There are very few musicians who can boast of being so thoroughly covered throughout the years. And it’s pretty tough trying to confine them into a list because there are versions that really stand out and rival the original. So if you’re looking for something new to add to your Beatles playlist, here are some of the scintillating renditions you’ll surely love:
It’s not an easy task to cover a Beatles classic and make it as your own. But when you’re Joe Cocker, anything is possible. Plus, he basically turned it into his very own masterpiece. His work is phenomenal. Robert Christgau summed it up accurately when he wrote in The New York Times: “With a Little Help From My Friends is the major triumph of rock interpretation thus far.” There’s something so exquisite about this version – it made us thankful for the gift of his music. It gets to you on a visceral level and he just set the bar so high for others to follow. This is exactly how you perform a cover. And this live performance is nothing short of outstanding. At one point, we were like, “This is freakin’ unbelievable.” He’s a real master and his work is that of pure brilliance. It doesn’t get any better than this.