Dirty Deeds: 10 cover songs that are better than the originals

Verbicide Magazine published a list of cover songs that are better than the originals, and “Dirty Deeds” made the list! “Crimson and Clover” would have been a gimme; so glad they chose something from The Hit List.

Joan Jett Covers “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” by AC/DC

In 1990, Joan Jett released a cover record, The Hit List. And while she certainly compiled a great album, it’s hard to argue that her versions of songs such as CCR’s “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” and the Sex Pistols‘ “Pretty Vacant” trumped the originals.

The album’s single, however, blows the original out of the water. Jett takes an overplayed, overrated band’s scummiest-sounding hit and turns it into something that is sexy and bad ass. She may be remembered for many other tunes, but “Dirty Deeds” deserves a spot on Jett’s roster of greatest hits.

I agree! Watch on YouTube.

Read the rest of the list HERE.

Joan’s covers are legendary (to us, anyway). Check out a blog I did a while back, Joan Jett’s Cover Tunes: Appreciating the Originals. This doesn’t even scratch the surface. 🙂

What’s YOUR favorite Joan Jett cover tune?


6 thoughts on “Dirty Deeds: 10 cover songs that are better than the originals

  1. Dirty Deeds is indeed a wicked track but my all time fave is Now I wanna Be Your Dog by Iggy and the Stooges. Roadrunner also very cool 🙂

  2. Yeah, both very cool! Doesn’t she jus obliterate any song she covers??! I love her and always will! 🙂

  3. Thanks for helpin me celebrate today and cheers so much for such an awesome blog!! We love Elektric almost as much as JJ!!!! Keep up the ace work!! Gotta crash now, it’s late in UK! Peace to y’all x

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