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An American Idol: Top 10 Songs David Cook Has Covered

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Sexy soft rocker, Season 7 Winner of American Idol, and this year’s Six Flags Summer Festival performer [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] David Cook[/lastfm], just released a new video for his original song “The Last Goodbye” and announced that he was going back on American Idol to do a live performance of  the 1985[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Simple Minds[/lastfm] hit “Don’t You (Forget About Me).”

Cook has always had a super unique take on the covers that he does of any song; each song comes out sounding like a David Cook original.  In honor of his upcoming sophomore album, This Loud Morning, and his American Idol performance, we decided to do a retrospective on some of our Favorite Covers From David Cook.

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10. “Hungry Like The Wolf” (originally sung by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Duran Duran[/lastfm])

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Maybe he doesn’t have the sexy, synthy sound that Duran Duran had, but Cook’s rendition of “Hungry Like The Wolf” made us hungry for more.

9. “All I Really Need Is You” (originally sung by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Neil Diamond[/lastfm])

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Neil Diamond is an incredibly prolific songwriter and certainly an idol for any up-and-coming singer-songwriter like David Cook.

8. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (originally sung by[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] U2[/lastfm])

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Cook brought the audience to a screaming, incredibly enthusiastic standing ovation with his rendition of u2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”

7. “Little Sparrow” (originally sung by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dolly Parton[/lastfm])

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We love that Dolly Parton says that Cook is singing her “favorite song.” We also love his re-working of the song to make it more suitable for a male voice. Oh, and we wish Dolly Parton was our life coach. She is just amazing.

6. “All Right Now” (originally sung by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Free[/lastfm])

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With his gritty rocker charm, David Cook didn’t have to do much to make Free’s rock ‘n roll Americana hit “All Right Now” work with his voice and personality.

5. “Eleanor Rigby” (originally by the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beatles[/lastfm])

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Not the best cover of “Eleanor Rigby” we’ve ever heard, but Cook made it his own and that’s something the Beatles would have been proud of.

4. “Billie Jean” (originally sung by[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Michael Jackson[/lastfm])

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Our second favorite David Cook song reworking would definitely be his version of “Billie Jean” which sounded so completely different than the original–and almost as good.

3. “Hello” (originally sung by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lionel Richie[/lastfm])

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Yes, David Cook. We do believe it’s us you are looking for. At least, we hope so.

2. “Always Be My Baby” (originally sung by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mariah Carey)[/lastfm]

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We never thought we would ever hear a Mariah Carey song sung so expertly by a guy with a beard, but Cook made Carey swoon and definitely didn’t do a bad job on us either.

1. “Rolling In The Deep” (originally sung by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Adele[/lastfm])

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From his Las Vegas Pet-A-Palooza performance, Cook did a rockin’ rendition of Adele’s smash-hit song, “Rolling In The Deep.”

What is your favorite song that David Cook has covered? Let us know in the comments section below!

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And don’t forget, David Cook will be performing at the Six Flags Summer Festival on Saturday June 25, 2011 at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ.

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  1. Robert says:

    Followed a twitter link here. Thanks for compiling these. I had not seen some of them before.

  2. angie_puertorico says:

    thanks for the sweet memories. can’t believe it’s been 3 years already. Season 7 was my first and only season. I’m so glad my daughters made me sit down one night and watch. The rest is history. =)

    1. angie_puertorico says:

      and yes, with David Cook it’s difficult to pick just one favorite! he is that good! =)

  3. Suenee says:

    As much as I love all of those covers there are many more that are just as good if not better. Like “I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight’, “Man In The Box”, “Hot For Teacher” “Hunger Strike” “Drive” just to name a few. He has an incredible talent for covering an song, and making it his own, while at the same time showing the original performers respect by not bastardizing it completely. As a matter of fact once he covers a song more times than not I prefer his version to the original. Very few people can do that.
    He is definitely the best think that has come from American Idol, in my opinion

  4. Theresa says:

    Great list but my absolute favorite David Cook cover is Hot For Teacher by Van Halen! He did a scream in that song that was off the chain!!!

  5. viv says:

    I love David’s cover of Rolling in the Deep. But I don’t know if I could pick a Favorite. RITD is one for sure but also Died in Your Arms and Hot For Teacher are up there as my favs also. As far as Idol goes, probably Billie Jean, Hello, all Right Now and All I Really Need is You.

  6. Harold Lefson says:

    The World I Know was another one and Drive. I love everything that David sings. He has a very special voice and his pronunciation is exceptional.

  7. kathy says:

    THE WORLD I KNOW

  8. lady peace says:

    The World I Know should be in this list, along with I Just Died in your Arms Tonight, Man in the Box and Drive. The man is just so good with covers along with his own writings.

  9. Maria says:

    David has an innate talent for bringing out the best in a song. My favs are Bille Jean, Man In The Box, and The World I Know. I’d rather hear him sing the songs he covers than the original singers.

  10. tiger-eyed says:

    Of the Idol covers, the only one that I think deserved a spot on this list and was overlooked was The World I know. Which remains, three years later, one of the bravest things for a contestant to do, as well as a truly spectacular re-imagining of the song.

  11. Lovethemusic says:

    I agree with your selection of David’s cover of Adele’s RITD. I was there to hear it at Pet-APaloosa and it was amazing. David improves or gives a differen interpretation of the original because of his ability to make us hear the story and feel the emotions.

  12. coco says:

    Don’t forget, The World I know, Man in the Box, and believe it or not Creep. He made them all his own. He did Creep pre-idol. It blew me away when I first heard it!

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