Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cool cover song of the week...

While I don't listen to classic country music that often, I've always been a big fan of Dolly Parton. She sang one of my favorite songs of all time, Here You Come Again, and I remember listening to that song and its B-side, Me and Little Andy, so many times growing up, hanging out in my friend Lisa's basement listening to her jukebox. (Ah, childhood...)

Parton's hit song Jolene was released in October 1973, and hit #1 on the country music charts in February 1974. This song about jealousy, the fear that the stunningly beautiful Jolene might take her man (just because she can) is at times plaintive and powerful, and Rolling Stone ranked it as #219 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

When thinking of bands that might cover this song, you might not expect The White Stripes to be included on this list, but the band released their cover version in 2004. Although sometimes I think Jack White goes way over the top with his music, I really like his version of this song, especially the fact that he left the song lyrics intact, unlike so many artists who record a song previously recorded by a singer of the opposite gender.

Here's The White Stripes' version:

Here's a surprisingly good version by America's favorite pariah, Miley Cyrus:

And here's the original from Miss Dolly Parton herself:

Check out my previous Cool Cover Songs of the Week:

Borderline by The Counting Crows

How Deep Is Your Love by The Bird and The Bee

Life in a Northern Town by Sugarland, Little Big Town, and Jake Owen

I Don't Want to Talk About It by The Indigo Girls

Only You by Joshua Radin

Pure Imagination by Maroon 5

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by Blake Stratton

What a Fool Believes by Neri Per Caso

Poker Face by Daughtry

Back to Black by Ronnie Spector

I Will Survive by Cake

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by The Stereophonics

Rolling in the Deep by John Legend

Go Your Own Way by Lissie

Winner Takes it All by McFly

What a Wonderful World by Joey Ramone

Careless Whisper by Seether

I Walk the Line by Live

Dear Prudence by Siouxsie and The Banshees

Smooth Criminal by Alien Ant Farm

Who Wants to Live Forever by Breaking Benjamin

Redemption Song by Chris Cornell and Audioslave

Love Me Tender by Chris Isaak and Brandi Carlile

All You Need is Love by The Flaming Lips

Lovesong by Adele

I Love It by Robin Thicke

Billie Jean by The Civil Wars

Across the Universe by The Scorpions

Can't Hold Us by Pentatonix

Wicked Game by James Vincent McMorrow

Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) by The Postal Service

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