Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Always On My Mind’ voted ‘top cover version’

Johnny Cash's 'Hurt' and The Stranglers' 'Walk On By' also made the Top Three in the BBC Music poll

The Pet Shop Boys‘ version of ‘Always On My Mind’, originally sung by Elvis, has been voted ‘top cover version’ in a new poll.

The BBC Music poll launched earlier this month, with songs suggested by BBC radio listeners before a Top 50 was picked by presenters including Fearne Cotton, Trevor Nelson, Simon Mayo and Steve Lamacq as well as Jeff Smith, Head of Music for Radio 2 and 6 Music, and George Ergatoudis, Head of Music for Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Johnny Cash’s version of Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Hurt’ was in second place, and The Stranglers take on Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s ‘Walk On By’ – as made famous by Dionne Warwick – was third. Other entries in the Top 10 included Muse’s version of Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’, Jeff Buckley’s take on Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Jimi Hendrix’s ‘All Along The Watchtower’, originally by Bob Dylan. See the full Top 50 below.


The poll was part of the launch campaign for BBC Music, which also saw an all-star cover version of The Beach Boys‘ ‘God Only Knows’, featuring Dave Grohl, Brian May, Jake Bugg and Lorde.

The Top 50 cover versions, as voted for through BBC Music, are:

1.Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind
2.Johnny Cash – Hurt
3.The Stranglers – Walk On By
4.Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower
5.Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah
6.Soft Cell – Tainted Love
7.Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends
8.Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
9.Muse – Feeling Good
10.Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You
11.Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
12.Adele – Make You Feel My Love
13.This Mortal Coil – Song To The Siren
14.The Clash – I Fought The Law
15.China Drum – Wuthering Heights
16.Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World
17.Aretha Franklin – Respect
18.Eva Cassidy – Songbird
19.Leona Lewis – Run
20.Led Zeppelin – When The Levee Breaks
21.Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody
22.Florence + the Machine – You’ve Got The Love
23.Mark Ronson – Valerie (feat. Amy Winehouse)
24.Jimi Hendrix – Hey Joe
25.The Fall – Lost In Music
26.Gary Jules – Mad World (feat. Michael Andrews)
27.Bryan Ferry – A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
28.The Specials – A Message To You Rudy
29.Birdy – Skinny Love
30.Fugees – Killing Me Softly With His Song
31.The Pogues – Dirty Old Town
32.Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Good Year For The Roses
33.José González – Heartbeats
34.The Isley Brothers – Summer Breeze
35.Thin Lizzy – Rosalie
36.Talking Heads – Take Me To The River
37.David Bowie – China Girl
38.Urge Overkill – Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon
39.Ryan Adams – Wonderwall
40.Nina Simone – Mr. Bojangles
41.Hüsker Dü – Eight Miles High
42.José Feliciano – Light My Fire
43.Earth, Wind & Fire – Got To Get You Into My Life
44.Santana – Oye Como Va
45.James Blake – Limit To Your Love
46.Billy Paul – Your Song
47.Richie Havens – Going Back To My Roots
48.Labrinth – Express Yourself
49.Prince Fatty – Shimmy Shimmy Ya (feat. Horseman)
50.D’Angelo – Cruisin

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