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Cover Songs That Need To be Retired

I love Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.  The Jeff Buckley version is great as well.  But after that, do we really need a version by KD Lang, Rufus Wainwright, Alexandra Burke, Kathryn Williams, Justin Timberlake among dozens of others?  This isn’t even counting the hundreds of jokers doing their own “version” during open-mic night.  

Which other songs should be retired from people covering them? (Note these aren’t songs you hate, just one you hate people performing all the time.)

Here’s mine:

All Tom Petty songs: He’s the patron saint of open-mic.  Enough already.  Discover a new artist.

All Along the Watchtower

Hey Jude

No Woman No Cry

Redemption Song

Knocking on Heaven’s Door

One (U2)

Wild Horses

Piano Man



Rockin’ in the Free World

Old Man

Sweet Caronline

What are your thoughts?


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