The best ‘Beatles’ covers

A list of some of the best to cover the Beatles over the years….

George Michael
Long and Winding Road
sang at the “Concert for Linda”, as a tribute for Linda McCartney’s memory

Rolling Stones
I Wanna Be Your Man
Not strictly a cover but a drafted song which was given to the Rolling Stones. Lennon and McCartney fleshed the song out in 10 minutes in front of the Stones one night at the recording studio, giving them their second single, asserting them in the charts.

Stevie Wonder
We Can Work It Out
Performed live at the White House in 2010.

Noel Gallagher
Acoustic performance on MTV.

Aretha Franklin
Eleanor Rigby
Released as a single in 1969 and on the album, This Girl’s In Love With You (1970).

The Black Keys
She Said She Said
Recorded on the album, The Big Come Up.

Kelly Jones
I’m Only Sleeping
Performed at the John Lennon memorial concert alongside Noel Gallagher.

Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Ferrone, Dhani Harrison &Prince
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Performed at the 2004 Hall of Fame Inductions.

Tom Jones
As performed on “13 Smash Hits”, on Decca in 1967.

Ike & Tina Turner
She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
Recorded on their 1972 album, Feel Good.

Otis Redding
Day Tripper
Available on the recording Live in Europe.

Richie Havens
Here Comes The Sun
Performed on Alarm Clocks.

I Am The Walrus
Performed on Jools holland , in 1996.

Don’t Let Me Down
Covered on the I Am Sam soundtrack in 2001.

Jimi Hendrix
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Performed two days after the release of the Sgt. Pepper’s album.
Speaking at a later date, Paul McCartney spoke of his honour of the tribute, calling the performance “simply incredible, perhaps the best I have ever seen him play”.

The Last Shadow Puppets
I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
Performed at Liverpool Concert Live, Electric Proms in 2008.

Al Green
I Wanna Hold Your Hand
From the 40th anniversary edition of Al Green’s album, Green Is Blues.

Joe Cocker
Get By With A Little Help From My Friends
Performed at Woodstock in 1969.

Honourable mentions:

  • Oasis – Helter Skelter
  • Noel Gallagher & Gem Archer – Strawberry Fields Forever
  • Mumford & Sons – Carry That Weight
  • The Killers – Helter Skelter

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