Cover songs that surpassed the originals. This is a thread about cover songs that turned out to be better than the original song. Post the original and the cover and feel free to elaborate on your choice. I'm going to start with these 5 songs. Do try to elaborate and don't just throw around youtube links. Eleanor Rigby Original made by the beatles Cover made by "pain" Pain is a one man band. It's one person that does vocals, writes the songs and playes all instruments. I like the cover more because of the rock theme but the cover also seems more pure. The beatles version seems so.... infused, twisted. Tainted Love. Although made for The Four Preps it is more notable to be made famous by Soft Cell "Original" by Soft Cell Superior cover by Marilyn Manson. Plus he isn't hiting on a 6 year old. Not in the video anyway. Umbrella original by Rihanna (what's with the contact lenses? Metal cover by swedish band "little sister" Hurt Original by Nine Inch Nails Cover by Johnny Cash I like The Johnny Cash version more because it doesn't sound like some emo song. At the same time he switched "crown of ****" to "crown of thorns" which I liked because "crown of ****" sounds so drama-queen'ish. No disrespect to Reznor. All along the watchtowers Original by Bob Dylan Cover by Jimi Hendrix Bobs song is decent but Hendrix worked on that song meticulously for 21 months perfecting it.