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Matt’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs: #3- Wasted Years covered by Ryan Adams


3cc4a9a458d45578ecd7bbab6ec2aee5After I had heard that Djali Zwan cover of Iron Maiden’s “Number of the Beast” I didn’t think acoustic lightning could ever strike twice with an Iron Maiden tune.  And wrong I was.  It struck twice and harder the second time around when my ears caught onto alt-country star Ryan Adams’ take on Maiden’s “Wasted Years”.  Unlike the other cover, the shift into a more somber and stripped mood didn’t completely change the meaning of the song or make it depressing.  Ryan’s arrangement still gleams with the positivity of the original but this time around it takes on a more everyman feel to it, something that even my mother could connect with (she’s not the biggest metal head in the world 😉 ).  There is loads of emotion and passion added to the song, and that’s a lot given how charged the original is.  I really don’t have much else to say about this song other than it gives me chills each time I listen to it.  Enjoy!!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Ryan Adams Version:

Original Iron Maiden Version:

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