Top 10 Cover Songs Better Than the Original

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201 Cry Baby - Janis Joplin
202 When the Indians Cry - Vanilla Ninja

The original song is a ballad by British singer Chris Norman from his 2001 album "Breathe Me In". This song never was a hit anywhere in the world and was more like a filler song on the album. It sounds rather corny and cheesy to be honest with an unintentionally racist title. It tries so hard to be a heartbreaking ballad, that it eventually turns out cheap.
Vanilla Ninja's 2004 reincarnation was a single from their album "Traces of Sadness" and a big hit in some European countries. It turns the cheesy pop ballad into a folk inspired stripped down piece that gets more intense and rock-ish as it goes on. In the beginning the guitar takes up most of the song's instrumental. Later, more and more instruments get added, first soft percussion such as shakers, then more dominant drums, ultimately electric guitars including a solo. And of course Lenna Kuurma's and Maarja Kivi's wonderfully rough voices that make this sound more honest than the original. - Martin_Canine

203 I Follow Rivers - Triggerfinger
204 Summertime Sadness - Within Temptation
205 Let There Be Rock - Onslaught

I think this ACDC classic sounds better when metalized and faster. - Metal_Treasure

206 Blank Space - I Prevail
207 Hallelujah - K.D. Lang
208 The Scientist - Holly Henry
209 Skyfall - Amber Carrington
210 Colors of the Wind - Tori Kelly
211 Opportunity - Sia
212 Little Wing - Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
213 House of the Rising Sun - Haley Reinhart
214 Hallelujah (Duet Version) - Jennifer Hudson & Tori Kelly
215 Needles and Pins - The Searchers

Both Searchers and Ramones versions were better than original. Jackie DeShannon's original version didn't hit the chart. Searchers had the most famous cover of it. - zxm

216 Wish You Were Here - Avenged Sevenfold

Its not anywhere near the quality of the original. - christangrant

217 Hush - Deep Purple
218 Come Together - Aerosmith
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