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Looking back over the years, there have been some classic songs covered by many bands. Sure, there are some woeful cover versions out there, but there have been some big and not-so-big name groups that have made songs their own. While most bands cover songs from the eighties these days, check out some unorthodox renditions of pre-eighties songs listed below.

Judas Priest- Diamonds and Rust (Joan Baez– 1975)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Giqw9yUoAw]

Black Label Society – Whiter Shade of Pale (Procol Harum– 1967)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgmpJZZmseM]

Metallica– Whiskey In The Jar (Thin Lizzy– 1973)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boanuwUMNNQ]

Crowbar– Dream Weaver (Gary Wright– 1975)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cfb_P6w9OQs]

Marilyn Manson– I Put A Spell On You (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins– 1955)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4_5IbOlGoA]

Godhead– Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles– 1966)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_YyGw-gyL0]

Spineshank– While My Guitar Gently Weeps (The Beatles– 1968)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27e073tc6mA]

Faith No More– War Pigs (Black Sabbath– 1970)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqdJHDGSfhI]

Pantera– Cat Scratch Fever (Ted Nugent- 1977)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SAezzXkuR8]

Megadeth– Anarchy in the UK (Sex Pistols– 1977)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lxT_KtMsfo]

Slayer– In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Iron Butterfly– 1968)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tjWOale9FU]

Voivod– Astronomy Domine (Pink Floyd– 1967)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1lZFdGXCiM]

Exodus– Low Rider (War– 1975)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlXLYrbaH_0]

Guns N’ Roses– Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney & Wings– 1973)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D9vAItORgE]

Van Halen– (Oh) Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison– 1965)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo46BxWYfyk]

Motörhead – Stand by Your Man (featuring Wendy O. Williams) (Lynn Anderson · 1969)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTSu8jGcTXg]

Skid Row & Pantera with Ace Frehley– Cold Gin (Kiss– 1974)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfZ6_mQ_t9M]

Machine Head– Message in a Bottle (The Police-1979)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLz77TEUfn0]

Sodom– Surfin’ Bird (The Trashmen-1963)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnYzQsZXIRc]

Six Feet Under– T.N.T. (AC/DC– 1975)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBFbeUEQqkQ]

Anthrax– Jailbreak (Thin Lizzy– 1976)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu3wHBW0GdI]

Puscifer- Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen– 1975)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D53JQ7o6YF0]

Tool– No Quarter (Led Zeppelin– 1973)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNUq-JSXvS4]

Shandi’s Addiction– Calling Dr. Love (Kiss– 1967)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgyb7LatxJA]

Ministry– Lay Lady Lay (Bob Dylan-1969)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npeYMJIbY8o]

Revolting Cocks– Do Ya Think I’m Sexy (Rod Stewart– 1978)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzbTw6goFAU]

Ministry– What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong-1967)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q22VUptzNnA]

Motley Crue– Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley-1957)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd-LvzDpG_s]

Danzig– N.I.B.(Black Sabbath– 1970)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_ovUwXOBz4]

Pain– Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles– 1966)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chdXV4CimiY]

Dog Fashion Disco– Grease  (Frank Valli-1978)

[youtube https://youtube.com/watch?v=Pkh3mgSPtNs]

Melvins– Ballad of Dwight Fry (Alice Cooper- 1971)

[youtube https://youtube.com/watch?v=BaFrrFqWDsM]

Rage Against The Machine– Maggies Farm (Bob Dylan– 1965)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kobjnbYngnE]

Disturbed– The Sounds of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel– 1964)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4]

Infectious Grooves– Fame (David Bowie– 1975)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifzW5TNrIvs]

Type O Negative– Cinnamon Girl (Neil Diamond– 1969)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO9aD4mzSE8]


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