British Hit Singles editor David Roberts said,'You look at this year's runners and riders and you've got Cliff, The Darkness and Bill Nighy being festive, Noddy and Avid Merrion going down the novelty route and cover versions
by Atomic Kitten and Blue.
Last week Sunday People revealed that many artists who appeared on the show, which has been hosted by top Dublin DJ Gerry Ryan, were furious after having been asked to sing cover versions
despite owning their own material.
Today's Specials features a dozen cover versions
of songs that inspired the band.
The station features outstanding cover versions
of Jagger-Richards-penned songs from a vast range of performers including Otis Redding, Tori Amos, Social Distortion, Marianne Faithfull, Britney Spears, The Pogues, Grand Funk Railroad, U2, The Sundays, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, The Allman Brothers Band, The Ramones, Guns N' Roses, The Who, Linda Ronstadt, Grateful Dead and others.
Soulful singer Douglas, who was stacking shelves at a Swindon Asda before finding fame on the ITV show, scored his first ever number one with cover versions
album Love Never Fails by knocking Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines off the top.
Most cover versions
are average on a good day, but Gabrielle's version is one of the best I have ever heard.
McGuinn may forever be associated with cover versions
(Tambourine Man, My Back Pages and Chimes of Freedom) but nobody should forget how good the Byrds were in their own right.
The cover versions
we love are generally the ones that radically overhaul the original," the Mirror quoted Luke Lewis, deputy editor of NME.
The likes of Papa Was A Rollin' Stone, (Love Is Like A) Heatwave and Jimmy Mack are all given the Collins makeover and what's noticeable is that these are cover versions
intended to re-create the original recordings - even down to the presence of three original Funk Brothers, the legendary session musicians who backed dozens of Motown number one singles during the 1960s.
Let It Be Me features cover versions
of classics such as Blue Velvet, Love Hurts and Smoke Gets In My Eyes.
If anything, the cover versions
by Willie Nelson and Elvis Presley are even better.
Apparently, the boy band performed several cover versions
and that prompted our reviewer Emma Christie to note: "By cover version
number eight I was growing just a little restless.