Top 10 Cover Songs Better Than the Original


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161Smokin' In the Boys Room - Motley Crue
162We're an American Band - Poison
163Helter Skelter - Motley Crue
164Along Comes Mary - Bloodhound Gang
165Crazy In Love - Snow Patrol
166Feuer Frei! - Sabaton
167Poker Face - Eric Cartman
168Havana Affair - Red Hot Chili Peppers
169Loverman - Metallica
170Dancing In the Street - Mick Jagger & David Bowie
171Ordinary World - Red
172Dissident Aggressor - Slayer
173In a Gadda Da Vida - Slayer
174Drift Away - Uncle Kracker
175Midlife Crisis - Disturbed
176Killing Me Softly with His Song - The Fugees
177Cry Baby - Janis Joplin
178When 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

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