Top 10 Rock Covers Which are Better Than the Original Songs
The Top Ten
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.
Can we just add the whole album? - EliHbk
Originally by Creedence Clearwater Revival - Metal_Treasure
Pretty much anything The Beatles covered was an improvement over the original. - BKAllmighty
They recorded it in one take - waldo
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
Different and interesting take - but it's not "better". - Billyv
Hehe. Nice joke - 445956
I prefer The Original David Bowie version of this one, maybe it's just my opinion. But I do agree with the other covers off of this album.
Not true. the Michael Jackson version will always be better. - awesomedp900
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
I’d prefer the original even though I’m a metal head myself, lol - KingSlayer93316
Joe could fill a list of improved songs - Billyv
Yep. This one's definitely better. - Gg2000
Originally by the Arrows - Metal_Treasure
I love UH. But this is gold.
Better Than Dylan's original - waldo
It might be just me but I think the original one is better. But Parchman Farm, I can agree with. - Undistinguished
Definitely added some excellent guitar work and harmonies, but falls short for not including all of the wonderful verses. - Billyv
No. Sorry. This list item is about as substantiated as the 'Elvis is alive' myth. - BKAllmighty
Nah, I disagree. I like the idea of having a slap bass riff throughout the song, but otherwise, I think Stevie Wonder did it better. Especially in the vocals department. - Gg2000
Oh yes, I agree with this one although the original is very good. - Metal_Treasure
It might be soft-folk rock, but its not better than the original.
Technically, this is alternative soft-folk rock, so it counts. - 445956
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
This song was their best selling single, peaking nr. 1 in the US - waldo
I prefer the version recorded by Cactus. It's got some really cool guitar playing. - Gg2000
Umm... I disagree here - vocal harmonies are the most beautiful thing in the original and I miss them in the cover. - Metal_Treasure
Absolutely ridiculous claim - Billyv
One of the best covers ever!
it makes the hair stand up on arms when I listen to it
The original is to flowery for me, but this guy's voice is brimming with emotion. - SoldierOfFortune
The original is intended to convey detachment and alienation, somewhat void of emotion. The harmonies are still musically beautiful amidst the depiction of decay - Billyv
Never have I seen something so wrong in my life. Bohemian Rhapsody is Queen's song, and Queen's version is 1 billion times better. No offense to Panic at The Disco anyone who thinks this version is better is a fanboy.
This has got to be a joke!
Wrong. - Billyv
I agree. This has got more drive than Johnny Winter's version. - Gg2000
This is a good cover but vocals are kinda cheesy compared to the original. Overall, the original has more energy and raw rocking power (which I like). The cover is more mainstream-ish and this doesn't please me. - Metal_Treasure
A great reworking of Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath. I consider it a cover even though the lyrics were changed.