59 thoughts on “What cover songs are better than the original version?

  1. SillyGourd February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Many people don’t know this, but the pop-punk classic “1985” by Bowling for Soup is actually a cover.

    It’s originally an SR-71 song, and while the lyrics are mostly the same the feeling of each is incredibly different.

    You could make the argument for either, but I prefer the Bowling For Soup version personally.

  2. Scrappy_Larue February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    “House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals.
    I just learned over in TIL that nobody knows the origin of that song.

  3. dondale86 February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Sinead O’Connor nothing compares 2 U

  4. LittleRedLamps February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    I Need A Hero performed by Fairy Godmother in Shrek 2. I’m not joking and I will fight anyone who says otherwise.

  5. LegalTest February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Aretha Franklin – Respect

    Even Otis Redding (the original writer/performer) said that it is her song now.

  6. Daedeluss February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Hendrix version of Bob Dylan’s ‘All Along the Watchtower’

  7. jurking1985 February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    I think Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn” takes the cake. The original version by Ednaswap lacked any sort of punch.

  8. VictorBlimpmuscle February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    ‘Me and Bobby McGee’ by Janis Joplin – originally written and recorded by Kris Kristofferson (and others) before Janis recorded her iconic version for what would be her final album, *Pearl*.

  9. skydive54 February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    The Beatles version of Twist and Shout

  10. Hastur_83 February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”, also known as “Run On” and “Run On for a Long Time”
    an old folk song, performed by among others Johnny Cash (i think it’s the best known version)
    has an amazing cover done by Moby, on his album Play.

    Cash:

    Moby:

  11. Renkan February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    A Day to Remember’s cover of ‘Since You Been Gone’ by Kelly Clarkson is my favorite. They did such a great job translating it into their own style.

  12. TheGarp February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Santana’s cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Black Magic Woman.

  13. koopa35 February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    UB40 – Red red wine (Neil Diamond)

  14. forstopia February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Urge Overkill – Girl, you’ll be a woman soon

  15. greenfoxbluefox February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    I Will Always Love You, performed by Whitney Houston.

    Most people don’t even realize it’s not an original because she killed it.

  16. fishing_stig February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Save ferris ‘s cover of come on Eileen. Mmmmmm Monique Powell. Mmmmmmm

  17. sherwin4th February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    I think Gary Jules did a better, or at least more appealing version of Mad World than Tears for Fears. But I certainly see what there is to like in both versions.

  18. unbroken_poet February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Hard Sun – Eddie Vedder’s cover of the Indio song.
    Respect by Aretha Franklin. She covered Otis Redding

  19. R680 February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Well led Zepp sure did sell a lot more albums than the originals did that’s for sure

  20. A_Garbage_Can February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    [William Shatner’s cover of Pulp’s “Common People”](https://youtu.be/ainyK6fXku0) is one of the greatest things to have ever graced this earth and I will fight anyone who says otherwise

  21. knuth4nsen February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Oops! … I Did It Again – Children Of Bodom

  22. SirHC111 February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Hurt by John Cash is arguably better than the Nine Inch Nails version

    Higher Love by Steve Winwood has been covered By James Vincent McMorrow, which is also arguably better

    All along the watchtower was written by Bob Dylan but people only really know of the Jimi Hendrix cover

    Edit: I like both versions of Hurt and Higher Love equally, what I’ve said seem to be the popular opinion IMO.

  23. Ohaithurr92 February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Quiet Riot’s Cum on feel the noise, it’s so much better than the original that nobody knows it’s a cover.

  24. wobblypeanut February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Nirvana’s version of Bowie’s “Man Who Sold the World” is better in my opinion. Kurt’s voice was supreme during that performance.

  25. Chnkimunki February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Tennessee Whiskey- Chris Stapleton version is better than the original George Jones’ one.

  26. HappyWondering February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    The Boys of Summer by the Ataris is so good.

  27. priteeboy February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    I liked New Found Glory’s version of *Kiss Me*. They did a bunch of covers but that one stood out to me as my favourite.

  28. FresnoChunk February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    David Bowie’s Space Oddity performed by Chris Hadfield on the ISS.

  29. whiskeyhenney7 February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Judas priests cover of better by you better than me – original by spooky tooth Judas priests cover of diamonds and rust – original by joan baez.

  30. thewannabe2017 February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Rage Against The Machine – The Ghost of Tom Joad originally by Bruce Springsteen I believe, also Rage’s cover of Maggie’s Farm by Bob Dylan…probably the whole 4th album tbh

  31. nickjvh February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    I love the misfits but I think Metallica’s cover of Die, Die my Darling is better. Their sound fits the dark nature of the song better imo

  32. LordMaelstrom February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    I really enjoy blank space by iprevail more than Taylor Swift’s version.

  33. spoonybum February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Sweet Dreams – Marilyn Manson.

  34. GundamMaker February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    “Major Tom” by Shiny Toy Guns. Better than the Peter Schilling version.

  35. UnusualVegetable February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    With a Little Help From My Friends covered by Joe Cocker. Originally a Beatles song.

  36. cuethenewt February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Last Kiss – Pearl Jam
    Oh Where oh where can my baby be? -The Cavaliers (Original artist)

  37. reesejenks520 February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Charles Bradley – Changes. Man, he put so much damn soul into that song. It’s powerful, I love it so much.

  38. K1LL3RM0NG0 February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    I am NOT gonna say it’s better, because Reddit will fucking crucify me for daring to say so.

    But I thought Disturbeds version of Sound of Silence was amazing. David Draimans voice really brings the exact feeling their version of the song was trying to portray. Great cover by a great band.

    Land of Confusion was another one, but I mainly liked it because Todd McFarlane animated the music video.

    Edit : Seth to Todd

  39. Kolo_ToureHH February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    As much as I like Drake – Passionfruit, but Paramore’s cover for the Radio 1 Live Lounge is, in my humble opinion, way better.

  40. godsped February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Cake – I will survive

  41. JohtoKing February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Toploader’s cover of Dancing in the Moonlight is without doubt 10 times better than the King Harvest original

  42. FuzzyEater February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Devo’s cover of (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

  43. moparhippy420 February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Guns n roses, live and let die/knockin on heavens door. Yes both originals are good, i just like g n rs better

    Nirvana the man who sold the world
    Nirvana where did you sleep last night

    I wouldn’t say “better” or honestly even a cover, but ironically the only version you hear on the radio, Primus NIB

    Psychostick Danger Zone

    The Doors Alabama Song

    Its really close but ill say anthrax lookin down the barrel of a gun

    Rage against the machine fuck the police

    The black crows hard to handle

    Korn Word Up

  44. MorrisCody February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    |Song | Original Artist | Cover Artist
    |:– | :–| :–|
    |(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction | [The Rolling Stones](https://youtu.be/nrIPxlFzDi0) | [Devo](https://youtu.be/jadvt7CbH1o)|
    |99 Red Balloons | [Nena](https://youtu.be/La4Dcd1aUcE) | [Goldfinger](https://youtu.be/p-qfzH0vnOs)|
    |Against All Odds | [Phil Collins](https://youtu.be/uVjEcIANv1o) | [The Postal Service](https://youtu.be/oevdCrECyek)|
    |All Along the Watchtower | [Bob Dylan](https://youtu.be/BzanOzyqgas) | [Michael Hedges](https://youtu.be/lJX-xDdOA_8)|
    |All Along the Watchtower | [Bob Dylan](https://youtu.be/BzanOzyqgas) | [Jimi Hendrix](https://youtu.be/TLV4_xaYynY)|
    |Between the Bars | [Elliot Smith](https://youtu.be/hPD-a1FjUtU) | [Madeleine Peyroux](https://youtu.be/FktNzLg_te4)|
    |Bitches Ain’t Shit | [Dr. Dre](https://youtu.be/KUfzMDryA94) | [Ben Folds](https://youtu.be/S-l-c3rTlnE)|
    |Bizarre Love Triangle | [New Order](https://youtu.be/7uEBuqkkQRk) | [Frente!](https://youtu.be/tJ9iR_hxgdQ)|
    |Black Betty | [Lead Belly](https://youtu.be/sYrK464nIeY) | [Ram Jam](https://youtu.be/V0OFF3q4Pxk)|
    |Black Betty | [Lead Belly](https://youtu.be/sYrK464nIeY) | [The Lost Fingers](https://youtu.be/-f47eQhGkck)|
    |Black Hole Sun | [Soundgarden](https://youtu.be/3mbBbFH9fAg) | [Postmodern Jukebox (featuring Haley Reinhart)](https://youtu.be/R6RD6mjiIZE)|
    |Blinded by the Light | [Bruce Springsteen](https://youtu.be/7Iaca30QbOo) | [Manfred Mann](https://youtu.be/lcWVL4B-4pI)|
    |Boys of Summer | [Don Henley](https://youtu.be/g6z_NfTe6SI) | [The Ataris](https://youtu.be/-be2dMnqn8U)|
    |Call Me Maybe | [Carly Rae Jepsen](https://youtu.be/fWNaR-rxAic) | [Ben Howard](https://youtu.be/Qvr8z2FAqa0)|
    |Cat’s in the Cradle | [Harry Chapin](https://youtu.be/KUwjNBjqR-c) | [Ugly Kid Joe](https://youtu.be/B32yjbCSVpU)|
    |Creep | [Radiohead](https://youtu.be/XFkzRNyygfk) | [Scala & Kolacny Brothers](https://youtu.be/axrqVfuGHh0)|
    |Daring Nikki | [Prince](https://youtu.be/qOV88Q_v3c4) | [Foo Fighters](https://youtu.be/DSOPgAIVR4s)|
    |Daydream Believer | [The Monkees](https://youtu.be/nU615FaODCg) | [Mary Beth Maziarz](https://youtu.be/ITi_CGJOyyE)|
    |Dear Prudence | [The Beatles](https://youtu.be/UQmznZFi8Ho) | [Siouxsie & The Banshees](https://youtu.be/M6rrTROoZIw)|
    |Edge of Seventeen | [Stevie Nicks](https://youtu.be/Dn8-4tjPxD8) | [Chad Herndon](https://youtu.be/73j91dsUSBw)|
    |Eight Miles High | [The Byrds](https://youtu.be/J74ttSR8lEg) | [Roxy Music](https://youtu.be/jjfE1VFvy8g)|
    |Fast Car | [Tracy Chapman](https://youtu.be/uTIB10eQnA0) | [Jonas Blue](https://youtu.be/X6qIvzeNPxk)|
    |Footloose | [Kenny Loggins](https://youtu.be/wFWDGTVYqE8) | [Doveman](https://youtu.be/ggDeCO5MndY)|
    |Gary Gilmore’s Eyes | [The Adverts](https://youtu.be/cqx18CHDxbI) | [The Pine Valley Cosmonauts](https://soundcloud.com/bshq/gary-gilmores-eyes-by-the-pine)|
    |Get Down Make Love | [Queen](https://youtu.be/inhExqvtztE) | [Nine Inch Nails](https://youtu.be/wtI1c0Yu-PQ)|
    |Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon | [Neil Diamond](https://youtu.be/qGvMjgLXBi0) | [Urge Overkill](https://youtu.be/JAHA4Jh5jkw)|
    |Gold Dust Woman | [Fleetwood Mac](https://youtu.be/cMp57bUzOB8) | [Hole](https://youtu.be/ngmhjiR3QOo)|
    |Gone Daddy Gone | [Violent Femmes](https://youtu.be/ekL7o8BQkZM) | [Gnarls Barkley](https://youtu.be/mZbeiXZVWbM)|
    |Hallelujah | [Leonard Cohen](https://youtu.be/ttEMYvpoR-k) | [Jeff Buckley](https://youtu.be/y8AWFf7EAc4)|
    |Hazy Shade of Winter | [Simon & Garfunkel](https://youtu.be/bnZdlhUDEJo) | [The Bangles](https://youtu.be/TxrwImCJCqk)|
    |Hello | [Adele](https://youtu.be/YQHsXMglC9A) | [Lukas Rossi](https://youtu.be/ibK9jm7rFhE)|
    |Hey Joe | [The Leaves](https://youtu.be/KWv03Wgz0PQ) | [Jimi Hendrix](https://youtu.be/rXwMrBb2x1Q)|
    |Hey Joe | [The Leaves](https://youtu.be/KWv03Wgz0PQ) | [Charlotte Gainsbourg](https://youtu.be/3ddEkj-7qA8)|
    |Hey Ya | [Outkast](https://youtu.be/PWgvGjAhvIw) | [Obadiah Parker](https://youtu.be/8ejeEBlDESc)|
    |Higher Ground | [Stevie Wonder](https://youtu.be/4wZ3ZG_Wams) | [The Red Hot Chili Peppers](https://youtu.be/sdOLFtk9joI)|
    |Hurt | [Nine Inch Nails](https://youtu.be/prDoGmY5kj8) | [Johnny Cash](https://youtu.be/vt1Pwfnh5pc)|
    |I Fought the Law | [The Crickets](https://youtu.be/4hw846vx_uk) | [The Clash](https://youtu.be/tR3XY6wfSBw)|
    |I Will Always Love You | [Dolly Parton](https://youtu.be/_utP1mGoutQ) | [Whitney Houston](https://youtu.be/3JWTaaS7LdU)|
    |I Will Always Love You | [Dolly Parton](https://youtu.be/_utP1mGoutQ) | [Chase Holfelder](https://youtu.be/_xz10ZNNkoM)|
    |I Will Survive | [Gloria Gaynor](https://youtu.be/Tth-8wA3PdY) | [Cake](https://youtu.be/7KJjVMqNIgA)|
    |I’m on Fire | [Bruce Springsteen](https://youtu.be/lrpXArn3hII) | [Bat for Lashes](https://youtu.be/Rhat3oUbNkw)|
    |Imagine | [John Lennon](https://youtu.be/DVg2EJvvlF8) | [A Perfect Circle](https://youtu.be/dunKAwRN3P8)|
    |Immigrant Song | [Led Zeppelin](https://youtu.be/kEGuHdKn0Lc) | [Karen O with Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross](https://youtu.be/fkP3urtYCkc)|
    |In Bloom | [Nirvana](https://youtu.be/PbgKEjNBHqM) | [Sturgill Simpson](https://youtu.be/NpDYfkymaSE)|
    |Jolene | [Dolly Parton](https://youtu.be/b9re90HG2dw) | [The White Stripes](https://youtu.be/H4rYaLBUpLA)|
    |Just Like Heaven | [The Cure](https://youtu.be/8Dhn_iIQXDE) | [Dinosaur Jr.](https://youtu.be/FJLOr8S2d2E)|
    |Landslide | [Fleetwood Mac](https://youtu.be/K_PQ4fRQ5Kc) | [The Smashing Pumpkins](https://youtu.be/4U4opbXoMss)|
    |Last Kiss | [Wayne Cochran](https://youtu.be/yKDMRZv4SYc) | [Pearl Jam](https://youtu.be/J_sEtNrYlC4)|
    |Love Is Blindness | [U2](https://youtu.be/q8_HZ2jG_60) | [Jack White](https://youtu.be/ZWir6wUkPtw)|
    |Love Will Tear Us Apart | [Joy Division](https://youtu.be/zuuObGsB0No) | [José González](https://youtu.be/XH860MXszK4)|
    |Mad World | [Tears for Fears](https://youtu.be/SFsHSHE-iJQ) | [Gary Jules](https://youtu.be/4N3N1MlvVc4)|
    |The Man Who Sold the World | [David Bowie](https://youtu.be/HSH–SJKVQQ) | [Nirvana](https://youtu.be/fregObNcHC8)|
    |Message in a Bottle | [The Police](https://youtu.be/MbXWrmQW-OE) | [Machine Head](https://youtu.be/dV4NcnhktHY)|
    |Never Let Me Down Again | [Depeche Mode](https://youtu.be/snILjFUkk_A) | [The Smashing Pumpkins](https://youtu.be/zeDiARw8q78)|
    |No Quarter | [Led Zeppelin](https://youtu.be/JJm8fZ6WS5Y) | [Tool](https://youtu.be/_ZKIfCJZvZo)|
    |One | [Harry Nilsson](https://youtu.be/haT8g7oKnns) | [Aimee Mann](https://youtu.be/nk6y6p3ZI80)|
    |Paint It Black | [The Rolling Stones](https://youtu.be/O4irXQhgMqg) | [Ciara](https://youtu.be/RYPWxymohWs)|
    |Pale Blue Eyes | [The Velvet Underground](https://youtu.be/PK4DeMYtumc) | [The Kills](https://youtu.be/90HKC8JVMM0)|
    |Real Love | [John Lennon](https://youtu.be/rH81uwLbqys) | [Regina Spektor](https://youtu.be/F8s15Zt1S30)|
    |Red Red Wine | [Neil Diamond](https://youtu.be/BeJ55sUacPM) | [UB40](https://youtu.be/zXt56MB-3vc)|
    |Respect | [Otis Redding](https://youtu.be/KvC9V_lBnDQ) | [Aretha Franklin](https://youtu.be/NNmEQpy0Wnc)|
    |Running Up That Hill | [Kate Bush](https://youtu.be/wp43OdtAAkM) | [Placebo](https://youtu.be/4KEEXyRL0qE)|
    |Save a Prayer | [Duran Duran](https://youtu.be/6Uxc9eFcZyM) | [Eagles of Death Metal](https://youtu.be/ymIUz6njjpY)|
    |Smells Like Teen Spirit | [Nirvana](https://youtu.be/hTWKbfoikeg) | [Tori Amos](https://youtu.be/vB2c7_vyBSM)|
    |Smooth Criminal | [Michael Jackson](https://youtu.be/h_D3VFfhvs4) | [Alien Ant Farm](https://youtu.be/CDl9ZMfj6aE)|
    |Son of a Gun | [The Vaselines](https://youtu.be/dzXhj4TCQtM) | [Nirvana](https://youtu.be/0V5H2brSCsU)|
    |The Sound of Silence | [Simon & Garfunkel](https://youtu.be/4fWyzwo1xg0) | [Disturbed](https://youtu.be/u9Dg-g7t2l4)|
    |Suicide is Painless | [Johnny Mandel and Mike Altman](https://youtu.be/4gO7uemm6Yo) | [Marilyn Manson](https://youtu.be/M9dFYpDy0UQ)|
    |Sunday Bloody Sunday | [U2](https://youtu.be/4gO7uemm6Yo) | [Saul Williams](https://youtu.be/keqAQk1YuOs)|
    |Superstar | [The Carpenter](https://youtu.be/SJmmaIGiGBg) | [Sonic Youth](https://youtu.be/Y21VecIIdBI)|
    |Sweet Child o’ Mine | [Guns ’n’ Roses](https://youtu.be/1w7OgIMMRc4) | [Taken by Trees](https://youtu.be/6dqVDQ-lF4Q)|
    |Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) | [Eurythmics](https://youtu.be/qeMFqkcPYcg) | [Marilyn Manson](https://youtu.be/BHRyMcH6WMM)|
    |Sweet Jane | [The Velvet Underground](https://youtu.be/nkumhBVPGdg) | [The Cowboy Junkies](https://youtu.be/x4XVJj4jER4)|
    |Tainted Love | [Gloria Jones](https://youtu.be/OJKe2j9Wjh4) | [Soft Cell](https://youtu.be/yDT0yn9jk7M)|
    |Tainted Love | [Gloria Jones](https://youtu.be/OJKe2j9Wjh4) | [Marilyn Manson](https://youtu.be/XkKulSH2nNc)|
    |Take Me to the River | [Al Green](https://youtu.be/vGD8aQ2GKr0) | [Talking Heads](https://youtu.be/6ar2VHW1i2w)|
    |Take on Me | [A-ha](https://youtu.be/djV11Xbc914) | [A.C. Newman](https://youtu.be/v_eBTIIQOtA)|
    |Teardrop | [Massive Attack](https://youtu.be/BAVUPu7URbc) | [Civil Twilight](https://youtu.be/CloezX9pSVw)|
    |Think About Me | [Fleetwood Mac](https://youtu.be/-ZFc_-JKKNs) | [The Decemberists](https://youtu.be/k3Y07L5diB4)|
    |Thunderstruck | [AC/DC](https://youtu.be/v2AC41dglnM) | [2Cellos](https://youtu.be/uT3SBzmDxGk)|
    |Turn the Page | [Bob Seger](https://youtu.be/3khH9ih2XJg) | [Metallica](https://youtu.be/sMqNFAU0tOw)|
    |War Pigs | [Black Sabbath](https://youtu.be/LQUXuQ6Zd9w) | [Cake](https://youtu.be/IDJgwUeW7_k)|
    |Where Did You Sleep Last Night | [Lead Belly](https://youtu.be/PsfcUZBMSSg) | [Nirvana](https://youtu.be/mcXYz0gtJeM)|
    |With a Little Help From My Friends | [The Beatles](https://youtu.be/W-uTocAlIyw) | [Joe Cocker](https://youtu.be/nCrlyX6XbTU)|
    |Wonderwall | [Oasis](https://youtu.be/6hzrDeceEKc) | [Ryan Adams](https://youtu.be/kzZhtrsbJzs)|
    |Wrecking Ball | [Miley Cyrus](https://youtu.be/My2FRPA3Gf8) | [London Grammar](https://youtu.be/3DoTB4uynC4)|
    |Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) | [Enya](https://youtu.be/glyErSTQrDI) | Tell [Guns ’n’ Roses](https://twitter.com/gunsnroses) to record it |

  45. Flavius_Stilicho476 February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Knocking on Heaven’s door—GNR

    Take on Me–Reel Big Fish

    99 Red Balloons–Goldfinger

  46. itsmefreak February 14, 2018 / 2:53 am

    Almost all of the cover songs made by Postmodern Jukebox

    Top1: Habits

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