25 Best Neil Young Covers
Next week, Neil Young and Crazy Horse will issue Americana, their first album in nine years, comprised entirely of reworked classic, American folk songs. In celebration of its release, Consequence of Sound decided to turn the tables and put together a list of our favorite covers of Young’s exhausting back catalogue. There are plenty – hundreds of them – and they stretch back to as far as the ’60s and ’70s. Because we couldn’t include them all, the list has been cut to a healthy collection of 25 solid inclusions.
Something to take away from this project: It’s an eccentric group of names, to be sure. Everyone from Smashing Pumpkins to Roxy Music, Patti Smith to Radiohead are included here, and that only speaks volumes to Young’s expansive influence. So, while you’re trekking through track after track, just think: This all goes back to one man.
Atlas Sound, Bob Dylan, Bottle Rockets, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Charles Bradley, Chromatics, Cowboy Junkies, Del Barber, Drive-By Truckers, James Mercer, Jeff Tweedy, Matthew Sweet, Neil Young, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Nicolette Larson, Nils Lofgren, Patti Smith, Pearl Jam, Phish, Radiohead, Roxy Music, Slint, Smashing Pumpkins, The Pixies, The Shins, Thom Yorke