It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day Sept 19, 2022, sea shanties are about as close as you’ll get for Pirate songs I’d imagine. A couple years ago shanty’s were all the rage thanks to Nathan Evans and Tik Tok, Youtube and other social media, I thought a repost was in order to mark the day.
I have mentioned before I have a friend of Irish descent, and the classic Irish drinking songs are closely related to (if not a few of them considered) sea shanty’s themselves. Add to this that I’m half Newfoundlander on my mother’s side, also I have a close friend from a Haven Port in the UK so I’m somewhat familiar with the genre.
The 2022 Update of the Most Covered Songs and Artists of All Time
I have added some streaming numbers to this issue and increased the most covered singles list to 20 songs.
I have three categories in today’s blog: 1. The most covered songs written by a single artist, 2. The most cover versions combined and 3. The most covered Pop songs. These numbers are for artists that write and record their own songs. For more on songwriters, read my series I Write the Songs. The statistics come courtesy of Secondhandsongs.com and are verified via strict protocols. This website posts ‘covers’ submitted from around the globe and in many different languages, edited by very knowledgeable experts in music recording. There are other resources as cited but other than the odd personal anecdote or opinion, I’m using information and knowledge, not to mention YouTube posts that already exist. In addition, the numbers change daily, I had originally written this blog in December 2019 so it’s been interesting to see the changes over three years. On the whole, the major artists in each list mostly stayed the same but may have shuffled positions. Keeping in mind the people on these lists are among the most important and iconic Singer-Songwriters of all time and recognized around the world. Having said that I certainly acknowledge there are many legendary international artists not included as the focus here for the most part is on Western and English speaking artists. The information in this blog is from statistics collected on or around Sept 4, 2022.
Readers might remember that earlier this summer, we ran a Turntable Talk feature on “cover songs”, with various regulars here weighing in on what makes a good cover song , or when they were utterly redundant. Well, that caught the attention of one of our readers, Randy who is so interested in the concept that […]