Pet Shop Boys had top cover version

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 October 2014
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Pet Shop Boys' 'Always On My Mind' - which was originally recorded by Elvis Presley - has topped a poll of the best cover versions of all time

Pet Shop Boys' 'Always On My Mind' has been named the best-ever cover version.

The duo's 1987 version of the Elvis Presley 1972 hit single has topped a BBC Music Vote to be named the top cover version of all time, beating Johnny Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails' 'Hurt' and The Stranglers' take on Dionne Warwick's 'Walk On By' into second and third place respectively.

BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music's head of music Jeff Smith said: "The Pet Shop Boys have an enviable catalogue of hits and there have been lots of great versions of this classic song.

"Whittling down the long list for the vote was tough but it's great to see that this track still resonates with people today."

The top five was rounded out by Jimi Hendrix's version of Bob Dylan's 'All Along the Watchtower' and Jeff Buckley's cover of 'Hallelujah', which was originally recorded by Leonard Cohen.

The public voted for their favourite track from a top 50 compiled by BBC producers and DJs including Simon Mayo, Steve Lamacq, Fearne Cotton and Trevor Nelson.

BBC Music's Top 10 Cover Versions of All Time:

1. Pet Shop Boys - 'Always On My Mind'

2. Johnny Cash - 'Hurt'

3. The Stranglers - 'Walk On By'

4. Jimi Hendrix - 'All Along The Watchtower'

5. Jeff Buckley - 'Hallelujah'

6. Soft Cell - 'Tainted Love'

7. Joe Cocker - 'With A Little Help From My Friends'

8. Sinead O'Connor - 'Nothing Compares 2 U'

9. Muse - 'Feeling Good'

10. Whitney Houston - 'I Will Always Love You'

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The chart-topping veteran duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe plays its synthpop, new wave and alternative dance hits including 'West End Girls' and 'It's A Sin'.


1. Steve Says28 Oct 2014, 1:03pm Report

I've always loved what The Pet Shop Boys done with this song but it's a surprise that it's topped this poll. Well done. I've made note of a few that no one would even think about Possibly, Maybe – The Best Cover Versions Of All Time | Now This Is What I Would Call Music…

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