Top 10 Cover Songs that Sound Completely Different Than the Original

It's when it's hard to recognize the original or you do but it still sounds like a different song because the genre or the tone were significantly changed. Music re-construction.

Remember, this list isn't about the best covers or covers better than the original (though some of the cover songs could be). But you can comment on whether you like better the original or the cover.

It's about how different both versions are and if the cover sounds decent - like a "new" song you don't know or without comparing it with the original.

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21 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Devo

Originally by The Rolling Stones. - Metal_Treasure

22 Smoke on the Water - Six Feet Under

Deep Purple death metal cover. - Metal_Treasure

23 Don't Believe a Word - Octavia Sperati

A Thin Lizzy cover - the original is a rock song with loud guitars and everything a rock song has but Octavia Sperati made a cover of Tori Amos type: a soft version with vocals and piano - Metal_Treasure

24 I Just Died in Your Arms - Northern Kings

Cutting Crew cover. Jarkko Ahola turned this fast paced rock song into a beautiful and epic ballad. - Metal_Treasure

25 Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm
26 Style - Ryan Adams

Taylor Swift cover of 2015. - Metal_Treasure

27 Gin and Juice - The Gourds

Originally a Snoop Dogg song - Metal_Treasure

28 Ring of Fire - Social Distortion

Johnny Cash went punk - Metal_Treasure

29 Crazy in Love - Emeli Sandé & the Bryan Ferry Orchestra
30 Atlantis 2002 - No Angels & Donovan

Originally by Donovan as "Atlantis".

While the spoken verses still feature Donovan's voice, the overall cover by the best known German girl group still turned the folk-ish rock song to an uplifting early 2000s pop song (it's called Atlantis 2002 but it's from 2001). The song served as the German theme song from the Disney movie "Atlantis". - Martin_Canine

31 Nur Geträumt - Blümchen

Originally by Nena.

Nena's version is one of the two quintessential Neue Deutsche Welle tunes by her that everyone knows and still gets a lot of airplay, and its New Wave outfit helped form the definitive sound of the NDW movement, which was what the 80s sounded like in Germany.
Blümchen's happy eurodance version, almost bubblegum dance, is on the other a perfect example of what the 90s sounded like in Germany. It has all the aesthetics of the techno music 90s Central Europe loved so much, plus a certain pop appeal due to her sung chorus. - Martin_Canine

32 Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Glee Cast

This isn't very different, in my opinion (I didn't add this song). - Metal_Treasure

33 Somewhere Only We Know - Lily Allen
34 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Robert Hazard
35 A Hard Day's Night - Peter Sellers
36 Mr. Tambourine Man - William Shatner

You're better off Not hearing this - Billyv

37 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Marilyn Manson
38 In a Gadda Da Vida - Blind Guardian

They changed the original significantly to make it sound more "metal-ish". Made the song faster. Removed many of the psychedelic elements and I like it. But I admit I don't like psychedelic rock with heavy distortion and this might be the reason I like the cover better. - Metal_Treasure

39 Born to Be Wild - Slayer
40 Caught Somewhere in Time - Madina Lake

Iron Maiden cover.
What can I say? It's more power metal but the tempo is slowed. Vocal style is different too. - IronSabbathPriest

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