McFly have recorded and performed a variety of officially released and unreleased cover versions of well-known songs.
McFly collaborated with Busted for a cover of The Kinks’ song “Lola” (which was a B-side on the “5 Colours in Her Hair” single) and a version of “Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations from Busted’s “Crashed the Wedding” single. Their cover of “Help!”, originally by The Beatles, was featured on the “Obviously” single while “She Loves You”, also by The Beatles, was featured on the “That Girl” single. The New Years’ carol “Deck the Halls”, and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, originally by Queen, were also featured on the “Room on the Third Floor” single. In December 2004, McFly performed “Little Saint Nick”, originally by The Beach Boys, on the EastEnders Christmas Special.
McFly released “You’ve Got a Friend”, originally by Carole King, which they recorded as part of the official 2005 Comic Relief song, along with “All About You”, where the video sees the band visiting children in Uganda affected by AIDS. McFly also recorded the 2004 hit “Mr Brightside”, originally by The Killers, which is featured on the “I Wanna Hold You” single, and “I Predict a Riot”, originally by the Kaiser Chiefs, which they performed at BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge session and is featured on the “Ultraviolet” single. McFly teamed up with Roger Daltrey of The Who in September 2005 to re-record the 1965 hit, “My Generation” to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and to launch HMV Digital’s new download service. They also released a cover of The Who’s “Pinball Wizard” on the single “I’ll Be OK” with a video. At a gig in Manchester they also mixed a verse of “American Idiot” by Green Day, into their song “5 Colours In Her Hair”.
McFly performed a version of Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back in Town” at The Prince’s Trust on 20 May 2006. They released a cover of “Don’t Stop Me Now”, originally by Queen, which was recorded to raise money for Sport Relief 2006 as the official song along with “Please, Please”. When performing this cover on their Motion in the Ocean tour, they were joined onstage by Queen guitarist Brian May atWembley Arena, who also performed the opening riff to “5 Colours in Her Hair”. Matt Willis also joined McFly to play “Don’t Stop Me Now” at Wembley Arena and the Manchester Evening News Arena. Also on the tour, they performed “Fight for Your Right (To Party)”, originally by the Beastie Boys and the “Ghostbusters” theme tune, originally by Ray Parker Jr. A few weeks later, they opened Children in Need 2006with “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles. They also covered “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” by John Lennon for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. The song “Rockin’ Robin”, originally by Bobby Day, was performed at the Top of the Pops Christmas Special and was also featured on the “Sorry’s Not Good Enough/Friday Night” single.
On 23 February 2007, McFly performed Primal Scream’s “Rocks” with Charlotte Church on The Charlotte Church Show. They also covered “Baby’s Coming Back”, originally by Jellyfish, which they released as a double A-side to “Transylvania”. McFly recorded the song “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease for an album which was in aid of The Association of Children’s Hospices and was recorded in five days, Over the Rainbow. McFly were among forty artists who recorded a track for Radio 1’s birthday celebrations, covering The Jam classic “Town Called Malice”, to feature on the compilation album Radio 1 Established 1967. The hit Rihanna song, “Umbrella”, was also covered by McFly for the single, “The Heart Never Lies”, and also had a video created for it. They also covered Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. For the album All the Greatest Hits, they covered a song by a small band named Foolproof. The song is titled “The Way You Make Me Feel” (originally titled “Can’t Stop Diggin'”). McFly gave very little credit to the original band in the inlay of the album, and most believe that the song was written by McFly themselves
McFly performed “The Winner Takes It All”, originally by ABBA, at the London 2012 Olympic Visa Party on 24 August 2008 and an acoustic version of the song was featured on the “Lies” single. The band also performed “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge on 10 September 2008.] McFly also covered “Stay With Me”, originally by Rod Stewart and The Faces as a double A side with “Do Ya” as the official 2008 Children in Need single. McFly also performed a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” on their Radio:Activetour, which was sung just by Danny Jones.
In the UK McFly performed “Up Close…and This Time It’s Personal” from 21 April to 10 May and covered Girls Aloud’s’ “The Promise.” On their European tour they sang part of the Black Eyed Peas hit called “I Gotta Feeling.”
In BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge McFly performed a cover of Taio Cruz’s UK No. 1 hit “Dynamite”, which was featured on the album Radio 1’s Live Lounge – Volume 5, released 25 October 2010. On The Sun newspaper’s show ‘Biz’ McFly did a three song Set in which the covered The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” In the first days after the opening of their new website, SuperCity, Tom covered “Yesterday” by Paul McCartney.