Top 10 Rock Covers Which are Better Than the Original Songs


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21 Parchman Farm - Blue Cheer
22 Blinded by the Light - Manfred Mann's Earth Band

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

23 You Really Got Me - The 13th Floor Elevators

Wrong. - Billyv

24 Children of the Grave - Havok

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

25 Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon - Urge Overkill
26 Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds

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

27 Bohemian Rhapsody - Panic! at the Disco

This has got to be a joke! - RogerWatersfan1999

No - waldo

28 The Sound of Silence - Disturbed

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

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

No way, no way. - Undistinguished

29 Sweet Jane - Cowboy Junkies

I prefer the Junkies version, but the VU original ain't too shabby. - Ned964

30 Take Me to the River - Talking Heads

While I respect Al Green's original, please, this cover put the Heads on the map... Annie Lennox's later cover deserves props as well - Ned964

31 Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo - Rick Derringer

Derringer actually wrote the song while playing with Johnny Winter, then covered his own song a few years later. I prefer the remake - Ned964

32 Cum on Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot
33 Live is a Highway - Rascal Flatts

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

34 Grenade - Within Temptation
35 Powerslave - Testament
36 Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

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

37 Superstar - Sonic Youth
38 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Marilyn Manson
39 Gloria - Patti Smith
40 Father of Day, Father of Night - Manfred Manns Earth Band
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