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Have you heard any cover songs that are better than the original?

pepper5419 2012/06/10 03:17:41
I love watching music videos on YouTube in my spare time.I have a large variety of music I listen to so my favorites list is all over the place.I have favorites in country music,rock and roll,doo wop,motown,some rap.and top 40.You come across some videos of people or bands that sing cover songs better than the original artists.Some of the better examples over the years would be "Me and Bobby McGee" original artist Kris Kristofferson sung better by Janis Joplin,"Just My Imagination "original artist The Temptations sung better by the Rolling Stones,etc...Another example would be an obscure cover band.One of my favorites is the Diesel Island band w/ Steve Chosich singing "You Never Even Called Me By My Name."It's the best version of a song originally sung by David Allan Coe.Got any favorites?
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  • katywon 2012/06/10 04:37:35
    katywon
    +4
    I actually like most of the original versions better. You cant beat Whitney Houston and I will always love you. Or maybe you can but I tend to listen to the nostalgic sounds of old favorites.

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  • NoHandlebarsAttached 2012/06/10 06:26:42
    NoHandlebarsAttached
    +3
    In my opinion, Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt" is better than the original Nine Inch Nails version.
  • pepper5419 NoHandl... 2012/06/10 06:32:02
    pepper5419
    +1
    Can't think of an odder combination of Nine Inch Nails and Johnny Cash.
  • NoHandl... pepper5419 2012/06/10 06:46:13
    NoHandlebarsAttached
    +2

    Pretty great cover.
  • seattleman NoHandl... 2012/06/10 15:50:39
    seattleman
    +1
    Absolutely. Another one...
  • katywon 2012/06/10 05:16:44
    katywon
    +2
    Just a thought. Years ago there was a really popular song by Pat Boone. I think it was covered by Ketty Lester, or maybe he covered hers. But hers was better.Love Letters in the sand.
  • Lawnmowerman~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/10 05:02:48
    Lawnmowerman~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Yes. Quite a few of the Beatles first hits were covers.
  • katywon 2012/06/10 04:37:35
    katywon
    +4
    I actually like most of the original versions better. You cant beat Whitney Houston and I will always love you. Or maybe you can but I tend to listen to the nostalgic sounds of old favorites.
  • Thank y... katywon 2012/06/10 17:07:12
    Thank you but no...
    +2
    Well it was originally written and sung by Dolly Parton, so maybe you DON't like the originals as much as you thought...
  • katywon Thank y... 2012/06/10 18:11:12
    katywon
    +1
    I remember when you say it. Dolly was great too. Now I am in conflict
  • seattleman 2012/06/10 04:25:59
    seattleman
    +4
    You're absolutely right about Joplin's "Me and Bobby McGee". I think of Stevie Ray Vaughn's "Little Wing" first, but there are many others. Zepplin covered a bunch of old blues tunes early on. Their first album was almost exclusively other people's material - and it kicked ass.
  • Andy Fl... seattleman 2012/06/10 05:40:09
    Andy Fletcher
    +1
    I love what Stevie does with the guitar on this, but with THIS song, I find it almost sinful to leave out the lyrics. Especially as it is one of Jimi's songs that really showcases his voice. So I prefer the original, but if I'm going to go with a cover, I'd pick Concrete Blonde's.
  • aidet 2012/06/10 04:16:11
    aidet
    +1
    yes..the song iris by the goo goo dolls cover by sleeping with sirens
  • HannahFitz aidet 2012/06/10 12:12:43
    HannahFitz
    ooh, i never liked the original, but i like this!
  • aidet HannahFitz 2012/06/10 20:02:46
    aidet
    ha yea this one is amazing!!
  • HannahFitz aidet 2012/06/10 20:57:38
    HannahFitz
    you've got me seriously addicted to it now. *-*
  • aidet HannahFitz 2012/06/11 00:21:55
    aidet
    haha and you are very welcome=D
  • Helmholtz 2012/06/10 04:04:01
    Helmholtz
    +1
    I think almost any cover by Johnny Cash.





    I also like Cake's cover of War Pigs

  • Andy Fl... Helmholtz 2012/06/10 05:56:15
    Andy Fletcher
    +1
    Sorry, I love Johnny, and he did some great covers, but I think he missed with this one. He did a lot better with NiN's "Hurt", the Beatles "In My Life", and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face".



    On "War Pigs", I really like the guys vocals, but they seemed quite heavy on the bass, so musically, it is kind of muddled for me. They did a good job, but I'll take the original.
  • Helmholtz Andy Fl... 2012/06/10 06:02:05 (edited)
    Helmholtz
    +1
    Love all the Cash songs you shared. I think that a lot of the power, for me, comes from hearing an old man sing/say these things.

    Fair call on Cake :)
  • Andy Fl... Helmholtz 2012/06/10 07:10:58
    Andy Fletcher
    +1
    You are absolutely correct. Johnny's voice has always, for me, been so pure. It was all the better towards the end. He KNEW his voice, and just how to use it. H e was a master at conveying his feelings through his voice. I dismissed him in the 60's after "A Boy Named Sue", up until he covered "Hurt". I kick myself for that dismissal now, and thank goodness for YouTube. Cohen is the same way. He should be getting worse, but he keeps getting better. I think I'm also loving Neil Young more than ever now as well. You don't hear much of them now, but Eric Burdon and Van Morrison are still kicking ass too.
  • Helmholtz Andy Fl... 2012/06/10 07:20:35
    Helmholtz
    +1
    I love Neil Yong. I'll have to look into Cohen. Any particular suggestions?
  • Andy Fl... Helmholtz 2012/06/10 08:12:07 (edited)
    Andy Fletcher
    Well I'll just post them for you here,lol.


    I included this version because it has a couple of verses you won't normally hear. I remember reading him saying there are around 70, but even he wasn't sure how many. Usually the four in the K.D. Lang version (posted elsewhere in this thread) are the ones you hear the most.




    For Janis Joplin:
  • Boris D. 2012/06/10 03:39:31
  • reaper 2012/06/10 03:39:05
    reaper
    yes, many of them. here is one.

  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/06/10 03:37:55
    Christopher Kirchen
    +1
    I have heard two cover versions of "Dancin' in the Street", one by Van Halen and one by David Bowie and Mick Jagger, that I liked better than the original.
  • vinone 2012/06/10 03:33:21
    vinone
    +1
    Love Song by 311, Once Bitten Twice Shy by Great White, those are the only two that pop in my head....
  • Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC 2012/06/10 03:33:12
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    +3
    Not better but just as good.
  • Andy Fl... Nam Era... 2012/06/10 06:33:27 (edited)
    Andy Fletcher
    +1
    K.D. Lang has an amazing voice. She brings something to everything she does. I missed years of good listening being hung up on her "K.D.-ness" that I now regret for being so freaking close minded.
    Cohen says she owns this now:

    Neil Young's "After The Gold rush"
  • Vitalani 2012/06/10 03:31:08
    Vitalani
    Karmin's cover of Chris Brown's "look at me now".
  • Me 2012/06/10 03:30:57
  • Jersey Roze ♥Jwon's Cyar'ika ♥
    +1
    The Fray's cover of the song Heartless originally done by Kanye West. I loved it...
  • Jerry 2012/06/10 03:21:55
    Jerry
    +2
    Not many covers are better then the original, but they can be very good & close. Here listen to these
  • Andy Fl... Jerry 2012/06/10 06:34:30
    Andy Fletcher
    +1
    I like what they did with this.
  • Jerry Andy Fl... 2012/06/10 15:38:42
    Jerry
    +1
    lol me too
  • Thank y... Jerry 2012/06/10 17:31:35
    Thank you but no...
    +1
    A great cover but I still prefer the original.

    However, with some songs the cover is miles better. I would put the Zombies "She's not there" redone by Sanatana in that category.





    Also, possibly the most covered song in history, "I put a spell on you", as done by Jools Holland, Dave Gilmour and Mica Paris.



    And another favourite, Deep Purple's "Burn" as performed live by Black Country Communion





  • Charmaine 2012/06/10 03:20:43
    Charmaine
    +2
    Yes there was a song made in the 80's by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam called All Cried Out that I heard and I fell in love with the lyrics but the girls voice was terrible. I heard a remake by a group named Allure from the mid 90s and they brought out the best in that song it was great and very beautiful!!!
  • Helmholtz Charmaine 2012/06/10 04:07:52
    Helmholtz
    +1
    This one?

  • Charmaine Helmholtz 2012/06/10 04:27:10
    Charmaine
    +1
    YES!!!

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