Top 10 Cover Songs Better Than the Original

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161 This Flight Tonight - Nazareth This Flight Tonight - Nazareth
162 Smokin' in the Boys Room - Motley Crue Smokin' in the Boys Room - Motley Crue
163 Your Mama Don't Dance - Poison Your Mama Don't Dance - Poison
164 Along Comes Mary - Bloodhound Gang Along Comes Mary - Bloodhound Gang
165 Crazy In Love - Snow Patrol Crazy In Love - Snow Patrol
166 Feuer Frei! - Sabaton
167 Poker Face - Eric Cartman
168 Havana Affair - Red Hot Chili Peppers Havana Affair - Red Hot Chili Peppers
169 Loverman - Metallica Loverman - Metallica
170 Dancing In the Street - Mick Jagger & David Bowie Dancing In the Street - Mick Jagger & David Bowie
171 Ordinary World - Red Ordinary World - Red
172 Dissident Aggressor - Slayer Dissident Aggressor - Slayer
173 In a Gadda Da Vida - Slayer In a Gadda Da Vida - Slayer
174 Drift Away - Uncle Kracker Drift Away - Uncle Kracker
175 Midlife Crisis - Disturbed Midlife Crisis - Disturbed
176 Killing Me Softly with His Song - The Fugees Killing Me Softly with His Song - The Fugees
177 Cry Baby - Janis Joplin Cry Baby - Janis Joplin
178 When the Indians Cry - Vanilla Ninja When the Indians Cry - Vanilla Ninja

The original song is a ballad by British singer Chris Norman from his 2001 album "Breathe Me In". This song never was a hit anywhere in the world and was more like a filler song on the album. It sounds rather corny and cheesy to be honest with an unintentionally racist title. It tries so hard to be a heartbreaking ballad, that it eventually turns out cheap.
Vanilla Ninja's 2004 reincarnation was a single from their album "Traces of Sadness" and a big hit in some European countries. It turns the cheesy pop ballad into a folk inspired stripped down piece that gets more intense and rock-ish as it goes on. In the beginning the guitar takes up most of the song's instrumental. Later, more and more instruments get added, first soft percussion such as shakers, then more dominant drums, ultimately electric guitars including a solo. And of course Lenna Kuurma's and Maarja Kivi's wonderfully rough voices that make this sound more honest than the original. - Martin_Canine

179 I Follow Rivers - Triggerfinger I Follow Rivers - Triggerfinger
180 Summertime Sadness - Within Temptation Summertime Sadness - Within Temptation
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