Best Covers

Download Radiohead’s 20 Best Cover Songs

By Scott Lapatine / May 26, 2011 - 2:20 pm

If you watched Radiohead’s 2007 thumbs_down webcast (or perused the occasional Dead Air Space office chart or Low End Theory playlist) you have a good sense of Thom Yorke and band’s wide-ranging and occasionally obscure musical taste. For this latest installment of our Best Cover Songs series (previously: Death Cab For Cutie, Bon Iver) I thought it would be fun to research and present those songs by other bands Radiohead have tackled over the years. This list only considers versions on which Thom sings (with Radiohead or otherwise) so no 7 Worlds Collide. I’ve also left out the Venus In Furs’ Roxy Music covers from the film Velvet Goldmine. Still, there is plenty of interesting stuff to sort through and you can play it at your Amnesiac Turns 10 party next week.

20. Radiohead – “Wonderwall” (Oasis Cover)
19. Radiohead – “Down By The River” (Neil Young Cover)
18. Radiohead – “Sing A Song For You” (Tim Buckley Cover)
17. Radiohead – “I’ll Wear It Proudly” (Elvis Costello Cover)
16. Radiohead – “Cinnamon Girl” (Neil Young Cover)
15. Radiohead – “Shot By Both Sides” (Magazine Cover)
14. Radiohead – “On The Beach” (Neil Young Cover)
13. Radiohead – “Tell Me Why” (Neil Young Cover)
12. Radiohead – “Rhinestone Cowboy” (Glen Campbell Cover)
11. Radiohead – “The Thief” (Can Cover)
10. Radiohead – “Unravel” (Björk Cover)
09. Thom Yorke – “All For The Best” (Miracle Legion Cover)***
08. Radiohead – “The Rip” (Portishead Cover)
07. Atoms For Peace – “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Joy Division Cover)
06. Radiohead – “Nobody Does It Better” (Carly Simon Cover)
05. Sparklehorse (Feat. Thom Yorke) – “Wish You Were Here” (Pink Floyd Cover)
04. Radiohead – “Union City Blue” (Blondie Cover)
03. Radiohead – “Ceremony” (Joy Division Cover)
02. Thom Yorke – “After The Gold Rush” (Neil Young Cover)
01. Radiohead – “The Headmaster Ritual” (The Smiths Cover)

***“All For The Best” is a charity single not available for free download. Purchase it on iTunes!

As always lemme know what I missed. And if you’re looking for cool covers of Radiohead, revisit Stereogum’s free downloadable tribute album to OK Computer featuring exclusive tracks by Vampire Weekend, Doveman, Cold War Kids, My Brightest Diamond, and more.