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 All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

One of the most influential solos of all time. - JoLeKosovo


3 Hurt - Johnny Cash 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.

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.

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!

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 Come On Feel the Noise - Quiet Riot

Thecyanryan its actually spelt come on Feel The Noize

Its actually spelt come on feel the Noize - Thecyanryan

9 Turn the Page - Metallica

My favourite cover song by Metallica. - Userguy44

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

10 I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston

I like this beautiful song.

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

I like Dollys version better

The Contenders

11 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

12 Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm

Not better than Mike's. You gotta sing in a way that nobody else does.

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

13 No More Mr. Nice Guy - Megadeth

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

14 In the Air Tonight - Nonpoint

No Phil Collins Song is Better - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

No no no no no no no no no, bad nonpoint, you don’t cover a classic rock song again! - Weirdest-thing

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 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!

18 Tainted Love - Soft Cell
19 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

20 Rosalie - Thin Lizzy
21 Cruel Summer - Ace of Base
22 Love Hurts - Nazareth
23 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.

24 I Love Rock 'N' Roll - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
25 Hanging On the Telephone - Blondie
26 Walk This Way - Run-D.M.C.

Not at all - Songsta41

27 Torn - Natalie Imbruglia
28 Mad World - Michael Andrews

Who else knows this song cause if Donnie darko - Weirdest-thing

29 The Chain - Three Days Grace

Everything this band does is better than the original.

30 Phantom of the Opera - Nightwish
31 Big Yellow Taxi - Counting Crows
32 Dream On - Dio and Yngwie
33 The Sound of Silence - Disturbed

Where is Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts

Redone in a way that was fresh and beautiful, and makes me think for a while. - Cyri

Haunting and powerful, this is a completely different take on this song than Simon and Garfunkel. This doesn't seem like the kind of song Disturbed would take on, but they truly nailed it.

Better than the original in every way!

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34 Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor
35 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

36 You Can't Hurry Love - Phil Collins
37 Bad Company - Five Finger Death Punch

Best cover I've ever heard

38 Velouria - Weezer (Pixies)
39 Yesterday - Kristian Kostov
40 Imagine - A Perfect Circle
41 Cats in the Cradle - Ugly Kid Joe
42 Superstitious - Olly Murs
43 Should I Stay or Should I Go - Olly Murs

The Clash will always be the best one.

44 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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45 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 does this song with Justice.

46 It's a Sin - Gamma Ray

Pet shop Boys went metal. Amazing cover. - Metal_Treasure

47 Land of Confusion - Disturbed

Disturbed does it pretty badass, but I still like the Genesis version best.

Way better than the Genesis version

48 Nutshell - Adema
49 Cry Baby - Janis Joplin
50 I Want to Know What Love Is - Mariah Carey
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1. All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
2. Rosalie - Thin Lizzy
3. Hanging On the Telephone - Blondie
1. I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
2. Cats in the Cradle - Ugly Kid Joe
3. I Want to Know What Love Is - Mariah Carey
1. Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds
2. All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
3. Twist and Shout - The Beatles

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