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Which songs have been covered better by artists who didn't originally sing them?

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  • Bob Dylan songs own this category:

    Manfred Mann, "The Mighty Quinn"
    The Byrds, "Mr. Tambourine Man"
    Glen Campbell, "Subterranean Homesick Blues"
    Eric Clapton, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
    Adele, "Make You Feel My Love"
    Duran Duran, "Lay Lady Lay"
    Julie Driscoll, "This Wheel's on Fire"
    Joni Mitchell, "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"

    Then there's Joe Cocker's "With a Little Help from My Friends", which far surpasses the original by The Beatles, and Japan's cover of "I Second That Emotion" manages to better Smokey Robinson's original.  George McCrae managed to eclipse KC and the Sunshine Band when he covered their song "I Get Lifted".  I tend to prefer the Bonnie Tyler version of "It's a Heartache" over the Juice Newton original.  Peter Gabriel completely outdid The Magnetic Fields on their song "The Book of Love".  The Damned do a great job with their version of Love's "All Alone Or", and Aerosmith really brings a lot of heart and soul to their version of The Beatles's "Come Together".  Of course I'd have to prefer Duran Duran's version of "Come Up and See Me (Make Me Smile)", but that's not to say the original by Cockney Rebel was bad (because it was actually really, really good).  Blancmange did an awesome job making ABBA's "The Day Before You Came" into a darker, more sinister-sounding song.  And last but not least, I prefer Dave Edmunds's version of "Girls Talk" over the Elvis Costello original.
  • My all time favorite cover song: Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah (Original by Leonard Cohen) R.I.P Jeff.

  • All i want for christmas is you - mariah carey covered by MCR

  • Anything Katie Perry, my fan girl is showing through but Darren Criss singing Teenage Dream rocked my world! I didnt like the song until he did it.

  • "Love of my life" у Scorpions - интереснее, чем у Queen....

  • The best covered song of all times is in my opinion "Baby it's cold outside". By "Kurt Hummel" and "Blaine I'm-Too-Awesome-For-A-Last-Name" also known as Chris Colfer and Darren Criss. 
    To be honest I didn't know the song beforehand which could cohere with the fact that I am neither american nor british or a native speaker in english for that matter.
    But the song is awesome. Just not the original version. But that's probably just my opinion. Which could be caused by the fact that I love the voices of Darren and Chris. Or the fact that I am a strong shipper of Klaine.
    Or both.

  • This question is pretty perfect to describe what I saw on Youtube today ! 

    There is a Radio Station called Radio 1 where they hold a Live Session for acts and let them sing songs written and sung by other artists.

    Florence & The Machine - Halo (Originally by Beyoncé)
    I personally think that Florence's voice is perfect for this song but I think her and Beyoncé are on equal playing fields for this one.

    Paramore - Use Somebody (Originally by Kings of Leon)
    I think that this is a great cover and Hayley Williams covers it so well. I am not a huge fan of Paramore but I loved this song.

    Pixie Lott - Use Somebody (Originally by King of Leon)
    England should be proud of producing such a gorgeous voice ! This girl can pretty much sing anything ! Her voice is so mesmerizing and, in my opinion, she out-does the original.

    Marina & The Diamonds - Starstruckk (Originally by 3Oh!3)
    Marina turns the fast-paced dance tune into one of her own and completely owns it ! I don't think it beats the original but it is close.

    Ellie Goulding - Your Song (Originally by Elton John)
    As a huge fan of Ellie, I am inclined to support any part of her work. I did prefer her version to Elton's but I admire the lyrics that Elton created for this song.

  • For me I would have to say Rock Kills Kid - Turn My Camera On is far better than Spoon's original version.
    You be the judge!

    Rock Kills Kid (Cover)

    Spoon (Original)

  • You've got the Love - Florence and the Machine

  • Вот оригинал песни Wicked Game (Chris Isaak):

    А это кавер группы HIM:

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