It is incredible to have a legacy that has touched generations. It is even cooler to have pioneered rock and roll. Chuck Berry
envisioned a new future for musicians and kicked off an era that honed a style of music that inspired legends upon legends. We loved Berry and legends loved him too. Here are our favorite Chuck Berry covers.
1. "Rock and Roll Music" (The Beatles)
How many artists can say they inspired The Beatles? The impact of Berry's music on John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison is boundless. Throughout the 60's, The Beatles covered Berry whatever chance they could get. The inspired style was woozy, energetic, yet classic thanks to Berry's foundation. Their cover of "Rock and Roll Music" is a love affair.
2. "Johnny B. Goode" (Green Day)
Can we call this punk and roll? I have never seen so much skill and energy from a cover song. The punk trio kicked some major butt while staying true to this classic. It is evident that Berry shaped the way Green Day writes music.
3. "Johnny B. Goode" (Judas Priest)
A hard rock version...
4. "Johnny B. Goode" (Elton John)
Probably the best and most original cover out of the three. But other than Berry, who could top Elton John? We love the funky guitar and beats throughout the cover.
5. "School Day" (The Beach Boys)
iconic band is added to this list. While the Berry's relationship with the Beach Boys was rocky (he sued them for "Surfin' USA" because it was too similar to "Sweet Little Sixteen") it is almost fitting for them to cover this iconic track.
6. "Bye Bye Johnny" (The Rolling Stones)
There are probably just as many Rolling Stones covers as there are of Chuck Berry's songs, but here's a cool fact: the first single The Rolling Stones ever released was a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On." An even cooler fact is Mick Jaggers vocals on "Bye Bye Johnny" is what made them famous when they released their first EP in 1964.