Top 10 Rock Covers Which are Better Than the Original Songs


The Top Ten

1 All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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. - somekindofaguy

2 Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) - The Doors
3 Twist and Shout - The Beatles

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

They recorded it in one take - waldo

4 Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm

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

Not true. the Michael Jackson version will always be better. - awesomedp900

5 Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer

It might be just me but I think the original one is better. But Parchman Farm, I can agree with. - Undistinguished

6 Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner

Originally by Creedence Clearwater Revival - Metal_Treasure

7 Whiskey in the Jar - Metallica

Can we just add the whole album? - EliHbk

8 Eleanor Rigby - Vanilla Fudge

No. Sorry. This list item is about as substantiated as the 'Elvis is alive' myth. - BKAllmighty

9 Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses

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

10 Feelin' Alright - Joe Cocker

Among Cocker's best covers. - Ned964

Joe could fill a list of improved songs - Billyv

The Contenders

11 Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
12 Mighty Quinn - Manfred Manns Earth Band

Better Than Dylan's original - waldo

13 Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers
14 The Wizard - Blind Guardian
15 Loverman - Metallica
16 I Love Rock 'N' Roll - Joan Jett

Originally by the Arrows - Metal_Treasure

17 The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
18 The Man Who Sold the World - Nirvana

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. - RogerWatersfan1999

19 It's a Sin - Gamma Ray

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

20 Rock Me Baby - Blue Cheer
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) - The Doors
2. All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
3. Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer
1. Whiskey in the Jar - Metallica
2. Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses
3. Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner
1. The Man Who Sold the World - Nirvana
2. All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
3. Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses

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