1. Rolling Stones - "I Wanna Be Your Man" (Beatles)
    This Beatles song gets the leanest, meanest Stones treatment.
  2. The Clash - "I Fought The Law" (The Crickets)
    Written by Sonny Curtis of the Crickets, and popularized by the Bobby Fuller Four, The Clash made it sound like somebody actually fighting the law; just amazing.
  3. Ike and Tina Turner - “Proud Mary” (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
    The CCR version is amazing, but Ike and Tina turned up the heat, and made this song legendary.
  4. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" (The Arrows)
    The original rocks a bit, but Joan brought the sex and the heat and everything to this.
  5. Johnny Cash - "Hurt" (Nine Inch Nails)
    Cash turned this already haunting song into something desperate. Cash did so many great covers, but this one is special.
  6. Johnny Thunder - "I'm Alive" (Tommy James and the Shondells)
    This psychedelic soul version will blow your mind. Seriously, go listen right now.
  7. Hole - "Gold Dust Woman" (Fleetwood Mac)
    So much feeling in both versions. One of Hole's finest moments.
  8. The Ramones - "California Sun" (Joe Jones)
    A lot of bands did this song, but The Ramones brought the speed and energy while keeping the fun.
  9. Charles Bradley - "Heart of Gold" (Neil Young)
    Charles Bradley turns this into a soul masterpiece.
  10. New Order - "Ceremony" (Joy Division)
    This is a bit of a cheat, because Joy Division never properly released this, but it was a Joy Division song that became New Order's first single, and it is truly amazing.