From Oasis and U2 to Joe Cocker and Stevie Wonder, Here’s What Fans and Critics Say Are the Very Best Covers of Popular Beatles Songs
In yesterday’s blog entry, I teased a future blog post about the best Beatles covers.
Since I want to draw out the suspense a little, I’m going to hold off on that post until next week. But in the meantime, I thought I’d share some other Best Beatles Covers lists, which, of course, will eventually prove to be far inferior to mine.
First of all, there’s this fan-generated list from “Rolling Stone.” Now, I respect that fans voted on this. And generally “Rolling Stone” readers are fairly bright. But there’s no way Oasis (“I Am The Walrus,” #2) belongs anywhere on this list. Also, while I like U2, their cover of “Helter Skelter” shoud not be #1.
The New York Times has also chimed in on this topic. And while they placed Stevie Wonder at #1 (“We Can Work It Out”) — a move, no doubt, intended to curry favor from me — the rest of their list needs work. Besides, as much as I love Stevie, his cover is not the best.
I’m guessing the Cornell Daily Sun is a student paper for Cornell University, which would almost qualify for automatic disqualification. But the writer actually did a nice job describing what makes for a good cover. He also mentioned some covers I’d never heard before, like James Brown doing “Something.” But then he mentioned Oasis, and so I had to disqualify him.
Do you have any suggestions for favorite Beatles covers? Next week I’ll include a poll.
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