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The following songs were originally performed by other artists, but have been covered by NRBQ or its members.

  • 12 Bar Blues (Jack Butwell - NRBQ also sometimes turns this into the "11 Bar Blues")
  • All By Myself (Big Bill Broonzy, Johnny Burnette & the Rock 'n' Roll Trio)
  • All Mama's Children (Carl Perkins)
  • Baby Be Mine (The Davis Sisters)
  • Batman theme (Neal Hefti)
  • Be My Love (Mario Lanza, Sammy Cahn)
  • Beautiful Sunday (Daniel Boone)
  • Blues Stay Away from Me (The Delmore Brothers, Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps, Doc Watson, Merle Haggard, etc.)
  • Bonanza theme (Ray Evans & Jay Livingston)
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel)
  • Bugler's Holiday (Leroy Anderson)
  • Bye-Ya (Thelonious Monk)
  • C'mon Everybody (Eddie Cochran)
  • C'mon If You're Comin' (Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee)
  • Caroline, No (The Beach Boys)
  • Chicken Hearted (Roy Orbison)
  • Come On, Let's Go (Ritchie Valens)
  • Come Softly To Me (The Fleetwoods)
  • Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie (The Cosmic Rays with Sun Ra & His Arkestra)
  • Derby Town (The Clovers, traditional)
  • Didn't It (The Drifters)
  • Dig (Nervous Norvus)
  • Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave (Charlie Rich)
  • Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles)
  • Escape (The Piña Colada Song) (Rupert Holmes)
  • Everlovin' (The Davis Sisters)
  • Feels So Good (Chuck Mangione)
  • There Is A Mountain (Donovan)
  • Get a Job (The Silhouettes)
  • Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash)
  • God Bless Us All (The Four Lads)
  • God Only Knows (The Beach Boys)
  • Hello, Dolly! (Louis Armstrong)
  • Hey! Baby (Bruce Channel)
  • Hey, Doll Baby (The Clovers, The Everly Brothers)
  • Hold Me Tight (The Beatles)
  • Holy Cow (Lee Dorsey)
  • Honey Hush (Big Joe Turner, Johnny Burnette & the Rock 'n' Roll Trio)
  • Humph (Thelonious Monk)
  • I Feel Good (Shirley & Lee)
  • I Got A Rocket In My Pocket (Jimmy Lloyd)
  • I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams)
  • In the Mood (Glenn Miller & His Orch.)
  • In The Still Of The Nite (The Five Satins)
  • In Walked Bud (Thelonious Monk)
  • Instant Karma! (John Lennon)
  • It Was a Very Good Year (Frank Sinatra)
  • It's a Sin To Tell a Lie (Fats Waller & His Rhythm)
  • It's All Right (Solomon Burke)
  • It's The Girl Who Gets The Blame (The Davis Sisters)
  • I've Got a Tiger By The Tail (Buck Owens)
  • Java (Al Hirt, Allen Toussaint)
  • Jimmy Crack Corn (Big Bill Broonzy, The Sons of the Pioneers, Pete Seeger, Traditional)
  • Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)
  • Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) (John Fred & His Playboy Band)
  • Jump Man Jump (Piano Red)
  • Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel)
  • Let It Be Me (The Everly Brothers)
  • Let's Make Love Not War (Charles Wright)
  • Little Rootie Tootie (Thelonious Monk)
  • Little Liza Jane (Traditional)
  • Lucille (Little Richard, The Everly Brothers)
  • Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (The Beatles)
  • May Tomorrow Be a Perfect Day (Donny & Marie)
  • Michael, Row The Boat Ashore (The Highwaymen, Lonnie Donegan, The Weavers, Harry Belafonte; traditional slave song)
  • Misty (Erroll Garner, Johnny Mathis)
  • Monday, Monday (The Mamas & The Papas)
  • Mule In The Corn (Jad Fair)
  • Music Goes 'Round and 'Round, The (competing versions: The Boswell Sisters, Louis Armstrong & His Orch., Frank Froeba & His Swing Bang, Hal Kemp & His Orch. Tommy Dorsey's Clambake Seven [Edythe Wright, vocal] )
  • My Sharona (The Knack)
  • New York, New York (Frank Sinatra, originally Liza Minnelli)
  • Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The (The Band)
  • Norman (Sue Thompson - NRBQ performed this as "Norma")
  • North To Alaska (Johnny Horton)
  • Ode to Billie Joe (Bobbie Gentry)
  • Palisades Park (Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon)
  • Paris (Moondog)
  • People (Barbra Streisand)
  • Petticoat Junction theme (Curt Massey)
  • Qué Rico El Mambo (aka Mambo Jambo) (Pérez Prado)
  • Quiet Village (Les Baxter)
  • Rains Came, The (Sir Douglas Quintet)
  • Ramrod (Al Casey)
  • Remember Your Name and Address (Tiny Tim and others)
  • Right or Wrong (Milton Brown)
  • Right String But The Wrong Yo-Yo (Piano Red)
  • Rocket Number Nine Take Off For The Planet Venus (Sun Ra & His Arkestra)
  • Rockin' in Rhythm (Duke Ellington & His Orch.)
  • Rollin' (In My Sweet Baby's Arms) (Traditional)
  • Ruby, My Dear (Thelonious Monk)
  • Same Old Thing (Joe Williams)
  • Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) (Harry Belafonte, The Browns, many others)
  • Shake, Rattle And Roll (Big Joe Turner)
  • Shop Around (The Miracles)
  • Sitting in the Park (Billy Stewart)
  • Sleep Walk (Santo & Johnny)
  • South (original instrumental: Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orch., redone by Piano Red; vocal version: Ray Charles)
  • Spinning Wheel / And When I Die (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
  • S'posin' (Fats Waller & His Rhythm)
  • Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (Crosby, Stills & Nash)
  • Sure To Fall (Carl Perkins)
  • Tenderly (Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, many others)
  • That Lucky Old Sun (Frankie Laine)
  • That"ll Be The Day (Buddy Holly)
  • That's All (Etta James)
  • The End Of The World (Skeeter Davis)
  • Thelonious (Thelonious Monk)
  • There Is A Mountain (Donovan)
  • There Should Be A Book (Lee Dorsey)
  • There's a Kind of Hush (All Over The World) (Herman's Hermits)
  • There's a Tear In My Beer (Hank Williams)
  • Things We Like To Do (The Chipmunks, under the original title "Chipmunk Fun")
  • This Boy (The Beatles)
  • This Old House (Rosemary Clooney)
  • Three Hundred Pounds of Joy (Howlin' Wolf)
  • Time And Place (Floyd Dixon)
  • Tom Dooley (The Kingston Trio)
  • Tonight You Belong To Me (Patience & Prudence)
  • Too Much (Elvis Presley)
  • Tweedle Dee (LaVern Baker)
  • Twist and Shout (The Isley Brothers, The Beatles)
  • Volare (Dean Martin, Domenico Modugno)
  • We Travel The Spaceways (Sun Ra & His Arkestra)
  • Welcome Back (John Sebastian)
  • What Does It Take (To Win Your Love For Me)? (Junior Walker & His All-Stars)
  • When Will I Be Loved? (The Everly Brothers)
  • Whistle While You Work (Snow White [Adriana Caselotti] & the Seven Dwarfs)
  • White Horse (Laid Back)
  • White Lightning (George Jones)
  • Wild Weekend (The Rockin' Rebels - NRBQ added lyrics and a bridge to create "It's a Wild Weekend")
  • Won't You Come Over To My House? (Irving Gillette [aka Henry Burr], released in 1906 on an Edison cylinder! though Al Anderson told one fan he thought NRBQ had learned it from a children's record)
  • Woolly Bully (Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs)
  • Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (Gordon Lightfoot)
  • Wham! (Lonnie Mack)
  • Yeh Yeh (Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames)
  • Yesterday (The Beatles)
  • You Didn't Have To Be So Nice (The Lovin' Spoonful)
  • You Gotta Be Loose (Wailin' Bill Dell)

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