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Cover songs that surpassed the originals.

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    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.
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    Re: Cover songs that surpassed the originals.

    I agree with Cash's "Hurt". "Personal Jesus" was another good cover from that album.

    Sorry about the crappy video, just listen to the audio.

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    Re: Cover songs that surpassed the originals.

    First thought was "Hurt" and "All along the watchtower." So how about "Lonely Heats Club Band"... covered by Hendrix the night after the Beatles released the album.

    Peace
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    Re: Cover songs that surpassed the originals.

    "I'm a believer" - The Monkees

    Covered by Smash Mouth. I think the Smash Mouth version is better.
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    Re: Cover songs that surpassed the originals.

    Agree with "Original" by Soft Cell, Superior cover by Marilyn Manson. Plus he isn't hiting on a 6 year old. Not in the video anyway.

    Probably get shot for this, but I prefer Korn's cover of Brick in the wall - Pink floyd. Not that I think Jonathan does a good job with the vocals, the music just sounds better on low tuned guitars.
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    Re: Cover songs that surpassed the originals.

    Jeff Buckley's cover of Hallelujah was way better than Leonard Cohen's original.
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    Re: Cover songs that surpassed the originals.

    I like the Aerosmith version of Come Together better than the original Beatles version, although both are great songs:

    Beatles:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJqNxKdgyqM

    Aerosmith:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER7hKSG9Ms0&feature=related

    Also, I also prefer Alian Ant Farm's cover of Smooth Criminal when compared to Michael Jackson's original.


    Michael Jackson:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wgS5PNTvgg

    Alien Ant Farm:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB_yIGt7_Dg
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    Re: Cover songs that surpassed the originals.

    The MxPx version of "Summer of 69" is miles better than the original Bryan Adams version. Look them up if you have the time.
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    Re: Cover songs that surpassed the originals.

    I don't listen to too many older songs (before 1980s or so), but when I do, I'm amazed by the number of "new" songs that are actually covers of old, or even ancient, songs. So, most of the "originals" I post are probably actually covers themselves, but whatever.

    Standard Disclaimer: almost all the covers I'm posting are faster versions of the originals. In most cases, I like both versions, and which I prefer simply depends on my mood at the time. There, now I don't have to write this for every video.

    La Isla Bonita
    Madonna
    Alizee
    I've always like Madonna's songs, but I've never really liked her voice. Not to mention that while Madonna is dirtier, Alizee is cuter.

    Canon in D
    Pachelbel
    Jerry C
    Eh, I've got a thing for electric guitars.

    Hotel California
    Eagles
    Gipsy Kings
    The Standard Disclaimer definitely applies here, since the Eagles' version is great. It's probably more of that I think of the hilarious scene in The Big Lebowski when I hear the Gipsy Kings' version.

    Calabria (warning: fairly naughty videos)
    Alex Guadino
    Enur
    The Anthem by Pit Bull
    The Enur version is really the original, and I prefer it by far, although since the Guadino version came out first, lots of people get it backwards. And Pit Bull's version isn't really a cover, more of a remake, but it's still a fun song. The producer sure hates everything anybody else did with his song, though: interview.

    The Devil Went Down to Georgia
    Charlie Daniel's Band
    Primus
    One of those songs that's been covered a thousand times, but I like the Primus version the best. I think the Guitar Hero 3 version by Steve Ouimette is about the worst.

    Axel F
    Harold Faltermeyer
    Crazy Frog
    One of my absolute favorite songs from the 80s, although the cover has a little more going on in the song. Plus, everybody freaked out about an animated frog's penis.

    Milkshake
    Kelis
    D-Tune
    I'm only going to include one mainstream song covered into a dance track because it happens with every song that gets popular. Plus, I'm not sure how many people would consider it to be "covering," although I often prefer the dance versions (but not the slower/longer techno/trance versions) to the originals.

    Street Fighter 2, Guile's theme
    SSF2T original
    remix
    OK, this is again more of a remix than a cover, but still, I love it. Not to mention lots of people play this on guitar.

    Transformers (the movie, not the TV show, although that's a fun song, too)
    Lion
    Black Lab
    And I'll finish with one where I absolutely love the original and despise the cover, although the actual theme for the 2007 movie is pretty good. Then again, most of the songs in the original movie were rocking, too, especially Dare and The Touch. Man I loved the 80s. I wonder what will happen with the GI Joe movie theme in the new movie.

    Yeah, like I said, I don't listen to anything very old.

    I agree with Alien Ant Farm and Marilyn Manson, too.
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    Re: Cover songs that surpassed the originals.

    Yeah, I like the electric Canon as well. It's just neat.


    And that stupid list Bob posted got to Crossroads before I could. Robert Johnson was good, but he's got nothing on Clapton.
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    Re: Cover songs that surpassed the originals.

    I've been looking for this one since I got out of the Army where I heard that first time. I thought it is, rather than being a better cover, a perfecting cover - making the original mood better fit the expressions that man of today expects to hear. And I love how he kept the moody strings.

    I'm really so thankful for this I want to nail you. Even with the nitpick, this is without a doubt the cover I relate to most.

    Only covers I can think of myself at the moment are Working Class Hero (Lennon -> Green Day) and Behind Blue Eyes (The Who - Limp Bizkit), and for both saying that the cover exceeds the original is stretching it. Lennon delivered his song without the emo feel, and The Who just were more rock.



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