Top Ten Live Songs that are Better Than the Original Studio Version

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The Top Ten

1 Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd (Pulse)

Features an almost 5 minute long guitar solo. - BrianScott01

2 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd (One More from the Road)
3 Cortez the Killer - Neil Young (Live at Rio, 2001)
4 Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits (Alchemy)
5 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden (A Real Live One)
6 Somebody To Love - Queen (Live At The Montreal Forum, November 1981)
7 My Generation - The Who (Live At Leeds, 1970)
8 Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney & Wings (Wings over America)
9 Highway Star - Deep Purple (Made In Japan)
10 T.N.T. - AC/DC (Live At River Plate)

The Newcomers

? Linkin Park - One More Light (Live on Jimmy Kimmel)

The scream during the break really added to the song. You can hear it in the studio version as well, but it sounds better live. - 3DG20

The Contenders

11 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden (Live at Beast Over Hammersmith 1982)

I prefer this version over the original. - Metal_Treasure

12 Mistreated - Deep Purple (Live in California 1974)

I like it better than the original. - Metal_Treasure

13 Tearin' Out My Heart - Rainbow (Live in San Antonio, 1982)
14 I Want You to Want Me - Cheap Trick (Cheap Trick at Budokan)

The band even considers this the definitive version of the song. - christangrant

15 Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden (Live After Death)
16 Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin (The Song Remains the Same)
17 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne (Live TV Show, 1982)
18 Dreams - Fleetwood Mac (Live)
19 Banish from Sanctuary - Blind Guardian (Imaginations Through the Looking Glass, Live DVD 2004)

This live version was recorded in 2003 but was released in 2004. The original song is from 1989 and is very fast. - Metal_Treasure

20 Valhalla - Blind Guardian (Imaginations Through the Looking Glass, Live DVD 2004)

A fast song of 1989 that was performed live in 2003.
This version is also known for the crowd singing the chorus for about 4 minutes and the band had to improvise a lot. I wish I was there. - Metal_Treasure

21 Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser - Bob Seger (Live Bullet)
22 Shin Kicker - Rory Gallagher (Live at Montreux in 1979)

The intro scream. Who can play guitar while running? Angus Young. But who could shred while running? Rory Gallagher. - zxm

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1. Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd (Pulse)
2. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd (One More from the Road)
3. Cortez the Killer - Neil Young (Live at Rio, 2001)
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1. Tearin' Out My Heart - Rainbow (Live in San Antonio, 1982)
2. Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits (Alchemy)
3. Mistreated - Deep Purple (Live in California 1974)
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