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Radio 1 Cover Versions

40 artists have recorded 40 cover versions specially for Radio 1 as part of Radio 1 Established 1967. Over the next 2 weeks you can hear some of the biggest names in music exclusively covering a song from the past 40 years that Radio 1 has been on air.

Some of the artists involved include Hard-Fi, Girls Aloud, Razorlight, The Streets, Kasabian, Mika, Kylie, Foo Fighters, Amy Winehouse, and Robbie Williams.

Each artist was given a different year, and asked to record a track that was a Top 20 hit in that particular year. Some of them remained true to the original version, and others reinterpreted it.

Some of the artists have spoken to Radio 1 about why they chose their track, how they've covered it, and what they think of the result. Check out the video interviews, and keep listening to Radio 1 over the next 2 weeks to hear all 40 tracks. The full listing is below, where you can also find out more about the original artists.

2006 - 1997 :: 1996 - 1987 :: 1986 - 1977 :: 1976 - 1967

The Raconteurs2006
‘Steady As She Goes’ by The Raconteurs
Covered by Corinne Bailey Rae
corinnebaileyrae.net
The Raconteurs iLike profile




Ronan Keating2005
‘Father & Son’ by Yusuf & Ronan Keating
Covered by The Enemy
theenemy.com
Ronan Keating Pandora profile
VideoWatch the interview




Britney2004
‘Toxic’ by Britney Spears
Covered by Hard-Fi
hard-fi.com
Britney Spears Last FM profile




The Librtines2003
‘Don't Look Back Into The Sun’ by The Libertines
Covered by The View
thelibertines.org.uk
The Libertines Pandora profile




Justin Timberlake2002
‘Like I Love You’ by Justin Timberlake
Covered by Maximo Park
maximo-park.com
Justin Timberlake /music profile
VideoWatch the interview




Wheatus2001
‘Teenage Dirtbag’ by Wheatus
Covered by Girls Aloud
girlsaloud.co.uk
Wheatus iLike profile




REM2000
'The Great Beyond’ by REM
Covered by The Fray
thefray.net
REM Last FM profile




Bran Van 30001999
‘Drinking in LA’ by Bran Van 3000
Covered by The Twang
thetwang.co.uk
Bran Van 3000 Pandora profile
VideoWatch the interview




Madonna1998
‘Ray Of Light’ by Madonna
Covered by Natasha Bedingfield
natashabedingfield.com
Madonna /music profile




The Cardigans1997
‘Love Fool’ by The Cardigans
Covered by Just Jack
justjack.co.uk
The Cardigans iLike profile
VideoWatch the interview




Blackstreet1996
‘No Diggity’ by Blackstreet
Covered by Klaxons
klaxons.net
Blackstreet Last FM profile
VideoWatch the interview




Jamiroquai1995
‘Stillness In Time’ by Jamiroquai’
Covered by Calvin Harris
calvinharris.tv
Jamiroquai Pandora profile
VideoWatch the interview




Mary J Blige1994
‘You're All I Need To Get By’ by Mary J Blige
Covered by Mark Ronson
markronson.co.uk
Mary J Blige /music profile




Ace of Base1993
‘All That She Wants’ by Ace Of Base
Covered by The Kooks
thekooks.co.uk
Ace Of Base iLike profile
VideoWatch the interview




Madness1992
‘It Must Be Love’ by Madness
Covered by Paolo Nutini
paolonutini.com
Madness Last FM profile
VideoWatch the interview




Madonna1991
‘Crazy For You’ by Madonna
Covered by Groove Armada feat. Alan Donohue
groovearmada.com
Madonna Pandora profile
VideoWatch the interview




String1990
Englishman In New York‘ by Sting
Covered by Razorlight
razorlight.co.uk
Sting iLike profile




The Cure1989
‘Lullaby’ by the Cure
Covered by Editors
editorsofficial.com
The Cure /music profile
VideoWatch the interview




Tracy Chapman1988
‘Fast Car’ by Tracy Chapman
Covered by Mutya Buena
mutyamusic.com
Tracy Chapman Last FM profile




Hot Chocolate1987
‘You Sexy Thing’ by Hot Chocolate
Covered by Stereophonics
stereophonics.com
Hot Chocolate Pandora profile
VideoWatch the interview




The Pretenders1986
‘Don't Get Me Wrong’ by The Pretenders
Covered by Lily Allen
lilyallenmusic.com
The Pretenders iLike profile




Huey Lewis And The News1985
‘The Power Of Love’ by Huey Lewis & The News
Covered by The Pigeon Detectives
thepigeondetectives.com
Huey Lewis And The News Pandora profile




George Michael1984
‘Careless Whisper’ by George Michael
Covered by The Gossip
gossipyouth.co.uk
George Michael Last FM profile




Paul Young1983
‘Come Back And Stay’ by Paul Young
Covered by James Morrison
jamesmorrisonmusic.com
Paul Young Pandora profile
VideoWatch the interview




The Jam1982
‘Town Called Malice’ The Jam
Covered by McFly
mcflyofficial.com
The Jam iLike profile
VideoWatch the interview




Queen and David Bowie1981
‘Under Pressure’ by Queen & David Bowie
Covered by Keane
keanemusic.com
Queen /music profile




The Specials1980
‘Too Much Too Young’ by The Specials
Covered by Kasabian
kasabian.com
The Specials Last FM profile
VideoWatch the interview




The Police1979
‘Can't Stand Losing You’ by
The Police
Covered by Mika/Armand Van Helden
mikasounds.com
The Police Pandora profile




Undertones1978
‘Teenage Kicks’ by The Undertones
Covered by The Raconteurs
theraconteurs.com
The Undertones iLike profile




David Bowie1977
‘Sound & Vision’ by David Bowie
Covered by Franz Ferdinand
franzferdinand.co.uk
David Bowie /music profile




Bryan Ferry1976
‘Let's Stick Together’ by Bryan Ferry
Covered by KT Tunstall
kttunstall.com
Bryan Ferry Last FM profile
VideoWatch the interview




Roxy Music1975
‘Love Is The Drug’ by Roxy Music
Covered by Kylie
kylie.com
Roxy Music Pandora profile
VideoWatch the interview




Wings1974
‘Band On The Run’ by Wings
Covered by Foo Fighters
foofighters.com
Wings iLike profile




Carly Simon1973
‘You're So Vain’ by Carly Simon
Covered by The Feeling
thefeeling.com
Carly Simon Pandora profile
VideoWatch the interview




Stylistics1972
'Betcha By Golly, Wow' by The Stylistics
Covered by Sugababes
sugababes.com
Stylistics Last FM profile




Elton John1971
'Your Song' by Elton John
Covered by The Streets
the-streets.co.uk
Elton John Pandora profile




The Kinks1970
'Lola' by The Kinks
Covered by Robbie Williams
robbiewilliams.com
The Kinks iLike profile




Johnny Nash1969
'Cupid' by Johnny Nash
Covered by Amy Winehouse
amywinehouse.com
Johnny Nash Pandora profile




Jimi Hendrix1968
'All Along The Watchtower' by Jimi Hendrix Experience
Covered by The Fratellis
thefratellis.com
Jimi Hendrix /music profile




The Move1967
'Flowers In The Rain' by The Move
Covered by Kaiser Chiefs
kaiserchiefs.co.uk
The Move Pandora profile




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