Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Beatles Covers Project (199 artists for 199 Beatles songs)

Info: The Beatles Covers Project is a collection of covers of all Beatles songs: album by album, track by track. B-sides and non-album tracks, too. For each song, I picked a different band or artist. The list includes many well known acts (Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Black Keys, Grateful Dead, Elton John, Sonic Youth, Jimi Hendrix, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Oasis...), but also obscure folk singers, tribute bands, jazz pianists, classical orchestras, angry punkers, crazy headbangers and brave electrowizards. Most songs have been recorded after the Beatles, but some versions come from before (in their first albums, Beatles actually covered some already existing songs). First version of this project has been published in March 2010, then it has been regularly updated. By Christmas 2015, the original recordings by The Beatles have finally landed on Spotify. Nonetheless, I think this collection can still give you some hours of good sonic pleasure. It's available in full form (with all 199 songs) and/or by album.
Source: Beatles discography + Spotify search
Date of publication: March 2010 (when I first compiled it)
Spotify playlist latest update: 24th March 2016
Spotify direct links (full playlist): URI / HTTP

Please Please Me

Jerry Lee Lewis – I Saw Her Standing There
Peter Lipa – Misery
Max Yasgur's Farm – Anna (Go To Him)
Cookies – Chains
Max Cohen – Boys
The Smithereens – Ask Me Why
Flamin' Groovies – Please Please Me
Estereotypo - Love Me Do
Wayne Gratz – P.S. I Love You
The Shirelles – Baby It's You
Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas – Do You Want To Know A Secret?
Chet Atkins – A Taste Of Honey
The Dickies - There's A Place
The Isley Brothers – Twist And Shout

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP Link, URI

With the Beatles

Ewan Rachel Wood – It Won't Be Long
Two Of Us – All I've Got To Do
Emilie Autumn – All My Loving
Ringo Ska – Don't Bother Me
The Inmates – Little Child
Etta Jones – Till There Was You
The Marvelettes – Please Mr. Postman
Chuck Berry – Roll Over Beethoven
Stackridge – Hold Me Tight
She & Him – You Really Got A Hold On Me
The Rolling Stones – I Wanna Be Your Man
Ian Cussick – Devil In Her Heart
The Pretenders – Not A Second Time
The Flying Lizards – Money

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP Link, URI

A Hard Day's Night

Peter Sellers – A Hard Day's Night
The Beach Boys – I Should Have Known Better
Nando Lauria – If I Fell
Sun – I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
Terry Callier – And I Love Her
The Punkles – Tell Me Why
Michael Bublé – Can't Buy Me Love
Los Protones – Any Time At All
Joe Cocker – I'll Cry Instead
Dwight Yoakam – Things We Said Today
Heiko Effertz – When I Get Home
Harry Nilsson – You Can't Do That
UB40 – I'll Be Back

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP Link, URI

Beatles For Sale

Floyd Domino – No Reply
Georga - I'm a Loser
Alexander Pier Federici – Baby's In Black
Manic Street Preachers – Rock And Roll Music
Programmar – I'll Follow The Sun
The Hollies – Mr Moonlight
Little Richard – Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey
Procol Harum – Eight Days A Week
Buddy Holly – Words Of Love
T. Rex – Honey Don't
Yes – Every Little Thing
Rosanne Cash – I Don't Want To Spoil The Party
Lisa Lauren – What You're Doing
Carl Perkins – Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP Link, URI


The Damned – Help
Restless Heart – The Night Before
Jackson Browne – You've Got To Hide Your Love Away (live)
Barbara Casini Quartet - I Need You
Beatlegras – Another Girl
Five Man Electrical Band – You're Going To Lose That Girl
Alma Cogan – Ticket To Ride
Buck Owens – Act Naturally
Bryan Ferry – It's Only Love
Glycerine – You Like Me Too Much
John Egniz Connection – Tell Me What You See
Ludella Black – I've Just Seen A Face
Elvis Presley – Yesterday
Larry Williams – Dizzy Miss Lizzie

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP Link, URI

Rubber Soul

Bobby McFerrin – Drive My Car
Cornershop – Norwegian Wood
Anne Murray – You Won't See Me
Gershon Kingsley – Nowhere Man
The Klone Orchestra – Think For Yourself
David Sanborn – The Word
Béla Fleck – Michelle
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – What Goes On
Chris De Burgh – Girl
Jenny Reynolds – I'm Looking Through You
Johnny Cash – In My Life
Connie Evingson – Wait
Barbara Dickson - If I Needed Someone
Nancy Sinatra – Run For Your Life

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP Link, URI


Beatallica – Sandman
Aretha Franklin – Eleanor Rigby
Lobo – I'm Only Sleeping
Yim Yames – Love You To
Emmylou Harris – Here, There And Everywhere
Nada – Yellow Submarine
The Black Keys – She Said, She Said
Lulu – Good Day Sunshine
David Kitt – And Your Bird Can Sing
Diana Krall – For No One
The Barbary Coast Guitar Duo – Doctor Robert
Ted Nugent – I Want To Tell You
Earth, Wind & Fire – Got To Get You Into My Life
The Grateful Dead – Tomorrow Never Knows (live)

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP Link, URI

Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Bill Cosby – Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Wet Wet Wet – With A Little Help From My Friends
Elton John – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Gomez – Getting Better
Easy Star All-Stars feat. Max Romeo – Fixing A Hole
Al Jarreau – She's Leaving Home (live)
Eddie Izzard – Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite
Sonic Youth – Within You Without You
John Denver – When I'm Sixty-Four
Fats Domino – Lovely Rita
Psilicon Flesh – Good Morning, Good Morning
Jimi Hendrix Experience – Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Wes Montgomery - A Day In The Life

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP Link, URI

The Beatles (White Album)

Lemmy Kilmister, John 5, Eric Singer – Back In the USSR
Siouxsie And The Banshees – Dear Prudence
Arif Mardin – Glass Onion
Youssou N'Dour – Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
Bacalhau – Wild Honey Pie
Dwight Twilley – The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
AM – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
The Breeders – Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Brad Mehldau – Martha My Dear
Say Hi To Your Mom – I'm So Tired
Carly Simon – Blackbird
Luis Eduardo Aute – Piggies
Lena Horne, Gabor Szabo, Gary McFarland – Rocky Raccoon
Georgia Satellites – Don't Pass Me By
Lowell Fulson – Why Don't We Do It In The Road
Daniel Johnston – I Will
John Scofield, Medeski, Martin & Wood – Julia
Leiff Garrett – Birthday
Big Gilson – Yer Blues
Then There Were Two – Mother Nature's Son
Kristin Hersh – Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey
Damills – Sexy Sadie
U2 – Helter Skelter (live)
Tanya Donelly – Long Long Long
Stone Temple Pilots – Revolution
Barbra Streisand – Honey Pie
Ella Fitzgerald – Savoy Truffle
Tom Freund – Cry Baby Cry
Neil Cowley Trio - Revolution 9
Capella Istropolitana With Soloists Of The Baroque Chamber Orchestra – Good Night

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP Link, URI. (SR0065)

Abbey Road

Michael Jackson – Come Together
Shirley Bassey – Something
Ed Harlow – Maxwell's Silver Hammer
George Benson – Oh! Darling
Rockabye Baby! – Octopus's Garden
Noir Désir – I Want You (She's So Heavy)
Belle and Sebastian – Here Comes The Sun (live)
Solveig Slettahjell – Because
Sarah Vaughan – You Never Give Me Your Money
Booker T. & The MG's – Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came In Through The Bathroom Window/I Want You (She's So Heavy)
Neil Diamond – Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, The End (live)
The Silver Beetles – Her Majesty

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP Link, URI

Let It Be
(12 tracks, 38 minutes)

Boney M. – Two Of Us
Hemi & The Ruderunners – Dig A Pony
David Bowie – Across The Universe
Ref – I Me Mine
Laibach – Dig It
Gladys Knight & The Pips – Let It Be
Judy Garland – Maggie, Maggie May
Giacomo Bondi & The Apple Pies - I've Got A Feeling
Richie Arndt – One After 909
Cher – The Long And Winding Road
Monti Beton – For You Blue
Al Green – Get Back

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP Link, URI

Magical Submarine Strawberry B-Sides
(songs not included in original albums)

Chuck Mead - Old Brown Shoe
The Revolver Road Band – You Know My Name
John Bush, Stef Carpenter, Mike Inez, John Tempesta – Magical Mystery Tour
The Surphonics - Thank You Girl
Secret Machines – Flying
Colin Newman – Blue Jay Way
Jamie Hoover – It's Only A Northern Song
The Kennedy Choir – Penny Lane
The Mamas & The Papas – I Call Your Name
Joaquin Pardinilla & Inaki Fernandez - The Inner Light
The Bingo Kids – All Together Now
Digsy – Paperback Writer
Sandro y Los de Fuego – Te Conseguire (I'll Get You)
Ane Brun – From Me To You
Teenage Fanclub – The Ballad of John and Yoko
Jeff Beck – She's A Woman
Journey – It's All Too Much
Tackhead – Don't Let Me Down
Blair Casdin – Your Mother Should Know
Aerosmith – I'm Down
(Luismi) Apache – Hello Goodbye
Billy Idol, Steve Stevens, Blasko, Brian Tichy – I Feel Fine
Boreades De Montreal - This Boy
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 – The Fool On The Hill
Satin And Circuits – She Loves You
Todd Rundgren – Rain
Don Henley – Yes It Is (live)
Caetano Veloso – Lady Madonna
Stevie Wonder – We Can Work It Out
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs – Strawberry Fields Forever
Echo And The Bunnymen – All You Need Is Love
Mina – Hey Jude
Oasis – I Am The Walrus (live)

Petra Vlkova & Band - Free as a Bird
Regina Spektor - Real Love

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP Link, URI


  1. This is really great. Thank you so much for this. It isn't a very good replacement for the original Beatles music, but it is a completely different experience.
    I especially love that you didn't pick the covers that are closest to the original, but those that are unique.

    Great job!

  2. Seventeen months later... thank you. ;-)