Top Ten Songs that are Better Live Than Their Studio Versions


The Top Ten

1 Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden

Live After Death, 1985, is better - Metal_Treasure

2 The Star Spangled Banner - Jimi Hendrix
3 Dark Star - Grateful Dead

It was a Deadhead rite of passage to hear this song live back in the day. - Sop

4 Strange Kind of Woman - Deep Purple
5 Difficult to Cure - Rainbow

One of the live versions is incredible - Metal_Treasure

Agreed. The best version is the one from "Finyl Vinyl". Extended to 11 and a half minutes! - IronSabbathPriest

6 Mistreated - Deep Purple

Oh yes, live in California 1974 is better than the studio version - Metal_Treasure

7 Banish from Sanctuary - Blind Guardian

Several live versions are better, including the sample here that is from a live show in 2015, released on a live album in 2017 (studio version is from 1989) - Metal_Treasure

8 Jumpin' Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
9 Tearin' Out My Heart - Rainbow

San Antonio live version is twice longer than the original one. Amazing guitar performance from Ritchie Blackmore. Best I have ever seen from him. Not only his guitar playing skills but also acrobatic skills. My favorite part is when he switches between the pickup and at the end of the solo. - zxm

Not long ago zxm told me about this version and yes, Ritchie Blackmore playing is sick. - Metal_Treasure

10 The Boys are Back in Town - Thin Lizzy

The Contenders

11 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
12 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
13 In Memory of Elizabeth Reed - The Allman Brothers Band
14 Space Truckin' - Deep Purple

I wanted to add it. it gets about 20 minutes long live. That's a lot of time. You can smash about 20 guitars in that time when you're good. Ritchie Blackmore was also good enough to burn down the stage. - waldo

15 Bobby Brown Goes Down - Frank Zappa
16 Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin
17 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
18 Good Goodbye - Linkin Park
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Top Remixes

1. Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden
2. Mistreated - Deep Purple
3. Difficult to Cure - Rainbow
1. The Star Spangled Banner - Jimi Hendrix
2. Dark Star - Grateful Dead
3. Jumpin' Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones


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