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28th February 1972: American country singer Johnny Cash (1932 - 2003) appears on Grand Gala du Disque in Amsterdam. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

The legendary Johnny Cash would have turned 86 today (February 26), and in a career that spanned six decades, there was one thing he could do better than nearly anyone else:  Cover a song and make it his own.

In honor of his birthday, we look back at some of our favorite Johnny Cash classic rock covers.

Johnny Cash Classic Rock Covers – Tracklist

“In My Life” (The Beatles)
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” (Simon & Garfunkel)
“One” (U2)
“Redemption Song” w/Joe Strummer (Bob Marley)
“I Won’t Back Down” (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
“God’s Gonna Cut You Down” (Bill Landford & The Landfordairs)
“I’m On Fire” (Bruce Springsteen)
“Have You Ever Seen The Rain” (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger who once did a presentation in a college public speaking course about why The Rolling Stones were better than The Beatles.  (She received an A.)

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.