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The Top 25 Dave Matthews Band Covers [Playlist]

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Bands can add variety to their live shows by playing covers of other songs in the same style, but DMB sometimes does it a little differently. They cover songs by Neil Young and Bob Dylan, sure, but would you expect them to cover Talking Heads, Bob Marley or Peter Gabriel? Probably not.

1) “Burning Down The House” – Talking Heads
This energetic, foot-pounding song is just as electrifying when covered by DMB. Dave’s almost screaming vocals give it a great boost of power during every live performance.


2) “Sledgehammer” – Peter Gabriel
You can almost hear Peter Gabriel’s voice coming through Dave and the band. A great cover all the way through by everyone involved.


3) “Hey Hey My My” – Neil Young
“Rock and roll will never die” are words spoken true and honest in this energetic cover of a classic Neil Young tune. The honesty in Dave’s voice and in the whole band’s performance is really memorable.


4) “Riders on the Storm” – The Doors
DMB keeps the psychedelic vibe the Doors were known for in this relaxed but vibrant rendition of their 1971 classic.


5) “You Won’t See Me” – The Beatles
This Beatles classic is reinterpreted with a great drum beat and a DMB twist, and it’s sure to get your feet tapping.


6) “Long Black Veil” – Johnny Cash
The Man in Black’s melancholy tune is revived with Dave’s delicate vocals and a great homage to the original, only a few octaves higher.


7) “Money” – Pink Floyd
Complicated time signature and all, DMB puts forth a great rendition of Pink Floyd’s classic about the greed and ugliness in the music business.


8) “Cortez, The Killer” – Neil Young and Crazy Horse
The energy infused into this slow and steady classic by Neil Young makes it a highly listenable and grooving cover piece.


9) “Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Fiddles a-flying, this fast-paced country rock cover stays true to the original and flaunts its Southern roots.


10) “Angel From Montgomery” – John Prine
A folk classic with poetic images and subtle accompaniment, the band puts together a beautiful, vivid rendition of Prine’s song.


11) “Stairway to Heaven” – Led Zeppelin
One of the most recognizable songs in rock history, Zeppelin’s classic is played with new energy and passion by Dave and the band.


12) “Ain’t It Funny How Time Slips Away” – Willie Nelson
Sparing guitar accompaniment and words that stand the test of time, Dave Matthews covers Willie Nelson’s classic with authenticity.


13) “Hey Bulldog” – The Beatles
It’s obvious Dave and the band are having fun when they perform this rockin’ classic by the Beatles. The guitar and drums embellish the stomping rhythm of the original in a big way.


14) “Time of the Season” – The Zombies
This 1968 classic reflects feelings of taking it easy and loving one another is given new life by DMB with great vocal harmony and their own twist and interpretation.


15) “Thank You” – Sly and the Family Stone
Dave can’t help but dance when they play this song. Sly and the Family Stone’s high-powered energy is recreated perfectly in this raucous cover.


16) “If I Had A Boat” – Lyle Lovett
A well-known Lyle Lovett song with curious lyrics, If I Had A Boat is interpreted with sweet and soft guitar and his signature delicate vocal.


17) “Up On Cripple Creek” – The Band
This song just grooves, no matter who plays it. Dave Matthews Band covers this classic by The Band by staying close to the original and keeping the groove alive.


18) “All Along The Watchtower” – Bob Dylan
This oft-covered Bob Dylan tune is slowed down and stylized with DMB’s own sound, with Dave’s vocals conveying passion and feeling, doing great justice in this revamped version of a classic.


19) “Exodus” – Bob Marley
Bob Marley was known for his relaxed and relevant groovy songs, but this up tempo song plays right into DMB’s zone, giving them the chance to retell Marley’s message with their own song style and performance infused into it.


20) “Wild Horses” – The Rolling Stones
Dave’s vocals on this cover are heartfelt but intense in this soft cover of a Stones classic. Simple guitar in the background makes the words really stand out.


21) “American Tune” – Paul Simon
Dave emulates Paul Simon’s soft vocal style in this cover that takes the listener on a roller coaster of intensity and beautiful performance.


22) “Linus and Lucy” – Vince Guaraldi
Yes, you heard me right. The Charlie Brown theme song is played with joy and bouncing piano and drums that make you want to dance in this surprising DMB cover.


23) “Solsbury Hill” – Peter Gabriel
Another classic from Gabriel, and another chance for Dave’s voice to channel him in his almost identical performance. The live performance of this song puts on their own twist in instrumentation, and it is put together flawlessly.


24) “Rye Whiskey” – Pete Seeger
By Dave’s account, Pete Seeger was his first concert experience as a child, so this American songwriting icon’s folk classic is performed with a great bare-bones acoustic feel of the original with Dave’s own stylistic twist.


25) “The Needle And The Damage Done” – Neil Young
The intense lyrics of this Neil Young classic sound just as heartfelt and passionate coming from Dave as from Neil in his original. No need for embellishment here, this song is a sparsely accompanied guitar cover that just floats when Dave sings it.


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