Hootie & the Blowfish Covers List

Hootie CoversI love learning how musicians are influenced by each other. One interesting display of this is which songs certain artists choose to cover in live and/or album performances. In going through some live recordings today, I found that Hootie and the Blowfish have covered quite a few artists from a surprisingly diverse spectrum. I knew about the covers on their album “Scattered, Smothered, and Covered”, but that’s just a portion. What got me started with seeing them in concert a last month and hearing a several songs but not being able to place the original artist. Below is a list of every cover song I’ve come across performed by Hootie & the Blowfish. Many of these have only been performed live but some have appeared on the Scattered, Covered, and Smothered and The Best of Hootie & the Blowfish (1993 Thru 2003) albums.

For anyone who has enjoyed Hootie in the past, I highly recommend their latest album Looking for Lucky. It’s their best studio effort in the past 5 years and a frequent listen for me right now.

Song Title Originally performed by
I Go Blind 54-40
Mandy Barry Manilow
Use Me Bill Withers
No Diggity Blackstreet
Goodbye Girl Bread
Growin’ Up Bruce Springsteen
The Rain Song Continental Drifters
Freaks of The Industry Digital Underground
Frances Dillon Fence
Renaissance Eyes Don Dixon
Black Water Doobie Brothers
Keep Your Hands To Yourself Georgia Satellites
Christmas This Year Gerald Duncan (formerly of the Accelerators)
Let Me Be Your Man Kim Richey
That Thing Lauren Hill
Hey Hey What Can I Do Led Zeppelin
Ride Wit Me Nelly
Let Me Be Your Man New Grass Revival
Freedom’s Child originally appeared in the Broadway musical The Civil War
Driver 8 R.E.M.
It’s The End of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) REM
Dream Baby Roy Orbison
Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want Smiths
Gin And Juice Snoop Doggy Dogg
Almost Home The Reivers
Araby The Reivers
I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You Tom Waits
Add It Up Violent Femmes
Deep Dark Truthful Mirror Elvis Costello
Sweet And Shiny Eyes Bonnie Raitt
Get Down On It Kool and the Gang
Interstate Love Song Stone Temple Pilots
Space Oddity David Bowie

Also, check out CoversProject.com for some interesting cover song cross-reference.

Written by in: Concerts | Last updated on: 2016-January-25 |


  • Alexa says:

    I’ve also seen them perform these covers live:

    losing my religion – rem
    I should have told her – vinx
    mustang sally – wilson picket

  • shane says:

    pretty comprehensive list!
    i’ve been trying to find these guys doing ‘mandy’ forever – i’ve heard it only once but its one of the best covers of that song i’ve heard. lemme know what album u found that on!! i need a copy!!

  • Carlton Bale says:

    Sadly, I don’t know where to find that either. I haven’t seen any official or unofficial recording that includes Mandy. If you ever run across anything, let me know where you found it.

  • tom says:

    I just saw them last night great show! they closed out the night with a great cover of Oasis’ champagne supernova

  • Drew Griffin says:

    Hootie et al covered Get Down On It by Kool and the Gang on a New Years Eve Gala. I am very interesting in finding a copy of that. Do you know where I could find it?

  • Carlton Bale says:

    Unfortunately, the trading scene for Hootie concerts is pretty-much non-existent. Your best bet would be the fan forum on Hootie.com.

  • Does anybody know the song that Hootie and the Blowfish do that counts by 3 in the song.? I saw them in concert recently and it is a great song. I'm thinking it might be a cover. says:

    Does anybody know the song that Hootie and the Blowfish do that counts by 3 in the song? I saw them in concert recently and it is a great song. I’m thinking it might be a cover.

  • mnmide says:

    They’ve also done STP’s Interstate Love Song and Bowie’s Space Odyssey. I used to have these in my illegal downloading mp3 days.

    • Carlton Bale says:

      Thanks for the comment on an old post. Space Oddity – I’d like to hear that.

      I do miss going to Hootie concerts. I’m hoping to make it to one last show, should one happen. It’s probably too much to hope to see them tour again, so hopefully there will be another charity performance I can attend, whether they perform any covers or not.

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