Elmore James (1957)
66. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby - Rex Griffin (1936) | Carl Perkins (1958)
67. Twilight Time - The Three Suns (1944) | The Platters (1958)
68. Dat's Why / That's Why (I Love You So) - Al Kent (1957) | Jackie Wilson (1959)
69. (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I - Hank Snow (1952) | Elvis Presley (1959)
70. All By Myself - Big Bill Broonzy (1941) | Fats Domino (1955)
71. Blue Velvet - Tony Bennett (1951) | The Clovers (1955)
72. Why Don't You Write Me - The Feathers | The Jacks (1955)
73. Honey Hush - Joe Turner (1953) | Johnny Burnette Trio (1956)
74. Honeycomb - Georgie Shaw (1953) | Jimmie Rodgers (1957)
75. Mary Lou - Young Jessie (1955) | Ronnie Hawkins (1959)
76. What A Difference A Day Makes - Jimmy Ague (1934) | Dinah Washington (1959)
77. The Battle Of New Orleans - Jimmie Driftwood (1957) | Johnny Horton (1959)
78. Let It Be Me - Jill Corey (1957) | Everly Brothers (1959)
79. All Around The World - Titus Turner (1955) | Little Willie John (1955)
80. I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday - Bobby Mitchell (1957) | Fats Domino (1959)
81. Party / Let's Have A Party - Elvis Presley (1957) | Wanda Jackson (1958)
82. Adorable - The Colts (1955) | The Drifters (1955)
83. Come Back My Love - The Wrens (1955) | The Cardinals (1955)
84. Woman Love - Jimmy Johnson (1956) Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps (1956)
85. Corrine, Corrina - Charlie McCoy & Bo Chatman (1929) | Joe Turner (1956)
86. The Aisle / To The Aisle - Roy Hamilton (1957) | The Five Satins (1957)
87. Stardust - Hoagy Carmichael (1927) | Billy Ward & the Dominoes (1957)
88. Blue Christmas - Doye O'Dell (1948) | Elvis Presley (1957)
89. You Cheated - The Slades (1958) | The Shields (1958)
90. So Fine - The Sheiks (1955) | The Fiestas (1958)
91. Where Or When - Ruby Newman w/ Ray Heatherton (1937) | Dion & the Belmonts (1959)
92. Rags To Riches - Tony Bennett (1953) | Billy Ward & the Dominoes (1953)
93. Crazy Arms - Kenny Brown & Marilyn Kaye (1955) | Jerry Lee Lewis (1956)
94. Trying To Get To You - The Eagles (1954) | Elvis Presley (1956)
95. Candy - Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers with Jo Stafford (1944) |Big Maybelle (1956)
96. Love Me - Willie & Ruth (1955) | Elvis Presley (1956)
97. Young Love - Ric Cartey (1956) | Sonny James (1956)
98. Just Walking In The Rain - The Prisonaires (1953) | Johnnie Ray (1956)
99. When My Dreamboat Comes Home - Guy Lombard (1936) | Fats Domino (1956)
100. The Way You Look Tonight - Fred Astaire (1936) | The Jaguars (1956)







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