Top 10 Cover Songs Better Than the Original

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201 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

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

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

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

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