There's really no way to write a decent post covering all the great Beatles covers - even a top 20 list wouldn't satisfy me. So, instead I'll just continue to periodically post on Beatles covers, and hopefully in ten to twenty years, it'll be fairly definitive.
In the meantime, I'd like to just list ten Beatles covers in no particular order that I happen to enjoy. Beatles music is almost sacred to me, so I take no cover version lightly, and I'll refrain from choosing the obvious ones like "With a Little Help from My Friends" by Joe Cocker and "Come Together" by Aerosmith.
Personally, I feel that covers that don't bring anything new to the table are a waste of time. Paint-by-numbers imitations like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by Elton John, "Mother Nature's Son" by Sheryl Crow, and "I'm Only Sleeping" by The Vines offer nothing new, and are therefore pointless. At least kitchy covers like "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" by Steve Martin and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by William Shatner made it interesting by injecting their unique styles into their renditions. When Sinatra covered a song, he made it his own. That's what I expect out of a Beatles cover.
- "We Can Work It Out" by Stevie Wonder
- "I'm Down" by Aerosmith
- "Come Together" by The Brothers Johnson
- "And Your Bird Can Sing" by The Charles River Valley Boys
- "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by Al Green
- "Help" by Deep Purple
- "I Am the Walrus" by Spooky Tooth
- "Here Comes the Sun" by Peter Tosh
- "The Fool on the Hill" by Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
- "Got To Get You Into My Life" by Earth, Wind and Fire
Update: The Wire song "I Should Have Known Better" on the Amazon playlist is not a Beatles cover, it just shares the same title. I'm not sure why it got stuck on there - one day I plan to proofread my posts before I publish them.