Music covers of the metal genre

What has been attempted here is a first analysis of cover version as they appear in the metal genre.
The information has been gained via the search engine of the Metal Archives.

Each of the pages has a separate field with explanations of the content that it hold. This is in order to provide a better
understanding of each of the menues and to clarify matters.



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Basic information

Background information

The information had been obtained via the search engine from the Metal Archives. What had been searched for is the term "*cover*". This of course led to some amount of inaccuracy, which has been dealt with some scripts.

Limits

  • Track titles with multiple brackets have not been dealt with properly. A way more complex algorithm is needed for that.
  • Typos in the band names or titles lead to some distortion
  • Inconsistency in the spelling of the track titles; see: Tracks most by bands

Most tracks in total

  • Deathcrush = 219
  • Freezing Moon = 175
  • Transilvanian Hunger = 173
  • Paranoid = 152
  • Countess Bathory = 143
  • Lost Wisdom = 130
  • Troops of Doom = 119
  • Breaking the Law = 119
  • Ace of Spades = 112
  • Tormentor = 107
  • War = 106
  • Black Metal = 104
  • Outbreak of Evil = 100
  • Raining Blood = 99
  • Black Magic = 91
  • Blasphemer = 80
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls = 77
  • Satanic Blood = 75
  • Dethroned Emperor = 73
  • The Gate of Nanna = 70
  • The Trooper = 69
  • Sacrifice = 66
  • Children of the Grave = 64
  • Evil Dead = 64
  • Witching Hour = 57
  • Zombie Ritual = 56
  • Hush = 55
  • Nightmare = 54
  • Electric Funeral = 53
  • Antichrist = 51
  • Under a Funeral Moon = 51
  • Boneyard = 51
  • Dunkelheit = 50
  • Zombie Apocalypse = 48
  • Paint It Black = 48
  • Orgasmatron = 46
  • Iron Fist = 46
  • In League with Satan = 45
  • Discovery = 45
  • Call from the Grave = 44
  • I Am the Black Wizards = 42
  • Chainsaw Gutsfuck = 42
  • Funeral Fog = 42
  • The Kill = 41
  • Symptom of the Universe = 41
  • Motörhead = 41
  • You Suffer = 40
  • Welcome to Hell = 40
  • Black Sabbath = 40
  • Run for cover = 39
  • Creeping Death = 37
  • Black Spell of Destruction = 37
  • Massacra = 37
  • Ea, Lord of the Depths = 37
  • Hammer Smashed Face = 37
  • Highway Star = 36
  • Seek and Destroy = 36
  • Deceiver = 36
  • Unholy Black Metal = 36
  • Heaven and Hell = 36
  • Aces High = 35
  • Scum = 35
  • Angel of Death = 35
  • Symphony of Destruction = 35
  • Crystal Mountain = 35
  • Kill the King = 34
  • Territory = 34
  • Enter Sandman = 34
  • Master of Puppets = 34
  • Diamonds and Rust = 34
  • Raise the Dead = 33
  • Burn = 33
  • The Green Manalishi = 33
  • War Pigs = 33
  • Consequence = 32
  • Suffer the Children = 32
  • The Black Vomit = 32
  • Smoke on the Water = 32
  • I Want Out = 32
  • Warhead = 31
  • Atomic Nuclear Desolation = 31
  • Blinded by Fear = 31
  • Remember the Fallen = 31
  • Antisocial = 30
  • Agent Orange = 30
  • Seasons in the Abyss = 30
  • Holy Diver = 30
  • Painkiller = 29
  • Werwolf = 29
  • Man on the Silver Mountain = 29
  • Mandatory Suicide = 29
  • Satanas = 28
  • Ritual = 28
  • Satan My Master = 28
  • Messiah = 27
  • Nostalgia = 27
  • In the Shadow of the Horns = 27
  • Pesttanz = 27
  • Reaper = 27
  • Lamb = 27
  • Louie Louie = 27
  • Rosalie = 27
  • South of Heaven = 27
  • Leaving Here = 26
  • United Forces = 26
  • The Exorcist = 26
  • The Third of the Storms = 26
  • Arise = 26
  • Slaughterhouse = 26
  • Into the Void = 25
  • Sacrificial Suicide = 25
  • Circle of the Tyrants = 25
  • Genital Grinder = 25
  • Sadomatic Rites = 25
  • Quintessence = 25
  • Into the Crypts of Rays = 25
  • Roots Bloody Roots = 25
  • Equimanthorn = 25
  • Postmortem = 25
  • Solitude = 25
  • God of Thunder = 25
  • Piranha = 25
  • Got the Time = 24
  • Wrathchild = 24
  • Come to the Sabbath = 24
  • Fast as a Shark = 24
  • Born to Be Wild = 24
  • Devil Pig = 23
  • Bite It You Scum = 23
  • The Return of Darkness and Evil = 23
  • Whiplash = 23
  • Immigrant Song = 23
  • Helter Skelter = 23
  • Fear of Napalm = 23
  • Eleanor Rigby = 23
  • Race with the Devil = 23
  • Day of Suffering = 23
  • The Crying Orc = 22
  • Seek & Destroy = 22
  • Pull the Plug = 22
  • Blitzkrieg Bop = 22
  • Cum On Feel the Noize = 22
  • Woman of Dark Desires = 22
  • Hell Bent for Leather = 22
  • 13 Candles = 22
  • Iron Man = 22
  • Electric Eye = 22
  • Mistreated = 21
  • Stripped, Raped and Strangled = 21
  • Slave New World = 21
  • The Number of the Beast = 21
  • Perfect Strangers = 21
  • Instinct of Survival = 21
  • Enjoy the Silence = 21
  • Killers = 21
  • Watain = 21
  • Refuse/Resist = 21
  • Highway to Hell = 21
  • Overkill = 20
  • War Ensemble = 20
  • Hallowed Be Thy Name = 20
  • Sweet Dreams = 20
  • Mourning Soul = 20
  • Pure Fucking Armageddon = 20
  • Bomber = 20
  • Dead Shall Rise = 20
  • Motorbreath = 20
  • Black Night = 20
  • Too Drunk to Fuck = 20
  • Detroit Rock City = 20
  • Fear of the Dark = 20
  • Cold Sweat = 20
  • Into the Pentagram = 20
  • The Final Countdown = 20
  • Von = 20
  • Evil Has No Boundaries = 20
  • Carpathian Forest = 20
  • Balls to the Wall = 20
  • Darkness and Evil = 19
  • The Day Man Lost = 19
  • Black Metal ist Krieg = 19
  • Dead = 19
  • Anarchy in the U.K. = 19
  • Fade to Black = 19
  • Mother North = 19
  • Armageddon = 19
  • Shout = 19
  • Total Desaster = 19
  • Tush = 19
  • Unchallenged Hate = 19
  • Rebel Yell = 19
  • Infernal Death = 19
  • Sabbath Bloody Sabbath = 19
  • Flag of Hate = 18
  • Buried Alive = 18
  • Skulls = 18
  • Black Funeral = 18
  • covered in Blood = 18
  • Frozen = 18
  • Motorhead = 18
  • The Sign of Evil Existence = 18
  • The Ripper = 18
  • Carnal = 18
  • Crazy Train = 18
  • Der scharlachrote Tod = 18
  • Twisted Mass of Burnt Decay = 18
  • Kentucky Woman = 18
  • Sunshine of Your Love = 17
  • Last Caress = 17
  • School's Out = 17
  • Mississippi Queen = 17
  • God Save the Queen = 17
  • Sodomy and Lust = 17
  • Fire = 17
  • Die When You Die = 17
  • War Command = 17
  • Maniac = 17
  • Ghoul = 17
  • The Hammer = 17
  • Hades = 17
  • Evil Woman = 17
  • The Show Must Go On = 17
  • Slowly We Rot = 17
  • Thermonuclear Devastation = 17
  • Gods of War = 17
  • Halloween = 17
  • N.I.B. = 17
  • Lunatic of God's Creation = 17
  • Dead Skin Mask = 17
  • Cripple Bitch = 17
  • After World Obliteration = 16
  • Into the Pit = 16
  • Metal Gods = 16
  • Speed King = 16
  • Return to the Eve = 16
  • I Wanna Be Somebody = 16
  • All We Are = 16
  • Am I Evil? = 16
  • The Four Horsemen = 16
  • Hell Awaits = 16
  • Blashyrkh = 16
  • Grinder = 16
  • Necrophiliac = 16
  • Man of Iron = 16
  • Hand of Doom = 16
  • Heartwork = 16
  • Necromancer = 16
  • Mourning Palace = 16
  • Sweet Leaf = 16

Explanation

What is being displayed here is the total amount in which a particular track has been covered at some point in the history of the metal scene. Of course, re-releases tend to blur the accuracy of this information to some extent. The aspect of multiple version of an album has been dealt with and these hits have been filtered out.

Furthermore, the confusing way in which tracks tend to appear, ie deviating from commonly used structures, has lead to a slight difference between this information and the one presented in the tracks per band site. A better algorithm in dealing with the data may ameliorate this aspect to some extent.

But one question remains: Can you name all of the bands?

Covers by bands

  • Motörhead = 205
  • Pellek = 203
  • Deep Purple = 171
  • Anthrax = 133
  • Abigail = 101
  • Metallica = 95
  • Doro = 93
  • Deceased = 90
  • Sepultura = 86
  • Justice = 84
  • Unholy Grave = 79
  • Decayed = 78
  • Ratos de Porão = 77
  • Cut Throat = 74
  • Children of Bodom = 74
  • Judas Priest = 73
  • Melvins = 71
  • Marty Friedman = 70
  • Iron Maiden = 69
  • Entombed = 65
  • Atrocity = 64
  • Dio = 62
  • Mixomatosis = 61
  • Rainbow = 61
  • Vader = 59
  • Animae Capronii = 58
  • Ozzy Osbourne = 57
  • Haemorrhage = 57
  • Nunslaughter = 56
  • Napalm Death = 54
  • Girlschool = 54
  • U.D.O. = 54
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis = 53
  • Sabbat = 52
  • Malignant Tumour = 52
  • Axel Rudi Pell = 51
  • Quiet Riot = 51
  • Sigh = 51
  • HammerFall = 49
  • Mägo de Oz = 49
  • Therion = 47
  • Cunt Cuntly = 47
  • Gride = 47
  • Brutal Truth = 46
  • Neuropathia = 46
  • Helloween = 45
  • Black Warrant = 45
  • Soundgarden = 44
  • Behemoth = 44
  • Acid Drinkers = 43
  • Nicrotek = 42
  • Onkel Tom Angelripper = 40
  • Halford = 39
  • Voivod = 39
  • Dream Theater = 38
  • Arch Enemy = 38
  • Via Dolorosa = 38
  • Sodom = 37
  • Black Goat = 37
  • Iced Earth = 36
  • Six Feet Under = 36
  • W.A.S.P. = 36
  • Fantômas = 35
  • Gamma Ray = 35
  • Jorn = 35
  • Gorgon = 35
  • Oxidised Razor = 34
  • Toxic Holocaust = 34
  • Ulver = 34
  • Apocalyptica = 33
  • Overkill = 33
  • Embalming Theatre = 33
  • Plague Rages = 33
  • Neurosis = 33
  • Blind Guardian = 33
  • Bitachi = 32
  • Leo Jiménez = 32
  • Death SS = 31
  • Thin Lizzy = 31
  • Exhumed = 31
  • Powergod = 31
  • Antiquus Scriptum = 30
  • Clotted Symmetric Sexual Organ = 30
  • Extreme Smoke 57 = 30
  • Scorpions = 30
  • Agathocles = 30
  • Cradle of Filth = 30
  • Avulsed = 29
  • Força Macabra = 29
  • Def Leppard = 29
  • Within Temptation = 29
  • Leviathan = 29
  • Queensrÿche = 29
  • Japanische Kampfhörspiele = 29
  • M-pire of Evil = 28
  • At Vance = 28
  • ReinXeed = 28
  • Dead Infection = 28
  • Pig Destroyer = 28
  • Depression = 28
  • Throneum = 28
  • Suicidal Winds = 28
  • Zarach 'Baal' Tharagh = 27
  • Cristal y Acero = 27
  • Sinister = 27
  • Van Canto = 27
  • Dew-Scented = 27
  • Rage = 27
  • Black Sabbath = 26
  • Transmetal = 26
  • Marduk = 26
  • Mötley Crüe = 26
  • Wolf = 26
  • Megiddo = 26
  • Holdaar = 25
  • Transatlantic = 25
  • Stormtroopers of Death = 25
  • Sonata Arctica = 25
  • Scatologic Madness Possession = 25
  • Lycanthrophy = 25
  • Holy Moses = 25
  • Renacer = 25
  • Moloch = 25
  • Machetazo = 25
  • October 31 = 24
  • Heaven Shall Burn = 24
  • Illdisposed = 24
  • Fuck the Facts = 24
  • Soulfly = 24
  • Ministry = 24
  • Necrony = 24
  • Raven = 24
  • Cannibal Corpse = 24
  • Slayer = 24
  • Soil of Ignorance = 24
  • Coffins = 24
  • Church of Misery = 24
  • Cannibe = 24
  • Коловрат = 23
  • Saxon = 23
  • P.L.F. = 23
  • Ravendark's Monarchal Canticle = 23
  • Anus Tumor = 23
  • Iron Savior = 23
  • Slaughtergrave = 23
  • Galneryus = 23
  • Psychoneurosis = 23
  • Grave Digger = 23
  • Megadeth = 23
  • Primal Fear = 23
  • Impaled Nazarene = 23
  • Midnight Scream = 22
  • Bewitched = 22
  • Proletar = 22
  • ND = 22
  • Venom = 22
  • Apócrypha = 22
  • Decay = 22
  • Shaman = 22
  • Dead = 22
  • Mantak = 22
  • Belching Beet = 22
  • Omen = 22
  • Adrenaline Mob = 21
  • Pretty Maids = 21
  • Ensiferum = 21
  • Nachtmystium = 21
  • Baalberith = 21
  • Desaster = 21
  • Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock = 21
  • Necroholocaust = 21
  • Axxis = 21
  • Poseidón = 20
  • Malveillance = 20
  • Gore Obsessed = 20
  • Empheris = 20
  • Stygian = 20
  • Destruction = 20
  • Grotesque Organ Defilement = 20
  • F.T.G. = 20
  • Totenmond = 20
  • D.T. Seizure = 20
  • Warhead = 20
  • Atomizer = 20
  • Blasphemophagher = 19
  • Sabotage = 19
  • Twisted Sister = 19
  • Blood Duster = 19
  • The Accüsed = 19
  • Grimlair = 19
  • Mesrine = 19
  • Barón Rojo = 19
  • Gore Insane = 19
  • Pantera = 19
  • Fozzy = 19
  • Bilskirnir = 19
  • Sacrificial Blood = 19
  • Extreme Hate = 19
  • Thorybos = 19
  • Yngwie J. Malmsteen = 18
  • Blaze Bayley = 18
  • Manzer = 18
  • Headhunter D.C. = 18
  • Buffalo = 18
  • Hellshness = 18
  • Bow Wow = 18
  • Cadaverous Condition = 18
  • Paul Di'Anno = 18
  • Paradise Lost = 18
  • Ultimatum = 18
  • Thou = 18
  • Equinox = 18
  • Total Fucking Destruction = 18
  • Aggressor = 18
  • Faith No More = 18
  • Besatt = 18
  • Genocídio = 18
  • Skid Row = 18
  • Punished = 18
  • Narath = 18
  • Graveyard = 18
  • Satanika = 17
  • Deep Nostalgia of Mortality = 17
  • Machine Head = 17
  • Dark Funeral = 17
  • Saltatio Mortis = 17
  • Satanic Saucepans = 17
  • M.O.D. = 17
  • Astaroth = 17
  • Exodus = 17
  • The True Endless = 17
  • Malón = 17
  • Sacred Reich = 17
  • Krokus = 17
  • Lanzer = 17
  • Mucupurulent = 17
  • Skylark = 17
  • Tank Genocide = 17
  • The Meads of Asphodel = 17
  • Darkness = 17
  • Reverend Bizarre = 17
  • Misako Honjoh = 17
  • Exit-13 = 17
  • Tarja = 17
  • The CNK = 16
  • Countess = 16
  • Ренегат = 16
  • Type O Negative = 16
  • Lightless = 16

Explanation

What is being displayed here is the amount of covers that have been done by a band so far or in other words: that can be found on their own releases. Of course, re-releases tend to blur the accuracy of this information to some extent. The aspect of multiple version of an album has been dealt with and these hits have been filtered out.

Covers of bands

  • Black Sabbath = 824
  • Venom = 641
  • Slayer = 638
  • Burzum = 634
  • Mayhem = 606
  • Bathory = 584
  • Darkthrone = 572
  • Metallica = 535
  • Judas Priest = 534
  • Iron Maiden = 494
  • Sepultura = 463
  • Napalm Death = 404
  • Sodom = 403
  • Motörhead = 396
  • Death = 389
  • Celtic Frost = 259
  • Deep Purple = 258
  • Kreator = 254
  • Absurd = 206
  • Sarcófago = 198
  • Von = 197
  • Beherit = 180
  • Carcass = 178
  • Mortician = 178
  • Agathocles = 177
  • AC/DC = 168
  • Misfits = 159
  • Hellhammer = 157
  • Megadeth = 155
  • Rainbow = 154
  • GG Allin = 151
  • The Beatles = 150
  • Accept = 146
  • Impetigo = 141
  • Ramones = 138
  • Helloween = 129
  • Kiss = 129
  • Blasphemy = 125
  • Manowar = 123
  • Pink Floyd = 122
  • Morbid Angel = 119
  • Cannibal Corpse = 117
  • Led Zeppelin = 115
  • Thin Lizzy = 113
  • Impaled Nazarene = 110
  • Discharge = 106
  • Depeche Mode = 105
  • Terrorizer = 104
  • Autopsy = 103
  • Queen = 102
  • Emperor = 102
  • The Rolling Stones = 99
  • Scorpions = 95
  • Mercyful Fate = 95
  • Pantera = 94
  • Gut = 93
  • Regurgitate = 93
  • Pentagram = 93
  • Destruction = 90
  • Ozzy Osbourne = 89
  • Possessed = 87
  • Deicide = 86
  • Dio = 84
  • Running Wild = 82
  • Rotting Christ = 81
  • Alice Cooper = 80
  • KISS = 80
  • Dimmu Borgir = 78
  • Hawkwind = 76
  • Nargaroth = 75
  • S.O.D. = 75
  • Repulsion = 71
  • Sabbat = 70
  • Dead Kennedys = 69
  • Carpathian Forest = 69
  • Sex Pistols = 68
  • Nirvana = 66
  • Exodus = 65
  • Dissection = 63
  • Uriah Heep = 63
  • The Cure = 63
  • Skrewdriver = 62
  • Warlock = 62
  • Twisted Sister = 62
  • Paradise Lost = 61
  • ABBA = 61
  • Brutal Truth = 60
  • Unleashed = 60
  • Satyricon = 59
  • Obituary = 58
  • Immortal = 58
  • Dead Infection = 58
  • Marduk = 57
  • At the Gates = 57
  • Slade = 57
  • Hypocrisy = 57
  • Six Feet Under = 55
  • Nunslaughter = 55
  • Samael = 55
  • W.A.S.P. = 54
  • Billy Joe Royal = 54
  • Satanic Warmaster = 52
  • Saint Vitus = 50
  • ZZ Top = 50
  • Mötley Crüe = 50
  • Bulldozer = 50
  • Gorgoroth = 49
  • Testament = 49
  • Graveland = 48
  • Nasum = 48
  • V8 = 48
  • Vulcano = 48
  • Dying Fetus = 48
  • Brujeria = 47
  • Katatonia = 47
  • Anal Cunt = 46
  • UFO = 46
  • Onslaught = 45
  • In Flames = 44
  • Massacre = 44
  • Slaughter = 44
  • Candlemass = 43
  • The Exploited = 43
  • Anthrax = 43
  • Rush = 43
  • Black Flag = 43
  • Europe = 43
  • Doom = 42
  • Diamond Head = 41
  • Kat = 41
  • Ария = 41
  • Fear of God = 41
  • The Doors = 41
  • Jimi Hendrix = 41
  • The Sisters of Mercy = 41
  • Amon Amarth = 40
  • Tormentor = 40
  • Lifelover = 39
  • King Crimson = 39
  • Richard Berry = 38
  • King Diamond = 38
  • Sacrifice = 38
  • Extreme Noise Terror = 38
  • Angel Witch = 37
  • Bolt Thrower = 37
  • U2 = 37
  • Sweet = 36
  • Ildjarn = 36
  • Joy Division = 36
  • Manilla Road = 36
  • Cradle of Filth = 36
  • Joan Baez = 36
  • Trust = 36
  • Queensrÿche = 35
  • Danzig = 35
  • Bob Seger = 35
  • Dark Funeral = 35
  • D.R.I. = 35
  • Madonna = 35
  • Pestilence = 35
  • Suffocation = 35
  • Razor = 35
  • Metalucifer = 35
  • The Police = 34
  • Ratos de Porão = 34
  • Blood = 34
  • Rammstein = 34
  • Nightwish = 34
  • Nocturnal Depression = 34
  • Behemoth = 34
  • Agnostic Front = 34
  • Judas Iscariot = 34
  • Exciter = 34
  • Billy Idol = 33
  • Faith No More = 33
  • Carnage = 33
  • The Who = 33
  • Pungent Stench = 32
  • Rot = 32
  • Dark Angel = 32
  • Whiplash = 32
  • Entombed = 32
  • Saxon = 32
  • Gary Moore = 32
  • Jethro Tull = 32
  • Root = 32
  • Cream = 31
  • Toxic Holocaust = 31
  • Grave = 31
  • Chuck Berry = 31
  • Ulver = 31
  • Summoning = 31
  • Dead Can Dance = 31
  • Disrupt = 30
  • Hermética = 30
  • Dream Theater = 30
  • David Bowie = 30
  • Haemorrhage = 29
  • Blue Öyster Cult = 29
  • NME = 29
  • Cripple Bastards = 29
  • Mütiilation = 29
  • Barón Rojo = 29
  • Bob Dylan = 28
  • Van Halen = 28
  • Tiamat = 28
  • Nuclear Assault = 28
  • Kansas = 28
  • Steppenwolf = 28
  • Riot = 28
  • Violent Force = 28
  • Michael Jackson = 28
  • A-ha = 28
  • Voivod = 27
  • Iced Earth = 27
  • Neil Young = 27
  • Death SS = 27
  • Minor Threat = 27
  • Nine Inch Nails = 27
  • Tankard = 26
  • Anathema = 26
  • Amebix = 26
  • Stratovarius = 26
  • Malignant Tumour = 26
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival = 26
  • Russ Ballard = 26
  • My Dying Bride = 26
  • S.O.B. = 26
  • Eddie Holland = 25
  • Ulcerous Phlegm = 25
  • Loudness = 25
  • Incantation = 25
  • Amorphis = 25
  • Type O Negative = 25
  • Savatage = 25
  • The Yardbirds = 25
  • Master's Hammer = 25
  • Mike Oldfield = 24
  • Killing Joke = 24
  • Metal Church = 24
  • Honor = 24
  • Edge of Sanity = 24
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd = 24
  • Carnivore = 24
  • Vader = 24
  • Landser = 24
  • Trouble = 23
  • Xasthur = 23
  • Whitesnake = 23

Explanation

What is being displayed here is the amount of covers that have been done of a band so far or in other words: versions that can be found on other band's releases. Of course, re-releases tend to blur the accuracy of this information to some extent. The aspect of multiple version of an album has been dealt with and these hits have been filtered out.

Tracks most by bands

Tracks most in genre