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

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The Top Ten

1 All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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

2 Whiskey in the Jar - Metallica

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

How did I forget this - christangrant

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

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
7 Am I Evil - Metallica
8 Land of Confusion - Disturbed

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

This is madness. - HardRockSam

9 Baby Please Don't Go - AC/DC
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

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

5FDP did really good with this - EliHbk

Gross. - HardRockSam

12 The Sound of Silence - Disturbed

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

Both the Motörhead and Pantera versions beat the original by Ted Nugent. - SteelCity99

22 Helter Skelter - Motley Crue

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

23 Who Wants to Live Forever - Breaking Benjamin

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

24 Lake of Fire - Nirvana
25 You Don't Get Me High Anymore - Three Days Grace
26 Hole in the Sky - Pantera
27 Oops!...I Did It Again - Children of Bodom
28 Cat Scratch Fever - Pantera
29 Bad Romance - Halestorm
30 Careless Whisper - Seether
31 The Chain - Three Days Grace
32 Simple Man - Shinedown
33 Give in to Me - Three Days Grace
34 I Don't Care Anymore - Saint Asonia
35 Come Undone - My Darkest Days
36 Hallelujah - Theory of a Deadman
37 Jailhouse Rock - Queen
38 Working Class Hero - Green Day
39 Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam - Nirvana
40 White Room - Demons & Wizards
41 Bible - Ghost
42 Dirty Laundry - Nickelback
43 Nutshell - Staind
44 Comfortably Numb - Staind
45 Iron Man - Ozzy Osbourne
46 Viva Las Vegas - ZZ Top
47 Why Can't We Be Friends - Smash Mouth
48 Anarchy in the U.K. - Megadeth
49 Black Betty - Ram Jam
50 I Fought the Law - The Clash
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Top Remixes

1. Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses
2. Whiskey in the Jar - Metallica
3. Symphony of Destruction - Paul Di'ano & Jeriko
Metal_Treasure
1. Cum on Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot
2. Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses
3. All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
christangrant
1. All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
2. License to Kill - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
3. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue - Them
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