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    Best Cover Song

    I know that as a general rule it doesn't happen, but every so often I hear a cover song which is actually better than the original. To name a few:

    Careless Whisper by Seether, originally by George Michael
    I Am the Walrus By Jim Carey, originally by the Beatles
    Mad World by Gary Jules, originally by Tears for Fears
    I'm A Believer by EMF Feat Reeves and Mortimer, originally by the Monkees
    Mahna Mahna by Bip Bippadotta and the Snowths, originally by Piero Umiliani.
    I Fought the Law by The Clash, originally by Sonny Curtis and The Crickets
    What a Wonderful World by Joey Ramone, originally by Louis Armstrong

    I'm sure that I can think up a whole bunch more, these are just the few that come to mind at the moment. Got any others you'd like to add to the list?
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    Orgasmotron by Satyricon, originally by Motorhead
    Whiplash by B*ttf**k, originally by Metallica
    Sweatleaf by Ugly Kid Joe, originally by Black Sabbath
    Screaming for Vengeance by Iced Earth, originally by Judas Priest
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    In the Masters Class

    You have Bob Dylans All Along the Watchtower as covered by Jimi Hendrix.

    Even Dylan said Hendrix did the best version

    All others pale in comparison






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    I actually prefer Faith No More's "War Pigs" to Black Sabbath's.

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    Byrds and Band

    Both made a living off of covering Dylan. Usually better, IMV. Here's My Back Pages-

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    This generation is going to hell in a handbasket. I was listening to Come Together as done by Joe Cocker (another cover that's better than the original), and this kid I work with says to me "That's a cover of a Michael Jackson song!" I nearly wanted to cry. He had no inkling that it was originally a Beatles song.
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    Best Cover Song

    What's your favorite cover song, one that is superior the original?

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    Shek,

    don't we already have a thread on this somewhere?.

    Agree on your choice, however. Killer version.


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    Smith, The Animals, The Byrds & Cream

    Baby, It's You-



    Interesting that this was written by Burt Bacharach and Luther Dixon. Originally recorded by the Shirelles and then the Beatles, I found this to be my favorite version.

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    Nothing sounded cooler in the summer of 1965 than Mr. Tambourine Man coming out of the little tinny dashboard speaker of a car.

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    The Who

    Young Man Blues (Mose Allison)-



    Think Mose would recognize the lyrics...if he could hear them. The music? It's another world.
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    Vanilla Fudge

    Like the Byrds (and to a much lesser extent, The Band) these guys made an absolute living out of doing covers of others work. Here they covered the Supremes #1 hit single You Keep Me Hanging On (Holland-Dozier-Holland) for their own huge hit.

    I liked this better than the Supremes version and that's what matters-

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    I got a whole list, I'll post 'em tonight when I've got time to search for YouTube links
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