Here’s an old song that’s been remade many times. Below is a list of artists that have done it from Wikipedia.
The video on the left is Deja Voodoo’s garage punk rendition which is not mentioned in Wikipedia.
The song has been covered by a wide variety of musicians:
- 1960: Bo Diddley released a version on his album Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger.
- 1960: The song was released in Spanish by the Catalan singer José Guardiola
- 1964: Louis Neefs, Belgian singer, played and recorded the song live in Belgium
- 1966: Stevie Wonder recorded a version influenced by Motown and soul music
- 1967: Tom Jones‘s version with a rock edge, on his album Green, Green Grass Of Home
- 1972: A blues-rock version was recorded by CCS
- 1976: A country rock version by the Don Harrison Band made the lower reaches of the charts in Australia
- 1986: A version by English punk band The Redskins on their 1986 album Neither Washington Nor Moscow
- 1986: Anna Domino covered the song on her eponymous 1986 album
- 1987: Johnny Cash released a country version on his album Johnny Cash Is Coming to Town
- 1990: A rendition of the song by Eric Burdon was used for the opening to the comedy film Joe Versus the Volcano. Recorded in the early 1980s, it was not released until 1998 on the album Nightwinds Dying. In 1992 he recorded another version, which was released as the only studio track on the live album “Access All Areas” in 1993.
- 1991: It was featured as a secret track on progressive thrash metal band Confessor‘s album Condemned
- 1993: The Swedish doom metal band Memento Mori recorded a version of this song as a hidden track on their debut album Rhymes of Lunacy.
- 1995: Tuff, a hard rock band, released a cover version on their album Religious Fix
- 1995: A traditional roots country version was released by Corb Lund on the album Modern Pain
- 1998: Chicago band Hello Dave did a rendition on their 16 Tons album.
- 1998: Hungarian rock band Republic recorded a cover version called “Tizenhat tonna feketeszén” (“16 tons black coal”) on their album Üzenet (Message).
- 1999: Serbian hard rock band Riblja Čorba recorded a cover version called “16 noći” (Trans. “16 nights”) on their album Nojeva barka
- 1999: A slow, jazzy version by Stan Ridgway appeared on the album Anatomy
- 2005: A rock version released by Eels was on their live album “Sixteen Tons (10 Songs)
- 2007: Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich‘s rendition of the song on January 8 received fairly widespread TV coverage, and appeared on YouTube
- 2007: Lawrence “Lipbone” Redding covered the song on his album, Hop The Fence
- 2010: Lance Guest, portraying Johnny Cash, on the original Broadway cast recording of Million Dollar Quartet
- Brave Combo recorded a cumbia version
- Rehab covered it on the independently released album Cuz We Can
- Rockapella recorded an a cappella version
- This Bike is a Pipe Bomb made a folk-punk version
- A version called “靜心等” (Jìng Xi Deng, “Wait patiently”) is a well-known hit in Taïwan, interpreted by Chinese singer 張露 (Chang Loo or Zhang Lu) and by Teresa Teng (鄧麗君, Deng Lijun).