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Mechanical Licensing and music appropriation Illustrations

Covers, Illustrated

Dolly Parton, Jolene:

White Stripes, Jolene:

Collective Soul, Shine:

Dolly Parton, Shine:

Doris Day, Que Sera Sera:

Sly and the Family Stone, Que Sera Sera:

AC/DC, Thunderstruck:

Steve ‘n’ Seagulls, Thunderstruck:

Bee Gees, Stayin’ Alive:

Bruce Springsteen, Stayin’ Alive:

Glenn Miller, In the Mood:

Brian Setzer Orchestra, In the Mood:

Fred Rogers, It’s Such a Good Feeling:

Donora, It’s Such a Good Feeling [Soundtrack for “My Tale of Two Cities“]

Guns N’ Roses, Welcome to the Jungle:

Richard Cheese, Welcome to the Jungle:

Steely Dan, Reelin’ in the Years:

Donny and Marie Osmond, Reelin’ in the Years

Michael Jackson, Smooth Criminal:

Alien Ant Farm, Smooth Criminal:

Guns N’ Roses, Sweet Child o’ Mine:

The Warning, Sweet Child o’ Mine:

Metallica, Enter Sandman:

The Warning, Enter Sandman:

Shania Twain, That Don’t Impress Me Much:

Haim, That Don’t Impress Me Much:

The Monkees, I’m a Believer:

Neil Diamond, I’m a Believer:

Smash Mouth, I’m a Believer (from Shrek):

Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines:

Postmodern Jukebox, Blurred Lines:

Jackie Wilson, Higher and Higher:

Rita Coolidge, Higher and Higher:

Earth, Wind, and Fire, September:

Taylor Swift, September:

The Best?

Lists of “the best” cover recordings of American popular music are inevitably subjective and subject to change. Here is one such list:

Ike and Tina Tuner, Proud Mary (covering Creedence Clearwater Revival):

Bryan Ferry, It’s My Party (covering Lesley Gore):

Stevie Wonder, We Can Work It Out (covering The Beatles):

Talking Heads, Take Me to the River (covering Al Green):

Jimi Hendrix, All Along the Watchtower (covering Bob Dylan):

Indigo Girls, Romeo & Juliet (covering Dire Straits):

Dwight Yoakam, Purple Rain (covering Prince):

Haim, Strong Enough (covering Sheryl Crow):

Johnny Cash, Hurt (covering Nine Inch Nails):

Regina Spektor, Hallelujah (covering Leonard Cohen):

Gym Class Heroes (covering Supertramp):

Coco Mamba (covering Migos):

System of a Down (covering Berlin):

Lily Allen (covering Kaiser Chiefs):

From Turkey: the song Mühür Gözlüm

Ali İzzet:

Zeki Muren:

Neşet Ertaş:

Sampling and Re-Recording, Illustrated

George Clinton and Funkadelic, Get Off Your Ass and Jam:

N.W.A, 100 Miles and Runnin’:

Madonna, Vogue:

Salsoul Orchestra, Love Break:

Janet Jackson, Someone to Call My Lover:

America, Ventura Highway:

Girl Talk, Night Ripper:

Rolling Stones, The Last Time:

The Verve, Bittersweet Symphony:

Mashups, Illustrated

Appropriation, Illustrated

Chuck Berry, Sweet Little Sixteen:

The Beach Boys, Surfin USA

The Lion King, The Lion Sleeps Tonight:

Tight Fit, The Lion Sleeps Tonight:

The Tokens, The Lion Sleeps Tonight:

The Weavers, Wimoweh:

Solomon Linda, Mbube:

Paul Simon, Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes: