10 Classic Bill Murray Song Covers

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Bill Murray is always doing awesome things—including singing any chance he can get. Here are a few videos of Murray covering famous songs.

1. "House of the Rising Sun"

This past weekend, during a charity event at Murray Bros Caddyshake Restaurant in St. Augustine, Florida, Murray sang a 45 minute set with a live band, including a cover of "House of the Rising Sun."

2. "Gloria"

In 2007, Murray hit up the Crossroads Guitar Festival, where he covered Van Morrison's "Gloria." Murray notes that it's the only song he can play on guitar. Eventually, the actor is joined by Eric Clapton.

3. "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)"

At the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Murray and pal Clint Eastwood sang Looking Glass's "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)"—though Murray seems to be doing most of the singing.

4. "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"

During the seventh inning stretch of the Cubs home opener in 2012, Murray led the crowd in a spirited rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," which finished up with a chant: "Let's get some runs!"

5. "Waterfalls" and "Badlands"

During his tenure on SNL, one of Murray's recurring characters was a lounge singer named Nick Winters. So it makes sense that in the 25th Anniversary episode of SNL, Murray (as "Mr. Nick Thinblood") sang TLC's "Waterfalls" to Drew Barrymore. He and Paul Shaffer finished up with a rousing version of Bruce Springsteen's "Badlands."

6. "Let's Get Physical"

On the very first episode of Late Night with David Letterman, Murray did a flailing rendition of Olivia Newton John's "Let's Get Physical."

7. "I Write the Songs" / "I Am the Walrus" / "I Shot the Sheriff"

Saturday Night Live - Chevy Chase & Bill Murray... by ClassicPL

Murray and Chevy Chase had a complicated relationship (they once got into a fistfight backstage at SNL when Chase returned to host an episode). So Chase invited Murray onstage to sing a medley of songs by Barry Manilow, the Beatles, and Bob Marley.

8. "I Will Always Love You"

On the 20th anniversary of The Late Show with David Letterman, Murray dressed up as Liberace and sang Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" to the host.

9. "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"

In 2012, Murray stopped by Murray Bros. Caddyshack Restaurant and sang Cindi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" with some of the female employees—and he really goes for it.

10. "More than This"

And of course, no list of Murray covers would be complete without including Roxy Music's "More than This," which Murray sang in 2003's Lost in Translation.

Bonus: Bill Murray Almost Sings the National Anthem at Wrigley Field in 1984

But Bobby Vinton did it instead. "He did a good job," Murray said. "I guess they wanted a Hollywood type to come in and do it, I don't know. I don't care about today so much ... I'd much rather [sing the anthem] at the world series."

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