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    Music Covers You Like Better Than The Original

    This is, of course, very subjective, but sometimes a clever cover comes along that makes you say, "That was better than the original." List some of your favorites here:

    "Take on Me": Reel Big Fish > A-Ha
    The staccato horn section gets me every time
    (the song that got this whole train started in my head; I introduced the RBF version to Younger Offspring, and every time we hear any version of this song, we agree about this assessment).

    "With a Little Help From My Friends": Joe Cocker > The Beatles
    The entire change in sound, and the background singers

    (honorable mention)
    "Wonderwall": Ryan Adams >= Oasis
    I go back and forth on this one. The RA version is totally "emo", but it gets me in "the feels" (as the kids say) sometimes.
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    I like these covers:

    Red Hot Chilli Pipers: The Way It Is (Original by Bruce Hornsby)

    Alex Goot + Chad Sugg: Save Tonight (Eagle Eye Cherry)

    Whiskey Myers: Rolling Stone (not a cover but probably inspired by Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone")

    Psycho Chor: The Lion Sleeps Tonight (The Tokens)
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    Hurt by Johnny Cash (originally NIN)
    Whiskey In The Jar by Metallica (by multiple other artists)

    There are others, but those two come to mind immediately.


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    One (U2)
    Redemption Day (Sheryl Crow)

    by Johnny Cash.

    In the YT comments I read:

    If you take a song of another band and improve it, you're a good musician.
    If you take a U2 song and improve it, you're Johnny Cash.
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    One cover song that I think that is presented in a totally different way and is better for it is:

    Alien Ant Farm Smooth Criminal > Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal

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    Everything covered by Tim Armstrong

    Anything originally performed by the Beatles.

    Ring of Fire by Wall of Voodoo.
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    No Doubt "It's My Life" by Talk Talk (1984).

    Shiny Toy Guns "Major Tom" by Peter Schlling (1983)
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    Murderham, the Tragic City
    Glen Campbell's cover of "Yesterday, When I Was Young"
    Kathy Mattea's cover of "Going Gone.
    Linda Ronstadt sang nothing but covers in the 70s, and owned them all.
    Whitney elevated all her covers, especially "All the Man I Need"
    One particular cover, "These Days" by Glen Campbell, was written by Jackson Browne when he was sixteen. He also did a fine rendition years later, but Campbell covered it at the very end of his life, after his Alzheimer's diagnosis. It added a poignancy that Browne simply didn't have access to.

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    100 percent agreement on Joe Cocker's cover of With a Little Help From My Friends. Takes an annoyIngly glib little throwaway ditty and imbues it with so much heavy emotion.

    Another one from that era: Jimi Hendrix's version of Dylan's All Along the Watchtower. If I remember correctly even Dylan acknowledged that Hendrix's version was superior.

    Because I came of age in the 80s: Naked Eyes' version of Always Something There to Remind Me and Soft Cell's Tainted Love will always be the definitive versions for me.

    Something more recent: Sturgill Simpson's country version of Nirvana's In Bloom. So diferent that the first time I heard it I was going crazy trying to recall the original version. I knew it was a cover but I couldn't get Nirvana into my head. Had to google the lyrics.

    That one reminds me if a time in my former life as a journalist when I interviewed the country singer and songwriter Bill Anderson. Having done my research, I remarked on his reputation as a songwriter for other performers and asked him about his favorite covers of his work. He mentioned a couple from recent stars I was not familiar with but said the best was James Brown's version of his signature song, Still. He said that just blew him away and that it's the mark of a true genius to take someone else's work and transform it like that, to hear something in it that its creator never could have imagined. I thought that showed a lot of class on Bill's part.
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