The All Covers Version Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist - Volume 1

In this our 40th installment of the wedding cocktail hour playlist series, we compiled an “all covers version” cocktail hour playlist. Contributing to this list were Ambient DJ music mixologists Gregg Ambient and Iron Mike, joined by our friend from the San Francisco Bay area, DJ Dan Rosenbach (proprietor of Love in the Mix).

The goal of the project was to select songs that are appropriate wedding cocktail hour fare, but with interesting and quality productions that rival or exceed the original versions.

Reflecting the fun and lighter nature of the playlist, for our signature cocktail, we opted for a bottle of Mexican beer Tecate, served with a lime. Cheers!

Please leave a comment below indicating your own favorite cover versions. We realize that there are thousands of quality cover versions to choose from. We’ll consider your suggestions for Cover Versions - Volume 2!

The All Covers Wedding Cocktail Hour - Volume 1

  1. Red, Red Wine - UB40 (original version Neil Diamond)
  2. Lovesong - 311 (original version The Cure)
  3. Sea of Love - The Honeydrippers (f/ Robert Plant) (original version Phil Phillips)
  4. Brown Eyed Girl - Jimmy Buffett (original version Van Morrison)
  5. The Man Who Sold the World - Nirvana (original version David Bowie)
  6. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Paul Anka (original version Nirvana)
  7. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) - Michael Jerome Browne (original version The Talking Heads)
  8. The Girl from Ipanema - Amy Winehouse (original version sung by Pery Ribeiro and later popularized by Astrud Gilberto w/ Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz)
  9. Beyond the Sea - Kevin Spacey (original song by Charles Trenet, but popularized by Bobby Darin)
  10. Make You Feel My Love - Adele (original version Bob Dylan)
  11. L-O-V-E - Cambria Detken (original version Nat King Cole)
  12. I Will - Alison Krauss (original version The Beatles)
  13. Killing Me Softly - The Fugees f/ Lauryn Hill (original version Roberta Flack)
  14. Crazy - Ray Lamontagne (original version Gnarls Barkley)
  15. Fields of Gold - Eva Cassidy (original version Sting)
  16. You Send Me - Aretha Franklin (original version Sam Cooke)
  17. Here I Am (Come and Take Me) - Seal (original version Al Green)
  18. Cruisin’ - D’Angelo (original version Smokey Robinson)
  19. I Only Have Eyes for You - Jamie Cullum (original version The Flamingos)
  20. Always on My Mind - Michael Buble (original version Willie Nelson)
  21. Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You - Muse (original version Franki Valli)
  22. Hotel California - The Gipsy Kings (original version The Eagles)
  23. Here Comes the Sun (Francois K. Remix) - Nina Simone (original version The Beatles)
  24. Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker (originally sketched by Bob Dylan and later refined by Old Crow Medicine Show)
  25. All the Best - My Morning Jacket (original version John Prine)
  26. Cherish the Day - The Robert Glasper Experiment (original version Sade)
  27. Into the Mystic - The Wallflowers (original version Van Morrison)
  28. The Scientist - Aimee Mann (original version Coldplay)
  29. I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Creedence, Clearwater Revival (original version Marvin Gaye)
  30. Feelin’ Alright - Joe Cocker (original version Traffic)
  31. Crimson & Clover - Prince (original version Tommy James & the Shondells)

Recap of Previous Cocktail Hour Playlists

Here are our prior submissions:

  1. Alternative Rock Cocktail Hour, Craft Beer (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  2. The Quintessentially Mixed Cocktail Hour, Long Island Iced Tea (DJ AQ). Click here.
  3. Good Vibes Cocktail Hour, Pina Colada (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
  4. Head to Shoulder Dip Cocktail Hour, Hairy Navel (DJ Gary G). Click here.
  5. Retro Soul Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Havana Coconut Martini (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  6. Smooth Sail Cocktail Hour, Malibu Bay Breeze (DJ Mike K). Click here.
  7. Back to the Eighties Cocktail Hour, Midori Sour (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  8. Beach Themed Cocktail Hour, Red Stripe Beer (DJ Spinz). Click here.
  9. Classic Wedding Cocktail Hour, Tanqueray & Tonic (DJ Garrett B.). Click here.
  10. International Excursions Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sangria (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  11. Country Wedding Cocktail Hour, Manhattan (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  12. Crooner Wedding Cocktail Hour, Jack Daniels on the Rocks w/Splash of Water (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  13. Chanteuse Wedding Cocktail Hour, White Lady (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  14. TV Theme Songs Wedding Cocktail Hour, Coca-Cola with a side of Popcorn (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  15. Christmas Wedding Cocktail Hour, Eggnog (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  16. Boardwalk Empire / Great Gatsby Wedding Cocktail Hour, Rum Punch for a Crowd (Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  17. Classic R&B Wedding Cocktail Hour, Ciroc Blue Ocean (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
  18. James Bond Wedding Cocktail Hour, Vesper Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  19. Valentines Wedding Cocktail Hour, Godiva Chocolate Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  20. Miami Vice Wedding Cocktail Hour, Cuba Libre (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  21. The "Super Happy Hour" Wedding Cocktail Hour, The Bob Marley (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  22. The Brazilian Wedding Cocktail Hour, Caipirinha (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  23. The New Jersey Homegrown Wedding Cocktail Hour, Boat Beer (Microbrew) (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  24. The French Connection Wedding Cocktail Hour, 2010 Canon-la-Gaffeliere (Bordeaux) (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  25. The Disco Love Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sloe Gin Fizz (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  26. The Super Funky Soul Wedding Cocktail Hour, Funky Cold Medina (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  27. The Acid Jazz Wedding Cocktail Hour, Gimlet (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  28. The 70s Soft Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour, Miller High Life (DJ Iron Mike). Click here.
  29. The New York State of Mind Wedding Cocktail Hour, Bronx Martini (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  30. The Disney Wedding Cocktail Hour, Vibrant Orange Juice Frosty (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  31. The Summer Pop Wedding Cocktail Hour, Jameson & Ginger Ale (DJ Spinz). Click here.
  32. The Colorful Wedding Cocktail Hour, Shot of Goldschlager (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  33. The Inspiring Ladies of Music Wedding Cocktail Hour, Brandy Alexander (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  34. The Psychedelic Wedding Cocktail Hour, Death in the Afternoon (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  35. The Surf's Up Wedding Cocktail Hour, The Italian Surfer (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  36. The 90s Grunge Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour, Whiskey Sour (Guest Bloggers Pash & David). Click here.
  37. The Nice and Easy Wedding Cocktail Hour, Dirty Martini (DJ Greg Nice). Click here.
  38. The All Beatles Wedding Cocktail Hour, Bass Ale (DJ Gregg Ambient). Click here.
  39. The Savannah Southern Charm Wedding Cocktail Hour, Sweet Tea Vodka Lemonade Mojito (Guest blogger Cindy Brown). Click here.

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