With A Little Help From Our Friends: Favorite Cover Songs of 2010

Lend me your ear and I’ll sing you a song — or rather a few — our favorite cover songs from 2010!

2010 is nearly retired.  However, in the spirit of Limelight helping artists create their own renditions of songs they love, we decided to create our year-end list with “a little help from our friends”, our super-talented Limelight users.

We were ecstatic by the overwhelming number of contributions to the list — artists chimed in about their own favorite tunes and creations, while fans sang the praise of others and the Limelight staff added a few of our own personal favorites.  Submissions ran the gamut from jazz standards to classic rock and roll cuts to obscure punk b-sides to recent pop hits.

Without further adieu, here are the Favorite Cover Songs from 2010 as chosen by our Limelight users (alphabetically by the Original/Covered Artist):

Original Recording Artist Track Covered By Link
AC/DC Highway To Hell Marshall O’Boy & The Rock & Roll Drag Bar Band http://www.cdbaby.com/AlbumDetails.aspx?AlbumID=marshalloboysrockrolldra
AC/DC Live Wire Riff/Raff Chicago http://www.riffraffchicago.com
Adele Hometown Glory Honey Mahogany http://www.myspace.com/honeymahogany
Aerosmith Dream On Taryn http://www.reverbnation.com/DocTaryn
Al Jolson Blue Skies Dannielle Gaha DeAndrea http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blue-skies/id387631391
Antonio Carlos Jobim How Insensitive Laurie Dameron http://www.SonicBids.com/LaurieDameron
Aretha Franklin I Will Survive Drunk N Stupid http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dns
Astor Piazzolla Verano Porteno Sebastian See-Schierenberg and Alfredo Oyaguez http://www.galvanseeschierenberg.com/
Bananarama Venus Crazed Outlook http://www.facebook.com/crazedoutlook
Barbara Streisand The Way We Were OC Times http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-way-we-were/id388500349?i=388500832
Beyonce Single Ladies Zoe Boekbinder http://www.zoeboekbinder.com
Big Star Thirteen Ari Shine http://arishine.bandcamp.com/track/thirteen-big-star-cover
Billy Idol Dancing With Myself Tribrix http://tribrix.bandcamp.com/track/dancing-with-myself
Billy Squier The Stroke Fantasizer http://www.thefantasizerlives.com
Bing Crosby Swinging On A Star Kiddie Karoo http://www.Sonicbids.com/KiddleKaroo
Bing Crosby White Christmas Karly and Kyle http://www.karlyandkyle.com
Bob Dylan Rocks and Gravel Ray Ganucheau http://www.amazon.com/Rocks-and-Gravel/dp/B004BCKTKE/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1293466950&sr=1-6
Bob Dylan One More Cup of Coffee BJ Cooper http://www.cdbaby.com/AlbumDetails.aspx?AlbumID=bjcooper6
Bob Dylan Let Me Die In My Footsteps Jason Bennett http://www.bennettfolk.com
Bob Marley No Woman No Cry Holly Villeneuve http://www.fluxmobb.com
Bobby Darin Beyond the Sea Discohymns http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/discohymns9
Bobby Day Rockin Robin Julie K http://www.myspace.com/musicbyjuliek
Bright Eyes Lua Seven Second Chance http://www.myspace.com/sevensecondchance
Bruce Springsteen Youngstown Stairwell Sisters http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/stairwellsisters
Chaka Khan Ain’t Nobody Julian Vilante http://www.kick-o-namic.com/
Chris Isaak Yellow Bird Ukulele Jim http://music.ukulelejim.net/track/yellow-bird
Coldplay Fix You Deb Montgomery http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/debmontgomery3
Coldplay In My Place Keith Randall http://www.keithrandall.net
Cyndi Lauper Time After Time Shea-Van Winkle http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/time-after-time-single/id399109985
Cyndi Lauper Time After Time Jeannine Haffner http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/JeannineHaffner
Dave Matthew Band Crash Into Me My Dearest Vanity http://www.facebook.com/mydearestvanity
Deep Purple Smoke on the Water Carla Hassett http://www.myspace.com/carlahassett/music
Deniece Williams Silly Ranjini http://www.myspace.com/ranjinimusic
Dire Straits Sultans of Swing Others In Arms http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/othersinarms
Donnie Iris Ah! Leah! The Hairy Hand of Death http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/ah-leah/id389680902?i=389681012&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Elvis Presley Merry Christmas Baby Donna Loren http://soundcloud.com/dassi/merry-christmas-baby/s-ohVkv
Elvis Presley I’m Left Your Right She’s Gone Todd Duffley http://www.reverbnation.com/toddduffley
Failure Wonderful Life Draven Midnight Stone http://www.dravenmidnight.com/
Fleetwood Mac The Derelict Miss Kirstin http://www.thesixtyone.com/song/comments/list/95XLCetw7dU/#/song/comments/list/95XLCetw7dU/
Fleetwood Mac Gypsy Russ Aimz http://www.russaimz.com
Florence + The Machine Dog Days Are Over Gregory Douglass http://bit.ly/i4MNuJ
Focus Sylvia St. Mix http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/StMix
Francesca Blumenthal Queens Joan Jaffe http://www.joanjaffe.com
Frightened Rabbit My Backwards Walk Mr. Acoustic D http://mracousticd.bandcamp.com/
George Michael Father Figure Eddie Lopez http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lopez2
Gloria Lynne Speaking of Happiness Rattlin Bone http://www.myspace.com/rattlinbone
Gnarls Barkley Crazy Emily Asen http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/to-the-marrow/id394680403
Guns N Roses Sweet Child O’ Mine The Dueling Fiddlers http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/duelingfiddlers
Guns N Roses Don’t Cry Marina V http://www.marinav.com/
Heads Hands & Feet Rhyme and Time Steve Lester & Louise Laing http://www.stevelester.co.uk
Helen Humes If I Could Be With You Nancy Harrow http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/an-intimate-evening-with-nancy/id407881222
Helen Reddy I Am Woman Denise Rosner http://deniserosner.bandcamp.com/track/i-am-woman
Iggy Pop Cry For Love Stephen Cooper http://www.myspace.com/stephencooper
Jackson Browne Something Fine Tony Barca http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/breakfast-club-band-sessions/id408964403
James Blunt 1973 Carlo Di Filippo http://itunes.apple.com/it/album/a-forma-di-cuore-ep/id350336560
Jefferson Airplane White Rabbit 7envy http://www.reverbnation.com/7envy
Jefferson Airplane White Rabbit Nancy Liker http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_5843253
Jethro Tull Teacher Warren Appleby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/WarrenAppleby6
Jimi Hendrix Manic Depression The Delta Project http://www.reverbnation.com/#!/thedeltaproject
Jimmie Davis You Are My Sunshine Amanda Grace http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/agrace
Jimmie Davis You Are My Sunshine Out Of Ether http://www.myspace.com/outofether
Jimmy Webb The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Michael Harrison www.michaelharrisonblues.com
John Lennon Imagine Jake Jacobson http://www.cdbaby.com/jakejacobson
John Lennon Bless You Timo and the White Buffalo http://www.facebook.com/TIMO
John Mayer Gravity Will James http://www.reverbnation.com/willjames
John Travolta & Olivia Newton John You’re The One That I Want Lennings http://www.lenningsland.com
Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues Hep Cat Boo Daddies http://www.boodaddies.com
Johnny Cash Ring of Fire Samantha Murphy http://www.thehighwaygirl.com
Johnny Paycheck Take This Job and Shove It Blue Collar Willy http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bluecollarwilly
Joni Mitchell Be Cool Margie Nelson http://www.hungrygirlcd.com
Judy Garland Get Happy Denise Ascione http://www.iacmusic.com/denisecascione
Julie Andrews My Favorite Things Sarah Ackers http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sarahackers
Julie Miller Out in the Rain Bridge Construction http://www.myspace.com/bridgeconstruction
Justin Bieber Baby Victory of the People http://kollaborationhouston.org/?p=702
Justin Bieber ft. Ludacris Baby Maria McAteer http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/MariaMcAteer1
K.C. Douglas and Robert Geddens Crazy About A Mercury SharBaby http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/chicago-blues-alabama-style/id348672306
Karin Schaupp and Ensemble 24 Landscape Brew Guitar Duo http://www.brewguitarduo.com/cd.html
Katherine Davis Little Drummer Boy Rush Coil http://rushcoil.bandcamp.com/track/little-drummer-boy
Ke$ha We R Who We R Jake Coco http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/we-r-who-we-r-single/id409681153
Kelly Pace Rock Island Line Roberson BZ Flores http://rayroberson.com/discography.html
Kenny Rogers Ruby Byron Andres http://byronandres.com/fr_home.cfm
Kyu Sakamoto Sukiyaki Lee “pLink” Floyd http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/nickels-and-diamonds/id389808558
Lady Gaga Poker Face The Cookis http://www.reverbnation.com/cookis
Lady Gaga Poker Face AKA Sugarlips http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/harmonican-idol/id372283643
Langston Hughes Juke Box Love Song Victoria Murphy http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/for-your-love-song/id355785897
Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven Anne Roos http://www.amazon.com/Stairway-to-Heaven/dp/B004CE8P5M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1293210827&sr=1-1
Leonard Cohen Hallelujah Indie Jones http://indiejonesmusic.com/?post_id=233
Leonard Cohen Hallelujah Winston Apple http://www.myspace.com/winstonapple
Leonard Cohen Hallelujah Bob Rowe http://www.myspace.com/bobrowe2
Lillian Hale Don’t Boom Boom Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents http://q-dee.bandcamp.com/album/big-ol-heart-b-w-dont-boom-boom
Little Willie John Fever Fishtank Ensemble http://fishtankensemble.bandcamp.com/track/fever
Liz Durrett We Build Bridges Chris Hickey and Sally Dworsky http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/we-build-bridges/id391135079
Lynyrd Skynyrd Simple Man Eco-Shock http://ecoshockrocks.com
Mariah Carey Santa Claus Is Coming to Town 3D Ritmo De Vida http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/santa-claus-is-coming-instrumental/id402431110
Martha & the Muffins Echo Beach 22nd Century http://www.22ndcenturyofficial.com/
Marvin Gaye Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) Anthology http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/back-to-the-old-school/id400755151
Mega Man Dr. Wily Stage 1-2 The Greatest Bits http://itunes.apple.com/nl/album/mega-man-2/id405122442
Mega Man Hard Man Theme E-Nature http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hard-man-theme-single/id393046055
Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells Jason Hagen http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jasonhagen2
Morphine Thursday Hymn for Her http://hymnforher.com/wp/listen/
Mr. Rogers Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Shelby, Tieg, and Tara http://shelbytiegandtara.bandcamp.com/
My Chemical Romance I Don’t Love You Chris Johnson http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/cjohnsontunes
New Christy Minstrels Christmas Wishes Shawn Rae http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-world-christmas-love-has/id338391172
Nightmare Before Christmas Sally’s Song ArtemesiaBlack http://www.artemesiablack.com
Nirvana In Bloom Fritz and the Freeloaders http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/fritzthefreeloaders2
Olivia Newton John Magic Stimulator http://www.soundcloud.com/stimulator/magic
Paramore Decode Sarah McMullen http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/decode/id400277701?i=400277711
Patti LaBelle Me Gusta Te Baile Amaryllis Santiago http://www.myspace.com/amaryllissantiago
Paula Abdul Straight Up Zaccheri Gray http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/zaccheri-gray/id407829798
Pearl Jam Indifference Mike de la Rocha http://www.rockthevote.com/music/featured-artist/mike-de-la-rocha.html
Peter Gabriel Here Comes The Flood The Wimhurst’s Machine http://www.thewimshurstsmachine.com/
Pink Floyd See Emily Play TF Harper http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/see-emily-play/id395770995?i=395771054
Procol Harum A Whiter Shade of Pale Jeremiah Clauss http://www.myspace.com/jeremiahclauss
R. Dean Taylor Indiana Wants Me Artese N Toad and the Radio Pharoahs http://www.artesentoadmusic.com
Radiohead Motion Picture Soundtrack Sybarite5 http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/disturb-the-silence/id410139402
Radiohead Idioteque Derek Evry http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/songs/id382652839
Raymond Scott Powerhouse Ric Cunningham http://soundcloud.com/riccunningham
REO Speedwagon Take It On The Run Lexie Hayden http://www.lexiehayden.com
Richard Marx Right Here Waiting Red Lincoln Duo http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/redlincolnduofeataudreys
Rickie Lee Jones The Horses Daphne Ashbrook http://www.davigimusic.com/Vito%27s-page2.html
Robert Johnson Crossroads Coco Robicheaux http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/CocoRobicheaux
Roy Rogers Happy Trails Road Trip Relief Squad http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/happy-butt-cheeky-fun-to-help/id401748774
Rush Red Barchetta Triangle Exception http://soundcloud.com/triangleexception/
Sam Cooke What a Wonderful World Rothwell and Moffatt http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/wonder-away/id387786716
Sarah Vaughn Lazy Afternoon Lisa Maxwell http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/return-to-jazz-standards/id386722036
Scandal Goodbye to You Juha http://www.reverbnation.com/juha
Shirley Bassey Big Spender Khristina Joy http://www.jango.com/music/Khristina+Joy
Sinead O’Connor Black Boys on Mopeds Craig Cardiff http://craigcardiff.com/fr_buymothersdaughters.cfm
Smokey Robinson Second That Emotion Emilie Mover http://emiliemover.com/
Soft Cell Tainted Love Hold Tight http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/holdtight
Tears for Fears Head Over Heels Arman Bohn http://www.distropolis.com
The Animals House of the Rising Sun Duncan Alex http://www.myspace.com/duncanalex
The Beach Boys In My Room Serenade http://www.jasonsjukebox.com
The Beatles Can’t Buy Me Love Shawn Constantino http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/waltz-for-anne/id408992342
The Beatles Love Is All You Need (Beatles Tribute) dwsChorale http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dwschorale4
The Beatles Across the Universe James Shepard http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jamesshepard2
The Beatles Norwegian Wood Koby Hayon http://www.kobyhayon.com/press
The Beatles Something John McCracken http://www.myspace.com/johnhmccracken/music/songs/Something-75718605
The Beatles Blackbird Ramirez Brothers & Callado http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jazzonia/id396595260
The Beatles Eleanor Rigby Mitch Moses http://www.myspace.com/djmaxxscorpio
The Cardigans Erase and Rewind The Sign http://www.thesign.com
The Cars Let’s Go Who’s Your Daddy http://www.whosyourdaddymusic.com/
The Cure Just Like Heaven The Moores http://themooresmusic.com/downloads.cfm
The Divinyls I Touch Myself Jackknife Stiletto http://www.jackknifestiletto.com/
The Doobie Brothers China Grove Little Orphan Andy http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/little-orphan-andy/id390293234
The Doors Light My Fire Aquarela http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aquarela
The Jackson 5 Never Can Say Goodbye Jamerican http://www.jamericanproductions.com/music-2
The Mamas & The Papas California Dreamin’ Marie Ann http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-music&field-keywords=california+dreamin%2Fmarie+ann
The Police Every Breath You Take The Indigo Shift http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CBMDKI/ref=dm_dp_trk1
The Rolling Stones Out of Time Side B’s http://www.sideb60s.com/
The Rolling Stones Get Off Of My Cloud R.X. Bertoldi http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rxbertoldi2
The Rolling Stones Ruby Tuesday No Victor http://www.novictor.com
The Spinners How Could I Let You Get Away Frank Sirius http://www.dehtyme.com/
The Supremes My World Is Empty Without You The Histrioniks http://www.myspace.com/thehistrioniks
The Swell Season Falling Slowly David Ullman http://www.davidullman.net
The Testors Let’s Get Zooed Out Jukebox Zeros http://www.songclearance.com/blog/?p=639
The Veronicas Everything I’m Not The A Cappella Group http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/acappellagroup3
The Verve Sit and Wonder Scott Lanaway http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sit-and-wonder-single/id395724264?uo=4
The Who The Real Me Razorbliss http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/razorbliss2
Tom Waits Jockey Full of Bourbon The DoneFors http://www.thedonefors.com
Tony Bennett Isn’t It Romantic? John O’Keefe http://www.okeefemusic.com/
Tracy Chapman Give Me One Reason Kathy Frank http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kathy-Frank/7335873897?v=app_178091127385&ref=ts#%21/video/video.php?v=10150112389071287
Traffic Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys Aeth3r http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aeth3r2
U2 Bad Outrageous Thoughts http://www.facebook.com/outrageousthoughts
U2 Running to Stand Still Todd Koal http://www.toddkoal.com
Violeta Parra Gracias A La Vida Vanessa Lively http://www.vanessalively.com
Waylon Jennings Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way Jim Reeves http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jimreeves5
Wayne Shorter Footprints Tai Cheri http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/taicheri
Who’s The Boss Theme from Who’s The Boss Stay Tuned http://soundcloud.com/stay-tuned-the-band/whos-the-boss
Will Oldham You Will Miss Me When I Burn Rivulets http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/Rivulets1
William Garvey Goodbye Horses Human Aftertaste http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/HumanAftertaste1

In addition, we also wanted to make mention of several cool blogs/online entities who have also taken up the quest to find the top cover song of 2010.  We hope you’ll enjoy the following for more great insight:

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