Best Cover Songs

Steps 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.
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The Top Ten

All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix (Bob Dylan)
Bob Dylan sometimes played Hendrix's version on stage, that's gotta mean something!
Out of the ten songs here, I feel this is hands down the best. No question. There will never be another Jimi Hendrix. He was so amazing and unique.
Absolutely phenominal. Fits into every era. This man was a true genius!
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2Crying In the Rain - A-ha (Everly Brothers)
there are many great songs from Everly Brothers among them is this one "Crying in the Rain"
I normally don´t like cover versions, but this one is really good!


A-ha didn't cover that much songs, but what they covered (all of them songs) is great! Thankyou a-ha for this fantastic music :-)
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3Knockin' on Heavens Door - Guns N Roses (Bob Dylan)
Gun's and Roses do this song better than anyone, this happens a lot with Dylans songs, a great writer and lyricist with a unique voice but whose songs are oten better with other performers take on them. Gun's and roses version adds a awesome heavy element to this song and make the changes sound amazing! better than any on the above list.


much better than 7 covers! this cover is much better than the original song, this is the best GUNS N' ROSES cover ever!


Awesome cover! It should be on the top of the list! In my opinion, this song sounds best when played with an electric guitar. I think the main reason for the success of this song was slash's guitar playing. His solo was just unbelievably amazing!


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4Respect - Aretha Franklin (Otis Redding)
Wonderful voive carry the song.

5Rock and Roll - Heart (Led Zeppelin)
Its on HEART's Greatest hits CD.Not the CD from the 80's the one when HEART was a real rock, Band 1975-1980.


And thatÂ's a fact. No one can sing Zeppelin like Ann Wilson. The BEST woman singer Rock ever had.
No one can sing Zeppelin like Ann Wilson.
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6To Love You More - Sarah Geronimo (Celine Dion)
,, definitely.. ,, from the start of the start contest,, I olredy knew that she's gonna win the competition.. ,,


Celine is at her best, suits her vocal range. I actually thought the song was written and composed for Dion. I have never heard the original, but I can't imagine it surpassing this one.
to love you more is here winning piece in the compitation.. by celine dion. and her voice fitted (ala) celine dion of the philippines..


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7Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds (Bob Dylan)
Bob Dylan, the best songwriter ever, himself said that no one could play this song any better, which was right. This is such an amazing rendition while I'll agree that the other songs on this list are good I just like this one the best. But notice how 3 of the top 4 songs are Dylans covers...
"Wow, you can even dance to that! " Bob Dylan after hearing the cover
This is definitely the winner here. Killing a Bob Dylan song is hard to do but they did it. Crazy stuff

8Dust in the Wind - Sarah Brightman (Kansas)
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.


No way is it better then the original

9You Really Got Me - Van Halen (The Kinks)
When Van Halen covers a song they always make it better than the original version of it. And this just owns the kinks version


The original Kinks tune was great - not the sort of tune that gets one-upped much - but the Van Halen cover just blows it away.
Ray Davies even said this version is better than the original.

10Hurt - Johnny Cash (Nine Inch Nails)
Actually my favorite cover song is Jimi Hendrix's version of 'All along the Watchtower'. But seeing this great piece of art so far down here, I just feel like I have to give it my vote, because it is not only one of the best covers but easily one of the best songs ever recorded. So I think it is a shame to see Johnny Cash's beautiful and unique version of this great song on rank 32 (and I mean by now everybody should know that it is a cover so that is not an excuse)
This is easily the best cover. The video makes it the best I've ever seen. Johnny Cash makes this average song into a masterpiece that perfectly ends his career.
No doubt this song tops the original by a hundred times, johnny cash's final songs were mediocre but this songs stands right with the best of him
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The Contenders

11Turn The Page - Metallica (Bob Seager)
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!


12Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm (Michael Jackson)
I liked the original song, but AAF made an even better version.


Why I choose this?...
bob dylan is better I think...


13Rolling In the Deep - Linkin Park (Adele)
The Best Cover Ever! Although it it is newer than many of the items at the top(at this moment)...

And it is 100 times better than Adele Version of the song...

I Hated this song too much but when Chester Bennington sang it and Mike Shinoda took the piano, it was totally a different experience...

Chester's Voice cannot be compared he's 10 times better than Adele!

Awesome Cover... Linkin Park for Life


Rumor has it that Adele made a cover of this song.

Chester really blew this song out the competition. Amazing vocals with Shinoda on the piano. It was just beautiful
Chester's awesome voice and Mike's addictive tunes. Gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it. Linkin Park doesn't do a lot of covers. But when they do, they make it better than the original. LINKIN PARK ROCKS!
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14I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston (Dolly Parton)
Even though Whitney's wasn't better (though it was SO close) she brought the song out into the mainstream.


Way better than the original version!
I find it crazy that I'm adding this. Maybe it's because everyone thinks that it was her song.
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15Walk This Way - Run-DMC (Aerosmith)
This is not a cover

16Proud Mary - Tina Turner (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

17Give In to Me - Three Days Grace (Michael Jackson)
Woah. I didn't even know that this song was an mj one. Three days grace rocks
Best song I've ever heard, this cover is actually better than the original... The reason I started to listen to MJ is because of this song!
I never thought this was a great adm and the guys are killing it...just love this song
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18Thoughtless - Evanescence (Korn)
They took an already amazing song and made it that much better this is deffinaetly number one quality. Evanescence really understood the song and were able to take it and add their amazing style too.. AMAZING

19Over the Hills and Far Away - Nightwish (Gary Moore)
Not a lot has been changed in orchestration, none at all in lyrics, but the voice of Tarja has taken a great song to a new level.

20Sweet Dreams - Marilyn Manson (The Eurythmics)
The lyrics are dark and creepy, Marilyn Manson made the song fit the lyrics. Unfortunately it will never get the recognition it deserves because he is Marilyn Manson.
The songs lyrics were meant to be creepy but the original isn't creepy sounding, Marilyn Manson changed it to it's true form.
the cover by marilyn manson has so much more soul than the original. respect 4 MM


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21Live and Let Die - Guns N' Roses (Wings)

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

22Cross - Eyed Mary - Iron Maiden (Jethro Tull)

23House of the Rising Sun - The Animals (Clarence Ashley)

This is by far the best hands down cover song of all time a classic.

24To Feel the Fire - Gackt (Stevie Wonder)
like better than the original ^^ really good song. maybe not to well english pronunciation. but still the song rocks!

25Feeling Good - Muse (Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse)
Muse has made this song into an epic - original use of a loud speaker - hidden away at the end of Origin of Symmetry this has become a firm fan favourite and a must=play at live gigs - this has to be higher than number 32
Moving cover version by a legendary rock band
Matthew's voice is beautiful and haunting.


26Roll Over Beethoven - ELO (Chuck Berry)

27Wicked Game - HIM (Chris Isaak)
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!

28Man Who Sold The World - Nirvana (David Bowie)
Truly... the magic of Kurt Cobain... Best Cover ever!


The best cover of Nirvana and all time, they made it better than David Bowie!

I think this one must be in the principal list
Can't believe this song is way down in this list.. This together with all along the watchtower-jimi hendrix are the best cover songs to be ever performed
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29Diamonds and Rust - Judas Priest (Joan Baenz)

30Paranoid - Avenged Sevenfold (Black Sabbath)
Avenged, in this song gives Paranoid a pimp. No many changes in here and there, but, still pimped
This songs has no changes with the old one... This is an awesome creation of avenged sevenfold... They shown us what can they do and how better they are... That's why I just love a7x... And avenged sevenfold for life..

31Come Together - Michael Jackson (The Beatles)
I kinda liked it when the Beatles sang it. But it's a really cool song ya know. Oh and just one more thing my comments are always at the last on the list. Why is that?
Great Cover, everybody judges this one because of the artist and because people thought he crossed the line by being a good business man instead of beatles fan. Still he is a great beatles fan and nailed this one making it fresh and interesting for the first time it has been covered. He should had left it in Moonwalker though. Putting it on the HIStory album was unnecessary. It doesn't fit the sound of the album at all.
This song was an amazing song for Michael. He made an awesome video for this and you just can't take your eyes off him... xo


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32Walk - Avenged Sevenfold (Pantera)
Matt is the only vocalist of a new metal/rock band that still has gritty vocal of the 80's heavy metal
A7x did the best cover song... did you ever listen to Walk...? this should be in the top 5...


13th? are you kidding me?! should be in the top 5 at least! A7X did a great job here!
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33Hound Dog - Elvis Presley (Willie Mae)

34Whiskey In The Jar - Metallica (Thin Lizzy)
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.
Just listen to that, awelsome song, better than the original one. They got a Grammy for that song.
This cover is better than the others in the top.
I cannot believe that this song ain't made by them! Perfect!
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35The Green Manalishi - Judas Priest (Fleetwood Mac)

36Gloria - The Doors (Van Morrison)

37Twist and Shout - The Beatles (Topnotes)

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.

38Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley (Leonard Cohen)
This is such an underrated cover. This is personally one of my favorite covers of all time, showing the true talent behind Jeff's composition. He writes these solos himself, which takes talent guys. Some of my personal favorites are this, Jimi Hendrix's All Along the Watchtower, Heart's Rock and Roll and Guns N' Roses' Knockin' on Heaven's Doors
This song will never be such a beautiful masterpiece if Jeff Buckley never covered it. I listened to the original and totally hate it, I can respect Leonard's genius in lyrical composure but the execution of the song is horrible in my opinion. Jeff Buckley ripped apart the song and stripped it down to a pure, simple but nonetheless wonderful work of musical art.
Once you get to the point where people think that you wrote the song, it's safe to say that the cover was amazing. This cover is monumental and made it the legend it is today.
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39Louie Louie - The Kingsmen (Richard Berry)

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.

40Wish - Linkin Park (Nine Inch Nails)
I heard the NIN version and didn't really like it that much, but then I heard the LP version and it was awesome. Linkin Park rules.


Way better than the original, it has angel voice, with... DEVIL SCREAMS! Chester hit the spot to be the Top 1. To those who likes scream and growls, this is a perfect Semi-death metal cover for you! M/
Really the best cover ever. I don't think the NIN version is so good, but Chester and Linkin Park really makes it have that angry, rough tone that NIN couldn't give.

41Cinnamon Girl - Type O Negative (Neil Young) Listen to sample

42Master Of Puppets - Trivium (Metallica)
Great Song already Trivium just added a youthful energy to it
Much better than metallica.. Trivium rules!

43It's All Coming Back To Me Now - Celine Dion (Pandora's Box)
Jim Steinman wrote the songs "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" popularized by Bonnie Tyler, Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" popularized by Air Supply", I'd Do Anything For Love But I Won't Do That by Meatloaf and this song "It's All Coming Back To Me Now" originally recorded by Pandora's Box in 1989 and in 1996, Celine Dion made her version to it which brought great success to her career. The song was also recorded again by Meatloaf with Marion Raven in 2006. Celine's version of this song is superb, and noone can make the song better than her. Great music video. Everything is just perfect. This song is undoubtedly the greatest song of all time.
Celine has a voice that no one has and it is a god giving talent and its the song ever she has a range that no one can top not even Mariah Cary can top plus she is the number one singer in the world and can belt out any song with so much power that it knocks the socks right of your feet. Plus she is a real person and is not fake or full of them selves unlike some famous people I now who think there the greatest thing since slice bread plus she gives some her money to charity and is a greacious, kind, funny is a great person and a amazing mom to her son and has a loving relationship with her husband for a long time and no one can top that no matter how hard they try.
Noone can deny the fact that the first time the person listened to this song would really feel the power and the greatness of the song. Wrote by famous songwriter Jim Steinman, "It's All Coming Back To Me Now" has proven itself that it is the greatest song ever. Great arrangement. Great vocals from Celine Dion, Fantastic lyrics, bundled into a very classic, unforgettable and enthralling song. This song has made an indelible mark both in music and on human memory.


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44Am I Evil?- Metallica (Diamond Head)
MUAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAH, Best song on this list by far.
Why the hell is it so low though really?
It sucks how underrated all these songs are, just because of people who love pop and pop rock, POP SUX.
This song brought Diamond Head and the "New Wave of British Heavy Metal" to America's Metalheads' attention.


An epic classic, forged by Diamond Head, and perfected by Metallica. Cheers to James Hetfield and the boys!

45That's All Right - Elvis Presley (Arthur Crudup)

46Soldier of Fortune - Opeth (Deep Purple)

47Blue Monday - Orgy (New Order)

48American Pie - Madonna (Don Mclean)
I don't care what haters say. Madonna sang it very well. She made it look unique in its own way. The song was a huge hit all over the world. Even Don Mclean loved it


Listen to sample

49Diamonds - Any Given Day (Rihanna)

50It's My Life - No Doubt (Talk Talk)

51It's Raining Men - Geri Halliwell (The Weather Girls)
much much and much better than original. Geri did a great job!
I have read many negative comments about Geri's version but I love it so much! For me, she performed it very well. It suited her and thanks to Geri, everyone started listening to the original one


52The Trial - Dark Funeral (King Diamond) Listen to sample

53Free Bird - Juliet Simms (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

54Something - Shirley Bassey (The Beatles)
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)

55I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Regine Velasquez (Aerosmith)
listen to her R2K album and you'll see what I mean.

The album was back in 2000 yet she can still sing the song in the exact same tune.


She takes one of Aerosmith's most popular song, makes it her own (without making it something totally different) and does the impossible: makes it better than the first.
only regine who can song.. this version.. ^_^


56The Best - Tina Turner (Bonnie Tyler)

57Land of Confusion - Disturbed (Genesis)

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!

58Hallowed Be Thy Name - Cradle of Filth (Iron Maiden)

59Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers (Stevie Wonder)

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

60Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley (Carl Perkins)

61I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking for - Disturbed (U2)

62Bad Romance - Halestorm (Lady Gaga)

63My Mind Is Ramblin' - The Black Keys (Junior Kimbrough) Listen to sample

64I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye (Gladys Knight)
This cover is so great that we almost forgot the original song.
This has got to be the greatest original and cover song of time. Both #1 hits.

65You're No Good - Linda Ronstadt (Betty Everett)

66All Time High - Jarvis Cocker (Rita Coolidge)

67America - Yes (Simon & Garfunkel)
Shows what brilliant musicians Yes were and are.

68Paranoid - Megadeth ( Black Sabbath)

69Word Up! - Korn (Cameo)

70Burnin' for You - Iced Earth (Blue Ă–yster Cult)

71Hey Jude - Wilson Pickett (The Beatles)

72Where Did You Sleep, Last Night? - Nirvana (Leadbelly/Appalachian folk song)
This deserves top 5
What kind of people visit this page anyway?
Seriously? I'm sure a lot of votes will change once people actually hear this
omg, i get shivers from just hearing the last lines he sings


One of my favourite songs in the MTV Unplugged performance (hard fight though), Kurt voice just give me shivers every time I listen to this song.
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73#9 Dream - a-ha (John Lennon)

74Stone Cold Crazy - Metallica (Queen)
Anyone who listens to Metallica says all their songs are good. Given if it was before the Black Album. But, I'd say it's still one of the worse covers I heard.
Metallica's greatest cover!


75Love Don't Live Here Anymore - Madonna (Rose Royce)

76Torn - Natalie Imbruglia (Ednaswap)

better than the original many thought that she did the original song


77Dreamer Deceiver - Skyclad (Judas Priest)

78Tuesday's Gone - Metallica (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

79The Ghost of Tom Joad - Rage Against the Machine (Bruce Springsteen)

80Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf (Mars Bonfire)

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"

81The Ripper - Mercyful Fate (Judas Priest)

82Somebody That I Used to Know - Mayday Parade (Gotye)

83No Quarter - Tool (Led Zeppelin)
A genius pays homage. Tool's haunting and thunderous rifts pound this song deep into your psyche. Brilliantly interpreted! Tool fans, check out Staind's cover of "Sober. " its not amazing, but its rare and worth a listen.
The margin between these two songs is by far the most narrow.. The only song on this list or any where rock gods and geniuses covered other rock gods and geniuses

84Power Of Love - Celine Dion (Jennifer Rush)
I've always heard "The Power Of Love" played on the radio before and I really didn't like the voice because the singer's voice was shrill. When I've learned that Celine sung this song too, I decided to know her version 'cos even if DJ's mistakenly name the singer of the song as Celine, I know that it wasn't her 'cos the voice wasn't beautiful. And when I heard a better version of this song, I immediately recognized Celine's voice. And I was right 'cos when i finally got her "The Colour Of My Love" album, I knew that her own version was the best one. The Power Of Love has also become a hit especially that Celine also sung a high note at one part of the song. Great lyrics.


A british singer did a cover of this song for a advert recently and it's better than both of these

85Astronomy - Metallica (Blue Ă–yster Cult)
Metallica turned it into a diamond from a piece of coal.

86Love the One You're With - Stephen Stills (The Isley Brothers)

87Under Pressure- My Chemical Romance & The Used (Queen)

mcr are pro. the used arent my style but this is an awesome song


88Without You - Mariah Carey (Def Leppard)
Wow. This was a cover done by Nilsson of a Badfinger tune. Maria covered a cover of a cover. Nilsson's version was incredible and deserves to be on this list.
Even definitely Leppard thinks her cover is the right one after waiting for years for someone who could make it right...

89Gimme a T for Texas - Lynyrd Skynyrd (Jimmie Rodgers)

90Bad Company - Five Finger Death Punch (Bad Company)
When I first heard this song it blew my mind and I wondered, "How the hell did I even not hear this version before? " This remake is sick beyond belief (in a great way)! FFDP did the song great justice and Bad Company would be PROUD at this version! It needs to be WAY higher on the list.
I feel like the cover is better than the original, easily one of my favorite songs
Horrible cover, no contest to the original

91Run - Leona Lewis (Snow Patrol)

92Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - HYDE (The Beatles)
No one else can do a better version of this ever.

93The Evil That Men Do - After Forever (Iron Maiden)

94Love Song - 311 (The Cure)

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.

95Black Magic Woman - Santana (Fleetwood Mac)

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.


96I Want Out - Sonata Arctica (Helloween)

97My Perogative - Britney Spears (Bobby Brown)

Incredible song. It characterises Britney Spears.

98Careless Whisper - Seether (George Michael)
Seether's version of this song makes it edgy and raw...its like a completely different song. One of the best cover songs of all time. This should be top 5 at least...
This is the song that got me into Seether. It definitely deserves a better spot than this, it needs to be in the top ten at least


99Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O' Connor (Prince)

100Blew - Miyavi (Nirvana)

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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