It's been estimated that Louie Louie has been covered by more bands than any song in history (est. 1500 times) surpasing The Beatles "Yesterday". Here are various versions representing various genres take on this classic. It has also been suggested that use of the Kingsmen's beat from this song may have thus helped lead to the invention of reggae music. Marsh, Dave, 1989, The Heart of Rock and Roll, New American Library, p. 124.
The Fat Boys recorded a version of "Louie Louie" in 1988 on their album Coming Back Hard Again; their version features new lyrics written by the group about the history of the song and its original controversy.
Black Flag released its own version of "Louie Louie" in 1981 on Posh Boy Records, then reissued the single on its own SST label and as part of the anthology The First Four Years. It features Dez Cadena on vocals for the lead track, with Cadena improvising his own lyrics for the song; an alternate version heard on the 1982 outtakes compilation Everything Went Black, recorded at a different session, features a different set of lyrics. A live recording of Black Flag's version from the 1986 live album Who's Got the 10½? features Henry Rollins following in the band's tradition of improvising new lyrics for the song.
The Kinks 1964 version. Ray Davies has stated that he wrote The Kinks' first hit, "You Really Got Me" (1964 - "The greatest rock and roll song of all time" - Dan Lanham) while trying to work out the chords of "Louie Louie".
The 1973 song "Brother Louie" by the UK band Hot Chocolate was strongly inspired by "Louie Louie" and includes a minor-key reprise of the chorus. The song, about an interracial romance, became a No. 1 U.S. hit that same year in a cover version by the New York band Stories.