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20 Best Covers of Ben E. King’s ‘Stand by Me’

Hear classic, astounding and unusual interpretations by artists like John Lennon, Tina Turner and Miley Cyrus

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Ben E. King's "Stand by Me" has been covered by artists like John Lennon and Miley Cyrus.

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Ben E. King scored lasting hits with records like “Spanish Harlem” and the Drifters’ “Under the Boardwalk,” but the recently-deceased New York native will always be best known for “Stand by Me,” a Psalm-inspired ballad co-written with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

Fifty-five years after its release, the song has become a modern standard, reinterpreted countless times across genre, era and culture. From Otis Redding and Muhammad Ali’s early attempts to Stephen King and Miley Cyrus’ later revisions, here are 20 interpretations worth standing by.

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