Cover songs you like better than the originals

SheSaidSheSaidSheSaidSheSaid Washed Up
edited August 2013 in History of Rock
Got any?

I for one have always liked Metallica's version of "Turn the Page" (fun fact: first time I ever actually saw that video was during an MTV special on banned videos. It was on at like 3 o'clock in the morning and had viewer discretion warnings at the beginning of every segment. What was blurred out in this YouTube video was....not blurred out for that broadcast) better than Bob Seger's. Which is weird, because I'm really not all that big a Metallica fan, but I like their arrangement of the song a whole lot better.

Another artist I've never been too fond of is Michael Jackson. Especially 11 year old Michael Jackson. I heard a rather generic pop-rock version of "I Want You Back" a few weeks ago on the radio that I liked quite a bit better than the original, but I can't seem to find it again. I have no idea who performed it.

Then there's the obvious answer. Even Trent Reznor likes that version better.

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  • SheSaidSheSaidSheSaidSheSaid Washed Up
    edited January 2012
    It's a catchy song, I can see why it'd be popular. I just never heard it before.
  • killer_roachkiller_roach Washed Up
    edited January 2012
    DrowGamer77;4611509 said:
    Nonpoint's cover of "In the Air Tonight" - Original by Phil Collins
    Oh hell yes.

    Some off the top of my head -

    Transatlantic - The Return Of The Giant Hogweed (original by Genesis)
    Godhead - Eleanor Rigby (original by The Beatles)
    Star One - Knife Edge (original by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer)
    Disturbed - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (original by U2)
    Blind Guardian - Spread Your Wings (original by Queen)
    Apocalyptica - Helden (original by David Bowie)
    Dream Theater - To Tame A Land (original by Iron Maiden)
    Between The Buried And Me - Three Of A Perfect Pair (original by King Crimson)
    Kittie - Run Like Hell (original by Pink Floyd)
    Umphrey's McGee - Girlfriend Is Better (original by Talking Heads, occasionally performed live)
  • dog037dog037 This Many Days Since Last Ban:
    edited January 2012
    Higher Ground by Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  • clashcityrocker10clashcityrocker10 Headliner
    edited January 2012
    SheSaidSheSaid mentioned "Hurt" already, but other than that one off the top of my head:

    Cap'n Jazz - "Take on Me"
    The Clash - any song they covered, really
    Ramones - "Surfin' Bird"
    Dinosaur Jr. - "Just Like Heaven"
    Sonic Youth - "I Wanna Be Your Dog"

    Note that I also happen to like the original version of all the songs I listed.
  • Onslaught_feiOnslaught_fei Headliner
    edited January 2012
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vYixpbff9Y and I really really really like the original version.
  • Cipher_PeonCipher_Peon I don't get it at all
    edited January 2012
    The first that comes to mind is No Use For A Name's cover of "Turning Japanese."
    A big NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO moment was had when I learned that it was a cover and NOT the version we were getting in Rock Band ;_;
  • soup567soup567 Headliner
    edited January 2012
    You Keep Me Hanging on - Vanilla Fudge (Originally by The Supremes)
    Season of the Witch - Vanilla Fudge (Originally by Donovan)
    People Get Ready - Vanilla Fudge (Originally by The Impressions)
    All Tomorrow's Parties - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (Originally by The Velvet Underground)
    I'm Gonna Kill That Woman - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (Originally by John Lee Hooker)
    Running Scared - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (Originally by Roy Orbison)
    Free Speech for the Dumb - Metallica (Originally by Discharge)
    River Deep/Mountain High - Deep Purple (Originally by Tina Turner)
    Here Comes the Sun - Ghost (Originally by The Beatles)
    Diamonds and Rust - Judas Priest (Originally by Joan Baez)
    Come Away Melinda - UFO (Originally by The Weavers)
    I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Creedence Clearwater Revival (Originally by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles)
    Plateau - Nirvana (Originally by the Meat Puppets)
    Lake of Fire - Nirvana (Originally by the Meat Puppets)
    All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Originally by Bob Dylan)


    And also I prefer just about all the covers The Beatles did. And an honorable mention to The Big Medley by Dream Theater, thought I can't really say if I prefer all parts of it.

    And on the opposite subject of original songs that I think are better than more well known covers, Ready for Love/After Lights by Mott the Hoople, I think, is a billion times better than what Bad Company did. I don't know why Mick Ralphs decided to rerecord it.
  • FlyGuyLXIFlyGuyLXI Headl!ner
    edited January 2012
    Rodrigo y Gabriela - "Stairway to Heaven"
  • clashcityrocker10clashcityrocker10 Headliner
    edited January 2012
    FlyGuyLXI;4612066 said:
    Rodrigo y Gabriela - "Stairway to Heaven"

    Here's one I forgot.
  • CubecubedCubecubed Washed Up
    edited January 2012
    I like all of Coheed's covers more than the originals. Except the Trooper, although their version is fantastic.

    Also, and I might catch heat for this, I like Seal's version of "Fly like an Eagle" more than the Steve Miller band version. Space Jam memories,lol.
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited January 2012
    I had a big list then my browser crashed.

    All Mixed Up - Red House Painters (The Cars)
    Viva Las Vegas - Dead Kennedys (Elvis)
    Take On Me - Cap'n Jazz (a-ha)
    Hot Limit - High and Mighty Color (T.M. Revolution)
    Go Your Own Way - Seaweed (Fleetwood Mac)
    Astronomy Domine - Voivod (Pink Floyd)
    Tiny Dancer - Ben Folds (Elton John)
    Wicked Game - Giant Drag (Chris Isaak)
    Paranoid - Ultraviolence (Black Sabbath)
    Enjoy the Silence - Failure (Depeche Mode)
    White Room - Demons & Wizards (Cream)
    Immigrant Song - Enslaved (Led Zeppelin)
    Macarthur Park - Beggar's Opera (Jimmy Webb)
    Johnny & Mary - the Notwist (Robert Palmer)
    Video Killed the Radio Star - Ben Folds Five (the Buggles)
    Highway 61 Revisited - Johnny Winter (Bob Dylan)
    Liar - Three Dog Night (Argent)
    Tearin' Up My Heart - Vanilla Fudge (N'Sync)
    Ticket to Ride - Vanilla Fudge (the Beatles)
    With a Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker (the Beatles)
    Christmas Eve/Sarajevo - Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Savatage)
    Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley (Leonard Cohen)
    (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Devo (Rolling Stones)
    Love Buzz - Nirvana (Shocking Blue)
    Alone Again Or - UFO (Love)
    Sheena Is a Punk Rocker - Husker Du (Ramones)
    Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane (The Great! Society!)
    Wild Thing - Jimi Hendrix Experience (The Wild Ones)
    Little Wing - Stevie Ray Vaughan (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
    Matchbox - Jonny Lang (Ike Turner)
    Dying to Live - Jonny Lang (Edgar Winter)
    Diamonds and Rust - Judas Priest (Joan Baez)
    Green Manalishi (With the Two Pronged Crown) - Judas Priest (Fleetwood Mac)
    I Drove All Night - Cyndi Lauper (Roy Orbison)
    For You - Manfred Mann's Earth Band (Bruce Springsteen)
    Superstar - Sonic Youth
    In the Ghetto - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (Elvis)
    You Really Got Me - Oingo Boingo (the Kinks)
    What'd I Say - Rare Earth (Ray Charles)
    Get Ready - Rare Earth (the Temptations)
    Long Distance Runaround - Red House Painters (Yes)
    I Only Wanna Be With You - Volbeat (Dusty Springfield)
    Simpson's Theme - Sonic Youth (Danny Elfman)
    Beware of Darkness - Spock's Beard (George Harrison)
    Take Me to the River - Talking Heads (Al Green)
    Istanbul (Not Constantinople) - They Might Be Giants (the Four Lads)
    Message In a Bottle - Excel (the Police)
    Tom Traubert's Blues - Tom Waits (Banjo Paterson)
    Spoon - Sonic Youth (CAN)
  • Lameboy19Lameboy19 Headliner
    edited January 2012
    Cap'n Jazz's Take on Me is the best cover ever.

    fact.
  • RunesmithRunesmith Headliner
    edited January 2012
    Everything's kind of been said already, but here's one that hasn't been mentioned: Dum Dum Girls' version of The Smiths' "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrgKtFVKTmI

    Gorgeous, gorgeous cover.

    Some other glaring ommisions:

    Devo - "Secret Agent Man" (Johnny Rivers), "Are You Experienced?" (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
    Husker Du - "Ticket to Ride" (Beatles)
    Big Black - "He's A Whore" (Cheap Trick), "The Model" (Kraftwerk)
    The Cure - "World In My Eyes" (Depeche Mode), "Foxy Lady" (Jimi)
    Bauhaus - "Telegram Sam" (T. Rex), "Third Uncle" (Brian Eno)
    Creaming Jesus - "A Forest" (The Cure)
    Carissa's Wierd - "Isolation" (Joy Division)
    Skeletal Family - "Black Juju" (Alice Cooper)
    Siouxsie & The Banshees - "Helter Skelter" (Beatles)
    Xiu Xiu - "Asleep" (The Smiths)
  • GowienczykGowienczyk Pooper of Parties
    edited January 2012
    Lameboy19;4612359 said:
    Cap'n Jazz's Take on Me is the best cover ever.

    fact.

    No. I honestly don't understand the overhype of Cap'n Jazz, who is a fine band but noting to be coke fiend-esque like about.
  • SheSaidSheSaidSheSaidSheSaid Washed Up
    edited January 2012
    Somber news today reminds me of another well-known song that is in fact a cover.
  • killer_roachkiller_roach Washed Up
    edited January 2012
    Gowienczyk;4612581 said:
    No. I honestly don't understand the overhype of Cap'n Jazz, who is a fine band but noting to be coke fiend-esque like about.

    Agreed. Cap'n Jazz and The Mountain Goats are probably the two most overhyped bands around here. Both are all right, but still...
  • BohemianMattBohemianMatt Headliner
    edited January 2012
    With today's CCR announcement, I'm lamenting that their version of "I Put a Spell on You" is not included.

    Also CAKE's version of "I Will Survive."
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited January 2012
    Lameboy19;4612359 said:
    Red House Painter's All Mixed Up is the best cover ever.

    fact.

    fixed
  • JBlack240JBlack240 Road Warrior
    edited January 2012
    Bad Company - Five Finger Death Punch(originally by BC)

    Land of Confusion - Disturbed(Genesis)

    Am I Evil - Metallica(Diamond Head)

    Come On Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot(Slade)

    Live and Let Die - Guns N' Roses(Paul McCartney & Wings)

    and of course

    Hurt - Johnny Cash(Nine Inch Nails)
  • darkwinterbeast8darkwinterbeast8 Headliner
    edited January 2012
    Draconian - "On Sunday They Will Kill The World" (Original by Ekseption)
    Type O Negative - "Summer Breeze" (Original by Seals & Crofts)
    Turisas - "Rasputin" (Original by Boney M)
    Pain - "Eleanore Rigby" (No need to say who did the original;) )
    Nine Inch Nails - "Dead Souls" (Originally by Joy Division; who's original version is also damn awesome)
  • FlyGuyLXIFlyGuyLXI Headl!ner
    edited January 2012
    darkwinterbeast8;4613539 said:

    Type O Negative - "Summer Breeze" (Original by Seals & Crofts)

    Forgot about that one. Pretty good cover, and how well it works under a pretty large genre shift.
  • CanuckGamerCanuckGamer Road Warrior
    edited January 2012
    While some disagree, my opinion is that the Bangles' version of "Hazy Shade of Winter" is better than the Simon & Garfunkel original.
  • I_Love_YouI_Love_You Road Warrior
    edited January 2012
    Phish's cover of Ya Mar is better than the original. I finally found the original (by The Mustangs) so I could actually compare to two.
  • RunesmithRunesmith Headliner
    edited January 2012
    CanuckGamer;4613767 said:
    While some disagree, my opinion is that the Bangles' version of "Hazy Shade of Winter" is better than the Simon & Garfunkel original.

    This is pretty much the mack-daddy of how covers should be done.
  • TheStuddzTheStuddz Lil Rascal
    edited January 2012
    FujiSkunk;4611446 said:
    Manfred Mann's "Blinded by the Light," originally by Bruce Springsteen.

    Paul Young's "Every Time You Go Away," originally by Hall and Oates.

    Soft Cell's "Tainted Love," originally by Gloria Jones.

    Naked Eyes' "Always Something There to Remind Me," originally by Dionne Warwick.
    All of these. Also, "Lovers In A Dangerous Time" by Barenaked Ladies, originally by Bruce Cockburn.
  • TheStuddzTheStuddz Lil Rascal
    edited January 2012
    CanuckGamer;4613767 said:
    While some disagree, my opinion is that the Bangles' version of "Hazy Shade of Winter" is better than the Simon & Garfunkel original.

    As a die-hard S&G fan, I can not allow that to be said near me.
  • Insane3Insane3 Road Warrior
    edited January 2012
    SheSaidSheSaid;4611410 said:

    Then there's the obvious answer. Even Trent Reznor likes that version better.

    I would not say that it's "the obvious answer". I prefer the original version and usually I prefer Johnny Cash's work to NIN.
  • MuscleManMuscleMan Unsigned
    edited January 2012
    Twist and shout - The Beatles (originally [?] the Isley Brothers)
    I heard it through the grapevine - CCR (originally Marvin Gaye)
    Jumpin Jack Flash - Leon Russell (originally the Rolling Stones)
  • darkwinterbeast8darkwinterbeast8 Headliner
    edited January 2012
    More awesome covers...

    Emperor - "Gypsy" (Original by Mercyful Fate, who's original version is also awesome)
    The Prodigy - "Fuel My Fire" (Original by L7)
    Bathory - "Ace Of Spades" (As blasphemous as it may seem, I prefer Bathory's take on the Mortorhead classic)
    Pantera - "Electric Funeral" (Even more blasphemous since Black Sabbath did the original but what can I say, for some reason I prefer Pantera's take on it)
  • clashcityrocker10clashcityrocker10 Headliner
    edited January 2012
    darkwinterbeast8;4614280 said:
    Pantera - "Electric Funeral" (Even more blasphemous since Black Sabbath did the original but what can I say, for some reason I prefer Pantera's take on it)

    Digging Bathory's version of a Motorhead song more than the Motorhead version is fine and all, but this one.. oy, yeah.
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