Same song different artist. Which ones do you love? LP

I just love hearing songs by different artist, that I already love and the different renditions that they offer. To get this started here are a few of mine. Baby Blue by, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Badfinger(love the fact that the Breaking Bad series ended with this one). I Put A Spell On You by, Screaming Jay Hawkins, CCR, Annie Lennox, Van Morrison and Marilyn Manson. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood by, The Animals, Elvis Costello Ronnie Spector. OK your turn.

The first one that always comes to mind:

"Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Dylan and the cover by Warren Zevon (done as he knew he was losing his battle with cancer).  The latter is almost painfully poignant.

I also have a weak spot for "Oops, I Did it Again" by Brittney Sears and the great (tho unlikely) cover version by Richard Thompson.
Off the top of my head...
"Take Me To The River" - Talking Heads
"Hard To Handle" - Grateful Dead
"Me and Bobby McGee" - Janis Joplin
"Just Like Heaven" - Katie Melua
"Where Is My Mind" - Trampled By Turtles
"Shenandoah" - Trampled By Turtles
"Take Me Home Country Roads" - Toots and the Maytals

Antje Duvekot's covers of "Mercedes Benz" & "Fat -Bottom Girls" (right up there w Martykl's nomination for most unlikely cover).
+1 for Zevon's cover of "Knockin' on Heavens Door". 
How about the many covers of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower", "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" & "I Shall Be Released", John Prine's "Angel from Montgomery", John Fogerty's "Lodi", Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time".
Another favorite cover of mine is Emmy Lou Harris singing Stephan Foster's "Hard Times Come Again No More".

Van Morrison's cover of Comfortably Numb
+1 to Jimi Hendrix's version of All Along The Watchtower

Bettye Lavette / Most of the time 
Cat Power / Amazing Grace
Eddie From Ohio / I know you rider
Jennifer Warnes / Bird on a wire
Dave Matthews Band / All along the watchtower
Carter USM / Another brick in the wall
Les Claypool & Chris Robinson / Battle of New Orleans 
There are so many great covers done over the years of Dylan songs, Leonard Cohen songs, etc. Too many to list. So, I'll give you a few less know covers that I really like.

"No Diggity" - Chet Faker's soulful version of the Blackstreet R&B/Rap hit.

"Drive All Night" - Glen Hansard's version of the Springsteen song from The River.

"Down to Zero" - Bettye Lavette's version of the Joan Armatrading song.

"Crying" - Adrian Belew's excellent acoustic version of the Roy Orbison hit.


Drive all Night by Springsteen is such a raw, emotional, genuine song. Always speaks to me.

For me, the song is IT. IMO, a lot of Pop music is made by musicians who just use the song as a platform from which to show their stuff. The song to me is the same as the script is to a movie---without it, you got nothin’. I could go on for pages, but here are some songs having multiple great versions that spring to mind, the writer(s) in parenthesis, followed by performers:

- What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted (William Weatherspoon/Paul Riser/James Dean): Jimmy Ruffin, Joan Osborne.

- Shake, Rattle, & Roll (Jesse Stone): Big Joe Turner, Bill Haley & His Comets, NRBQ.

- No Time To Cry (Iris DeMent): Iris DeMent, Merle Haggard.

- That’s How I Got To Memphis (Tom T. Hall): Tom T. Hall, Buddy Miller.

- Love Hurts (Boudleaux Bryant): The Everly Brothers, Gram Parsons.

- A Song For You (Gram Parsons): Gram Parsons, The Continental Drifters.

- Shake Your Hips (Slim Harpo): Slim Harpo, Lou Ann Barton, Joan Osborne. Yeah, The Stones did it too, but as usual not particularly well.

- Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash): Johnny Cash, NRBQ.

- (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care (Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller): Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Dwight Twilley, Phil Seymour.

- Let Her Dance (Bobby Fuller): Bobby Fuller Four, Phil Seymour, Marshall Crenshaw.

- Cadillac Walk (Moon Martin): Moon Martin, Mink DeVille.

- Let It Be Me (Becaud/Curtis/Delanoe): The Everly Brothers, Bob Dylan, Dave Edmunds.

- Singin’ The Blues (Melvin Ensley): Marty Robbins, Guy Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Dave Edmunds.

- Rock ’n’ Roll Music (Chuck Berry): Chuck Berry, Dave Edmunds, The Beach Boys.

And now, a separate section just for the best cover artist Rock ’n’ Roll has produced, Dave Edmunds. All the following have been done by Dave, the writer and original recording artist listed here:

- I Hear You Knocking (Dave Bartholomew): Smiley Lewis.

- The Promised Land (Chuck Berry): Chuck Berry.

- Sweet Little Rock ’n’ Roller (Chuck Berry): Chuck Berry.

- Let It Rock (Chuck Berry): Chuck Berry.

- No Money Down (Chuck Berry): Chuck Berry.

- Dear Dad (Chuck Berry): Chuck Berry.

- Maybe (Richard Barrett): The Chantels.

- I Ain’t Never (Mel Tillis/Webb Pierce): Webb Pierce.

- Born To Be With You (Don Robertson): The Chordettes.

- Get Out Of Denver (Bob Seger): Bob Seger.

- Back To School Days (Graham Parker): Graham Parker & The Rumour.

- Crawling From The Wreckage (Graham Parker): Graham Parker & The Rumour.

- Almost Saturday Night (John Fogerty): John Fogerty.

- I Want You Bad (Terry Adams/Phil Crandon): NRBQ.

- Where Or When (Richard Rogers/Lorenz Hart): Dion & The Belmonts.

You have not lived until you here Dave’s version of this incredible song!

Here are two songs written by Bob Dylan, recorded by both he and The Byrds: Mr. Tambourine Man, and My Back Pages. The Byrds’ versions are almost unbelievably great. Marshall Crenshaw’s My Back Pages is also absolutely fantastic.

And finally, the partnership to beat all partnerships, Bob Dylan and The Band. All songs below recorded by both he and they, and, as above, songwriting credit in parenthesis:

- When I Paint My Masterpiece (Bob Dylan).

- I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan).

- This Wheels On Fire (Bob Dylan/Rick Danko).

- Tears Of Rage (Bob Dylan/Richard Manuel).

Santana She's Not There comes to mind quickly 
Two songs written  by Patti Griffins: "What you are" redone by Joan Osborne and "Goodbye" redone by Martina McBride. Both originals songs are well done, but the remakes IMHO are much better.
I probably should have mentioned "You Got What it Takes (to Take What I Got)" by Joe Tex, later covered as a duet by Marti Jones and her husband, Don Dixon. My wife and I used the latter version as our first dance.

The Feelies used to end their live shows with great cover songs - Everybody's Got Something to Hide but Me and My Monkey (Beatles), King's Lead Hat (Brian Eno), All Tomorrow's Parties (Velvet Underground). Etc.

A few stealth covers from Cyndi Lauper - "Money Changes Everything", covering The Brains, and "All Through the Night" her cover of Jules Shear.

Strange variation 1:  "World Turning", Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie's re-work of Peter Green's "World Keep on Turnin".  almost unrecognizable and uncredited to Green.

Strange Variation 2 -  "Battleship Chains" Georgia Satellites (Terry Anderson) covering The Woods (Terry Anderson's first band) and later covered by Hindu Love Gods (basically, REM plus Warren Zevon.)

Special Mention: Kid Creole's irresistibly danceable yet hilarious cover version of Harry Belafonte's "If You Wanna Be Happy For the Rest of Your Life (Never Make a Pretty Woman Your Wife).
Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe
Another song w innumerable covers:
Martin Gaye's "People Get Ready" 
My favorite cover is the acapella version by The Persuasions.  Another great cover by Eva Cassidy. 
The first song mentioned by the OP, "Baby Blue," is actually two different songs with the same title.  The Badfinger song is the not Dylan song.  FWIW I love the 13th Floor Elevators' cover of the Dylan tune on their "Easter Everywhere" LP.

Here are a couple of covers that I really enjoy. Both are on the same album too.....

From Brain Auger's Oblivion Express album - "Compared to What" and "Inner City Blues".

"Compared to What" is a Les McCann song, first recorded by McCann and later by Roberta Flack. The Brian Auger version takes the original jazz version into Jazz/Rock fusion territory.

Of course "Inner City Blues" is a Marvin Gaye song off of the incredible album "What's Going On". Auger takes the original R&B tune again in to Jazz/Rock fusion territory.

I've had the Brain Auger record since sometime in the '70s and I still enjoy it regularly. 
Off of Mick Jagger "Wandering Spirit" lp , probably my favorite tune here is "Evening Gown". Alejandro Escovedo does it justice, maybe better!
Jenny Lewis cover of "Handle With Care"!
"Little Wing" - Stevie Ray Vaughan - One of my favorite covers

Also (and a little embarrassed to admit) I *really* like The Scorpion's rendition of "Can't Explain"


Rickie Lee Jones cover of Jefferson Airplane's "Comin' Back to Me"

Mathew Sweet & Susannah Hoffs cover of Bee Gees "Run to Me"

Herbie Hancock feat. Corrine Bailey Rae's cover of Joni's "River"

Amber Rubarth's cover of REM's "Losing My Religion"

Yes's cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "America" 

Slaw's mention of Alejandro Escovedo brings another cool one to mind - his cover of Mott the Hoople's "All The Young Dude's".  I'm not sure that he's ever recorded it, but he sometimes ends his live show with an audience sing along version of the song that is terrific fun.
"L.A. Woman"  by Billy Idol

"Smooth Criminal" by Alien Ant Farm
tostadosunidos, just wanted to correct a correction that the song Baby Blue by Dylan was a different song from Baby Blue done by Van Morrison and Badfinger, it was not, they were all the same song, written by Dylan.
Lilac Wine. Nina Simone and later by Jeff Buckley. 

Joni Mitchell's Case of You.  Diana Krall from The Live In Paris cd.
of coarse this thread IS an extension of Favorite Cover Songs. Not there's anything wrong with that?
tooblue, I beg to differ--this

and this

are two totally different songs.  Different melodies and different lyrics.  Van Morrison's cover is the Dylan song.  I don't think the Badfinger song existed yet at the time he covered it.
tostadosunidos, my apologys, to quote Mark Twain, "it isn't what you don't know that will hurt you, it's what you know for sure that isn't". Tooblue