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Unique choices on Brit best cover list

Nov. 29, 2004 at 3:13 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Jimi Hendrix's version of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" has been named best cover song ever by music critics of Britain's Daily Telegraph.

Among the Top 50 best cover versions hailed by the critics are Johnny Cash's take on "One" by U2 and The Vines' cover of Outkast's "Ms. Jackson."

The No. 1 cover, "All Along the Watchtower" was recorded by The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1968, only one year after Dylan introduced the classic on the album "John Wesley Harding," London's Xfm radio reported.

Among the Top 10 covers are Soft Cell's "Tainted Love," The Byrds' cover of Dylan's "Mr. Tamborine Man," and Syd Vicious' take on Frank Sinatra's "My Way."

The Top 10 are:

"All Along the Watchtower," Jimi Hendrix Experience, 1968 (Bob Dylan, 1967)

"You Were Always On My Mind," Pet Shop Boys, 1987 (Elvis Presley, 1972, after Brenda Lee, 1971)

"My Way," Sid Vicious, 1979 (Frank Sinatra, 1969, after Paul Anka, 1969)

"Hallelujah," Jeff Buckley, 1993 (Leonard Cohen, 1984)

"Respect," Aretha Franklin, 1967 (Otis Redding, 1965)

"Tainted Love," Soft Cell, 1981 (Gloria Jones, 1964)

"Mr. Tambourine Man," The Byrds, 1965 (Bob Dylan, 1964)

"Twist and Shout," The Beatles, 1963 (The Isley Brothers, 1960)

"Comfortably Numb," Scissor Sisters, 2004 (Pink Floyd, 1979)

"Mr. Bojangles," Nina Simone, 1971 (Jerry Jeff Walker, 1967)

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