The Top 18 Heavy Metal + Hard Rock Cover Songs Of The Modern Era

Here are 18 of the Best Metal and Hard Rock covers.

I love cover bands. I can’t help it. We’re supposed to look down on the bar band in the corner banging out “Don’t Stop Believin” or “Livin’ On A Prayer” for the zillionth time. But, I am helpless to their charms when they are really good, like the seasoned pros in New Orleans and Nashville or Steel Panther when they do their cover show in Hollywood. I have my own damn cover band I like them so much.

It can be murky territory to traverse when original bands do the occasional cover tune. Busting out a crowd pleaser at a live show is fairly low risk and high reward, knowing a well-worn Iron Maiden or Pantera classic will appease the masses for at least a few minutes.

Recording a cover song is a drastically different undertaking. As the years have rolled on, I have developed a sort of unofficial rulebook on the do’s and don’ts of recording covers:

1. Don’t cover something too famous. For example, Maynard James Keenan from Tool’s side band, Puscifer, did a cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

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