Top 10 Cover Songs that Developed the Original Towards Its Logical and Natural Direction

Covers by bands that had good music instincts and felt the right direction to develop a song and took it to another level.
The Top Ten
1 Sweet Little Rock 'N' Roller - Rod Stewart

This was only an LP filler from Chuck but Rod picked it up, developed it and made the song his own. SLR&R is now one of the songs that stayed with Stewart in his live repertoire for over 4 decades.
When Chuck heard Rod's version he asked "is this really a White guy? "
You can not get a bigger compliment.

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2 Out In The Fields - Powerwolf

The original song by Gary Moore and Phil Lynnot is amazing and it's almost power metal. Powerwolf noticed the potential of the original and developed the song to true power metal.

3 Speed King - Venom

A great Deep Purple cover - Venom definitely got it right. Hands down.

4 I Want You (She's so Heavy) - Coroner

One of the heaviest Beatles songs, if not the heaviest.
Coroner just took the Beatles idea to a new/heavier level without changing much the original. I like especially the 2nd part and the elegant double bass drumming Coroner added. Very good job.

5 Saturday Night's Alright - Flotsam & Jetsam

This is an Elton John thrash metal cover - when I heard this cover I thought it was the logical and natural development of this song.

6 Black Metal - Vader

Christangrant - haha, yes: great comment and observation.
It's even funnier because the song Black Metal isn't exactly black metal and Venom also mention rock n' roll in the lyrics. However, this is a great song and was very important in metal music history.

No surprise Vader interpreted Venom correctly with this cover. My favorute part: "Lay down your souls to the gods rock n' roll".

7 Whiskey In the Jar - Metallica

Metallica covered Thin Lizzy, which was also a great rock cover of an Irish traditional/folk song. Metallica took Thin Lizzy version to a 'more metal' level. Metallica cover sounds good to me.

8 Set Me Free - Saxon

Saxon covered the most metal song by The Sweet and Saxon transformed it into a "more metal" sounding song.

9 Space Truckin' - Overkill

There are several covers of this Deep Purple song, including by Iron Maiden, but I somehow feel Overkill rendition was in the best possible direction for this song.

10 The Wizard - Blind Guardian

A great Uriah Heep cover - Uriah Heep were a pioneering metal and prog rock band in the 70s, and Blind Guardian correctly added more "metal" and more power to the original.

The Contenders
11 Aces High - Children of Bodom

Bruce Dickinson almost screams the vocals on this song and Alexi Laiho just developed this vocal style a bit further. This is also one of the fastest and most aggressive Iron Maiden songs and for me this cover correctly got the idea of the original.

12 Children of the Grave - Havok
13 Creep - Northern Kings
14 Hurt - Johnny Cash

Can't believe this wasn't on the list already. This is a perfect example of someone (Johnny Cash) developing a song in a way that makes perfect sense.

15 Somebody Put Something In My Drink - Children of Bodom

The Ramones cover. Sounds more brutal.

16 Let There Be Rock - Onslaught
17 Don't Bring Me Down - Northern Kings
18 Maniac - Firewind

This is the song from the Flashdance movie.

19 We Don't Need Another Hero - Northern Kings
20 Valhalla - Heaven Shall Burn

Death metal cover of Blind Guardian classic with additional vocals by the original singer (Hansi Kursch).
I didn't put this cover on top spots because on the one hand death growls made the song heavier but on the other, the cover lost the brutality of the original riff. Blind Guardian re-recorded Valhalla in 2011-2012 and they made this riff sound even more brutal than in their own original. The riff is awesome.

21 Fight Fire with Fire - Vader
22 When the Indians Cry - Vanilla Ninja

Cover of the song by Chris Norman. While keeping the exact same structure, they reduced the cheesiness in performance (Norman completely "overacts", Lenna Kuurma is just herself with her perfectly flawed and beautifully real) and added more grace and power.

23 Assassins - Insane Clown Posse

The original by the Geto Boys is considered the first horrorcore song. Insane Clown Posse just took the insanity to a whole new level with their over the top shrieking performance. When Violent J telld us how he first slept with and then violently killed a woman he sounds so excessive you think he's getting off at the thought. That's perfect acting... this subgenre needs that level of madness.

24 Emerald - Mastodon
25 Surfin' USA - Blind Guardian

The evolution of the song:
1) Chuck Berry - Sweet Little Sixteen (original)
2) The Beach Boys - Surfin' USA (Brian Wilson just wrote different lyrics, music is by Chuck Berry)
3) Blind Guardian - Surfin' USA

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