Primary Menu

RAT Rock News

The legendary Johnny Cash would have turned 88 today (February 26), and in a career that spanned six decades, there was one thing he could do better than nearly anyone else:  Cover a song and make it his own.

In honor of his birthday, we look back at some of our favorite Johnny Cash rock covers.

“Hurt” (Nine Inch Nails)

Johnny Cash - Hurt

Music video by Johnny Cash performing Hurt. (C) 2002 American Recording Company, LLC http://vevo.ly/ppWJIT

“In My Life” (The Beatles)

In My Life

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group In My Life · Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around ℗ 2002 American Recordings, LLC, under exclusive lice...

“One” (U2)

One

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group One · Johnny Cash American III: Solitary Man ℗ 2000 American Recordings, LLC, under exclusive license to Univers...

“Redemption Song” w/Joe Strummer (Bob Marley)

Redemption Song

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Redemption Song · Johnny Cash · Joe Strummer Unearthed ℗ 2003 American Recordings, LLC, under exclusive license ...

“I Won’t Back Down” (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)

I Won't Back Down

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group I Won't Back Down · Johnny Cash American III: Solitary Man ℗ 2000 American Recordings, LLC, under exclusive lice...

“Rusty Cage” (Soundgarden)

Rusty Cage

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Rusty Cage · Johnny Cash American II: Unchained ℗ 1996 American Recordings, LLC, under exclusive license to Univ...

“Bridge Over Troubled Water” (Simon & Garfunkel)

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Bridge Over Troubled Water · Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around ℗ 2002 American Recordings, LLC, unde...

“God’s Gonna Cut You Down” (Bill Landford & The Landfordairs)

Johnny Cash - God's Gonna Cut You Down

Music video by Johnny Cash performing God's Gonna Cut You Down. (C) 2006 American Recordings, LLC & The Island Def Jam Music Group #JohnnyCash #GodsGonnaCutY...

“I’m On Fire” (Bruce Springsteen)

Johnny Cash- I'm On Fire

johnny cash sings bruce springsteens im on fire

“Have You Ever Seen The Rain” (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

Have You Ever Seen the Rain

Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment Have You Ever Seen the Rain · Johnny Cash Rainbow ℗ 1985 Sony Music Entertainment Inc. Released on: 1985-01-0...

“Personal Jesus” (Depeche Mode)

Personal Jesus

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Personal Jesus · Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around ℗ 2002 American Recordings, LLC, under exclusive ...

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.