2. Nine Inch Nails - 'Hurt'
Here's a line straight from the Associated Press' recent review of a Nine Inch Nails concert: "NIN closed the night with a slow and smoky cover of Johnny Cash's 'Hurt.'" The Internet had a field day making fun of the wire service for the glaring error, and the article has since been removed from the site, but it's easy to understand how such a thing happened; Johnny Cash's 2002 cover has basically supplanted the original in the hearts of the public. Cash was a year away from dying when he cut the song, and he turned the tale of heroin abuse into a look back on his life while barely changing any of the lyrics. June Carter Cash appeared in the video just three months before she died. Without any dispute, it was Cash's final masterpiece and the perfect epitaph. When you hear Trent Reznor singing it today, it's nearly impossible to not think about Johnny Cash.