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Rolling Stone Readers Pick the Top 10 Greatest Cover Songs

Jimi Hendrix’s cover of ‘All Along The Watchtower’ tops the list; Nirvana is only group to land two songs in top 10

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Jimi Hendrix's cover of 'All Along The Watchtower' tops the list; Nirvana is only group to land two songs in top 10

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7. The White Stripes – ‘Jolene’

Dolly Parton's 1973 classic song "Jolene" is hardly a feminist anthem. Inspired by a true story, the song is in the voice of desperate woman begging a more attractive woman to not steal her man. Not a single word is reserved for the man in the love triangle. The White Stripes recorded a snarling, feedback-laden cover of it in 2000, and it was a highlight of their live show through their last tour in 2007.

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8. Nirvana – ‘Where Did You Sleep Last Night’

Unlike most Unplugged specials, Nirvana did very few of their hits at the TV taping. They opted mainly for deep cuts and covers of songs by the Vaselines, David Bowie and the Meat Puppets – as well as this 19th-century folk standard that was popularized by folk legend Lead Belly. A 1990 home demo of the song appears on Nirvana's 2004 box set With The Lights Out, but the definitive version (with the screaming final verse) is on Unplugged.

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9. Guns N’ Roses – ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”

Originally written for the soundtrack to Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid, "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" gave Bob Dylan a much-needed hit after years of being written off as a washed-up Sixties relic. The song was covered by everybody from Eric Clapton to U2, but in 1990 Guns N' Roses recorded it for the Days of Thunder soundtrack and introduced it to an entirely new generation. It's been a staple of their live show ever since.

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10. Muse – ‘Feeling Good’

Written for the widely forgotten 1965 Broadway musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd, "Feeling Good" has been covered by Nina Simone, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, George Michael and countless others. Muse recorded a popular version for their 2001 LP Origin of Symmetry, which has recently gotten a lot of play in America in a commercial for Virgin Airlines.

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