“Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac (1987); “Everywhere” by Chaka Khan (1996)

Chaka Khan’s had some wins as a songwriter; “Sweet Thing” perhaps chief among them. But she’s better known as an interpreter, and her choices of cover material over the years has been exquisite. She’s sung Stevie (“Tell Me Something Good”), she’s sung Joni (“Ladies Man”), she’s got Brenda Russell’s best song (“Please Pardon Me (You… Read More “Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac (1987); “Everywhere” by Chaka Khan (1996)

“A Day In The Life” (The Beatles, 1967) | “Day Tripper” (The Beatles, 1965)

“Day Tripper” is one of those songs that proves how great The Beatles were at making pop singles. Great lyrics, catchy as hell, and that guitar riff is one for the ages. Off the top of my head, I can think of at least three other songs that have repurposed that riff. (”Boogie Fever” by… Read More “A Day In The Life” (The Beatles, 1967) | “Day Tripper” (The Beatles, 1965)

“Can’t Turn Back The Years” by Phil Collins (1993)/JOE (2001)

1993′s Both Sides marked the end of America’s fascination with Phil Collins as anything other than a marker of the ‘80s. It was the first of his albums to not go multi-platinum or spawn a top twenty pop hit. Both Sides also was Phil’s second divorce album, with the first being 1981′s Face Value. Perhaps America… Read More “Can’t Turn Back The Years” by Phil Collins (1993)/JOE (2001)

“Breakdown” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1976)/Grace Jones (1980)

Grace Jones’ 1980 rendition of Tom Petty’s “Breakdown” was the first version of the song I became familiar with. It was the flip of her all-world jam “Pull Up To The Bumper”, and without knowing who the hell Tom Petty was (or that it was a remake), I enjoyed it as much as the “A”… Read More “Breakdown” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1976)/Grace Jones (1980)