Top 10 Underrated Cover Songs

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The Top Ten

1 Help! - John Farnham

UK-born Aussie pop star John Farnham could genuinely sing, and although Help! is my favourite Beatles album (and film), I actually prefer Farnham's slower, more emotional version of the song itself. It's genuinely moving. - truckturner

John Farnham is one of the most underrated singers of all time. Yes, Mr. The Voice can sing. - Metal_Treasure

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2 You Really Got Me - Van Halen

A lot of purists hate hate hate this shredding spin on The Kinks' classic. For me, this version is probably better than the original. I prefer "All Day and All of the Night" anyway. - truckturner

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3 Action - Def Leppard

I like The Sweet, I love Def Leppard. This is a pretty genius blend of artist and song. - truckturner

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4 Hazy Shade of Winter - The Bangles

I ask you, can you head-bang to Simon & Garfunkel? I think not. And yes, I know you can't usually head-bang to The Bangles either, but this. Rocks. Out. Their best song if you ask me. - truckturner

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5 Dream On - Ronnie James Dio & Yngwie Malmsteen

Ignore Yngwie's typically overly indulgent shredding, the late Ronnie James Dio is perfect for this. - truckturner

A perfect cover if you ask me. And I don't mind Yngwie's shredding, not at all - it's the thing that makes the cover sound different than the original and I love it. - Metal_Treasure

I think that's a very subjective preference and I can understand your point - Metal_Treasure

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6 (They Long to Be) Close to You - Isaac Hayes

Only Black Moses could take the innocent, sweet-natured love song by The Carpenters and turn it into an epic sex-a-thon. Seriously, that's what it is. I probably prefer the original, but only just. - truckturner

7 Eleanor Rigby - The Zoot

An Aussie hard rock version of my favourite Beatles song. Rick Springfield is on guitar. It's cracking. - truckturner

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8 Solitaire - The Carpenters

Karen Carpenter's butter-like voice takes me away to a special place. - truckturner

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9 Unchained Melody (Live) - Heart

Yeah, so it's only a live version, but it's on their Essential album so it counts. This song is almost impossible to cover because we all know and love the original. Ann Wilson comes mighty, mighty close to doing it the same level of justice. - truckturner

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10 No More Mr. Nice Guy - Megadeth

One of my favourite Megadeth songs, it's probably only slightly weaker than the original to be honest. It helps to like Dave Mustaine's singing voice. - truckturner

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