List of songs covered by Marilyn Manson

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This page documents all songs that have been covered in the studio or only performed live by Marilyn Manson during the band's history.

"1999"[edit]

"1999" was originally performed by Prince in 1982. The song was performed live by Marilyn Manson during the Arena and European Festival legs of the band's Dead to the World Tour in 1997, often serving as an intro to the song Little Horn.

"A Rose and a Baby Ruth"[edit]

"A Rose and a Baby Ruth" was originally performed by John D. Loudermilk in 1956, although Manson's version bares more similarity to George Hamilton's version. The song was recorded by Marilyn Manson during the Mechanical Animals sessions, however without the intention of including it on the album. It appeared the following year on the UK import of the band's live album The Last Tour on Earth in 1999.

"Alabama Song"[edit]

"Alabama Song" was originally performed by Kurt Weill in 1927. The song was performed live by Marilyn Manson on April 11, 2003 in Berlin, Germany during the Grotesk Burlesk tour in 2003.

"Baby You're a Rich Man"[edit]

"Baby You're a Rich Man" was originally performed by the Beatles in 1967. The song was performed live by Marilyn Manson during the Ozzfest leg of the band's Dead to the World Tour in 1997, although the version performed during this tour acted as merely an intro to "The Beautiful People".

"Come Together"[edit]

"Come Together" was originally performed by the Beatles in 1969. The song was performed live by Marilyn Manson during the Support for Danzig's Danzig 4p Tour in 1995. Although the version performed during this tour acted as merely an intro to "My Monkey", the band have in fact performed the song in its entirety two times at the release parties for their debut album Portrait of an American Family.

"Dirt"[edit]

"Dirt" was originally performed by The Stooges in 1970. The song was performed live by Marilyn Manson during the during the Smells Like Children (tour).

"Eye"[edit]

"Eye" was performed live by Marilyn Manson at the Bridge Benefit concert in Los Angeles on October 18, 1997. The song was originally performed by The Smashing Pumpkins in 1997.

"Don't You Want Me"[edit]

"Don't You Want Me" was originally performed by The Human League in 1981. The song was recorded by Marilyn Manson prior to the release of Lest We Forget – The Best Of sessions, but remains unreleased as-of-yet. The song was recorded as a duet with Shirley Manson, following a depression that left Manson contemplating suicide.

"Down in the Park"[edit]

"Down in the Park" was originally performed by Tubeway Army in 1979. The song was recorded by Marilyn Manson during the Portrait of an American Family sessions, but remained a b-side. It appeared the following year on the CD single for "Lunchbox" in 1995.

"Five to One"[edit]

"Five to One" was originally performed by The Doors in 1968. The song was recorded by Marilyn Manson during the Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) sessions, but remained a b-side. It appeared the following year on the CD single for "Disposable Teens" in 2000.

"Get My Rocks Off"[edit]

"Get My Rocks Off" was originally performed by Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show in 1989. The song was recorded by Marilyn Manson during the Mechanical Animals sessions, however without the intention of including it on the album. It appeared the following year on the UK import of the band's live album The Last Tour on Earth in 1999.

"Golden Years"[edit]

"Golden Years" was originally performed by David Bowie in 1975. The song was recorded by Marilyn Manson during the Antichrist Superstar sessions, but remained a b-side. It appeared two years later on the soundtrack to the film Dead Man on Campus in 1998.

"Happiness Is a Warm Gun"[edit]

"Happiness Is a Warm Gun" was originally performed by the Beatles in 1968. The song was performed live by Marilyn Manson during the Self Destruct tour and Rape of the World tour in 1994 and 2007 respectively.

"Helter Skelter"[edit]

"Helter Skelter" was originally performed by the Beatles in 1968. The song was performed live by Marilyn Manson during the Support for Danzig's Danzig 4p Tour in 1995 and Portrait of an American Family Tour in 1994-1995.

"Highway to Hell"[edit]

"Highway to Hell" was originally performed by AC/DC in 1979. The song was recorded by Marilyn Manson and released on the soundtrack to the film Detroit Rock City in 1999.


"I Got You"[edit]

"I Got You" was originally performed by Split Enz in 1980. The song was performed live twice by Marilyn Manson at the release parties for their debut album Portrait of an American Family.

"I Put a Spell on You"[edit]

"I Put a Spell on You" was originally performed by Screamin' Jay Hawkins in 1956. Initially, the song had been performed live by the band on occasion, but a studio version was properly recorded in 1995 and released that year on the band's first EP, Smells Like Children.

"It's a Small World"[edit]

"It's a Small World" was originally performed by Robert Sherman, Richard Sherman and Walt Disney in 1964. The song was performed live in brief by Marilyn Manson during the Grotesk Burlesk tour in 2003.

"Little Child"[edit]

"Little Child" was originally performed by Wes Montgomery in 1966. The song was recorded by Marilyn Manson during Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) sessions, but remains unreleased in its entirety as-of-yet. The song was released as a low-quality one-minute recording in a podcast, along with a low-quality recording of another rare, yet unreleased set of songs titled "Jack Eats Dinner" and "Compass and the Ruler", and a fourth song in high-quality, a cover of Charles Manson's "Sick City".

"My Monkey" / "Mechanical Man"[edit]

"Mechanical Man" was originally performed by Charles Manson in 1968. Marilyn Manson rewrote several of the verses into his song "My Monkey," originally released on Marilyn Manson and The Spooky Kids' 1990 demo cassette, "The Beaver Meat Cleaver Beat," and later released in several different reworkings on other Marilyn Manson works.

"Mind of a Lunatic"[edit]

"Mind of a Lunatic" was originally performed by the Geto Boys in 1990. The song was recorded by Marilyn Manson in 2002 during The Golden Age of Grotesque sessions, but remained a b-side. It appeared the following year on the CD single for "This Is the New Shit" in 2003. The song is controversial due its the graphic portrayal of rape, necrophilia, and murder. Unlike the original Geto Boys version, Manson's version featured vocals 'spoken' over an acoustic guitar, and is almost ten minutes in length.

"Mirror People"[edit]

"Mirror People" was originally performed by Love and Rockets in 1987. The song was performed live twice by Marilyn Manson at the release parties for their debut album Portrait of an American Family.

"One in a Million"[edit]

"One in a Million" was performed by Marilyn Manson during soundchecks on the Guns, God and Government tour. The song was originally performed by Guns 'N' Roses in 1988.

"Personal Jesus"[edit]

"Personal Jesus" was originally performed by Depeche Mode in 1989. The song was recorded after the release of the band's 2003 album The Golden Age of Grotesque, and was released as the lead single, and only unreleased track to be featured, on the greatest hits album Lest We Forget – The Best Of in 2004. Trent Reznor criticized the band, and specifically targeted Manson himself, for covering a song that deviated as little from the original version as their version of "Personal Jesus" did.

"Redeemer"[edit]

"Redeemer" was originally performed by Jonathan Davis in 2002, for the film Queen of the Damned. While Davis' version appeared in the movie, contractual limitations restricted his version of the song (and all other original compositions) from appearing on the film's soundtrack, and so he enlisted the help of friends of consistently popular bands to record their own vocal dubs; Manson being one of them.

"Rock 'n' Roll Nigger"[edit]

"Rock 'n' Roll Nigger" was originally performed by the Patti Smith Group in 1978. The song was recorded for the band's first EP, Smells Like Children, and released in 1995.

"Sick City"[edit]

"Sick City" was originally performed by Charles Manson in 1970. The song was recorded by Marilyn Manson during Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) sessions, but remains officially unreleased as-of-yet. The song was released as a high-quality recording in a podcast, along with a low-quality one-minute recording of a cover of Wes Montgomery's "Little Child", and low-quality recordings of another rare, yet unreleased set of songs titled "Jack Eats Dinner" and "Compass and the Ruler".

"Son of Man" / "Iron Man"[edit]

"Iron Man" was a Black Sabbath song, released on their 1970 album Paranoid. Marilyn Manson and The Spooky Kids' 1990 release, "The Beaver Meat Cleaver Beat" included a custom rewrite to the song titled "Son of Man" that, although not traditionally a cover, does retain the same tune and a few verses.

"Spine of God"[edit]

"Spine of God" was originally performed by Monster Magnet in 1992. The song was performed live by Marilyn Manson with Monster Magnet's Dave Wydnorf on April 7, 1999 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. A clip of the song was officially released on the 1999 home video God Is in the T.V..


"Strawberry Fields Forever"[edit]

"Strawberry Fields Forever" was originally performed by the Beatles in 1967. The song was performed live by Marilyn Manson during the Smells Like Children tour in 1995, although the version performed during this tour acted as merely an intro to "My Monkey".

"Suicide Is Painless"[edit]

"Suicide Is Painless" was originally performed by performed by Mike Altman and Johnny Mandel in 1970. The song was recorded by Marilyn Manson during Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) sessions, but remained a b-side. It appeared two years later on the soundtrack to the film Blair Witch Project 2: Book of Shadows in 2002.

"Surrender"[edit]

"Surrender" was originally performed by Cheap Trick in 1978. The song was performed live by Marilyn Manson on New Year's Eve 2001 at MTV.

"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"[edit]

"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" was originally performed by the Eurythmics in 1983. Initially, the song had been performed live by the band at the release parties for their debut album Portrait of an American Family, this performance of the song was surprisingly closer to the original than the version they reworked over the next few months and began performing on tour, ultimately recording it in the studio for release on the band's first EP, Smells Like Children in 1995.

"Tainted Love"[edit]

"Tainted Love" is a song composed by Ed Cobb, formerly of The Four Preps, which was originally recorded by Gloria Jones. It attained worldwide fame after being covered by Soft Cell in 1981, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart, and has since been covered by numerous other groups and artists. There are even covers in other languages, including the Spanish version called "Falso Amor" performed by La Unión.

"The KKK Took My Baby Away"[edit]

"The KKK Took My Baby Away" was originally performed by the Ramones in 1981. The song was recorded by Marilyn Manson during Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) sessions, but remained a b-side. It appeared two years later on the Ramones tribute compilation We're a Happy Family - A Tribute To Ramones in 2003.

"This Is Halloween"[edit]

"This Is Halloween" was originally performed by Danny Elfman in 1993. The song was recorded by Marilyn Manson for the re-release of The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack in 2006, and was the first new recording by the band in over a year.

"What Goes Around... Comes Around"[edit]

"What Goes Around... Comes Around" was originally performed by Justin Timberlake in 2006. The song was performed live and acoustic by Marilyn Manson and Tim Skold on May 23, 2007 in London, England on Radio 1. It was chosen to be performed due to the irony in the song content when applied to real-life situations.

"Working Class Hero"[edit]

"Working Class Hero" was originally performed by John Lennon in 1970. The song was recorded acoustic by Marilyn Manson during the Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) sessions, but remained a b-side. It appeared the following year on the CD single for "Disposable Teens" in 2000.

"You're So Vain"[edit]

"You're So Vain" was originally performed by Carly Simon in 1972. The song was covered by Marilyn Manson and released as a bonus track on Born Villain in 2012.

See also[edit]

Songs by Marilyn Manson that have been covered