5) Imagine – John Lennon
After The Beatles, Mr. Lennon was not done with writing songs that would live on forever. This one has been covered by everyone from Elton John, to David Bowie, Queen, Ray Charles, Joan Baez (again!), Avril Lavigne, Lady Gaga, Pink, and the list goes on. You’ve probably covered it yourself.
4) Cry me a River – Julie London
This torch song was originally written for Ella Fitzgerald but went to Julie London in 1955. Since then, it has been covered by Shirley Bassey, Barbra Streisand, Joe Cocker, Etta James, Michael Bublé, and many others.
3) (I can’t get no) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
Few artists have been able to match Mick Jagger’s use of the tongue (no, Miley Cyrus) or Keith Richards’ rock’n’roll fortitude. Many artists, on the other hand, have covered this song. The list includes Britney Spears, Vanilla Ice, Devo, and Jimi Hendrix.
2) ‘Over The Rainbow’ - Judy Garland // ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong
This one is a tie, as a Hawaiian lad by the name of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole came up with the idea of mixing the two songs. After that, everyone else did the same. But Over The Rainbow has by itself been covered by Willie Nelson, Eva Cassidy, Eric Clapton, and everyone on American Idol.
1) Yesterday – The Beatles
The Beatles has one of the most copied catalogs in music history, so it’s perhaps no surprise that this one made the Guinness Book of Records at a staggering 7 million covers. Joan Baez, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Liberace, En Vogue, Boyz II Men, and… Daffy Duck. The list goes on.