Top 10 Cover Songs Better Than the Original

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161 Rock On - Def Leppard
162 This Flight Tonight - Nazareth This Flight Tonight - Nazareth
163 Smokin' in the Boys Room - Motley Crue Smokin' in the Boys Room - Motley Crue
164 Your Mama Don't Dance - Poison Your Mama Don't Dance - Poison
165 We're an American Band - Poison We're an American Band - Poison
166 Along Comes Mary - Bloodhound Gang Along Comes Mary - Bloodhound Gang
167 Crazy In Love - Snow Patrol Crazy In Love - Snow Patrol
168 Feuer Frei! - Sabaton
169 Poker Face - Eric Cartman
170 Loverman - Metallica Loverman - Metallica
171 Dancing In the Street - Mick Jagger & David Bowie Dancing In the Street - Mick Jagger & David Bowie
172 Ordinary World - Red Ordinary World - Red
173 Dissident Aggressor - Slayer Dissident Aggressor - Slayer
174 In a Gadda Da Vida - Slayer In a Gadda Da Vida - Slayer
175 Drift Away - Uncle Kracker Drift Away - Uncle Kracker
176 Midlife Crisis - Disturbed Midlife Crisis - Disturbed
177 Killing Me Softly with His Song - The Fugees Killing Me Softly with His Song - The Fugees
178 Cry Baby - Janis Joplin Cry Baby - Janis Joplin
179 When the Indians Cry - Vanilla Ninja 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

180 I Follow Rivers - Triggerfinger I Follow Rivers - Triggerfinger
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