33. "Gimme Danger" by Monster Magnet (Iggy and the Stooges cover)
I love the original song, and credit is obviously due Iggy and crew for the song itself. The reason a cover song made my list is that, besides it being an excellent and faithful version that adds a bit of punch to the original, Monster Magnet is now one of my favorite bands... and I wasn't a very big fan of them until I listened to this. Up until I listened to a compilation album called The Hard & The Heavy, all I'd heard was "Space Lord," "Look to Your Orb for the Warning" (which I dug, but an isolated good song doesn't make a great band), and "Heads Explode." The former and latter of these songs, which also had accompanying videos that got some MTV airtime, portrayed the band as everything I hated about rock music at the very end of the '90's: arrogant and stupid. I didn't realize that was part of the joke until much later. Listening to this cover, I thought, "Hey, these guys might not be so bad," and later on that year I heard "Silver Future" which sealed their fate as a band I'd have to check out. I now think they are one of the last few remaining rock bands that know what it means to just be a rock band, without any of the BS that's become associated with that title. I don't know that much about their personal lives or their personalities off-stage, they don't seem too concerned with image, unless they're purposefully trying to parody the image of rock bands, they don't do appearances as themselves on reality shows or guest-host MTV programs... they just make rock music and then they go out and perform that for their fans.