Eight Great Country Cover Songs – Do You Know Who the Original Artists Were?
Sometimes in music there are songs that are so good, one recording just isn’t enough. Artists of all genres are known to remake – or cover – songs that were originally made by other artists. This can be done for a number of reasons: as a tribute to the original song, to make the song sound more up-to-date, or to make the song better fit into a musical genre that it did not originally belong to. Here are eight great country cover songs. Do you know who the original artists were?
Piece of My Heart – Faith Hill
This is a song that has been covered many times. ‘Piece of My Heart’ was originally released in 1967, but its best-known version came a year later. Faith Hill recorded the song, and took it to the top of the country charts, in 1994.
Tiny Dancer – Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw recorded his version of ‘Tiny Dancer’ in 2002 for the album ‘Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors.’ It’s a song he’s also done live many times, including performances with the artist that originally made the song famous in 1971.
My Maria – Brooks & Dunn
I recently heard that Ronnie Dunn was initially very hesitant to do a cover song, and his first recordings weren’t that great. However, Kix Brooks suggested a slightly different way for Ronnie to sing the song, which he then tried. The result was a number 1 hit and a song that won the duo a Grammy.
Landslide – The Dixie Chicks
In 2002 the Dixie Chicks remade this iconic 1975 hit. Their version reached number 2 on the country charts, and was also a Top 10 hit on the pop charts. ‘Landslide’ appears on the Dixie Chicks album ‘Home.’
When You Say Nothing At All – Allison Krauss
Legendary country songwriters Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz wrote ‘When You Say Nothing At All’ and originally thought it was “OK, but nothing special.” The Alison Krauss version of the song was released seven years after it had first been a number 1 country hit.
Summertime Blues – Alan Jackson
A 1950s rockabilly hit, that was originally a B-side. The song has been covered by artists of several genres, including The Who, The Beach Boys, and Alan Jackson, in 1994.
I Could Not Ask For More – Sara Evans
‘I Could Not Ask For More’ achieved Top 10 status on the US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary chart in 1999. Three years later, Sara Evans’ version of the song made it to number 2 on the US Hot Country Songs chart. It was the second single from her album ‘Born to Fly,’ which has been her most successful album, to date.
The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia – Reba McEntire
Reba McEntire covered ‘The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia’ nearly twenty years after the original version became the first, and only, number 1 hit for a famous cast member of the ‘Carol Burnett Show.’ Reba’s version is notable for its video, which expanded upon the story told in the song.
Make you best guesses, then find out who the original artists of these eight songs were.