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10 Metal Covers of Non Metal Songs

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There are many genres of music and, as a result, many fusions. We have all heard of the rap-rock hybrids emerging today. There are also country-rock, techno-rock, techno-rap and, in a shameless act of contradiction, country-rap. While the fusion of musical genres continues to evolve and extend, we are also being treated to a different kind of musical fusion: cross genre covers. A good many of us are aware of Johnny Cash’s gentle acoustic cover of metal band Nine Inch Nails’ song ‘Hurt’. But, the metal bands of the 2000’s have been hard at work on their own cross-genre songs. Here are ten songs from my favorite genre of music, and their tributes to bygone bands and songs. Tell us how the covers stand up to their original counterparts in comments!



Original: Tears for Fears
Cover: Disturbed

Their 2000 album The Sickness was Disturbed’s debut album, and contained their first hit ‘Down With the Sickness’. The popularity of the single overshadowed the album’s solitary cover, Shout. Originally released in 1984 by British pop rock duo, Tears for Fears, Disturbed’s rendition manages to stay true to the format and feel, while making the song their own by adding an edgy grit to it. [Watch the original here]


Word Up!

Original: Cameo
Cover: Korn

1986 saw the release of funk/R&B group Cameo’s Word Up!, an upbeat and energetic piece of music. Cut to 2004, and nu-metal founders and 90’s metal powerhouse, Korn, released their genre-bending cover. Korn is known for blending elements of hip-hop into their heavy and melodic metal, but an out-and-out cover of an (old) song wasn’t something Korn did often. But they stayed true to the feeling and setup of the original track, and, like any good cover, also put their own style into it. [Watch the original here]



Original: Wu-Tang Clan
Cover: System of a Down

[WARNING: offensive language.] Wu-Tang Clan has always been notorious for their attitude and their antics. Like any good gangster rappers, they weren’t afraid of pissing people off, disrespecting women or not listening to the police. In 1993, the Wu released Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), which included the subject of this list item, the track Shame On a Nigga. System of a Down is a band notorious for implementing ambiguous meanings into their songs, harassing interviewers and refusing any explanation of their songs’ meanings. The seemingly unlikely cover came into existence in 2000, featuring RZA and substituting Ol’ Dirty Bastard with Serj Tankian. [Watch the original here]


Renegades of Funk

Original: Afrika Bambaataa
Cover: Rage Against the Machine

The 80’s were a good decade for coverable music, as evidenced by 1983’s Renegades of Funk. The 2000’s were also a good decade for covers of 80’s songs, as evidenced by 2000’s RATM cover. Rage Against the Machine opted to take out the synths, and replace them with Tom Morellos signature funky guitar riffs. Both are immensely catchy. [Watch the original here]


The Metro

Original: Berlin
Cover: System of a Down

I hate to hit you guys with more SoaD already, but this their last cover on this list. Along with Renegades, 1983 also brought us Berlin’s The Metro, a love song about meeting a soldier on a train. System of a Down, breaking barriers once again, chose to cover this in 1997 as one of their demo songs, so it can be said that Berlin helped get these guys famous (System of a Down released their debut self-titled album in 1999). [Watch the original here]


Sweet Dreams

Original: Eurythmics
Cover: Marilyn Manson

Again with ’83! This incredibly popular song still gets regular airplay on radio stations to this day. It was a given that it would be covered, but the synthy pop tune probably wasn’t anticipated to be turned into a slow, creepy rock song by a band named after sex symbols and serial killers. But then again, stranger things have happened. [Watch the original here]


Land of Confusion

Original: Genesis
Cover: Disturbed

Moving forward to ’86, the pop-rock trio Genesis (for the younger crowd who may not know, you will recognize Phil Collins singing) released their political commentary and satire, Land of Confusion. In the midst of the Cold War and the Reagan era, such a piece was widely accepted and loved. And in 2006, in the midst of the Iraq War and the Bush era, the satire, again, becomes relevant, but this time it is brought to us by Disturbed. When listened to separately, the songs sound nothing alike, but when listened to back to back, the similarities between Phil Collins’ and David Draiman’s voices is somewhat eerie. Besides the obvious exchange of guitar for synthesizers, this cover is probably the most true to it’s original version than any other on this list. [Watch the original here]


Another Brick in the Wall

Original: Pink Floyd
Cover: Korn

It is hard to cover 3 songs in one, especially songs so beloved and popular, but Korn rose to the challenge and put their best foot forward. Pink Floyd’s opera, The Wall, was a huge hit for the band, and boasted the songs Another Brick in the Wall Parts I, II, and III. Instead of covering them separately, Korn combined them into one (long) song. It is hard to cover the original, but my respect goes to Korn for trying to cover this classic, and, hopefully, the Floyd fans can respect Korn for paying tribute to one of their influences. [Watch the original here]



Original: Seal
Cover: Mushroomhead

Soul artist Seal has many soothing melodies in his arsenal. Mushroomhead, a masked Cleveland metal band, has a lot of aggression in their arsenal. Not quite a match. But, as the last track on their sophomore major-label album XIII, Mushroomhead stops the show with their energetic rendition (I can also vouche for this being a literal show stopper. It was the last song in their set list at the concert I attended). Now, some may say Alanis Morrisette’s cover was better, but this list is about metal covers! Seal’s original track is soothing, sweeping and somewhat inspiring. Mushroomhead throws in aggressive, yet upbeat, verses and some mean double bass kicks in the chorus. One of these two versions will definitely be stuck in your head. [Watch the original here]


Smooth Criminal

Original: Michael Jackson
Cover: Alien Ant Farm

As many mourned the passing on the late King of Pop, endless tributes began to pop up. Most of us tried to forget the endless, and sometimes cruel jokes, that were made, the controversy from a few years back, and tried to respect one of the most influential musicians of all time. But, in 2001, long before his death, his greatest tribute was brought forward. The 1988 song, Smooth Criminal (think anti-gravity lean), was covered by a small time rock band from Riverside, California. Not only was it a catchy and well done cover (with a Grammy nomination to boot), the video contained references to many of Jackson’s most popular songs, videos, quirks, and fans. Here is the full list from Wikipedia. [Watch the original here]

  • timothyjames

    I'm so disappointed. I am literally in the middle of writing a list just like this. Well, not exactly like this but very similar. Oh well, I guess I'll just enjoy this one.

    • ianz09

      I'm sorry, I had submitted this several months ago, I'm surprised to see it up! Keep writing your list, and give it your own flavor, it may still be published!

      • oliveralbq

        i had actually toyed with the idea of doing this the other way around.
        it would be fairly interesting, tunes like

        raining blood — tori amos — (slayer)
        hurt — johnny cash — (nine inch nails)
        back in black — eminem — (ac/dc)

        could be interesting——-

    • AdamBird

      dont worry, your list is bound to be better.

  • BarryWhite

    I'm not really into metal, but I can see a lot of metal fans being rather "disappointed" with your choice of no.1…

    • AAF did a really good job with "Smooth Criminal", but I definitely wouldn't have listed it as #1.

      • Kim

        I wouldn’t have listed AAF as metal, either…

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  • DawnBearer

    Mmm, I don't see any metal band here.

    • montucky


    • PickledTink

      You took the words right out of my, uh, fingers?

      • ned flnaders

        hard rock-ish, with a bit of a metal tinge.

    • Ryan

      Damn, I knew the retards would come and complain about these metal bands being hard rock. Who gives a shit?

      • DawnBearer

        The name of the list means something, and the content is another.

    • Math Wolf

      Whether these bands are really metal or not is debatable, but I can say I'm truly disappointed in this list. The fact that it is called metal covers and almost all entries are debatable metal is not a good at all. This is reflected in the +45 votes for DawnBearer's comment.

    • Violatorofsanity

      Agrrrrrrrreed!! Caution contains excessive use of korn & syndrome of a down.. You could have at least used ONE well known cover per band. The problem here is that there are ALOT of well known metal bands that have done some truly epic covers. Marylyn Manson has done so many that you could do a List on him/her/it alone!!! How about Fear Factory with 'cars' or Cradle of Filth with 'Hallowed be thy name'? Shit there is even a compilation released with well known metal bands doing classical music covers! (highly reccomended). This list will not go down well with lovers of true metal.

      DawnBearer's comment is at +55 as of this post.


      • hallowed is a metal song (iron maiden)

      • Teresa

        Cradle of Filth’s remake of Shakespeare’s Sisters song Stay is a favorite of mine I was sad to see it not on here.

    • Disturbed and Manson are more metal than Korn but theyre all Nu Metal… So not really what was implied by the title

  • ben1975

    What about Marilyn Mansons cover of Soft Cells cover of Gloria Jones' Tainted Love?

    • Forsythia

      That video is yummyyyy.

  • hjther


  • shade_105

    First time posting a comment.
    As I read this list, I was expecting one song to come up:

    "Oops I Did It Again"
    Original : Britney Spears
    Cover : Children Of Bodom

    Of course, if there's a problem regarding this song, do enlighten us.

    • dirtyarsenic

      eh, not that good, their cover of rebel yell is better.

      • ashley72

        Also, Love their She is Beautiful Cover!

        Check out Skeletons in the Closet. It’s their cover album

    • ianz09

      Never heard of it, kinda wish I had

  • Mr_ Selfdestruction

    What about ultravox's vienna by Clawfinger [youtube jW4tp3phi3g youtube] and Alphaville's Big in Japan by Guano Apes[youtube yEfXikefBIg&ob=av2e youtube]

    • Mr_Selfdestruction

      sorry! the second video:[youtube yEfXikefBIg&ob=av2e youtube]

    • sisterjanet

      Oooh, I like this! It has that late 90's Dance/Metal vibe. Plus, I looove Vienna. I'm such a sucker for 80's melodramatic pop.

  • Patrick

    I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins' presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. Christy, take off your robe. Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. Sabrina, remove your dress. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Sabrina, why don't you, uh, dance a little. Take the lyrics to Land of Confusion. In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority. In Too Deep is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I've heard in rock. Christy, get down on your knees so Sabrina can see your asshole. Phil Collins' solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like In the Air Tonight and Against All Odds. Sabrina, don't just stare at it, eat it. But I also think Phil Collins works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist. This is Sussudio, a great, great song, a personal favorite.

    • bluesman87

      what the fuck?

      • oliveralbq

        american psycho

        but i admit — at first i thought he was shooting for a spot in a list of the top comments made by people uunder the influence of 'shrooms.

        the dead give away — sussudio shouldn't be anyone's personal favourite of anything

        • Patrick

          We have a winner!
          Now, I have to return some videotapes…

          • cambered

            Patrick Bateman, by any chance?

            Laughed out loud at bluesman87's "wtf" response to this… very funny.

          • Jay

            Yeah, at first I thought he was going for something there and I was trying to remember which Genesis song it was where they told Sally or whoever to take off her whatever, but I kept flashing on an old Randy Newman song… bizarre combination. Then he said S-S-Sudio and I realized he was insane…

          • Finnish man

            Negative. Cancel it. Is that Ivana Trump over there?

        • cambered

          the other give away is that genesis started sucking balls post-peter gabriel… precisely the moment when "phil collins' presence became more apparent".

      • SamR

        American Psycho – Christian Bale…

    • Drasheder

      What's with the American Psycho thing lol

    • Sailor

      Grandpa? Grandpa, did you get into my stash again? I don't know how many times I have to tell you, the blue pills are yours, the red ones are mine. Now get away from the computer and go back to bed.

      • oliveralbq

        you take the blue pill, and the story ends. you take the red pill and you stay in wonderland.

        • bassbait

          That's not the quote:

          The quote is this – "You take the blue pill, and the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, and you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes"

          I think. I'm just reciting it from memory. I'm all about trying to get quotes right.

          • Jay

            I'm gonna take both pills. Then the train crashes and I get to stay in Narnia forever.

          • Nitty Nit Pickerson

            I don't think he was trying to directly quote, but for your self esteems sake, I do think your quote was very spot on (watched it yesterday).

          • oliveralbq

            yeah — i couldnt justify putting quotation marks around that — seeing as how ive seen that movie exactly zero times sober — and 1 time total.

            of course, when i take blue pills, usually the story is just beginning…..

  • satantango

    Alien Ant Farm are definitly not metal….

    • acc

      My thoughts exactly

    • Violatorofsanity

      And they were taking the piss out of jackson, not paying a tribute… Oh and they are totally lame and not metal!!

  • m/

    Alien Ant Farm aint metal!!!!! Good Cover though.
    Try the Punk Goes Pop Album Series.
    A lot of good covers can be found there. Not all are metal bands though.

    • Kim

      Erm… None of them are metal bands from what I remember? Instead you have… let’s see… punk, pop–punk, emo, screamo… y’know… don’t remember any metal. But correct me if I’m wrong.

  • bluesman87

    Good effort . No.1 is a cool song but if I'm honest i dont like any of these bands .

  • cjshields

    What about Whiskey in the Jar by Thin Lizzy, covered by Metallica? The best Metal cover, in my opinion.

  • cjshields

    What about Whiskey in the Jar by Thin Lizzy, covered by Metallica? The best Metal cover, in my opinion.
    [youtube nm9A3J294Ic youtube]

    • witcharachne

      FUCK I love that song!

    • Phojo

      Thin Lizzy's was a cover as well.

    • Billius

      Thin Lizzy's version of Whiskey in the Jar is a cover as well. It's an old traditional Irish song that has been played by thousands of people over the years. The first notable recording that really brought the song to light outside of Ireland was most likely that by The Dubliners.

      Great song though!

      • cjshields

        I know, I'm Irish and have been listening to traditional music since I was young (my da played the tin-whistle). Although Thin Lizzy used the traditional lyrics, they made their version their own by adding that definitive guitar riff, which serves as the basis for Metallica's cover.

        • Roflwaflz

          This would have to be the worst Metallica song, pure vomit inducing crap. Just bland all the way through. Simple drum lines with cheap fills and predictable chords. Can't touch Thin Lizzy's version. For some GOOD music check out The Emerald and The Hero and the Madman by Thin Lizzy. Much better than The Boys Are Back in Town which is sadly what they're best known for.

          • cjshields

            I know about those songs too but you're missing the point. This thread is 'Metal Covers of Non-Metal Songs' not 'Thin Lizzy Songs that are Better Than The Boys are Back in Town'. Maybe you could write a list about the latter if it concerns you so much.

          • Roflwaflz

            Ok you caught me in a rant you're right.

  • its0ver9000

    Another one that comes to mind is Lollipop by Framing Hanley.

  • hgfdckhgjk

    LOL "This video contains content from Sony Music Entertainment, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds."

    I'm not likely to buy that then seeing as I can't listen to it first am I.

    Will they never learn?

    • Ninja_Wallaby

      Try using a proxy server. Just type in "Youtube proxy server" in google and keep trying till you find one that works.

    • fendabenda

      Yeah, some of the stuff on this list was blocked from me, too, by Shitty Music Entertainment. :(

  • GiantAssFace

    Are there any other lists that could have been put up besides this one?

    • oliveralbq

      you mean like "the top stupidest comments by giant ass faces" list?

    • Sailor

      How about a list of most ridiculous names ever posted to Listverse?

  • Khris

    Northern Kings made a whole album with covers only, among other things Michael Jackson and Kylie Minogue (!!!):

    Some Tainted Love by Atrocity (much better than the MM cover):

    And among lots of ABBA covers, here's Therion:

    • fendabenda

      Haha! :D I loved the Therion video. :)

    • Eddy

      Nothern Kings made TWO albums, actually, with pop covers in symphonic metal style, as did Atrocity (though the name implies death metal, they already played symphonic metal at the time)

  • plum13sec

    I dont like limp bizkit, but their cover of 'faith' by george michaels is better than the original.

    • dirtyarsenic

      they aren't metal

  • Alien Ant Farm are in no way shape of form metal!! I saw them at BDO Gold Coast in 2002 and they were the worst band I ever seen live. Just terrible.
    A better cover I'd suggest is Don't Call Me Baby by Frankenbok

  • shay

    didn't see any metal on this list….

    • Slatanic

      Dude Mushroomhead is definitely metal, everyone else definitely not lol.

  • bansey

    Boring list.

  • oliveralbq

    @timothyjames [1]: "I'm so disappointed. I am literally in the middle of writing a list just like this."

    —-ianz did good, but this isn't a "top" list. if he hasnt done so already, concentrate on the ommissions, like:

    bring the noise — anthrax — (public enemy)
    astronomy — metallica — (blue oyster cult)
    tom saywer — deadsy — (rush)
    school day — ac/dc — (chuck berry)
    green manalishi — judas priest — (fleetwood mac)
    kick out the jams — rage… — (mc5s)
    no quarter — tool — (led zep)

    if you want to argue black sabbath isnt metal, you have
    paranoid — megadeth
    hard rock bands cover punk songs – see-metallica covering like 3 misfits songs…..offspring covering a ramones tune —

    point is:
    –there is room to work on this topic.

    but for now
    —- horray to jafe for mixing up the lists lately, and
    ———-horray to ianz — nice write-up

    • ianz09

      Thanks oliver, and I have not begun writing a follow-up, so it is open to whoever wants it!

    • necropenguin

      anyone who says black sabbath is not metal clearly doesn't know what metal is.

      • Eddy

        Black Sabbath is considered by many as being hard rock, because they were the first ones to play heavy metal, so the style-defining characteristics weren't as much present yet.

        • RoflwaflZ

          No Quarter by Tool should have made it on the list, because they took something that was already great and made it their own.

        • John the Fisherman

          As in…?

          Black Sabbath had power chords, pedal points, dark lyrics, and heavy drumbeats….
          Does that not count as metal?

          • sebaton

            But they had blues, only one guitar without rhythsm/lead division, a quite prominent bass. In the 70s, metal and hard rock were practically synonymous, but retrospectively pre-80s Sabbath hasn't yet completed its evolution to heavy metal.

            You know, you've got to draw the line somewhere…

          • Maggot

            but retrospectively pre-80s Sabbath hasn't yet completed its evolution to heavy metal

            What? By about 1976, you could stick a fork in them. They were basically done creatively, still rocking but limping along on fumes for a few more years until Ozzy left (I did see them live in ’78 w/ Ozzy and they still brung it). You can’t be referring to their brief second wind with Dio as a “completion of their evolution to heavy metal”, are you? On the contrary, it is their early 70’s work, along with that of Zep and Deep Purple, that is the very definition of “heavy metal”. I’d say very few Black Sabbath fans consider anything released after 1975’s Sabotage to be “truly” Sabbath. By 1980 (or a couple years prior), we were into the so-called New Wave of British Heavy Metal (Maiden, Priest, Motorhead, Def Leppard, etc.), which by inference attributes the “old wave” as being Sabbath and their early 70’s heavy metal contemporaries.

          • ianz09

            Don't bother, this guy seems to think nothing qualifies for metal anymore.

          • sebaton


          • sebaton

            You misunderstood me. I think the albums up to Sabotage are the finest they ever created (along with the two Dio era albums). It can't get more "truly Sabbath" than that. But from today's point of view, they sounded more like classic hard rock. It's called New Wave of British Heavy Metal because before that, nobody distinguished between hard rock and metal. So you're right about the "old wave", but that wasn't yet the metal we know today.

          • Maggot

            It's called New Wave of British Heavy Metal because before that, nobody distinguished between hard rock and metal.

            I agree with your earlier statement that the two terms were practically synonymous, but the term “heavy metal” was used as far back as 1971 in a Creem magazine review of an album by a band called Sir Lord Baltimore. I was in high school in the mid/late-70’s, and I distinctly remember using the term in the latter half of the decade, though perhaps not so much if at all in the early 70s. Here is a 1975 Led Zep US Tour program, which on page 3 says they “helped shape an era in popular music which some call heavy metal…”

          • Maggot


            Incidentally, I attended Zep’s final US concert in 1977, which none other than Judas Priest opened. Check out this circa ’77 newspaper clipping review of the show from this same site:

            Zep is referred to as the “forbearers of heavy metal rock and roll”., and then in the last paragraph Priest is referred to as “hard rock newcomers”, so you see the term was in use before NWOBHM was popular. Btw, note: “the best that could be said is they only played for 30 minutes, thereby not causing excessive suffering”. Lol.

          • sebaton

            I didn't say that the term "heavy metal" wasn't already in use. But I think its meaning was narrowed during or after the NWOBHM to denote the newer, heavier and blues-less style of e.g. Judas Priest and Iron Maiden in contrast to the music of Led Zeppelin or Deep Purple.

            So I would say that, while 70's Sabbath of course are heavy metal in the older sense (for which I would exclusively use the term "hard rock"), they don't necessarily fit the narrower definition of the word. But in the end, it's just a name. The music rocks, and that's what matters. :)

          • Maggot

            I think its meaning was narrowed during or after the NWOBHM to denote the newer, heavier and blues-less style

            Not being argumentative, but just for discussion – I’m not so sure the newer style could be called “heavier”. Blues-less, yes, but I think the 1980-onward deliniation you are going after is really the changing of “heavy metal” to simply “metal”. Yes “heavy” is in the term NWOBHM, but I think the 80s onward sound leans towards brighter and more shrill, hense the eventual dropping of “heavy” when refering to 80s metal. Borne in part by the naming of Priest’s 1980 British Steel album, Quiet Riot’s Metal Health in ’83, and Anthrax’s Fistful of Metal in ‘84. The ensuing so-called hair/glam metal path loses heavyness altogether, whereas the parallel Metallica-esque thrash metal path retains it somewhat.


          • Maggot


            Speaking of QR, this is an example that deviates from your definition of metal as having two guitars. Same with Ozzy’s Blizzard of Ozz era line-up. But yet, they’re both considered “classic” 80’s metal acts. Ya might even throw early Van Halen in there too, I dunno. Conversly, twin-lead guitar bands like Skynard and the Allman Bros are hard rock, but no one would call them “heavy metal”.

          • sebaton

            Hm, I thought the shortened term "metal" was brought up when there was a need for an umbrella term for the emerging sub-genres of heavy metal. I may be wrong though.

            Yes, the infamous glam metal scene… It was a style with particular prominence in the mainstream, but just one among others. Metal as a whole, I think, didn't lose its heaviness; on the contrary, it was getting even faster and harder with speed metal, thrash metal and ultimately death and black metal.

            Concerning the two guitars:
            Of course you shouldn't apply these "defining features" too strictly, since music doesn't really stick to rules. In the end two guitars, blues, etc. aren't more than indicators if you're dealing with one or the other genre and you have to judge based on how many of them come together and how they are employed. Allman Bros. use the guitars differently than Judas Priest, for example. And there are always exceptions of course.

          • Eddy

            To me, yes, they WERE metal.
            But, as I said, to SOME they were hard rock. They HAD the characteristics. As I said, they INVENTED it, obviously they had those characteristics.

            HOWEVER, on their prime, those characteristics weren't AS MUCH present as in "modern" heavy metal bands, so people have trouble classifying them.

    • Jay

      "…if you want to argue black sabbath isnt metal…" Has anyone ever seriously argued this? Maybe I need to refresh my definition of metal…

      • ianz09

        According to sebaton, nothing is metal anymore.

        • sebaton

          Oh come on, it's getting old already.

  • br0ck

    whats the point of this list anyway

    • oliveralbq

      havn't you figured out, yet, that they only reason they put up llists anymore, is simply to annoy you?

    • Tron

      Wow you comment here regularly without fail (whatever be the comment). Good to see that.

  • kizzler

    Nice list. But i'm growing tired of people nagging on lists. If you don't like it then proof that you can do it better. Good list ianz09.

  • chris

    “we have all heard of the rap-rock hybrids emerging today”

    really? Only if today is 10 – 15 years ago.

    Other than that good list except number one, Alien Ant Farm, as said above, really aren’t metal. It is a good cover though!

  • kennghistron

    I must admit I am thoroughly disappointed by this list. The introduction discusses "sub-genres" within music, however if the author was fully versed in these sub-genres they would realise that all of the above covers can (and invariably will) be described as "Nu-Metal", not "Metal".

    Furthermore, the introduction mentions the Johnny Cash cover of "Hurt". Part of the reason this cover is so good is that Cash managed to keep the lyrical themes and chord structure that Reznor used, but simultaneously changed the way we think of/look at/listen to the song, mainly through his manipulation of timbre. The covers you have placed on this list have, for the most part, not tried to change how we perceive the track itself; they have tried, in my opinion, to change the way we may perceive the artist performing the cover, thereby reducing the original composition to nothing more than a media tool.

    • tsasil

      I totally agree on this one

    • Becca

      Well said indeed.

    • Ryan

      The only nu metal bands on here are Korn and probably Marylin Manson. You are obviously a tool and think that quality of music is determined by popularity, not quality. Just because a band is popular, doesnt mean they suck.

  • tsasil

    Quite disappointed; This whole list is concentrated on those "rap-rock hybrids emerging today". Why include most bands 2 times, when you have so many other great metal covers of non metal songs? Take your pick from the mentions above. That seems just lazy.

    Terrible list by any measure, not even taking into account the obvious musical preference of the lister.

  • Chineapplepunk

    Marilyn Mansons cover versions anger me… Actually, anything he does these days angers me! I am a fan of 'Holywood' and anything before that though.
    I used to be mad into Disturbed too but now I realise they're still churning out the same stuff that got released after 'Down with the sickness' and the lead singer sounds constipated! :P
    I hadn't heard of all of these so it was nice to learn something new :)

    • I actually kind of liked Marilyn Manson's cover of "Sweet Dreams", even though I don't paticularly care for his music.

    • Kennoth

      You OBVIOUSLY haven’t heard any album of Disturbed other than The Sickness.

  • Will Trame

    Jimi Hendrix’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower” rates a mention even though Hendrix stood out in a musical genre all his own and this example cannot really be satisfactorily classified as “metal”. Still, it is an awesome track.

    Overall, covers for the most part are subpar compared to the original.

    • Cystverse

      Hendrix is blues rock. That is his genre (usually). Being a real musician, he would experiment, but that was his genre.

      • Aka_cronic

        Allman brothers and creedence clearwater revival were blues rock. Jimi.hendrix was far from that.

        • Nitty Nit Pickerson

          No. They're southern rock (which like most classic rock contains heavy blues influences). Like bands like Zeppelin or Cream, Hendrix started (and continued to be) part of a blues revival. That being said, he heavily pioneered the sound of rock and often created sounds that were altogether unbluesy but were present in a blues rock song structure. Therefore, he is blues rock.

    • fendabenda

      No, often covers aren't subpar at all. They may even be better than the original. You mentioned "All Around the Watchtower" by Hendrix. What about, say, "Rock Around the Clock"? Have you ever heard the original version by Sonny Dae, or maybe just the cover by Bill Haley? OK, that was an ancient song as an example, but you know what I mean…

    • jumblegirl

      It's funny you should say that Will as I have just completed a list of Cover Songs that are (Arguably) Better Than the Original and I would say I was spoilt for choice. Whether or not it gets listed is another thing of course….

      • Maggot

        Were you aware that this one was already out there:

        “Another 10…” is always a cool thing, but if ya didn’t already, you might want to check it against yours to make sure you didn’t duplicate anything.

        • jumblegirl

          Thanks Maggot. I thought I had checked thoroughly to see that I wasn't doing a list somebody else had done, obviously I had my eyes closed when I did that! Happily there is only one song that is a duplicate so I hope that means my list will still go through. If not, back to the drawing board!

          • Maggot

            Try sending an email to Jamie explaining the situation and include a different song to swap in place of the dup, and a slightly modified title. Nothing to lose by giving that a shot. Good luck on the submission!

  • cambered

    Pretty cool idea for a list, and hope we get to see follow-ups of other genre crossover tunes… but like a few others I would query the "metal authenticism" of some of these bands… and not just Alien Ant Farm who clearly are not.

    I actually quite like RATM and SOAD, and own a few of their respective albums, but (in my head at least) they are hard rocking bands with some metal-like tendencies, as opposed to pure metal. Bands such as Korn, Disturbed and Marilyn Manson would fall under the nu-metal banner… imo.

    Just sayin….

  • Tom

    Awful list. It seems like the list-maker only listens to about 5 bands and just chose covers by those bands.

    Also, Alien Ant Farm? They're about as metal as my plastic bucket.

  • mrjimmyos

    I think this song is worthy of the list;

  • Thumbob

    Where is the metal??

  • M3aYzO

    should post atleast one of metallica's covers like Turn The Page or Astronomy…
    and lol at numba 1

    • oliveralbq

      @M3aYzO : " like Turn The Page or Astronomy…
      ……or green hell, or die die my darling……..

  • ciremelf

    I can't believe this was overlook. definitely worthy of a list nod.[youtube J8FRO24Ykss youtube]

    • tacoburrito

      most definitely should have been included

  • ciremelf

    Here's another, lesser known band but still worthy.[youtube ihYwcaxEEUk youtube]

    • silverfall

      Nonpoint is not metal…

  • Greg

    There is not a single metal band listed here.

  • tmxicon

    Ugh, no (good) metal here whatsoever – just nu-metal and hard rock bands. Some not mentioned:

    Northern Kings – Was said already, but their version of "Ashes to Ashes" by David Bowie is probably the song that sounds the most different from the rest of the pack.

    Botch – Rock Lobster (B-52's)
    Throwdown – Baby Got Back (Sir Mix-a-lot)
    Turisas – Rasputin (Boney M.)
    Machine Head – Message in a Bottle (The Police)
    Mastodon – Emerald (Thin Lizzy)
    Nevermore – The Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel)
    Shadows Fall – Welcome to the Machine (Pink Floyd)
    Crowbar – Dream Weaver (Gary Wright)

    • silverfall

      Ah! dream weaver! Nice one!

    • yosh hash

      Add "this flight tonight" by Nazareth (Joni Mitchel)

  • ciremelf

    Here is another. long forgotten classic!! =)[youtube mET9CBsHbF0&feature=related youtube]


    Korn’s cover of ‘Word Up’ is shocking! Not only does it take all the passion out of an extremely funky song but its video is a direct rip-off and poor imitation of Basement Jaxx’ “Where’s Your Head At?”.

    They should be ashamed… I can’t even think about watching their Pink Floyd cover. That would be too painful.

    Clearly Korn DO need education – in terms of what songs not to cover!

  • fail.

    way to waste a slot on Listverse by posting a list of your favorite bands. Oh, and hate to tell you but 5 out of the 7 bands you chose for a top 10 list suck (as a general rule), and only about half of them qualify as metal.

  • rbR

    Disturbed "Down with the Sickness" was their second album release.

    Seether – Careless Whisper – Wham!

    • dirtyarsenic

      pretty sure down with the sickness isn't a cover though.

      • rbR

        It isn't

        • cambered

          I thought "Voices" would have been first single off "The Sickness"…?

  • oouchan

    I remember sitting in my car and listening to the radio when a DJ took a call from a listener who wanted the station to play Korn's version of Another Brick in the Wall……..the DJ took about 10 minutes to blow that idea out of the water and remind people that the original was the best and that this radio station would NEVER play that song by Korn….ever.
    I laughed my ass off! I was great….because I agree. There are some songs or artists out there that you just don't attempt to re-do…..and this is one of them.

    Like the list in spite of that.

    • Franken Wankin'

      There are some Pink Floyd cover bands that are alright if you need to go to a Floyd concert in 2010. That's pretty much their entire purpose. (I got this information from my friend who is the biggest Floyd fan I've ever known.)
      That being said, Korn should never cover Pink Floyd (or anyone good for that matter).

      • Maggot

        There are some Pink Floyd cover bands that are alright if you need to go to a Floyd concert in 2010.

        Sounds like you are referring to “tribute” bands, which are a little different than someone covering a song but putting their own spin on it. As such, and I‘m not speaking for oouchan here, I don’t think a die-hard Pink Floyd fan would be as opposed to watching a tribute act as they would be listening to a sacrilegious out-of-genre Floyd cover.

        • oouchan


        • Franken Wankin'

          Well said. Along the lines of what I was going for. Thanks.

  • Woyzeck

    Metal is that genre that prepubescent boys are into, isn't it?

    • bluesman87

      no metal is for warriors and real men , if music was a human body ,metal would be the hairy calloused knuckles. Proper long haired head banging guitar focused metal with a mad solo in every song . All the kids these days like rap and dance . This is also partly why i hate children .

      • Jay

        Right, blues. And those kids will determine the future of music. Ready for Bieber-metalo?

        • bluesman87

          i know right , the music industry is in a right shambles . At least there is a new maiden coming out soon . But as usual the tour is passing my country over again . . . . .

      • sebaton

        There are still enough metalheads out there to carry the torch. Here in Europe the scene is up and running. :)

    • fendabenda

      Wait a sec now, Woyzeck. Art thou a troll, after all? Because you didn't seem like one on the other lists, although I've disagreed with you sometimes. I hope your comment on metal music is a joke.

  • csalinas723

    what kind of lists are people coming up with??

  • DavidOCambell

    this one is simply so odd combo that you gotta love it: La Isla Bonita metal cover.

    [youtube qToq_VQ8cN0 youtube]

    • Eddy

      Oh my god, this sounds awesome! *-*

  • One

    It sure would've been nice if this list was a little more diversified and didn't exclusivley feature mall/nu-metal.

  • Breaux

    Since no one else has mentioned it, "Diamonds and Rust" as covered by Judas Priest.

  • silverfall

    Should have been ROCK COVERS. Very little METAL in the list…Alien Ant Farm???WTF! 2 SOD covers. Bad list here.

    Someone mentioned Whiskey in the jar above…great song.

    In Flame`s version of Land of Confusion is also better than the Disturbed version. I would also include the Type O Negative cover of hit me baby 1 more time.

  • ben

    there isnt a single metal band on this list.

    and why so many repeats when there are so many great covers out there?

    seriously i am disappointed but when it comes to metal on listverse i usually am. Listverse apparently cannot do metal lists so please stop trying

  • Gabor

    Really? 2 Korn, 2 SOAD, Manson, AAF?

    These are not metal bands, and these are not the best covers. I'm utterly disappointed, this could have been an awesome list.

  • Phojo


    "The Hokey Pokey" by Psychostick

    Seriously, that just sums up the song to least likely be covered by a metal band.

    • Jay

      Sounds like a challenge. If any true metal band actually does cover that, I'd like to suggest they then go after "The Lindy Hop."

      • Roflwaflz

        I see your outdated reference and raise you: "Maple Leaf Rag." Stereotypical Olde Tyme Music

        • Jay

          Hehehe. Rofl, I know you meant that as a joke, but wouldn't you love to see some of these groups covering one or two of those old pieces. Scott Joplin transcribed for six-string screaming guitar… Could be quite interesting.

  • Locke

    I dont say this often but this list was rough to say the least. There are so many more metal covers of non-metal songs in the world! they have entire compilation albums dedicated to these covers so to have a list that is limited to 6 or 7 bands that no one has listened to since the late 90's early 2000's is not much more than a waste of the time it took to read it. I might be coming off as a bit of a music snob but in the future if you plan on creating another list you should give it some though and do some research before posting a watered down list of less than talented bands playing songs the covered a decade ago.
    And just for the sake of example here is Chiodos covering Flagpole Sitta [youtube yh_ZCzunF2I youtube]

  • Unicornhole

    Pink Floyd's 'Astronomy Domine' performed by Voivod.

    [youtube 3hhP9ZGHTEQ youtube]

  • fairtwiggy

    Love this list number 2 not so much. Good job ianz09!

  • clark kent fly

    in flames cover of depeche mode's everything counts and NIN's cover of Joy divs dead souls

  • John Jacob

    Wow. Whoever made this is obviously a complete hipster. Half that crap can't even be considered Metal. The other half of that crap is just crap.

    • sookiekathouse

      Hey hey hey easy with the hipster hate,- and furthermore no self respecting hipsters would be caught dead listening to radio "metal" crap churned out by the likes of these awful bands mentioned in the list, but whoever mentioned the children of bodom cover, props to you

  • Unicornhole

    And it's live and by a virtually unknown Canadian band, but…….
    [youtube OVridDuI6PY youtube]

  • undaunted warrior 1

    Not my cup of tea – mayby for the younger generation as someone has already mentioned.

  • ieva

    him – wicked games!!

  • Dave

    Alien ant farm?? Really…? REALLY?!

  • Laydyem

    HIM covering Chris Issack's Wicked Game!!!!!!!!!!!

    • fendabenda

      It's Chris ISAAK! But yes, a pretty nice song, whether sung by Isaak or Herr Licht of HIM. :)

  • Adam Bird

    this is absolutely terrible…. ListVerse needs to have a quality control for the legitimacy of the sites lists, and in this case, this garbage should be pulled… just to name a few that you are missing

    HIM – Wicked Games
    Foo Fighters – Darling Nikki / Baker Street / Band on the Run
    Type O Negative – Light My Fire
    Snake River Conspiracy – She Said She Said

    and im sure i could think of enough to replace your entire list except for maybe one or two spots…

    anyone who agrees with me reply to this as a petition of sorts, because this is an uneducated and awful list.

    • Nitty Nit Pickerson

      Jamie has to publish all of the lists, so he puts whatever you see up on the site. Most of his lists are great but some aren't. Cry some more. It's his site, he'll do what he wants.

      I don't think I would like you list very much either. The Foo Fighters a metal band? That's preposterous.

    • @%#@

      Seriously, you're under the impression that a list qualifies as "absolutely terrible" if it doesn't perfectly match YOUR personal opinion? Maybe you should tone down your wildly inflated ego. And maybe you should also learn to read since it's "10 Metal Covers…", not Top 10 anything, so if you don't agree with it, good for you, but no one else cares.

    • cambered

      Foo Fighters = metal?

      Adam Bird = wrong.

    • adam

      Uh, TON is the only metal band there. WHy the fuck is everyone on this site such a fucking n00B!?!?!?!

  • Jay

    Pat Boone, in his chains 'n' leather period covered… well, never mind. But he was more metal than Alien Ant Farm, anyway.

    • fendabenda

      Pat Boone was, is, and always will be a clown.

  • Julius

    Pretty much everything I'd have to say on this list has already been said, however I have a funny addition:
    Excrementory Grind Fuckers (A German grind core band) covered DJ Ötzi a German pop/folk/horrible (not sure how to exactly describe his music)…anyways enjoy:
    [youtube RRe3gLoE0wU youtube]
    [youtube n5Q1d0LPzR0&feature=related youtube]

  • Gav

    Remembering back to when we kids were 8, we used to go out on New Year's Eve with noise makers, pots and pans and kazoos and ring in the new year with a cacophony of noise that sounded quite similar to this junk.
    I'm way too old to comment on this list. I'm going to listen to some Buddy Holly and think about when I was a younger man in the 80's and 90's who still thought crap like this sucked.
    It's nice to see I haven't missed out on anything over the last 30 years…

    • Stehal69

      Well said that man. THE ERA OF TRUE ROCK N ROLL 1955-1990

      • fendabenda


  • dio

    This is what it's about bitches-

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  • dio

    Wait a second…THIS is what it's about-

    [youtube HKYYiYcr21Q youtube]

  • cody

    This list is a bit disappointing. Where is Diamonds and Rust by Judas Priest?

  • ..,,L,,..

    Ten Masked Men have lots of covers on youtube (not very serious metal)

    The Berzerker covered T.A.T.U. (no nudity but quite a lot of naughty behaviour, youtube requires login)..,,
    Somewhat Metal remix

  • castore

    There's other genres of metal than nu-metal, you know…

  • Tim

    Sorry I screwed up putting in this video: [youtube vLDazyvMMGw youtube]

  • DixonOrmus

    im sorry but Alien Ant Farm has a hot werewolf in a bikini jumping into a swimming pool rendering all previous arguments invalid. also Reagan was riding a triceratops.

  • Vaak

    That's metal? Then what have I been listening to for all these years(doom, death, black, etc.)?

    And how could you not have Blind Guardian on there?
    [youtube cjFUXPSEGAw youtube]

    • Lord Maier

      My thoughts exactly, especially the bit about BG. I mean, he could’ve at least gave recognition to their cover of “Barbara Ann” if nothing else.

  • Garrett

    For your consideration:

    Goldfinger's cover of 99 Luftballoons :

    • Captain D-Bag

      Yeah! That's a great suggestion! Goldfinger are DEFINATELY metal! Why don't we also add Justin Bieber's cover of Bad Romance?

      Why don't you just let big boys talk about this alright? On that note, Motörhead covered Louie Louie, Ozzy covered Mississippi Queen, and Judas Priest covered Green Manalishi as well as Diamonds and Rust.

      On another note, just being harsh for entertainment purposes. Goldfinger are alright, though that song can be annoying.

      • Captain D-Bag

        Just felt like being a dick.

      • Maggot

        Ozzy covered Mississippi Queen

        Heh, Leslie West has more metal in his little finger than anyone on this list. In fact, he played lead on Ozzy’s version as well. Incidentally, the Ozzy album that this song is on is all covers. Some of the originals were way less “metalish” than the Mountain tune.

  • shroom

    Korn should be lined up against a 'wall' and shot for their crimes against pink floyd

  • Jack Deth

    You might find this metal but then, you might not….[youtube li580259YwU youtube]

  • Mel

    My 2 favorite rock/metal covers are still:
    Mindless self indulgence cover of Bring the Pain
    Orgy coving Blue Monday

    • kea718

      I meant to vote this up and accidentally voted it down. Sorry, I'm tired and procrastinating going to bed… Maybe I should quit procrastinating since obviously I can't function properly.

  • ~V~

    METAL? LMAO. That's not metal. It's kiddie metal. I gotta say i'm disappointed…

  • cultx

    well, now that u posted 10 covers from your favourite bands I think we deserve a post with 10 covers from METAL bands (i.e judas priest "green manalishi" and "DIAMONDS AND RUST" , Nevermore "The sound of silence" , Sepultura "The hunt", etc etc)

  • Probably more along the lines of rap-rock, but I love this cover,.
    [youtube WVSEPirUPB4 youtube]

  • clark kent fly


    6. NAPALM DEATH covers any JUSTIN BEAVER song
    4. AT THE GATES covers WHITNEY HOUSTON's I will always LOVE you
    2. SLAYER covers KUMBAYA

    • kitfoxmdm

      You forgot Death covering anything, replace venom with DEATH

      • fendabenda

        BURZUM covers LADY GAGA

  • EricB

    The lack of Nevermore's "Sound of Silence" is disturbing:


  • Ffiffisop

    … How on earth can a list like this exist without Nightwish's cover of "Phantom Of The Opera" (Andrew Lloyd Webber)?!?

    Hm – Marilyn Manson's cover of "Tainted Love" I think is better than "Sweet Dreams"… But only just.

  • Metalmarc

    I forgot about Blind Guardian -Mr Sandman- is awesome not to mention the video scared the shit out of kids

    And C.O.B have a few funny cover's

  • Jack

    Loving the amount of system in this list :D

  • Alyssa

    I'd have to say this is the worst list ever posted. I read all of them, even those boring ones, but this is just a disgrace to every metal band and fan out there! I have never felt a need to post a comment on a list before but this is just in a league of it's own.

    • @%#@

      A list that you personally don't agree with does not equal "worst list ever posted". Grow up.

    • Jay

      I'm glas we were able to entice you into the posting arena. Hope to see you post many more times.

  • Toxic by Britney Spears was covered by A Static Lullaby :3

  • Mike

    Not a single one of these is a metal band. These bands are hard rock and rap/rock.

  • Ecxoes

    While I love listverse, I deplore Korns version of a Pink Floyd classic, like anyone trying to cover Pink Floyd they just murder the song.

    But keep up the good work

  • Will Trame

    It is still my opinion that covers rarely outshine the originals. There are some notable exceptions, of course, but they are extremely few and far between. I’ll check out that original version of “Rock Around The Clock”. I also feel that Hendrix was an extremely hard artist to pigeonhole. There was a note of blues in his work, but he was an experimentalist, I’ll agree, and he was tiring of the acid sound around the time of his death and wanted to explore other fresher mediums. Who can tell what he would have done had he lived? Jazz? Possibly. (Jeff Healy wanted to go the jazz route prior to his death). Hendrix was talking of forming a supergroup with Steve Winwood and Arthur Lee, but that never came to fruition.

    Allman Brothers Band were Southern blues, but CCR struck me as being more in the swamp rock genre although there were some blues influences apparent in their work.

    I prefer the artsy intellectual Peter Gabriel/Steve Hackett era of Genesis over thge more commercial Phil Collins era, but “Land of Confusion” was one of the latter’s better songs. Innovative video, too, with the “Spitting Image” puppets and caustic poke at “Superman” Reagan.

    Diatribe over. Namaste.

    • Opinion1

      It is still my opinion that covers rarely outshine the originals.

      Uh, "All Along The Watchtower"?. Metallica covers of Mercyful Fate? "Hurt" by Johnny Cash? I think there are plenty of covers that are better than the originals, you just have to weed through all the bad ones first.

  • Ophiucha

    I'm a huge fan of Disturbed, but they are definitely more hard rock than heavy metal. Also, neither Shout nor Land of Confusion is worth mentioning. LoC is certainly superior to Shout, and it's even decent compared to some of their original work, but I wouldn't put it on any Top 10 list. There are a lot of great metal covers out there, though. Volbeat is definitely excellent when it comes to covers.

  • where's yashin – everytime ( britney spears cover ) + this list is mainly "disturbed" and "korn"..poor list :|

  • Doobie

    This list is almost as bad as the urban exploration one.

  • Maggot

    A good idea and not too bad of a list ianz, even if, as others have mentioned, it’s a little narrow in focus. Yeah for the purpose of splitting hairs, everyone has their definitions of “metal”, “nu-metal”, “heavy metal”, etc., but I’m not going to be too pissy about that. But, looking beyond your somewhat predictable line-up of Disturbed, SoaD, Mushroomhead, et al (déjà vu to your Halloween songs list), here are some notable omissions off the top of my head, to go with ones already mentioned in the comments:

    Tiny Bradshaw’s Train Kept A-Rollin – Yardbirds

    Neil Diamond’s Kentucky Woman – Deep Purple

    Orbison’s Pretty Woman – Van Halen (their cover of the Kinks’ You Really Got Me doesn’t count, since this was already a badass “metal” song before there even was such a so-called genre)

    Simon & Garfunkle’s Scarborough Fair – Queensryche

    Brownsville Station’s Smokin in the Boy’s Room – Motley Crue

    Dylan’s Knockin on Heaven’s Door – Guns & Roses (also their cover of Wings’ Live and Let Die)

    • fendabenda

      I must say, Tiny Bradshaw's Train kept a-rollin'. You think Yardbirds did the best cover of that? Have you ever heard of Johnny Burnette and his Rock'n'Roll Trio? If I may recommend their version.

      • Maggot

        Lol good call fenda…I actually had Burnette and a clip of their version of this song among my possible inclusions for my recent 50’s rock list. He ended up on the cutting room floor though, I’m afraid. For my comment here, the Yardbirds probably better fits the “metal” topic at hand…but at least I didn’t say the Aerosmith version, eh? (though I do like their version too)

    • ianz09

      Thanks for the objective criticism. Truthfully, I hadn't had much hope of seeing this one posted. I wrote and submitted this last year! As for the Halloween videos list, that was posted the day after I wrote and submitted it. I realize it is repetitive, and certainly not one of my better works, but it also wasn't one of my better efforts, so whatta ya gonna do?

    • ThemeOfSecrets

      Hey Magot! I'm with you on the GnR version of Live and Let die. I was a kid listening to the original when it came out, and GnR took it to a new level. This list was OK, but since I am not really well versed in Metal the best part was everyones additional recommendations. Holy Crap I have a lot of music to find now! Thanks to everyone's comment and suggestions! Anyone heard a Metal cover of 99 Red Balloons? I always imagined Metallica doing that.

  • @%#@

    Jesus Christ, some of you people sure like to complain. It's a list of 10 songs. It doesn't aspire to be or claim to be a diverse, comprehensive, or all-inclusive list including all types of metal bands and making sure that no band appears twice. And no, your favorite band not being there does not make it a terrible list. These are obviously bands that the author likes and listens to and therefore includes songs that he is aware of. It's a list intended to broaden people's musical horizons, not personally offend you because you prefer death metal. God, grow up, will you? The world doesn't revolve around you, and your opinion is not incontrovertible truth. If you don't like it, make your own list of death metal covers that everyone else can bitch and moan about incessantly.

    As for the actual content of the list, I love Disturbed, but I had never heard Shout. So thank you, that was a cool song. I like it.

    • Eddy

      Dude, shut up. This list only has nu metal, I know bands of MANY different metal styles (from prog metal to death metal) that also did covers of non-metal songs, this list is too incomplete.

    • One

      This is a list that was obviously not researched beyond the writer's own Itunes collection. When you feel that poorly conceived, poorly written, poorly researched lists are to be acceptable here and that the most proper response to them is more poor lists to combat it, you do the site a disservice.

    • lili

      i agree with you! maybe the list is not about metal bands but people are soo quick to judge and insult and that is really sad. some people dont know how to have a discussion!!! i enjoyed the list very much!

      • Eddy

        The title says "metal covers", how can you say it's not about metal bands?

    • ianz09

      If it's any consolation, you got a thumbs up from me

    • DawnBearer

      The problem isn't the songs or bands, the problem is that there is no metal band here, no metal songs, which doesn't apply to the name of the list. It's like making a list called "10 Great Violinsts", however, not a single violinist is in the list, only cello players.

  • Temppa

    There was not single metal band in this list just some mtv rock bands

  • calea

    ohh lord.. so many good 80s songs ruined by artists today. just why god, why? why did you do this to us? ;_;

  • tim

    good list

  • necropenguin

    spread out boys! leave no stone unturned, the metal might have been hidden under one of them.

  • OneUnhappyFellow

    Given the recent trend of awesome lists I knew something like this was waiting in the rafters. Listverse owes us a do-over on this!

  • F43RCHF4N

    Dont forget Behind Blue Eyes, it was covered by Limp Bizkit. I think the original is by the Who?

  • Juri

    I'd add in White Wedding by the Murderdolls and Marilyn Manson's cover of Tainted Love.

    As for "it's not metal" just belt up. If you think you can do better, then bring out your own list.

    • Juri

      Oh yeah, and I'm a fan of metal music; tho I expect there are a few people who'd look on my Metallica and Iron Maiden CDs and sneer "That's not metal"; in which case, I give up.

    • Eddy

      Deathstars' version of White Wedding is also very nice, as you like Marilyn Manson, you should check it out, you might like it.

      • Juri

        Thanks for the recommendation; I'll look it up. : )

  • kitfoxmdm

    How could ya forget this gem in a sea of Non-Metal?[youtube _d7-2wooB9g youtube]

  • Kirbytheawesome

    [youtube KEonLVy2Q7w youtube]

    This is better that everything on the list.

  • Z-Jax

    Shout by Disturbed is a great song

  • Remy

    Does Danzig count as Metal or Punk? If so what about his cover of Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make Believe"?

  • Greg

    Ok, this list should have never existed, I have been on listverse for quite a while now and this has seriously shaken my faith as a listverser.

    Where's the metal? This is all grunge rock and mainstream quasi-metal.
    The bands in this list are all offshoots and don't even have the word "metal" in their genre.
    For example Land of Confusion by Disturbed should be Land of Confusion by In Flames.
    Even SOAD (which i absolutely love) is very loosely able to be called metal.
    Get your genres straight.
    This list should be called "10 alternative covers of non-alternative songs)

    This is not a post to argue about tastes or have some great debate. It's to get the facts straight.

    Disturbed, no matter how much you love it, is not metal, I listen to them myself (fav songs being Prayer and 10000 Fists)

    Just to ensure that no one gets all pissy about this I just want to say to the writer of this list: "good list, not what I would have chosen but they're all bands I appreciate and listen to.

    As for the metal part well, you need to go to metal school son! Take some Sabbath or Zeppelin, start with that, then move your way through Megadeth and Slayer and their sad sad sad big brother Metallica and then move on to the more modern Death/Melodic/Speed/Power metal, whichever you choose :P

    • bluesman87

      "and their sad sad sad big brother Metallica " -LOL!!

  • firestarter

    All these bands fucking suck. Does OP only listen to nu metal bullshit? I'm raging and dying a bit on the inside right now.

  • General Tits Von Chodehoffen

    Not sure these are all metal, but good list. Glad to see Bodom's Oops I did it Again in the comments.

    • oliveralbq

      thats fucking hysterical, tits.

      but have you ever seen iwresteledabearonce cover over the rainbow?
      couldnt find link anywhere, but i saw em a/ 3 months ago.

      krista was so fucking tanked — which kinda made it better, i think

      • Jay

        Wanted to thank you again for getting the order of posts correct when one of mine showed up in the wrong place. Wierdly, it happened again. I have a post a few after this that is in entirely the wrong place. I thought the earlier one was just my mistake, but this time I did it as a reply and it's not showing up as one. Also it's in the wrong place. Since it doesn't refer to anything specific in the earlier post, it looks okay, so I won't worry about it. Strange, though.

        • oliveralbq

          @Jay: "Since it doesn't refer to anything specific in the earlier post, it looks okay, so I won't worry about it."

          –first of all — youre welcome….. this whole comment section is based around people understanding the stuff before.
          –and the other thing–i'm sorry intensedebate hates you. i will try to help. but in this case, like you said, most people won't even catch the fact that it is misplaced.

          • Maggot

            i'm sorry intensedebate hates you. i will try to help. but in this case…

            Nothing you say will change the fact that intensedebate sucks giant talking donkey weenies.

            (to clarify – it is the donkeys that talk, not the weenies. However, it is the weenies that are giant, not the talking donkeys. But if those giant weenies that belong to talking donkeys could talk, they’d acknowledge that intensedebate was sucking them).

          • ianz09

            You get a thumbs up, sir, courtesy of IntenseDebate

          • oliveralbq

            @maggot: "to clarify – it is the donkeys that talk, not the weenies."

            —yep….the weenies just throw-up

      • General Tits Von Chodehoffen

        unfortunately no…

        • oliveralbq

          while i'm at it — the tony danza tapdance extravaganza covered 4'33" (john cage)

  • wdhowellsr

    Very cool indeed!

  • langeroo

    In terms of “what is” and “what isn’t” heavy metal, it’s important to realise that there is no definitive definition of any genre. The term heavy metal was coined in the late 60s to describe a new trend in music in which guitar based pop groups were starting to develop a loud thick sound with more distortion and feedback. There have been many different terms used since (such as glam-metal, nu-metal, death metal) to describe what people think are sub-genres of heavy metal. The songs on the list have all taken lighter, pop songs and replaced the synths/keyboards with a louder heavier based guitar sound so, for the sake of this list, I have no problem with any of these songs being called heavy metal.

  • MikeyMilitant

    You have, if anything, a tenouos grasp of the metal genre and what qualifies as such. Apart from nu-metal, none of the bands you posted are metal.

    Some of the commenters did a good job of posting others. Here is a few that I'm a fan of:

    [youtube u-U4SZyYnzs youtube]
    (better than the Children of Bodom version if you ask me by alot)

    [youtube Fn-VYmNDszc youtube]
    (love it)

  • Starsinner

    Therion made a cover of Carmina Burana ' O Fortuna' by Carl Orff. It's even creepier than the original one.

  • MikeyMilitant

    Meant to post this one as the second, my mistake:

    [youtube Fn-VYmNDszc youtube]

    Love it this time.

  • Jay

    Yes, we do like to complain. Look over the posts. If you took out all the ones with complaints, what you'd have left wouldn't be much.

    My own complaint is that people keep trying to sub-divide everything and claim their own little section is best. METAL is METAL. Death, thrash, punk-, "nu-", or whatever are all just minor variations on METAL. Until someone comes up with something different enough to deserve a new name, it''s pointless to try to differentiate.

    • oliveralbq

      i basically agree.
      i mean — that may be *a little* to broad, but it's just plain retarded to classify them like this::
      i dont even know what half this shit means.
      (.) — alternative metal
      (.) — avant-garde metal
      (.) — black metal
      (.) — christian metal
      (.) — crust punk
      (.) — death metal
      (.) — doom metal
      (.) — drone metal
      (.) — extreme metal
      (.) — folk metal
      (.) — funk metal
      (.) — glam metal
      (.) — gothic metal
      (.) — grindcore
      (.) — groove metal
      (.) — industrial metal
      (.) — metalcore
      (.) — neo-classical metal
      (.) — nu metal
      (.) — post-metal
      (.) — ower metal
      (.) — progressive metal
      (.) — rap metal
      (.) — sludge metal
      (.) — speed metal
      (.) — stoner metal
      (.) — symphonic metal
      (.) — technical Death Metal
      (.) — thrash metal
      (.) — traditional heavy metal
      (.) — viking metal

      i mean, seriously???

      • Jay

        Yeah, who could even keep up with all that? And you left out Manbearpig metal.

    • bluesman87

      yeah 100% – but i use the folowing terms – old school -sabbath ,maiden etc old school Thrash – megadeth slayer ,metal church . New school Metal everyone else except rap metal which i call dog shit .

  • spleern

    I love this site – but I hate ads that automatically start playing.

    • cambered

      Install Ad Block Plus to your browser immediately…!

  • luke

    obviously the writer only knows a few bands.. and none of them are metal bands either..

  • irvgotti666

    Slayer is a metal band and undisputed attitude had one or to covers WORTH listening to. Like i just wanna be your god

  • TheGuyWhoIsn'tHere

    A better name for this list would've been "Greatest tracks for making your ears bleed."

  • Ink
  • shtpickle

    None of this crap is metal. Was this list made by the same guy who did the Halloween music crapola list? Seriously, garbage lists like this doesn't belong on this site.

  • kganderson111

    I'm a big fan of both metal and covers so I was hoping to discover some new ones with this list. Ultimately I did not, but oh well. It's just for fun so not sure why people are getting so upset. Anyway, just thought I'd add some more that I enjoy. Please don't get upset if these don't match your idea of "metal," just hope others enjoy these as much as I do.

    A Day to Remember – "Since U Been Gone"
    A Day to Remember – "Over My Head"
    Killswitch Engage – "Holy Diver"
    Machine Head – "Hallowed Be Thy Name"
    Machine Head – "Battery"
    Machine Head – "Message in a Bottle"
    Scary Lids, Scaring Kids – "Losing My Religion"
    A Static Lullaby – "Toxic"
    Stone Sour – "Wicked Game"
    VersaEmerge – "Paint it Black"

  • kganderson111

    I'm a big fan of both metal and covers so I was hoping to discover some new ones with this list. Ultimately I did not, but oh well. It's just for fun so not sure why people are getting so upset. Anyway, just thought I'd add some more that I enjoy. Please don't get upset if these don't match your idea of "metal," just hope others enjoy these as much as I do.

  • oliveralbq

    but jethro tull is metal.

    they possess the only grammy for hard rock / metal performace that was ever given out.

    heh — i couldnt even type that with a straight face…….

    • Jay

      You're right and that's hilarious. Without meaning to insult any Tull loversw, what they were doing was about as metal as Alien Ant Farm.

    • bluesman87

      yeah i was also gonna mention that song then i remembered what you said about Tull beating metallica for the hard rock award so i figured they also technically qualify as metal . , but Tull is Classic Rock in my opinion .

  • Sly

    I read Metal. I read Korn and Disrurbed. I facepalmed.

  • Normally I don't comment but I think this belongs on the list.

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  • oliveralbq

    i don't think i've seen these:

    freddy's dead — fishbone — (curtis mayfield)
    dancing in the moonlight — smashing pumpkins — (thin lizzy)
    higher ground — red hot chili peppers — (stevie wonder)
    i fought the law — the clash — (the hollies)
    love song — 311 — (the cure)

    • fendabenda

      I Fought the Law was originally by the Crickets, not the Hollies. I think the Bobby Fuller Four also recorded the song be4 the Hollies did.

      • oliveralbq

        thanks dude — thats the 3rd time on this site where i've been debating buddy holly or post buddy holly, and just typed the hollies on accident.

        i knnow sonny curtis wrote it with post-buddy crickets — but im not sure what orderr the covers cam in. — bobby fuller did cover it, but i think the clash have the most popular cover version.

        social distortion, green day, anti-flag, petty, orbison, greatful dead, stray cats—-they all covered it.

  • oliveralbq

    holy crap — i forgot a major one. it counts to me because i have an issue putting nirvana in to a "metal" category. this is a metal cover of a grunge song.

    smells like teen spirit — the tony danza tapdance extravaganza — (nirvana)

  • Jinxx

    I'm definitely a fan of 90s korn but giving them places on this list for not ONE but TWO terrible cover songs? Word up just sucked and was very annoying. Another brick in the wall? Please… Awful list with very limited choices.

  • DJPKurly

    Check out a band called Beatallica that does Beatles covers in an almost audio perfect metallica style

  • Sue

    #4 was my favorite. I never knew #1 was Smooth Criminal (or a Michael Jackson song). I always thought it was Annie Oakley.

  • kea718

    Marilyn Manson's cover of Screamin Jay Hawkins (and Nina Simone and anyone else who ever covered this song but was originally Screamin Jay Hawkins)- I Put a Spell on You is one of my all time favorite covers…. This could, however, be because of my undying devotion towards the movie Lost Highway…

    • fendabenda

      No, I must disagree on that one. Nobody (as in NOOO BODYYY) has ever made a better version of "I Put A Spell On You" than Screamin' Jay Hawkins' original. Many have tried and failed, like CCR and Nina Simone. Marilyn Manson? He's not even close to the real thing. But Lost Highway IS a good film, though :)

      • kea718

        I never said it was better than the original. I said it was one of my all time favorite covers. The original is untouchable but I think Manson's version puts a very Manson twist to it and I personally think he did a damn good job. I think it's, by far, the best cover of the song.

  • The Mick

    wow what a list ! not so much for it's content, but for the emotions it has stirred up of Listverse readers !! And i thank you all for contibuting, because now i have ALOT of youtubing to do to look up all these other suggestions and i am forever grateful for it.
    For what it's worth, my addition would be Orgy's cover of New Order's Blue Monday. Not because it's an awesome version, but also it is one of the few cover songs that i can name where fans of the original universally agree that the cover version is brilliant too.

  • skipskip1

    As a metal fan, this is a pretty poor list. As a music fan, this is still a pretty poor list. Seems the author has just listed 10 rock songs he / she knows to be covers. There are a lot more covers out there worth listening to ahead of the ones mentioned here (in my opinion).

  • Ham

    I would like that list remade by somebody with knowoledge about the death/black metal genre.
    All that rock/nu metal stuff is not really that "metal".

  • Canadianguy

    Lots of terrible covers on that list, and many equally horrible suggestions in the the comments.

    Speaking of Marylin Manson covers, how about his cover of Kurt Weill's Alabama Song? It's truer to the original than the very famous Doors version (Marilyn Manson truly gets DaDaism):

  • clark kent fly

    ianz09 great list, it is your list and your opinion so dont mind all the adolescent bickering here,
    another addition to "odd covers by metal bands" would be The Dillinger Escape Plan's cover of Justin Timberlake's 'Like I love You'

  • thisallan

    for what it's worth, i submitted "another 10 metal songs….." on my own. not to be hateful, it was an awesome idea to start off with, but OP was right when he called himself out on lack of diversity, lol. maybe it'll see the light of day. who knows?

    • ianz09

      Hopefully, my list sucked as far as variety goes, and I definitely do not blame people for complaining about that. I have qualms with the constant drone of people claiming these songs aren't metal.

      • thisallan


  • VintageObsessive

    While maybe not "metal"…I always liked Orgy's cover of Blue Monday, originally by New Order.

    • thisallan

      agreed. it's catchy as hell.

  • Brandon

    a fail list, some good covers but you missed out on a ton.

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    • fendabenda

      You talking to me? In HTML? :D


    This is the worst fucking list I've ever seen on this site. Whoever let this piece of shit hit the page should apologize to us all for expecting us to sit through it. Unforgivable crap.

  • shtpickle

    ah-hah, I was right. Same guy who made that atrocious Halloween video list (which should have never ended up on this site either). Stop making sh!t lists consisting of your favorite bands and get better taste in heavy music, please. The people who know good music from garbage all around the world will thank you.

  • diziizle

    I don't remember if the place was ever named but the universe from The Belgariad, etc by David Eddings Dizi izle

  • Parachute commenting here, apologies if these have been already posted:

    Godsmack's cover of The Beatles' Eleanor Rigby

    Blue Cheer (the very first heavy metal band) cover of Eddie Cochran's Summertime Blues

    • fendabenda

      Blue Cheer is a good call, I totally forgot about them. Although I do like Eddie Cochran's original as well… :D

      • Maggot

        Blue Cheer is a good call, I totally forgot about them.

        Dude. Go re-read the Cochran entry in that 50’s Rock list that you know and love. :-)

    • Canadianguy

      Yes, excellent suggestion. If it wasn't for Blue Cheer's cover of Summertime Blues, there might not be heavy metal music.

      PS. Although Blue Cheer is widely recognized as the first heavy metal band, Iron Butterfly was the first to be called by that term.

  • davacas

    Dude! where's "cum on feel the noise"? DDD: It's supposed to be one of the greatest metal songs, it's a cover but it's not here :l
    Oh BTW this isn't even metal. Don't get me wrong, I actually love SOAD but this is just… poo-poo

  • Thanks to this list I now realize there's someone out there (namely the author of this list) who considers Alien Ant Farm to be metal.

  • Adam

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW, literally none of those bands are metal.

  • WereWolfgang

    I'm not sure this counts as heavy metal but it is a vastly different remake of a pop song.

    µ-Ziq – Wannabe
    Cover of Spice Girls – Wannabe

    [youtube DfxcFpEIWzU youtube]

    "Wannabe your lover baby I don't wanna be your friend…"

  • opschief

    Better than the original, too.

    [youtube MbUsw6PvUYM youtube]

  • Jinxx

    At the end of that your list still sucks

  • Canadianguy

    One problem: "heavy metal" is believed to be a term that was created to describe Iron Butterfly's heavy sound.

  • Anaughtybear

    In Flame's version of Land of Confusion is superior to Disturbed's. Obviously. Faith No More also has a better version of Word Up. I think you just picked the only covers you know.

    • Anaughtybear

      Korn, not Disturbed. Oh well, not like I can tell all those Limpkorntones bands apart anyway.

  • XrCiZeR

    “This Video contains content from BLABLA. It is not available in your country.”

  • Vep

    Hmm, I expected more metal, but well.

    What about "Everything counts" by In Flames, originally by Depeche Mode? I really really like the guitar work here.

    Sorry if anybody mentioned that song before, I did not read all the comments.

  • koe1974

    Mexican Radio
    Originally performed by Wall of Voodoo
    Covered by Celtic Frost.

  • Hypothetical Woman

    No love for Dope's version of 'You Spin Me Round'? SHAME.

    • ianz09

      Never heard it, wish I had when I originally submitted this months ago

  • misainzig

    None of these bands are metal. At all.

  • ianz09

    Not stirring the crap pot or anything, but it is metal covers of non-metal songs, not non-metal covers of metal songs, which definitely would have included Cash's version of Hurt. I only mentioned it in an attempt to highlight cross-genre covers

  • MattyG

    Prepare to enjoy a ridiculous oversight:

    [youtube MbUsw6PvUYM youtube]

  • My Name

    Even if you overlook the fact that most of these bands aren't really considered metal, and your no.1 definitely isn't, the fact that three bands get more than one entry shows for certain that this is a bad list. What about a bit of diversity? Looking at this list, you'd think that Korn, System of a Down and Disturbed were the only bands on earth! There are ten entries, so there really should be ten groups.

    However, to the people saying that every band on this list is nu-metal… no. Marilyn Manson are industrial metal and always have been- I don't know where people are getting the idea that they're nu-metal. Also,
    I'll admit to not having heard much Alien Ant Farm, but from what I have heard they seemed more pop-punk/rock to me. The jury could even still be out on Rage Against the Machine- technically they're nu-metal, yeah, but I've seen people go to serious lengths to distance them from the genre.

  • RenHoek

    All these are borderline metal except for no.1 which is no way metal!

  • anon

    um…wu-tang are not 'gangster rappers' that has to be the most utterly ridiculous statement I have heard. A large portion of their content is actually political.

  • maxxtheslash

    Another one from Mushroomhead: their cover of Pink Floyd's "Empty Spaces". It could easily set up most of their songs on the XX album.

  • lala

    metal? you call all of these metal?

  • Tonito

    I somehow expected to find Abba's "Summernight City" cover by Therion yet I am disappointed now

  • Gary

    Dope – You Spin Me Right Round
    Dope – Rebel Yell

  • i like system of a down

  • DANI

    I think that A Perfect Circle covering John Lennon's Imagine should be on here!!! That is one of THE best metalish covers of a non metal song ever thought of or imagined. :D

  • cambered

    What about Dream Theater, who covered, amongst others, Pink Floyd, Kansas, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Journey and Elton John on their "A Change of Seasons" album?

  • ajax

    Alien ant farm is metal huh??

  • taemokokey
  • whiskers

    It's truly sad that these bands are considered metal. The author obviously has no clue what the term 'metal' means. What about all the Children of Bodom covers? Kalmah, In Flames, Kalisia, Evergreen Terrace, Catamenia, all have covers of songs that aren't metal and these band's are actually metal. Real metal, not that fake shit you hear on the radio. Jesus fucking christ. Could the author have put less work into this list? It's pathetic that this even got accepted.

  • fendabenda

    What about this?… I know some of youse think that Metallica is metal… but compared to Lemmy? No, it's not.

    • bluesman87

      lemmy is the man .

  • Sorry guys, I hate to be "that guy". But in the name of accuracy, none of this is metal. "Hard Rock covers of 80s hits" would have been a better title.

  • Seanithan

    Wow. 2 songs by disturbed and 2 songs by Korn? I'm no metal-head but not one of these bands named is "metal". This is a very weak list and I think it may be written by a 14 year old who just started getting into music.

  • Anonymous

    this list isn't "METAL" are some good cover songs(In my opinion) in random order-
    Lookin' Out My Back Door (CCR)-Children of Bodom
    Turn The Page-Bob Seger -Metallica
    Whiskey In The Jar (The Dubliners)-Metallica
    Green Manalishi (Fleetwood Mac)-Judas Priest
    Don't Stop at the TopScorpionsChildren of Bodom
    Eleanor Rigby(The Beatles)-Realm
    God Save the Queen(Sex Pistols)-Anthrax
    Hell is for Children(Pat Benatar)-Children of Bodom
    Lay All Your Love On Me(ABBA)-Avantasia
    Message in a Bottle(Sting)-Machine Head
    Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting(Elton John)-Flotsam and Jetsam

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  • Jimbob

    Can anyone remember who did a cover of the kinks – 'You really got me'. It was late 80's/early 90's and – if i remember correctly – they were a thrash/death metal band.

  • Yahump

    How bout Faith by Limp Bizkit and Careless Whisper by Seether also Bad Company by Five Finger Death Punch and Simple Man by Shinedown…

  • Pretty Tony Da Great

    I love this list but I have one issue. Where's Fishbone's version of Curtis Mayfield's Freddie's Dead! Check it out on YouTube!

  • bbbbBeaver

    Evergreen Terrace – Mad World and Enjoy The Silence. also Botch – The Lobster Song (Rock Lobster) needs to be on here.

  • Christa

    I consider none of those bands metal, maybe nu metal which isn't very metal at all. Of course I don't think any quality metal band would cover songs.

  • AverageJohn

    As Shade_105 said, "Oops I did it Again" originally done by Britney Spears and later covered by symphonic black metal band Children of Bodom would have made a great addition to this list. Also, "Paint it Black" by the Rolling Stones has been covered by the Detroit melodic death metal outfit, The Black Dahlia Murder. On a final note, Marilyn Manson bears only hints of metal, such as distorted guitar or occasional screams. However, it should be mentioned he's also covered the songs "Tainted Love" and more famously, "Personal Jesus."

  • this is awful. How about Killswitchs Holy Diver cover ya idiots?

  • yortman33

    update your F***in lists alien ant farm number 1 on a metal cover list. no1 there not even metal there a mainstream 1 cover song wonder that should not be given any credit what so ever. metal and punk bands are known for covering random songs deftones simple man., California dreaming. children of bodom and Marilyn manson both have an entire album of cover songs and this is the best list you can come up with weak!

  • FECES_cranium

    Fear Factory – Cars

  • Dennis

    Neil Young's Cinnamon Girl by Type O Negative
    Beatles' Day Tripper by Type O Negative


  • Maverick

    Disturbed, Korn, and SOAD. They're… they're alright…

    I would have at least included Nonpoint's version of "In the Air Tonight."

  • Kimox

    You're calling those shitty bands metal bands ??? Fucking hell.

  • anon

    nightwish – phantom of the opera

    • BRWeigle

      Agreed, I would also like to add Amon Amarth’s cover of Aerials by SOAD, and Blind Guardian’s cover of Mr. Sandman.

  • mcsquirrly

    I was surprised by this list's lack of metal
    Nu-metal is nothing but pop dressed up in black.

  • Matthew

    It's been mentioned several times, but since it's exclusion all but invalidates this entire list, I'll mention it again: Judas Priest version of "Diamonds & Rust." A love song by Joan Baez about Bob Dylan…sung by a gay metalhead. EASILY the greatest metal cover of a non-metal song. So much so that all others are a joke by comparison.

    I would also add the pitch-perfect cover of Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home," by House of Lords. It's not as surreal and weird as the "Diamonds & Rust" cover, but it illustrates why metal bands SHOULD cover non-metal songs are well as any I can think of…

    Finally, I wish the author would have omitted Korn's so-faithful-it's-both-boring-AND-pointless remake of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2." Just a sad moment in metal. One of the worst metal bands doing a song they couldn't dream of creating in a million years…and they don't even bother to personalize it in any way. But, THANK YOU for not including the even WORSE version of "Behind Blue Eyes" by Limp Bizkit, who should be banned from playing, thinking about, listening to, or even being in the same COUNTRY as The Who.

  • micko

    Lacuna Coil do a great cover of Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode

    Chimaira also do a cover of Fascination Street by the cure

  • micko

    also forgot in flames do a cover of
    Murders in the Rue Morgue by Iron Maiden

    • meimei

      Maiden, although not as hardcore sounding as modern day metal bands, is still one of the originals of the NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) so technically In Flames covering 'Murders in the Rue Morgue' is a metal cover of a metal tune, not a metal cover of a non-metal song.

  • rocko

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! WORST LIST EVER!!!! ummmmm ooops i did it again by children of bodom, bad company by five finger death punch….

  • Jimmyw

    not gonna go into this debate metal vs non metal, frankly, I do not care… wanna THANK you for reminding me of Alien Ant Farm…. brings back so many epic memories that band… from a time I had more or less forgotten… so thank you.

  • Alan

    this song should have been included,

  • Arcterion

    Am I the only person who realizes that none of these bands are even REMOTELY close to metal?

    Disturbed, Korn and Mushroomhead are Nu-Metal, a genre that sprouted from RAP and HARDCORE PUNK.
    Manson is INDUSTRIAL / FUSION (the former with more pronounced guitars)
    And Alien Ant Farm? Jesus H. Christ, they’re pop-punk. :/

    • Krusty the Punk

      Nu Metal has NOTHING TO DO WITH HARDCORE PUNK. It’s not Metal, but it’s even farther from any form of Punk.

    • Kennoth

      Nu metal sprouted from hardcore punk? You can’t be for real? Can you? Please tell me you’re only trolling.

  • Scott

    Being some of these were not “metal”, how about Type O Negative? “Summer Breeze” and “Paranoid” are two right off the top of my head.

  • Krusty the Punk

    Wow, not even ONE legitimate Metal band on the list…two thumbs down.

  • Andrew

    wait, but where are the metal songs? none of these bands are even metal bands…

  • ThrashQueen

    None of these are even metal bands. They’re all nu metal.

  • Nick

    Not a single band listed here is “Metal.”

  • Charlie Sheen

    Marilyn Manson is hot, just sayin

  • Stan

    Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay” as done by Ministry.

  • Ummm how bout “got the time” by Joe Jackson covered by anthrax, “faith” by george michael covered by limp bizkit, “these boots” by Nancy Sinatra covered by Megadeth, “turn the page” by Bob seger covered by metallica just to name a few

  • S-K

    Hi all, wanted to share “High Hopes” (Pink Floyd) cover by Aesthetic Empathy :))


    • BRWeigle

      Nightwish also did a decent cover of High Hopes for their End of an Era live DVD.

  • Jem

    the deftones also did a cover of sade’s no ordinary love! that was amazing!

  • IAMfrank

    I’m very disappointed of this list.

  • Britton

    none of these artists are metal, except for maybe system of a down and mushroomhead

    In Flames did a much more metal version of Land of Confusion


    This list is absolutely fucking lame! And the person who composed the list is a tool. This is not metal. This is lame popmetal shit. All you assholes who think THIS is metal need to be stomped out. I wouldn’t piss on you softcore phonies to put out a fire, maybe if my piss was gasoline. YOU NEED TO LOOK UP REAL METAL, NOT JUST LISTEN TO YOUR LOCAL “HARD ROCK” STATION AND THINK THAT’S WHAT METAL IS. Fuck you all.

    • Kennoth

      You son, need a good therapist. I’ll gladly recommend mine, if you want me to.

  • Wizard_of_Odd

    …You guys have absolutely no clue what metal is…not a single actual metal band in that whole list…

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  • Kennoth

    This list will inevitably attract true metal kiddies who think they know what metal is and isn’t. But aside of Korn and Disturbed being my favorite bands, I’m not pleased with this list. As a ‘metal’ list, your goal should be to represent every major subgenre of it, and keep the cover of each band to one.

  • Nat the G

    I haven’t read all the comments, but I was surprised to not see Rob Zombie’s cover of the Commodores’ “Brick House”.

  • Brandi

    God, why did I bother to read this list?

    Alien Ant Farm is not even metal!!!! And I don’t consider Korn metal either or even Disturbed… to me that’s the shit “bros” listen to thinking they’re metal.

    This list was disappoint…

  • Arthur

    I was hopping for something like Toxic from A Static Lullaby, Kiss Me Thru The Phone from A Midsky Surrender or What Goes Around Comes Around form Alesana

  • Joe O

    I thought this was supposed to be a metal list. I came to this link because it said it was a metal list. None of these bands are metal bands. This list sucks.

  • daburto

    I’m sorry, I must have clicked on the wrong link. I was looking for a list of songs performed by metal bands, not pop artists. A good litmus test is whether the band is listed at None of these losers are.

  • Jack MeHoff

    2 entries by both Disturbed & System?!! Since when is Alien Ant Farm metal?!! How about a little diversity?!! If you’re unfamiliar with the Ministry cover of Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay”, go check it out right now. With the exception of Rage it spanks everybody present.

    How about Queens of the Stone age covering Tom Waits “Goin’ Out West”?

    This list sucks giant Donkey dick.

  • This is the first list on LISTVERSE that I have seen where I cannot agree more with the No.1 pick. Its Miraculous !! And the video with all of the Michael Jackson overtones (The Chimpanzee, dancing on top of an SUV, The child dancing and wearing the surgical mass and right at the end, the guy with the Elizabeth Taylor tattoo) It is sheer genius in my opinion. Lets face it, there is no doubting Michael Jackson’s singing and dancing abilities were amazing, but on the other hand, he was beyond eccentric and weird to the point of craziness.

  • seerrrraaaa

    Alkaline Trio also covered The Metro. It’s really good as well.

  • Rex Darr

    Is it awesome (or sad) that I have all these covers on my iPod? 7 of them I have from the actual record

  • shlomo

    Don’t you mean 10 Non-Metal Covers of Non Metal Songs?

  • Geneva

    I think Tainted Love should have been the pick for Manson as opposed to Sweet Dreams. The latter is more popular, but he rocked the SHIT out of Tainted Love.

  • Metalcore Band

    Spot on with this write-up, I absolutely believe that this site needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably be back again to see more, thanks for the information!

  • antmanbeeName

    Diamonds and Rust
    Joan Baez song covered by Judas Priest
    is Juda Priest Metal?.

  • petet2112

    No.1 Alien Ant Farm and their cover of the late “Wacko Jacko’s” “Smooth Criminal” is brilliant in my opinion. Its covers almost every detail of the “Jesus Juice” (better known as an alcoholic beverage) loving weirdo that he would serve to his “friends” (KIDS for a lack of a better term). Right down to the Chimpanzee, The band members leaning from side to side (like in the video from Jacko) in the boxing ring, the singer hopping on top of the SUV and grabbing his crot*h, each section of the sidewalk lighting up like in his “Billie Jean” video, the kid dancing like Jacko wearing a surgical mask. The only two things that was missing on the kid dancing was a white, sequined glove on his right hand, and a fedora hat, and of course at the end of this video, the guy with the Mohawk hairdo turning around and seeing his eyes looking evil just like the end of Jacko’s video of “Thriller”. So let’s call this video by Alien Ant Farm a tribute to a “man” who was addicted to Demerol, Lorazepam, Dilaudid, Vicodin, Soma, Xanax, Zoloft, Paxil and of course the one that ended it all for him, Propofol (Dilaudid and Propofol are found ONLY in hospitals and is illegal to have on your own possession), but if you had the bank account of Jacko, you can get anything) and If you happen to have to go to the hospital to have surgery and the anesthesiologist says jokingly that we will use “Michael Jackson Juice” on you to knock you unconscious for your surgical procedure, don’t be alarmed, its Propofol. I am an amputee due to complications from Diabetes (The Big Toe of my Right Foot) and 1 mg. of Propofol was used on me as I was out for 2 hours. Jacko injected 9 mgs. daily as a SLEEP AID ??? Its very sad when someone dies, but its even worse when there is a death waiting to happen, which was Michael’s case. Michael was married to Elvis’ daughter. How did Elvis die ? DRUGS. One of Michael’s best friends Elizabeth Taylor was documented to be on 24 different controlled substances just before she died (powerful ones I might add). DRUGS. Sounds like either a pattern or an incredible coincidence. And his biggest farce was trying to make his appearance look more to the Caucasian side and that nose of his should be in the Guinness Book of records as the ugliest thing that I have ever seen. I admit, Michael was beyond super talented with singing and dancing, but just shortly after his “Thriller” album came out, the weirdness from within him began to kick-in.

  • necrosatanico

    So… where’s the metal?

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  • WhyChooseThatOne

    Alien Ant Farm at number one? Really? :(

  • neil1953

    The Alien Ant Farm video is absolutely a gem, ararity of entertainment. Its not just the music but more so the video and all the weird things “Wacko-Jacko” did. For example. The kid dancing like Michael Jackson but wearing a surgeons mask which Jacko did frequently. The lead singer jumping on top of the SUV and dancing like Jacko did during his child molestation case. The sidewalk lighting up (from Jacko’s “Billie Jean” video). The brief appearance of the four guys with Mohawks dancing like in the “Thriller” video. Lets not forget the chimpanzee Bubbles in the video, Jacko’s favorite pet. And last but not least at the very end when that guy turns around and his eyes are that of the end of the “Thriller video. Alien Ant Farm nailed it down and very entertainingly as well.

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  • hooligan

    um what about deftones cover of duran duran’s song the chauffeur? one of my favorite covers of all time.
    check it out