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by Rachel Devitt

April 11, 2012

Stand by Us: Ben E. King's Classic, Covered

by Rachel Devitt  |  April 11, 2012

The hopeful sway of the bassline. That finger-popping beat. The heart-swelling rise of the strings. And, of course, Ben E. King's pleading, rough-hewn vocals. "Stand by Me" is, without a doubt, one of American music's most beloved and familiar songs, an evocative classic that can send us time-traveling down personal memory lanes and across cultural history. The song has spoken to one group of people especially loudly, however: Mr. King's fellow musicians. From John Lennon to Prince Royce to Pennywise, artists from just about every genre have found something special -- and infinitely coverable -- in this romantic soul classic. Here, we've gathered up the best of the "Stand by Me" covers (plus a couple of samples) for those moments when the night has come, the land is dark and the moon is the only light we'll see. Enjoy.

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