What song has had the most versions that have made the singles charts?

  • I can think of a bunch of songs that have spawned many covers... sometimes too many. But which song has had the most covers / versions (including the original, if it charted) that have themselves hit the charts ? (These could be straight covers, or lyrical re-workings).

    Great question. I can find lists of covers that charted, as well as the most covered songs and even songs that were covers of covers, but nothing that specifically answers this. The easiest way to find out might to just count titles from the charts each year, then look at those with the highest counts and determine how many were covers vs. just songs with the same name. Which I would attempt if I could find decently formatted lists anywhere :/

  • Tetsujin

    Tetsujin Correct answer

    7 years ago

    Yesterday - The Beatles

    From Wikipedia

    Yesterday is one of the most recorded songs in the history of popular music; its entry in Guinness World Records states that, by January 1986, 1,600 cover versions had been made.
    The song has been covered by an eclectic mix of artists including Cilla Black, Aretha Franklin, Marianne Faithfull, Tose Proeski, The Mamas and the Papas, Barry McGuire, the Seekers, Joan Baez, Donny Hathaway, Michael Bolton, Royce Campbell, Bob Dylan, Liberace, Bill Champlin, Frank Sinatra, Matt Monro, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Daffy Duck, Jan & Dean, the Sylvers, Wet Wet Wet, P. P. Arnold, Plácido Domingo, The Head Shop, Billy Dean, Wing, En Vogue, LeAnn Rimes, Muslim Magomayev, Andy Williams, and Boyz II Men.

    The trouble is, I can't find a list of chart positions for these covers, so this remains speculation.

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