Top 10 Cover Songs by Rock and Metal Bands that Were Better Than the Original

The Top Ten

1 All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience Cover Art

The guitar solo was very good. Especially at the ending. - zxm

2 Whiskey in the Jar - Metallica Whiskey in the Jar - Metallica Cover Art

This is a bit complicated. Metallica did a cover of Thin Lizzy but it's not the original - it was also a cover, a rock cover of a folk song. The original is an Irish folk song. - Metal_Treasure

Thin Lizzy did it so much better. - 445956

3 Cum on Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot Cum on Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot Cover Art

How did I forget this - christangrant

4 Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses Cover Art

A lot better than the original, and probably my 2nd favorite Guns N' Roses song. They did a very good job with the cover. - Element119

I definitely agree - much much better than the original. Maybe this should be at #1 on this list. - Metal_Treasure

Bob Dylan wasn't a very good singer but an excellent song writer and since Axl Rose is a good singer with a very high vocal range Guns N' Roses nailed this cover and made it better than the orginal - christangrant

5 Symphony of Destruction - Paul Di'ano & Jeriko

I would say this is just as good as the Original I prefer the vocals here but I prefer the orginals instrumental if only you could put them two together - christangrant

Really? - HardRockSam

6 Got the Time - Anthrax Got the Time - Anthrax Cover Art
7 Land of Confusion - Disturbed Land of Confusion - Disturbed Cover Art

I like this a lot better than the Genesis version - christangrant

This is madness. - HardRockSam

8 Am I Evil - Metallica Am I Evil - Metallica Cover Art
9 Baby Please Don't Go - AC/DC Baby Please Don't Go - AC/DC Cover Art
10 The Wizard - Blind Guardian

The original is very good and I know Blind Guardian have respect for Uriah Heep and their goal wasn't to show they are better than Uriah Heep. Nevertheless, Blind Guardian cover makes the song sound more modern, more powerful and of course, heavier. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Bad Company - Five Finger Death Punch Bad Company - Five Finger Death Punch Cover Art

I like this verson of Bad Company better than the original - christangrant

5FDP did really good with this

Gross. - HardRockSam

12 The Sound of Silence - Disturbed The Sound of Silence - Disturbed Cover Art

I think the original was better. - zxm

The Simon & Garfunkel one will always be better. - HardRockSam

Elegant! Just amazing!

I agree with zxm and cjWriter1997 - the original is much better. - Metal_Treasure

13 Antisocial - Anthrax Antisocial - Anthrax Cover Art
14 The Man Who Sold the World - Nirvana The Man Who Sold the World - Nirvana Cover Art
15 License to Kill - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers License to Kill - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Cover Art
16 Loverman - Metallica Loverman - Metallica Cover Art
17 It's All Over Now, Baby Blue - Them It's All Over Now, Baby Blue - Them Cover Art
18 I'm a Believer - Smash Mouth I'm a Believer - Smash Mouth Cover Art
19 Twist and Shout - The Beatles Twist and Shout - The Beatles Cover Art
20 Electric Funeral - Pantera
21 Cat Scratch Fever - Motörhead Cat Scratch Fever - Motörhead Cover Art

Both the Motörhead and Pantera versions beat the original by Ted Nugent.

22 Helter Skelter - Motley Crue Helter Skelter - Motley Crue Cover Art

1. It isn't better than the Beatles version
2. It's even less heavy than the Beatles version

23 Bad Romance - Halestorm Bad Romance - Halestorm Cover Art
24 Who Wants to Live Forever - Breaking Benjamin Who Wants to Live Forever - Breaking Benjamin Cover Art

Pretty good cover but it's not better than the original. - Metal_Treasure

25 Lake of Fire - Nirvana Lake of Fire - Nirvana Cover Art
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