Songs Where The Covers Are Better Than The Original

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  1. Stratohacker

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    Ray Charles had a bunch of fantastic covers.





     
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    Love that one, I really liked her take on "You're No Good" too. Great performance of it from the "Midnight Special" with Jeff Baxter on the congas.
     
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    (1) "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" has always been my favorite Bob Dylan song performed by him, but Guns and Roses really knocked that one out of the park. Great call!

    (2) As for "I Fought the Law": how about the Dead Kennedys version? Bryan Adams does a decent cover and so do the Stray Cats.

    (3) "Love Hurts" by Nazareth over the Everly Brothers version is a brilliant cover. Another great call!

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    I never cared for the Ike and Tina version, but it definitely brings something different to the party and has a loyal following.

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    To my ears, her version of "Blue Bayou" is better than the original.

    (6) UB40's cover of "Red Red Wine" beats the Neil Diamond original.

    (7) The Monkess cover of "I'm a Believer" also beats the Neil Diamond original.

    Got to go back and listen to more of the songs and covers folks have mentioned.
     
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    As good as Stevie...


    Better than the Fab Four...
     
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    And immensely better than Strauss... ;)

     
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    Anything the Canadian band "Streetheart" has covered... they were the masters of taking songs up a notch.

    Under My Thumb, Here Comes the Night, Tin Soldier, Black is Black, etc...
    (Great solo from John Hanna starting around 2:40.... at about 3:50 Spider counters the solo on the bass... it's as good as it gets)

     
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    Never liked anyone's cover of Knocking on Heaven's Door. The band that plays where my dad lives do a decent version, but is that a good song for senior citizens??

    Same for Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. Can't stand anyone's cover. Please stop covering it.
     
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    My Back Pages - ensemble performance from Dylan's 30th Anniversary Concert

    Blowin' in the Wind - Stevie Wonder from same concert
     
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    The Bangles' cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade of Winter" completely transcends the original.


    Dwight Yoakam's version of Gram Parsons's "Sin City", especially in the duet with k.d. lang is simply terrific.
     
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    Just a tad better than Benton's original:
     
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    I absolutely disagree. Sorry.
     
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    Every time a thread like this comes up, the first thing I think of is this:



    Hands-down it’s my favorite cover; YMMV.
     
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    How about, just way worse, as it ever could've been...
     
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    I didn't think Sam Cooke's 'A Change is Gonna Come' could be bettered until Otis blew through it...

     
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    How about these ?


    Jacques Brel

     
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    Zoot (an Australian band of the late 60’s with Rick Springfield) did an absolutely cracking version of the Beatle’s Eleanor Rigby. They really turned it on it’s head.
     
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    I was always partial to this version of all along the watchtower.

     
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    (3) "Love Hurts" by Nazareth over the Everly Brothers version is a brilliant cover. Another great call!

    I prefer the Joan Jett version.
     
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    "Summertime Blues" - much better by The Who than by Eddie Cochran.
     
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