Weezer 2010

Since winning our nerdy hearts in the mid ’90s, Weezer have surprised us with weirdo career moves that may alienate some old-school fans but bolster their off-kilter appeal to a new generation. For example, naming and designing an album around a character from Lost. Or branding their own Snuggie. Or collaborating with Kenny G and Adam Lambert. Or “Can’t Stop Partying.” At Harvard Rivers Cuomo majored in shattering expectations, probably. So with this week’s news about The Weezer Cruise, I thought it would be an appropriate time to compile and rank the power pop kings’ varied repertoire of cover songs. I disqualified incomplete live teasers (“Hot For Teacher,” “Seven Nation Army,” “Tom Sawyer”), Christmas carols, and the State Farm jingle. I also included only one song from the band’s poorly bootlegged Nirvana covers set as Goat Punishment many years ago. Beyond that, there’s plenty to dig. Enjoy.

30. “Sliver” (Nirvana)

29. “Morning Glory” (Oasis) *

28. “If I Fell” (The Beatles)

27. “Just What I Needed” (The Cars)

26. “Time” (Pink Floyd) *

25. “War Pigs” (Black Sabbath)

24. “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” (The Clash)

23. “Song 2″ (Blur) [starts at 1m32s]

22. “Better Off Alone” (Alice Deejay)

21. “Big Me” (Foo Fighters)

20. “I’m A Believer” (Neil Diamond)

19. “Teenage Dirtbag” (Wheatus)

18. “Are ’Friends’ Electric?” (Gary Numan)

17. “Creep” (Radiohead)

16. “Don’t Worry Baby” (Beach Boys) ^

15. “Happy Together” (The Turtles)

14. “Oddfellows Local 151″ (R.E.M.)
13. “Worry Rock” (Green Day)

12. “One Of Us” with Rainn Wilson (Joan Osbourne) ^

11. “Kids”/”Poker Face” (MGMT/Lady Gaga)

10. “The Weight” (The Band) #

9. “Velouria” (The Pixies)

8. “God Only Knows” (Beach Boys) ^

7. “Brain Stew” (Green Day)

6. “Love My Way” (Psychedelic Furs) *

5. “You Might Think” (The Cars)

4. “Viva La Vida” (Coldplay)

3. “Un-Break My Heart” (Toni Braxton)

2. “Life’s What You Make It” (Talk Talk) *

1. “Paranoid Android” (Radiohead)

* Pat on vocals
# Scott on vocals
^ Rivers solo

OK, Weezerheads (is that what you’re called?) — what did I miss?

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Comments (32)
  1. No “Dukes of Hazzard” theme song?

  2. I really like their cover of Worry Rock by Green Day myself.

  3. Uptown Girl is their best

  4. List is good. I do think there is a better version of the Cars cover somewhere though.

  5. I think Pat is also singing on “Love My Way” and “Life’s What You Make It,” but I’m not sure.
    Also, I second the nod to the Dukes of Hazzard theme song, as well as recommend “I Don’t Know How to Love Her.”
    I guess I should also make my opinion known that I think “Velouria” should be higher in the list, at least above “Viva la Vida” and “Un-Break My Heart.”

  6. Did you REALLY put that Paranoid Android cover at #1? Really? Just… NO.
    *judging you*

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  8. Velouria is totes my favorite.

    Cheers for including Better Off Alone, Scott. And actually all of this. These are some DEEP WEEZER BOARDIE CUTS.

  9. I can’t believe “Velouria” isn’t number one. By far their best and most original cover.

    Also, “The Weight” is sung by bassist Scott Shriner and as pointed out above both “Love My Way” and “Life’s What You Make It” are sung by Pat.

  10. Pat is also singing Song 2 and Brian Bell is singing “are friends electric” and Scott is on “Creep”. Also, Don’t Worry Baby and Brain Stew are really just Rivers and not technically Weezer. How is Velouria not number 1?!?

  11. What an awful list. Generally, just a really bad job constructing this, but to be more specific:

    “Unbreak My Heart” fucking sucks, and “Tomorrow” (Annie) should be on there.

    • yes, most definitely Tomorrow shoulod have been on here

    • INTERNET RAGE!

      Come on, it’s just a fun list of decent covers by a band that used to be very good and is currently a mediocre pop-rock cash cow. Why get worked up over the order of something so inconsequential?

      I think the list is pretty good as is, and I also enjoy the cover of “Tomorrow.” It’s just a way to gather in one place the majority of interesting covers that Weezer has done.

      If this was a list of Weezer’s best albums and Blue & Pinkerton were not #1a and #1b, then there may be a reason for some of your intensity. Maybe save some of that angry criticism for the year-end lists? You don’t want to get burned out on complaining about subjective lists so early.

  12. Whelp, I’m going to take a different approach to the comments section on this one and explain why “Paranoid Android” should be their number 1 cover!

    “Paranoid Android” is the greatest song on this list, SHHHh!, IT IS! So by simply covering the song (and covering it well and as close to the original as they could) that cover is their number 1. It’s really easy guys, Math & Abacus’s and TI-83s help with the numbers, trust me.

    That “Velouria” cover is admittedly sick and also falls into the realm of what I wrote above, great songs covered well are great covers. That’s how it works!

    One more thing, this post is very well organized and looks neat & professional. Great Job Constructing This.

  13. Love, Time by Pink Floyd. Weezer is a great band to listen to any time. Raditaz.com has some great songs based on my Weezer station and also have a really interesting blog on everything music at: explore.raditaz.com/

    Thanks for the great post!

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  15. mrs. robinson

    • Mrs. Robinson is a good cover song, but it’s the Lemonheads. Evan Dando and Rivers don’t sound anything alike, I’m surprised that this misconception has lasted this long (I remember seeing it on Napster back in the day when every powerpop cover got attributed to Weezer and every pop-punk cover to Blink 182).

  16. Un-Break My Heart is pretty average…

  17. Now, that’s when ya know a band is talented. When they can do so many of our favorite covers and play them to perfection! That’s why we love Weezer!! Thanks for the post!

  18. Wow that Velouria cover sure is a blast from the past. I dare say it’s actually better than the origiinal

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