Listening to music whilst driving earlier today, I happened to play Devo’s cover of Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones, which started an in-car conversation about favourite cover songs. The results included a comedy jazz take on a nu-metal song, a punk rock impression of a country ode, and a new wave version of a Motown classic, most of which we decided were better than the originals. All of our choices are listed below.

Del Shannon – Memphis (original artist: Chuck Berry)


The Specials – A Message To You, Rudy (original artist: Dandy Livingstone)


Nirvana – Plateau (original artist: Meat Puppets)


Talking Heads – Take Me To The River (original artist: Al Green)


Echo and the Bunnymen – People Are Strange (original artist: The Doors)


Richard Cheese – Down With The Sickness (original artist: Disturbed)


Misfits – It’s Only Make Believe (original artist: Conway Twitty)


Bryan Ferry – The ‘In’ Crowd (original artist: Dobie Gray)


The Clash – Brand New Cadillac (original artist: Vince Taylor)


Devo – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (original artist: The Rolling Stones)