There are few artists that feel as authentic as Neil Young. Not plagued by ego or individualism, Young hasn’t just been one of the starring songwriters of his five decades in the limelight but he’s also been just as happy to take a backseat and let the band take the praise. That’s because, for Young, it’s all about the music.
It has been an authenticity which has permeated nearly everything he has ever done and continues to do. While he takes on the highest office in the land on regular occasions, Young never feels far from the working-class culture from which he grew. It is a sentiment that has seen him stay permanently aligned with musicians of the day.
As such, Neil Young has never been too far away from being covered by an incredible artist and below we have ten of our favourites. From the mercurial talent of Thom Yorke and Patti Smith to the powerhouse Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash—everybody loves to cover the man, Neil Young.
What’s more, there are countless efforts that could have made this list too, Whether it was K.D. Lang’s reinvention of ‘Helpless’ or Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris’ version of ‘After The Gold Rush’ there were no small amount of entries for consideration.
However, we whittled them down to our favourite ten and you can listen to them all below.
The 10 best Neil Young covers of all time:
10. ‘Heart of Gold’ – Johnny Cash
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