The White Stripes, "Jolene"
Dolly Parton's version of her 1973 single "Jolene" is pretty untouchable, but the White Stripes' version (first appearing as a B-side on their "Hello Operator" seven-inch, then as a staple of their live shows) does its best to stretch and strain to reach it. White sticks losely to the original's minimal guitar-and-vocals combo, but he does offer a whole lot of riveting emoting. Where Parton sounded melancholic and regretful, White screeches and yowls about the pain of loss. A lesser band would collapse under the weight of a classic, but White's past-exorcising vocal is one of his best.