In case you haven’t heard, legendary rock band The Kinks are on the lookout for an extraordinary Take 2 on any song from their catalog. To get you in the mood for some composing and maybe a little side of singing, we threw together this list of Kinks covers that are not to be missed.
If you’re a Kinks fan, listen. If you like The Black Keys, listen. If you want to share this list with your Van Halen-obsessed mother, listen. Green Day/Def Leppard/The Scorpions all over your iPod? Okay, we’re done. Just listen.
1. You Really Got Me by Van Halen
Not only did Van Halen cover this song, they put it back on the charts in 1978.
2. Tired of Waiting for You by Green Day
This cover first appeared as the B-side to the song ‘Basket Case’ in 1994, and then again on the band’s 2002 album Shenanigans.
3. Waterloo Sunset by Def Leppard
Def Leppard included this staple from the Kinks catalog on their cover album, Yeah! in 2006.
4. Act Nice and Gentle by The Black Keys
This cover can be found on the album Rubber Factory, released in 2008.
5. Lola by The Raincoats
In 1979, The Raincoats put this cover on their self-titled debut album.
6. Who Will Be the Next in Line by Queens of the Stone Age
The band also covered “Ev’rybody’s Gonna Be Happy.” This cover was released on the EP Stone Age Complication in 2004.
7. All Day and All of the Night by Metallica
“We got schooled on early, early riff rock by this man,” James Hetfield said as he introduced Ray Davies, who joined Metallica onstage for a performance of ‘All Day and All of the Night’ at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Anniversary Show in 2009.
8. Sunny Afternoon by Stereophonics
Stereophonics published this cover as a B-side to their single ‘Just Looking’ in 1999.
9. Where Have All the Good Times Gone by David Bowie
Bowie’s cover appeared on the album Pin Ups, but it also received the Van Halen treatment. Bowie also covered ‘Waterloo Sunset.’
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