Top 10 Cover Songs Better Than the Original


The Top Ten

1 Angel - Rod Stewart (Jimi Hendrix)

Hendrix ariginal is accoustic, Rod electrified it.

Look this up on YouTube and get your hair standing up like,... yeah like Rod Stewart.
Fantastic. - phr

I've looked it up, what a powerful song!
I didn't know he had this in him; RESPECT!

2 All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience


3 Hurt - Johnny Cash

Its really awesome, and a very different style than NIN's version, though I like NIN too, I just think this suits Cash's style really well

Why is this not #1?

4 The Man Who Sold the World - Nirvana

Honestly the Bowie version wasnt that good. But "The Man Who Sold The World" cover by Nirvana was AMAZING. It was only recorded live, but that is still great. If only this had been recorded in studio, then we would have an even better cover than what it already is!

5 Angel - Jackie Evancho

Jackie crawled inside this song and delivered it impeccably! It got a huge amount of hits on You Tube. Sorry I'm not sure of the exact number and don't want to post an error.

Each time I hear (or watch) Jackie perform this I am more impressed by how well she delivers this song. - BobG

Those darn onion cutting ninjas!

Watch her great performance of this song 'Angel' on Youtube from 'The Tonight Show' with Jay Leno. Standing ovation was so loud you couldn't even hear Leno talking at the end.

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6 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

Nothing can match Leonard Cohen's original.

Jeff Buckley made it his own

Over 300 different artists recorded this song, Cohens original is by far the best. After that, KD Lang's is right behind. Buckley's is maybe a little over halfway up the list- fine, but the song itself is remarkable, not Buckley.

7 Twist and Shout - The Beatles

They recorded it in just one take - waldo

This song is originally by the Beatles!

This song was written by Phil Medley en Bert Russell.
So like every selfrespecting pop group the Beatles prooved how good they are by recording cover and making it their own.
You can only Judge an artist for how good they are, proffessionaly, if they can do a good cover version of an existing song.
If artist only do their own stuff it is impossible to know if they have technique. - phr

8 Turn the Page - Metallica

This is definitely the best cover song in the world. Metallica simply rocks!

Ever song Metallica covered was much better than the original, but if there's one that really stands out for me it is Sabbra Cadabra

9 Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses

Who ever added this obviously hasn't bothered to listen to the original Dylan song which is better than this. - BrianScott01

10 Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm

I respect bands that take songs completely outside of their genre and make it work. This is one of the few times that's happened, and I like it. Seriously, I had no idea I wanted a metal cover of Michael Jackson until I heard this.

It's not better than MJ's version - christangrant

The Newcomers

? The Boys of Summer - The Ataris
? Forever Young - Youth Group

The Contenders

11 Sweet Dreams - Marilyn Manson

No, Marilyn Manson does not suck! He is awesome and so is his music! And every cover he does, he does better than the original artist, as if it's his own song. People don't have to share my opinion, but I LOVE him!

Best EVER cover song, way better than the original, come on guys, lets get this to number one.

Marilyn Manson sucks!

12 No More Mr. Nice Guy - Megadeth

This isn't bad, but I still think the original Alice Cooper version sounds better.

13 Bad Company - Five Finger Death Punch

Best cover I've ever heard

14 The Chain - Three Days Grace

Everything this band does is better than the original.

15 Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner

One of the few performances that actually belongs on this list. I'm not saying many other covers here aren't good, but they do Not surpass the original even if they are more popular or done by artists who have more fans here. - Billyv

16 Amazed - Boyz II Men
17 Come On Feel the Noise - Quiet Riot

Its actually spelt come on feel the Noize - Thecyanryan

Thecyanryan its actually spelt come on Feel The Noize

18 Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds

Should be third to hound dog and all along the watchtower

Debatible. in my opinion, this verson was more more innovative, while dylans verson was better - RecklessGreed

19 Rosalie - Thin Lizzy
20 Love Hurts - Nazareth
21 Always on My Mind - Pet Shop Boys

I like that they used synths to cover the song. I don't like the original, too much guitars and horns.

22 I Love Rock 'N' Roll - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
23 I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston

This is an amazing cover! Why is it at number 75?

I like this beautiful song.

I like Dollys version better

24 Whiskey In the Jar - Metallica

This is pretty good.

25 Walk This Way - Run-D.M.C.

Not at all - Songsta41

26 Torn - Natalie Imbruglia
27 Hanging On the Telephone - Blondie
28 Mad World - Michael Andrews
29 Tainted Love - Soft Cell

It's good that someone put this on this list. Not many people know it's a cover. And of course this one's better than the original - galaxyfox

30 Phantom of the Opera - Nightwish
31 Big Yellow Taxi - Counting Crows
32 Dream On - Dio and Yngwie
33 Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor
34 Whiskey In the Jar - Thin Lizzy

The best version, in my opinion. - Gg2000

Wait a minute, Thin Lizzy was the original!

No, Thin Lizzy version is a cover, too. The original is an Irish folk song. - Metal_Treasure

35 In the Air Tonight - Nonpoint

No Phil Collins Song is Better - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

36 You Can't Hurry Love - Phil Collins
37 Velouria - Weezer (Pixies)
38 Yesterday - Kristian Kostov
39 Zombie - Bad Wolves
40 Superstitious - Olly Murs
41 Should I Stay or Should I Go - Olly Murs

The Clash will always be the best one.

42 We Are the Champions - Robbie Williams

His voice is very well suited to this song, he does it justice.

Amazed at how good it was!

The best cover of a Queen song

He can sing rock well

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43 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Jackie Evancho

Jackie's version of this was beautiful, as was the setting where she performed it.

Believe in beautiful mermaids?

Paul would be very proud of this interpretation of his great song.

Jackie's version of this great S&G classic is superb.

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44 It's a Sin - Gamma Ray

Pet shop Boys went metal. Amazing cover. - Metal_Treasure

45 Cruel Summer - Ace of Base
46 Cry Baby - Janis Joplin
47 Promise This - Adele
48 Nirvana - Love Buzz (Shocking Blue)
49 Pick Up the Pieces - Candy Dulfer
50 Where is the Love? - Paige Hargrove
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Top Remixes (19)

1. All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
2. Rosalie - Thin Lizzy
3. Hanging On the Telephone - Blondie
1. Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds
2. All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
3. Twist and Shout - The Beatles
1. Torn - Natalie Imbruglia
2. Mad World - Michael Andrews
3. Sweet Dreams - Marilyn Manson

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