My Top 10 Cover Tracks

Favourite cover songs on my iPod currently.
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  • Run by Leona Lewis

Originally by Snow Patrol and released as the second single from their third albumn, Final Straw on 26 February 2004. It brought the band its first taste of mainstream success, reaching number 5 on the UK charts.


Though I tend to play Leona's version more, for some odd reason, I actually love the original more. I am huge fan of Snow Patrol and this track just hits the rights spots for me. In November 2008, Lewis set a record in the UK for the fastest selling download-only release with this song which sold 69,244 copies in two days

  • Don't Dream It's Over by Susan Boyle

Originally by Crowded House released in 1986 from their self-titled debut album and written by Neil Finn. It became the band's biggest international hit, reaching number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Susan covers the song in her 3rd studio albumn and performed the track on her visit to Oprah with a choir. 
  • Time After Time by Javier Colon

Originally by Cindy Lauper it was released as the second single from her album She's So Unusual. It reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on June 9, 1984, and remained there for two weeks. Worldwide, the song is her most commercially successful single after "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", and reached number three on the UK Singles Chart and number six on the ARIA Singles Chart. The Rolling Stone and MTV: 100 Greatest Pop Songs ranked it at No. 66. It was nominated for Song of the Year at the 1985 Grammy Awards.


The man with an amazing voice on the voice sang the song in the blind auditions on SABC 3's The Voice. He's currently on the Top 4. I play the song every morning. There is just something about Javier's voice that just does something to me ... :)

  • Man Down by Lil Kim

Originally by Rihanna, taken from her fifth studio album Loud. The song was written by Shama "Sak Pase" Joseph, Timothy & Theron Thomas, and Shontelle Layne, with production completed by Joseph.

"Man Down" received positive reviews from music critics, with many calling it a comeback of Rihanna's Caribbean-tinged rhythm. In the US, despite only being released to rhythmic and urban radios, the song peaked at number 59 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number nine on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Truth be told I keep telling myself that I prefer the original but can not seem to stop pressing replay every time this version by Lil Kim ends. I think its more raw and assertive that Riri's version maybe that's why it hits a core with me.

  • Rolling In The Deep by Young The Giant

Originally by Adele for her second studio album, 21. The song was written by Paul Epworth and Adele, who described it as a "dark blues-y gospel disco tune". It was first released on 29 November 2010 as the lead single of the album. 

The song reached number one in 11 countries and the top five in many more regions. It was Adele's first number-one song in the United States, reaching the top spot on many Billboard charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 where it was number one for seven weeks. 

As of January 2012, "Rolling in the Deep" had sold over 6 million copies in the United States, making it the overall best-selling single of 2011 in the U.S. and Adele's best-selling single outside her native country, topping her previous best-selling "Chasing Pavements." Worldwide, it was the fifth best selling digital single of 2011 with sales of 8.2 million copies.

Young The Giant covered the track on Dermot O’Leary’s Radio2 show last year February. It is actually very nice listen to it. I can not say much because I love Adele so I'll just say I love them both.

  • Wild Horses by Susan Boyle

Originally by The Rolling Stones from their 1971 album Sticky Fingers, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it at number 334 in its "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list in 2004.

The song appears as a cover on Susan Boyle's 2009 debut albumn "I Dreamed A Dream".

  • Jolene by Vicci Martinez

Originally written and performed by Dolly Parton from her album Jolene (1974), produced by Bob Ferguson. It is ranked number 217 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of "the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".


On the season of The Voice that is currently running on SABC 3, Vicci covered the track. Superbly if I may add.

  • Purple Rain by Etta James

Originally by Prince and The Revolution. It is the title track from the 1984 album and part of the movie soundtrack of the same name. The song was released as the third single from that albumn and reached number 2 in the U.S. chrts, and is widely considered one of Prince's signature songs.


The recently departed Motown singer Etta James covers the track on her 2006 albumn All The Way.

  • If It Hadn't Been For Love by Adele

Originally by Nashville bluegrass act The SteelDrivers, from their 2008 self-titled LP.


I have to say that this is my favourite track from 21. I love country music and the way the song convey the story. This song is perfect for Adele and the churchy sound just makes it all the more great to listen to.

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