'Knockin' on Heaven's Door'
Originally by Bob Dylan, Guns N' Roses recorded the cover song for the film 'Days of Thunder' and soon began including it in its concert sets. They also performed it at the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.
'Blinded by the Light'
Bruce Springsteen's original version failed to chart, but the Manfred Mann version reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. On VH1 'Storytellers,' Springsteen said the popularity of the Manfred Mann version was partially because of singer Chris Thompson's enunciation of the lyrics "rewed up like a deuce" instead of the original "cut loose like a deuce."
In February 2007, Prince performed the Foo Fighters' song 'Best of You' at Super Bowl XLI. Many fans see this as retaliation because Prince objected to having 'Darling Nikki' covered by the Foos.
'What a Wonderful World'
Originally released by Louis Armstrong in 1968, this recording was released a year after Ramone's death on his only solo album. It was made just weeks before the legend passed away. No. 6 on our best cover songs list was also played over the end credits of Michael Moore's film 'Bowling for Columbine.'
Seether was approached by their management to contribute to a Valentine's Day album for iTunes. The band decided to take a humorous approach and turned what they believed to be a cheesy '80s ballad (originally by Wham!) into a hard rock song.
Alien Ant Farm did not intend for this Michael Jackson cover to be a single. An FM radio station picked it up and began playing it. Instead of taking offense, Alien Ant Farm went with the flow and decided to release it to the public as their very first single.
'Turn the Page'
Drummer Lars Urlich heard the Bob Seger song while driving home and knew his bandmate James Hetfield could do something magical with it. 'Turn the Page' gave the band its longest-lasting streak on top of the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
'All Along the Watchtower'
Within the booklet of his 'Biograph' album, original song author Bob Dylan said, "I liked Jimi Hendrix's recording of this and ever since he died I've been doing it that way... Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it's a tribute to him in some kind of way."
Originally by Nine Inch Nails, lead singer Trent Reznor reacted positively to the Johnny Cash version. Reznor said in Alternative Press, "I wrote some words and music in my bedroom as a way of staying sane, about a bleak and desperate place I was in, totally isolated and alone. [Somehow] that winds up reinterpreted by a music legend from a radically different era/genre and still retains sincerity and meaning -- different, but every bit as pure."