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100 Greatest Cover Songs and Remakes
of the 1970s

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 1970s 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 have to be neither the first recorded nor the first released version of particular song.

List Begun: 2019-01-05
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Legend:
Song - Original Artist with first recording (year) | Great Cover Version/Remake (year)
  1. Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Undisputed Truth (1972) | The Temptations (1972)
  2. Midnight Train to Georgia - Jim Weatherly (1972, "Midnight Plane to Houston") | Gladys Knight & the Pips (1973)
  3. Me And Bobby McGee - Roger Miller (1969) | Janis Joplin (1971)
  4. Black Magic Woman - Fleetwood Mac (1968) | Santana (1970)
  5. Killing Me Softly with His Song - Lori Lieberman (1972) | Roberta Flack (1973)
  6. War - The Temptations (1970) | Edwin Starr (1970)
  7. Oye Como Va - Tito Puente (1963) | Santana (1970)
  8. Drift Away - John Kurtz (1972) | Dobie Gray (1973)
  9. Lady Marmalade - The Eleventh Hour (1974) | Labelle (1974)
10. Without You - Badfinger (1970) | Harry Nilsson (1971)
11. Burning Love - Arthur Alexander (1972) | Elvis Presley (1972)
12. Smiling Faces Sometimes - The Temptations (1971) | The Undisputed Truth (1971)
13. Cocaine - J. J. Cale (1976) | Eric Clapton (1977)
14. I Shot the Sheriff - Bob Marley (1973) | Eric Clapton (1974)
15. You're No Good - Dee Dee Warwick (1963) | Linda Ronstadt (1974)
16. You Really Got Me - Kinks (1964) | Van Halen (1978)
17. Video Killed the Radio Star - Bruce Woolley & The Camera Club (1979) | The Buggles (1979)
18. Blinded By The Light - Bruce Springsteen (1973) | Manfred Mann's Earth Band (1976)
19. Love Hurts - The Everly Brothers (1960) | Nazareth (1974)
20. The Air That I Breathe - Albert Hammond (1972) | Hollies (1974)
21. Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969) | Ike & Tina Turner (1970)
22. Mama Told Me Not to Come - Eric Burdon & the Animals (1967) | Three Dog Night (1970)
23. Don't Leave Me This Way - Harold Melvin and Blue Notes (1975) | Thelma Houston (1976)
24. You've Got A Friend - Carole King (1971) | James Taylor (1971)
25. Strawberry Letter 23 - Shuggie Otis (1971) | The Brothers Johnson (1977)
26. Black Betty - Traditional | Ram Jam (1977)
27. Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1967) | Diana Ross (1970)
28. Woodstock - Joni Mitchell (1970) | Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (1970)
29. One Step Beyond - Prince Buster (1964) | Madness (1979)
30. Knock on Wood - Eddie Floyd (1966) | Amii Stewart (1978)
31. Blame It On The Boogie - Mick Jackson (1977) | The Jacksons (1978)
32. A Message to You, Rudy - Dandy Livingstone (1967, "Rudy, A Message to You") | Specials (1979)
33. Everlasting Love - Robert Knight (1967) | Carl Carlton (1974)
34. Never Can Say Goodbye - Jackson 5 (1971) | Gloria Gaynor (1974)
35. You Are So Beautiful - Billy Preston (1974) | Joe Cocker (1974)
36. Spanish Harlem - Ben E. King (1960) | Aretha Franklin (1971)
37. Superstar - Delaney and Bonnie with Eric Clapton (1969, "Groupie (Superstar)" | The Carpenters (1971)
38. Gloria - Them (1964) | Patti Smith (1975)
39. The Loco-Motion - Little Eva (1962) | Grand Funk Railroad (1974)
40. The Wonder Of You - Ray Peterson (1959) | Elvis Presley (1970)
41. Rivers Of Babylon - The Melodians (1970) | Boney M (1978)
42. Take Me To The River - Al Green (1974) | Talking Heads (1978)
43. I Fought The Law - The Crickets (1961) | The Clash (1979)
44. Sailing - The Sutherland Brothers (1972) | Rod Stewart (1975)
45. Dancing in the Moonlight - Boffalongo (1969) | King Harvest (1972)
46. MacArthur Park - Richard Harris (1968) | Donna Summer (1978)
47. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Gladys Knight & the Pips (1967) | Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970)
48. How Sweet It Is - Marvin Gaye (1964) | James Taylor (1975)
49. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Nina Simone (1964) | Santa Esmeralda (1977)
50. Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu - Huey "Piano" Smith & His Clowns (1957) | Johnny Rivers (1972)
51. Hanging on the Telephone - The Nerves (1976) | Blondie (1978)
52. Denis - Randy & the Rainbows (1963, "Denise") | Blondie (1977)
53. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding - Nick Lowe (1974) | Elvis Costello & The Attractions (1978)
54. When Will I Be Loved - The Everly Brothers (1960) | Linda Ronstadt (1974)
55. Morning Has Broken - Traditional | Cat Stevens (1971)
56. Don't Play That Song - Ben E. King (1962) | Aretha Franklin (1970)
57. After Midnight - J. J. Cale (1970) | Eric Clapton (1970)
58. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer - Amos Milburn (1953, "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer") and John Lee Hooker (1966, "House Rent Boogie") | George Thorogood and the Destroyers (1977)
59. The First Cut Is the Deepest - P. P. Arnold (1967) | Rod Stewart (1976)
60. Blue Bayou - Roy Orbison (1963) | Linda Ronstadt (1977)
61. Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds - The Beatles (1967) | Elton John (1974)
62. Soul Man - Sam & Dave (1967) | The Blues Brothers (1978)
63. Reason to Believe - Tim Hardin (1965) | Rod Stewart (1971)
64. An Old Fashioned Love Song - Paul Williams (1971) | Three Dog Night (1971)
65. I Hear You Knocking - Smiley Lewis (1955) | Dave Edmunds (1970)
66. When the Levee Breaks - Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie (1929) | Led Zeppelin (1971)
67. Shout - The Isley Brothers (1959) | Otis Day & the Knights (1978)
68. She's Not There - Zombies (1964) | Santana (1977)
69. Statesboro Blues - Blind Willie McTell (1928) | Allman Brothers Band (1971)
70. Hot Rod Lincoln - Charlie Ryan and the Livingston Bros. (1955) | Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen (1971)
71. Hooked On A Feeling - B. J. Thomas (1968) | Blue Swede (1973)
72. Train Kept A Rollin' - Tiny Bradshaw (1951) | Aerosmith (1974)
73. Stay - Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs (1960) | Jackson Browne (1977, live)
74. Jesus Is Just Alright - Art Reynolds Singers (1966) | Doobie Brothers (1972)
75. Mr. Bojangles - Jerry Jeff Walker (1968) | Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1970)
76. America The Beautiful - Traditional | Ray Charles (1972)
77. Whiskey In The Jar - Traditional | Thin Lizzy (1972)
78. You're Sixteen - Johnny Burnette (1960) | Ringo Starr (1973)
79. Who Do You Love - Bo Diddley (1956) | George Thorogood and the Destroyers (1978)
80. Rock and Roll Heaven - Climax (1973) | Righteous Brothers (1974)
81. Come Together - The Beatles (1969) | Aerosmith (1978)
82. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Rolling Stones (1965) | Devo (1977)
83. Always On My Mind - Gwen McCrae (1972) | Elvis Presley (1972)
84. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart - Bee Gees (1971) | Al Green (1972)
85. Ça plane pour moi - Elton Motello (1977, "Jet Boy, Jet Girl") | Plastic Bertrand (1977)
86. Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong (1959) | The Flying Lizards (1979)
87. Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) - Moon Martin (1978) | Robert Palmer (1979)
88. Heaven Must Have Sent You - The Elgins (1966) | Bonnie Pointer (1978)
89. City of New Orleans - Steve Goodman (1971) | Arlo Guthrie (1972)
90. Handy Man - Jimmy Jones (1959) | James Taylor (1977)
91. Stand By Me - Ben E King (1961) | John Lennon (1975)
92. (I Know) I'm Losing You - The Temptations (1966) | Rare Earth (1970)
93. Sorrow - The McCoys (1966) | David Bowie (1973)
94. Do Ya - The Move (1972) | Electric Light Orchestra (1977)
95. Move It on Over - Hank Williams (1947) | George Thorogood and the Destroyers (1978)
96. Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry (1956) | Electric Light Orchestra (1973)
97. I Can't Get Next to You - Temptations (1969) | Al Green (1970)
98. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel (1970) | Aretha Franklin (1971)
99. Summer Breeze - Seals and Crofts (1972) | Isley Brothers (1973)
100. It's So Easy! - The Crickets (1958) | Linda Ronstadt (1977)







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