From AC/DC to Bruce Springsteen: 14 Classic Rock Covers of Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny B. Goode’

Classic Rock Chuck Berry Covers

There are many ways to measure just how big of a debt the rock world owes to Chuck Berry, who passed away yesterday.

You could look at the dozens and dozens of fellow legends who have taken to social media to pay their respects since the news of his death broke – in fact, we’ve spent much of the last 24 hours updating that list.

Or, if you wanted to get very specific, you could look at the wide variety of classic rock artists who have recorded or performed their own version of Berry’s classic 1958 anthem “Johnny B. Goode.” Which is what you’ll find below, from an impressive roster including Jimi Hendrix, Motorhead, AC/DC and Cheap Trick (together!) and Ted Nugent.

Berry’s songwriting – including his often underrated lyrical skills – set the template for rock music, becoming the international language followed and expanded on by future generations of musicians such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys. It may be cliche to say that without Chuck Berry the explosion of youth culture of the ’60s may never have happened, it’s also very true.

“If you had to give rock ‘n’ roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry,” John Lennon famously said back in 1972. These 14 versions of “Johnny B. Goode” more than prove his point.

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