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Buddy Holly’s 1958 London performance of the song inspired the young Mick Jagger to form his own band.

Credits: Universal, Not Now Music

 

It’s been the theme tune for the BBC’s review series ‘Film’ since 1971, but Nina Simone’s cover turned it into a civil rights anthem.

Credits: Universal, Eagle Records, Rhino Atlantic, Decca

 

Gene Wilder died Listening to Ella Fitzgerald’s cover, but it was Judy Garland who brought “Over the Rainbow” to fame.

Credits: Spectra Records, Warner Bros, Blackbird, Documents 2

 

Leonard Cohen’s most famous song nearly wasn’t released after being rejected by his record label. It is now among the most covered songs, with notable contributions from Jeff Buckley, John Cale and Rufus Wainwright.

Credits: Sony Music, UMOD, Syco Music, Columbia, Nonesuch

 

“Yesterday” came to Paul McCartney in a dream one night in 1963. It’s now among the most covered songs in history, with efforts from the likes of Elvis, Marianne Faithful and Marvin Gaye.

Credits: EMI, TNA Records, RCA Legacy, Universal Music

 

“Yesterday” came to Paul McCartney in a dream one night in 1963. It’s now among the most covered songs in history, with efforts from the likes of Elvis, Marianne Faithful and Marvin Gaye.

Credits: EMI, TNA Records, RCA Legacy, Universal Music

 

Snippets of Isaac Hayes’ classic were used by trip-hop pioneers Portishead and Tricky. Richard Clayton tells the life of a sample.

Credits: Decca, Universal Music, Virgin EMI

 

The origin of Deep Purple’s 1971 hit is almost as famous as its instantly recognisable guitar riff.

Credits: Parlophone UK, Thompson Music P/L

 

Originally sung by slaves, the spiritual became a jazz and blues hit in the 1960s, with a cover by the British blues-rock musician Graham Bond.

Credits: Repertoire Records, Isis, Edition Ahorn, UMC

 

Fiona Sturges follows Patti Smith’s lustful 1970s song of youthful abandon.

Credits: Arista, Columbia, Coqueiro Verde Records, Stun Volume