During his almost 50-year career, Lou Reed influenced generations of alt-rockers, rappers, glam queens, metalheads and avant-gardists.
And since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Reed had much to be thankful for.
TRACKS: Essential listening
APPRECIATION:: Attitude, wit and poetic genius
Many artists covered his songs throughout the years, including David Bowie, Nirvana, R.E.M. and Elvis Costello. Beck went one step further and covered an entire album: The Velvet Underground & Nico.
But how does the number of covers stack up against the numbers from other megastar songs? According to the stats, the Beatles far outpace Lou Reed and other rock contemporaries. But, we'll just "Let it Be."
Enjoy some cover songs from our Lou Reed playlist: