Top 10 Rock Covers Which are Better Than the Original Songs

The Top Ten

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

Dylan tried to cover hendrix version of his own song - waldo

Tried? He said that Hendrix' take was more like what he'd originally imagined. Then he recreated his version incorporating a more electric, harder rock style to better capture the atmosphere. And he did it very well.
Further, Dylan has constantly re-arranged and altered most of his songs. He's recorded several live versions of this one, and he's known for making changes one night to the next during his tours. - Billyv

I definitely agree with this.

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

Can we just add the whole album?

Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner Cover Art

Originally by Creedence Clearwater Revival - Metal_Treasure

Twist and Shout - The Beatles Twist and Shout - The Beatles Cover Art

Pretty much anything The Beatles covered was an improvement over the original. - BKAllmighty

They recorded it in one take - waldo

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

I see 2 people already disagreed but to me this version is better - it definitely has better instrumentation and better vocals. - Metal_Treasure

Yet it somewhat distorts the intent of the song - it wouldn't have fit the purpose of the original recording as well.
It's very good and adds elements that make it worthwhile. And it's a respectful cover. But - like other songs listed here - it isn't "better". The vocals are very good and stylistic, but they aren't "better" either. Dylan's convey the appropriate weariness and resigned acceptance of the character, as well as the setting. Axl's seem to carry more anguish and anger, perhaps a perspective of someone younger. - Billyv

The Man Who Sold the World - Nirvana The Man Who Sold the World - Nirvana Cover Art
Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm Cover Art

I can respect MJ for have gathered such a large fanbase, but this song isn't good. I like Beat It, but the metal version of this song is just more tolerant. - SoldierOfFortune

The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals Cover Art
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley Hound Dog - Elvis Presley Cover Art
Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) - The Doors Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) - The Doors Cover Art

The Contenders

Feelin' Alright - Joe Cocker Feelin' Alright - Joe Cocker Cover Art

Joe could fill a list of improved songs - Billyv

I Love Rock 'N' Roll - Joan Jett I Love Rock 'N' Roll - Joan Jett Cover Art

Yep. This one's definitely better. - Gg2000

Originally by the Arrows - Metal_Treasure

The Wizard - Blind Guardian The Wizard - Blind Guardian Cover Art

I love UH. But this is gold.

Mighty Quinn - Manfred Manns Earth Band Mighty Quinn - Manfred Manns Earth Band Cover Art

Better Than Dylan's original - waldo

Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer Cover Art
Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds Cover Art

Definitely added some excellent guitar work and harmonies, but falls short for not including all of the wonderful verses. - Billyv

Loverman - Metallica Loverman - Metallica Cover Art
Eleanor Rigby - Vanilla Fudge Eleanor Rigby - Vanilla Fudge Cover Art
Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover Art
It's a Sin - Gamma Ray

Oh yes, I agree with this one although the original is very good. - Metal_Treasure

Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley Cover Art

Technically, this is alternative soft-folk rock, so it counts. - 445956

Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon - Urge Overkill Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon - Urge Overkill Cover Art
Children of the Grave - Havok Children of the Grave - Havok Cover Art

I believe this cover is better than the original by Black Sabbath, especially the instrumental part - double bass sounds awesome and bass is more hearable. - Metal_Treasure

Blinded by the Light - Manfred Mann's Earth Band Blinded by the Light - Manfred Mann's Earth Band Cover Art

This song was their best selling single, peaking nr. 1 in the US - waldo

When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin Cover Art
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