Best Cover SongsSteps to making a good cover song: 1) Start with a song that is already good or has potential to be good 2) Improve on the original version or make the song live up to potential and 3) do something special to make the song your own. Whether through better musicianship, vocals, emotion, etc. a great cover version takes the original song and gives it a new life.
This is a collection of the cover songs that were most certainly better the second time through. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.
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DaisymorotMore comments about Crying In the Rain - A-ha (Everly Brothers)
winner333More comments about Knockin' on Heavens Door - Guns N Roses (Bob Dylan)
jerryw08More comments about Rock and Roll - Heart (Led Zeppelin)
tata919More comments about To Love You More - Sarah Geronimo (Celine Dion)
I actually like Sarah's version better than the original. She's a genius.
When Sarah covers a piece of music, the unique beauty of her voice and the sensitive emotional phrasing she brings to it leave her name forever inscribed on that song.
One of Metallica's best songs ever! Metallica is my favorite band forever and is a big part of my life and they rock! GO METALLICA! you guys are the best!
Amazing! I was speechless when I fist heard this song. And it took me forever to actually find it, but thanks to Pandora... I finally found it!
yes even their covers are epic! m/best band ever... this song has a meaningful video and the solo is so cool!
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LadyLionessMore comments about I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston (Dolly Parton)
shouryat2bMore comments about Rolling In the Deep - Linkin Park (Adele)
I liked the original song, but AAF made an even better version.
I've heard this song 100 times! This is the best cover song all time! They change the bored song to a crazy hard rock song! It deserves to be in the top!
This is Truly a great song. It deseves to be in the top
This is by far the best hands down cover song of all time a classic.
elitanMore comments about Sweet Dreams - Marilyn Manson (The Eurythmics)
like better than the original ^^ really good song. maybe not to well english pronunciation. but still the song rocks!
normally I don't like cover songs that much and I always like the original song better. but HIM's wicked game is the only covered version of a song which is better than the original.. so in my opinion HIM has to be the number one!
hereisHorizonMore comments about Man Who Sold The World - Nirvana (David Bowie)
sktMore comments about Walk - Avenged Sevenfold (Pantera)
love4mjjMore comments about Come Together - Michael Jackson (The Beatles)
Most people don't know it's a cover song. That's the ultimate praise to a great cover song. Should be much higher than number 39.
john lennon recorded this song while he was having a bad cold and that's why this sounds so good!
amazing. i never knew it was a cover song.
Louie Louie has to be for sure in the top 10.
The Kingsmen took an R&B song, stripped it down to its essence, and created the greatest party song of all time.
RLAAMJRMore comments about It's All Coming Back To Me Now - Celine Dion (Pandora's Box)
Metallica has a grammy for that song!
I cannot believe that this song ain't made by them! Perfect!
Metallica just put a new life in this song. And James' solo was just great. What I want to tell is that Metallica popularized this song and just made it monumental like the band itself. Unfortunately this song has a really stupid video. Anyway an all time classic and Metallica just put some of their mind and soul to create a masterpiece.More comments about Whiskey In The Jar - Metallica (Thin Lizzy)
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One of the best bass lines to ever start a red hot chili peppers song. Ever. New album this august vote for this song if your siked
The Song That badly needed a cover to be good.
Sorry but how the hell is Michael Jacksons Come Together on the list.
In fact I believe that Aerosmith did the song better than Michael Jackson but not better then The Beatles.
Also Ooops!... I Did It again is a pop song not a rock song before infact Children of Bodom ruined the song.
Even though I don't mind Stevie Wonders Version too but Red Hot Chili Peppers made it their own song.
also I should add that it is one of Red Hot Chili Peppers best songs too
Why is this song way down here? This is by far the best cover of a song. David Draiman did such an excellent job on the vocals and the rest of the guys matched the instrumentals perfectly!
Shirley Bassey's cover of George Harrison's Perfect Ballad actually has sold more copies than the original Beatles release >>> which is 'Something' in itself! Harrison's song was the perfect vehicle for Bassey's emotionally charged and powerful range /register vocal abilities. See Shirley Bassey sing this song, live, on Youtube)
better than the original many thought that she did the original song
Jerry and Dennis Edmonton were brothers who were in Steppenwolf. Dennis was Mars Bonfire not John Kay. Mars appeared on Kim Fowley's Outrageous which is one of the all time best lost classics!
Steppenwolf made this song famous! Much better than the original in my opinion.
Mars Bonfire was a fictitious name John Kay made up to try to weasel out of a bad contract with their record company at that time. It didn't work, John Kay wrote Born To Be Wild.. Under the pen name "Mars Bonfire"
mcr are pro. the used arent my style but this is an awesome song
odin666More comments about Where Did You Sleep, Last Night? - Nirvana (Leadbelly/Appalachian folk song)
No one else can do a better version of this ever.
Carlos Santana's version of this Peter Green classic stays true to the original while adding a new flair to it through Santana's Latin influence. The Gypsy Queen solo adds a lot more power and "oomph" to the song, enough for me to consider it an incredible cover song.
Great reggae version, but I'm sorry, Nick Hexum is no deuche.
For as much of a douche as Nick Hexum is... this song has an amazing groove.
Incredible song. It characterises Britney Spears.
A fierce performance, with furious acoustic guitar - I think the boys of Nirvana would be entertained by Miyavi, because he is on fire! and happily insane.
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