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Cover songs that are better than the originals.

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"Cold Blooded"

original by Ol' Dirty Bastard...

by Anonymousreply 20708/24/2013

Better cover by Shivaree

by Anonymousreply 112/17/2012

Roberta Flack's version of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face".

by Anonymousreply 212/17/2012

"Dedicated to the One I Love" orig: Shirelles cover: Mamas and the Papas

by Anonymousreply 312/17/2012

Forever Young (Bob Dylan), by the Pretenders -- so, so gorgeous.

by Anonymousreply 412/17/2012

Tommy James & The Shondells -- "Hanky Panky"

Video below is by the original artists, The Raindrops.

by Anonymousreply 512/17/2012

I feel like I've been hyping this all over the place, but I can't help it. It's gorgeous. Julia Holter's version of "Gold Dust Woman"

by Anonymousreply 612/17/2012

PS Absolutely love Roberta Flack. Such a beautiful song R2.

by Anonymousreply 712/17/2012

Take me to the river - Two different versions by the Talking heads. A cover of an Al Green Song.

I like the live "Gospel" version better.

by Anonymousreply 812/17/2012

And just for shits and giggles, Al Greens version with Soul Train Dance Crew gettin dowwwwn in 1975!

by Anonymousreply 912/17/2012

Private Dancer

by Anonymousreply 1012/17/2012

Suzzy and Maggie Roche, "Clothes Line Saga" by Bob Dylan

by Anonymousreply 1112/17/2012

I think Bananarama's version of "Venus" is massively better than the original by Shocking Blue.

by Anonymousreply 1212/17/2012

I've always liked the Pet Shop Boys' dance version of "Always On My Mind" over Willie Nelson's classic

by Anonymousreply 1312/17/2012

The Coolies' version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" just stomps all over the original.

by Anonymousreply 1412/17/2012

Kind of obvious, but Whitney's "I Will Always Love You" trumps the Dolly original.

by Anonymousreply 1512/17/2012

Many superior cover versions of Radioheads' Creep.

by Anonymousreply 1612/17/2012

Tina Turner's version of "Let's Stay Together."

I love Al Green's version, but Tina just killed it on this.

by Anonymousreply 1712/17/2012

[quote]Kind of obvious, but Whitney's "I Will Always Love You" trumps the Dolly original.


Whitney's version is fine if you like yodeling.

by Anonymousreply 1812/17/2012

Stars on 54's cover of If You Could Read My Mind is great. Gordon Lightfoot's version is like a funeral march.

by Anonymousreply 1912/17/2012

Tina Turner's Take Me to The River

by Anonymousreply 2012/17/2012

Tina Turner's Take Me to The River

by Anonymousreply 2112/17/2012

[quote]Many superior cover versions of Radioheads' Creep.

Like this one, for starters:

by Anonymousreply 2212/17/2012

A classic in this category is the Jimmy Hendrix version of "All Along the Watchtower" over Dylan's original.

by Anonymousreply 2312/17/2012

Bea at the Rusty Anchor.

by Anonymousreply 2412/18/2012

I don't know who covered it but I heard a remake of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" that was slow and growly, for lack of a better term, and it was great.

by Anonymousreply 2512/18/2012

Ain't No Moutain High Enough - Diana Ross.

Gloria - Patti Smith

Nothing Compares To You - Sinead O'Connor

All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

If This World Were Mine - Luther Vandross/Cheryl Lynn

by Anonymousreply 2612/18/2012


That was Placebo.

by Anonymousreply 2712/18/2012

Agreer, R17! Tina put her all in that one...

by Anonymousreply 2812/18/2012

I prefer the Beat Goes Bang version of "Draggin' The Line" over the Tommy James and the Shondells version.

by Anonymousreply 2912/18/2012

Crispin Glover owns this thread. These Boots Are Made for Walking, original version by Nancy Sinatra.

by Anonymousreply 3012/18/2012

Oh you can color my world with sunshine yellow each day

Oh you can color my world with happiness all the way

by Anonymousreply 3112/18/2012

Groovin', Kenny Rankin.

by Anonymousreply 3212/18/2012

R22, Thank you for pointing out a song I've heard before listening to "oldies" but didn't know the name or artist. Still what is the connection to Radiohead and Creep?

by Anonymousreply 3312/18/2012

How come the beautiful songs by The Alan Parsons Project were never updated/re-released? I love "To The Sea" which IMHO would be appropriate to bring up this sad week.

by Anonymousreply 3412/18/2012

Aretha Franklin's cover of Otis Redding's RESPECT. Not necessarily better but certainly distinctive enough to put a new spin on it and make it her signature song.

Aretha's cover of BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER has its fans but this is one that I don't like very much. A bit too "church" for my tastes.

Oleta Adams' cover of Brenda Russell's GET HERE.

by Anonymousreply 3512/18/2012

R34, there's no need for a cover. They're perfect as is.

by Anonymousreply 3612/18/2012

Pointer Sisters "Fire"

by Anonymousreply 3712/18/2012

Amy Winehouse - Valerie (Zutons), To Know Him Is To Love Him (the Teddy Bears), You're Wondering Now (The Skalites)

RIP. I still love her voice

by Anonymousreply 3812/18/2012

Annie Lennox No More 'I Love You's'

Siouxsie & The Banshees The Passenger

Kirsty MacColl A New England

by Anonymousreply 3912/18/2012

Sinead O'Conner's cover of Elton John's "Sacrifice"

by Anonymousreply 4012/18/2012

Although I love Laura Nyro's original version of "Eli's Coming," I think Three Dog Night did it better.

by Anonymousreply 4112/18/2012

[quote]Kind of obvious, but Whitney's "I Will Always Love You" trumps the Dolly original.

C'mon they are so different they could be two different songs. Both are great, one a country classic and the other a pop classic.

by Anonymousreply 4212/18/2012

Pat Benatar's "Wuthering Heights" is better than Kate Bush's Minnie Mouse on Helium original.

by Anonymousreply 4312/18/2012

The Killers' "Bette Davis Eyes."

by Anonymousreply 4412/18/2012

White Lies' 'Love Lockdown' is far better than the original version of Kayne West. A beautiful song.

by Anonymousreply 4512/18/2012

Bette Midler's Hello in There. Her version of Superstar is amazing as well.

by Anonymousreply 4612/18/2012

I Think We're Alone Now and I Saw Her Standing There

by Anonymousreply 4712/18/2012

Ike and Tina Turner - Proud Mary.

by Anonymousreply 4812/18/2012

Donna Summer's "MacArthur Park" is far better than the original (Richard Harris?)

by Anonymousreply 4912/18/2012

R44, with all respect, Kim Carnes' original version is THE BEST by far! It's soooo obvious!

by Anonymousreply 5012/18/2012

No, the best version of Hounds of Love (after Kate) is the Futureheads.

by Anonymousreply 5112/18/2012

Cat Power, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.

by Anonymousreply 5212/18/2012

The Walkabouts -Polly

by Anonymousreply 5312/18/2012

[quote]I feel like I've been hyping this all over the place, but I can't help it. It's gorgeous. Julia Holter's version of "Gold Dust Woman"

Kudos to her for not doing a straight-up copy of the song. But better than the original? No.

by Anonymousreply 5412/18/2012

'Blue Suede Shoes' by Elvis Presley was a far better cover of the original Carl Perkins song.

by Anonymousreply 5512/18/2012

Tori Amos - '97 Bonnie and Clyde

by Anonymousreply 5612/18/2012

Seriously you like the Placebo's version of "Running Up That Hill" better? You're insane. I made it through 40 seconds. Dreadful.

But better? Not.

by Anonymousreply 5712/18/2012

Canadian Dataloungers may remember legendary Cape Breton songstress Rita MacNeil's live cover of the Divinyls classic, "I Touch Myself," on her CBC variety show in the mid-1990s, sadly unavailable on YouTube. Let's just say she brought the song much, much more than those little Australian girls ever could.

by Anonymousreply 5812/18/2012

It's true that Kate sounds like she's on helium R43, but she sings that song--I pine a lot, I find the lot, falls through without you-- with more honest emotion than Pat could ever muster.

by Anonymousreply 5912/18/2012

Depeche Mode's version of Route 66

by Anonymousreply 6012/18/2012

'Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon' by Urge Overkill

The original Neil Diamond version is beautiful too, but i like this one more.

by Anonymousreply 6112/18/2012

Neko Case's cover of Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis.

by Anonymousreply 6212/18/2012

Chris Farlowe's version of Out Of Time.

This is a seriously great pop single that never made it in the USA but was a number one in England

by Anonymousreply 6312/18/2012

Johnny Cash's version of "Numb" has a level of melancholy that the original by Nine Inch Nails cannot touch. Here is a man looking back at lost friends, lost family and youth.

by Anonymousreply 6412/18/2012

[quote][R22], Thank you for pointing out a song I've heard before listening to "oldies" but didn't know the name or artist. Still what is the connection to Radiohead and Creep?

Radiohead was sued for plagiarizing that song in "Creep." The writers of "The Air That I Breathe" now share a songwriting credit for "Creep" as a result of the successful lawsuit.

by Anonymousreply 6512/18/2012

Johnny Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails "Hurt"

'nuff said

by Anonymousreply 6612/18/2012

Sunny, Georgie Fame. The original by Bobby Hebb was very good, this is better.

by Anonymousreply 6712/18/2012

Madonna's cover of "American Pie."

by Anonymousreply 6812/18/2012

Smashing Pumpkin's version of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide".

Az Yet's version of "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" by Chicago/Peter Cetera.

As for cover versions that are equally as good (if not better than) the original:

The Fugees cover of "Killing Me Softly" (original by Lori Lieberman and then Roberta Flack)

Maxwell's "This Woman's Work" (original by Kate Bush)

by Anonymousreply 6912/18/2012

'Wild is The Wind' by David Bowie. POWERFUL COVER, much more emotional and sensitive than the Nina Simone original.

by Anonymousreply 7012/18/2012

"Touch Me (All Night Long)" was improved a thousand times by Cathy Dennis reworking this earlier version from Fonda Rae.

This isn't considered a straight cover version since she reworked the lyrics in the verse, but I want to include it because I never knew the 'original' version of this song existed until I recently saw Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2.

by Anonymousreply 7112/18/2012

"Spanish Harlem" by Aretha Franklin.

by Anonymousreply 7212/18/2012

"Handy Man" by James Taylor. So brilliant, you wouldn't even know there was an original that sounded completely different. Taylor's arrangement suits the song more than Sparks of Rhythm/Jimmy Jones.

by Anonymousreply 7312/18/2012

Any version of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" has got to be better than Brenda Lee's hit.

by Anonymousreply 7412/18/2012

I didn't know. I love that song.

by Anonymousreply 7512/18/2012

Sorry, I was talking about the James Taylor song.

by Anonymousreply 7612/18/2012

R40, you are so right. Sinead's "Sacrifice" is stunning.

I heard a cover of "Wild World" the other day that was very good, but I don't know who it was (helpful, no?)

The slow folky cover of Hey Ya is pretty amusing.

by Anonymousreply 7712/18/2012

One of my top 5 favorite records is Al Green's "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart."

The Bee Gee's version was fine too, but Al added an aching that their voices couldn't do.

by Anonymousreply 7812/18/2012

Another cover of Love Lock Down I really like.

by Anonymousreply 7912/18/2012

I think Valerie Carter's version of "Ooh Child" is better than Five Stairsteps.

by Anonymousreply 8012/18/2012

Chaka Kahn's cover of The Beatles "We Can Work it Out."

Aretha Franklin's cover of the Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

by Anonymousreply 8112/18/2012

Jingle Bells

by Anonymousreply 8212/18/2012

Jumpin Jack Flash

the way it's meant to be sung IMHO

by Anonymousreply 8312/18/2012

Okay, I just heard the Aretha Frankling cover of the Stone's song for the first time in about 25 years.

I take it back. It sucks.

by Anonymousreply 8412/18/2012

A lot of stuff by Linda Ronstadt in the 70s was better than the originals (from the 50s).

by Anonymousreply 8512/18/2012

Elvis Presley made miracles with most of the original versions he sang. He made them supreme with his voice.

by Anonymousreply 8612/18/2012

R4, I prefer Audra Mae's version. So haunting. I recently found out that she's the grandniece of Judy Garland, to boot! Talent really runs in that family.

by Anonymousreply 8712/18/2012

"The Tide is High" by Blondie.

by Anonymousreply 8812/18/2012

"The Tide is High" original by The Paragons.

by Anonymousreply 8912/18/2012

I love Eva Cassidy's cover of Imagine.

by Anonymousreply 9012/18/2012

Teena Marie's (RIP) cover of "I'm Wishing On A Star" was better than Rose Royce's original.

by Anonymousreply 9112/18/2012

Neko Case - Runnin' Out of Fools

by Anonymousreply 9212/18/2012

Trouble - Kristin Hersh

by Anonymousreply 9312/18/2012

Ladies and gentlemen: Tori Amos, Ring My Bell.

by Anonymousreply 9412/18/2012

[all posts by right wing shit-stain # a removed.]

by Anonymousreply 9512/18/2012

"More Love" by Kim Carnes better than Smokey's

"Ooh Baby Baby" by Linda Ronstadt also better than his

a lot of it is because production and studio techniques have improved and the arrangements are also better

by Anonymousreply 9612/18/2012

I love that fat Hawaiian guy's version of "Over the Rainbow." It can;t be better than Judy's original, but it's still a masterpiece.

Speaking of Judy: I love all her Jolson covers ("Swanee," "Rockabye your Baby with a Dixie Melody") much better than the Jolson originals

by Anonymousreply 9712/18/2012

Madge's cover of "American Pie" is fluffy shit she had no bidness coverin'. She has no depth at all!

by Anonymousreply 9812/18/2012

No More I Love You's is a cover? Always thought she wrote that awful dreck. I don't do solo Annie. . at. . all!

by Anonymousreply 9912/18/2012

'Sympathy For The Devil' by Guns'N'Roses is a fantastic cover of the original Rolling Stones song.


by Anonymousreply 10012/18/2012

r94, that was so cool.

by Anonymousreply 10112/18/2012

R79, i didn't expect to agree on that because i really love the White Lies cover of 'Love Lockdown', but i also liked the Janina Gavankar cover you sent. It gives another tone in this song, good. It surprised me positively.

Nice. :)

by Anonymousreply 10212/18/2012

Aretha Franklin's version of "Somewhere".

by Anonymousreply 10312/18/2012

Sea of Love - Tom Waits

by Anonymousreply 10412/18/2012

You're No Good and Tracks of My Tears: Linda Ronstadt.

by Anonymousreply 10512/18/2012

[quote]I never knew the 'original' version of this song existed until I recently saw Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2.

GAWD you're SOOOO late!!

by Anonymousreply 10612/18/2012

Janet's cover of Rod Stewart's "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)" is slinkier and sexier than his...and she didn't change the gender in the lyrics to boot.

by Anonymousreply 10712/18/2012

[quote]"More Love" by Kim Carnes better than Smokey's; "Ooh Baby Baby" by Linda Ronstadt also better than his


by Anonymousreply 10812/18/2012

"Creep" is better by Street Corner Symphony than the original by Coldplay. (sorry, don't have a link. Easy to find on youtube.)

by Anonymousreply 10912/18/2012

R63 , I agree and also love Chris Farlowe's version of "Think."

I prefer Sheryl Crow's version of "Mississippi" to Bod Dylan's.

by Anonymousreply 11012/18/2012

Ooops! Original of "Creep" was Radiohead. Street Corner Symphony finds chord changes the little twinks have never heard of.

by Anonymousreply 11112/18/2012

I know this is sacrilege, but I love RHCP's cover of Stevie Wonder's original.

by Anonymousreply 11212/18/2012

Manic Street Preachers - Umbrella

by Anonymousreply 11312/18/2012

And another one from Manic Street Preachers. Their version of MASH theme - Suicide is Painless

by Anonymousreply 11412/18/2012

R43 Benetar's cover is ok, but it's so flat emotionally. Kate Bush's version is better by far imo.

by Anonymousreply 11512/18/2012

R104 wins.

by Anonymousreply 11612/18/2012

Linda Ronstadt - "The Moon's A Harsh Mistress"

(Originally recorded by Joe Cocker)

by Anonymousreply 11712/18/2012

I always thought this Buddy Holly cover was much, much better than the original

by Anonymousreply 11812/18/2012

[quote]"More Love" by Kim Carnes better than Smokey's

Teena Marie's cover of "More Love" was better than both Kim's and Smokey's.

by Anonymousreply 11912/18/2012

Gillian Welch - "Black Star" (Radiohead)

by Anonymousreply 12012/19/2012

Nancy (Heart) Wilson's cover of "In Your Eyes"

by Anonymousreply 12112/19/2012

Jeff Buckley - "Hallelujah"

by Anonymousreply 12212/19/2012

Joni Mitchell's cover of her own "Both Sides Now"

by Anonymousreply 12312/19/2012

Soft Cell's version of "Tainted Love"

And I agree r122 I love Jeff Buckley's version. It's as though it was written for him.

by Anonymousreply 12412/19/2012

Joni is the original Both Sides Now

by Anonymousreply 12512/19/2012

Ace Of Base's cover of Tina Turner's "Don't Turn Around

UB40's "Can't Help Falling In Love"

by Anonymousreply 12612/19/2012

Corey Hart's I Can't Help Falling in Love. He really has an underrated voice. The video seals the deal. And he was just so damn hot.

by Anonymousreply 12712/19/2012

Ronstadt's Desperado

by Anonymousreply 12812/20/2012

Jeff Buckley's "Calling You"

by Anonymousreply 12912/20/2012

Johnny Cash-Hurt

'Hurt' is aHurt" is a song written by Trent Reznor, first released on Nine Inch Nails' 1994 album The Downward Spiral.

Cash's cover to this song is a masterpiece.

by Anonymousreply 13012/20/2012

* 'Hurt' is a song written by...

Blah, blah, sorry for the typo

by Anonymousreply 13112/20/2012

r125, the version posted of Joni singing was much later (2000).

by Anonymousreply 13212/20/2012

"Ball & Chain," from the Big Mama Thornton album "The Great Tomato Blues Package (disc 1)", was covered on the Janis Joplin album "In Concert."

It melts your brains out!

Janis, Janis!

by Anonymousreply 13312/20/2012

Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)," from the Lorraine Ellison album "Stay With Me", was covered on the Janis Joplin album "In Concert."

by Anonymousreply 13412/20/2012

'All Is Loneliness',from the Moondog album "Moondog", was covered on the Janis Joplin album "In Concert."

I love Janis' version!

by Anonymousreply 13512/20/2012

And here she is doing it in 1970. She's the original. She wrote the fucking song. Singing it later in life doesn't mean she's doing a cover of her own song.

by Anonymousreply 13612/20/2012

Guys, as much as i love Joni Mitchell i think that Anne Murray's cover is the best

Both Sides Now-Anne Murray

by Anonymousreply 13712/20/2012

Anuna'a cover of Elvis Costello's "Deep Dead Blue". Incredible Celtic a capella vocals with a slight undertone of despair. I can't find it on Youtube, or on a file share but it's on their "Fisher King" and "Essential Anuna" discs.

by Anonymousreply 13812/20/2012

Guys forgive me if you mentioned that and it slipped my attention but a great, great cover was also 'Crossroads' by Eric Clapton. The original was named '"Cross Road Blues" and was sung by Robert Johnson.

by Anonymousreply 13912/20/2012

'It's All Over Now Baby Blue' by Van Morrison. I bet Bob Dylan really liked Van Morrison's cover of his song.

by Anonymousreply 14012/20/2012

`Go West` ,Pet Shop Boys(140 posts and nobody remembered this one).

by Anonymousreply 14112/20/2012

R15 smokes crack like Whitney! Heresy!

by Anonymousreply 14212/20/2012

R109, Love you choice but for sheer emotional connection to a song, check out Martin Casey's version of "Creep."

by Anonymousreply 14312/20/2012

That is adorable. Seriously.

by Anonymousreply 14412/20/2012

R109, Try this YouTube Vid link instead.

by Anonymousreply 14512/20/2012

I wouldn't say it's better than Gloria Gaynor's version, but I loved Cake's take on "I Will Survive."

by Anonymousreply 14612/20/2012

The Bangles - "Hazy Shade of Winter"

by Anonymousreply 14712/20/2012

For improvement over the original, I submit this:

"Because The Night" by 10,000 Maniacs (featuring Natalie Merchant)

by Anonymousreply 14812/20/2012

Another favorite of mine:

"Cruel Summer" by Ace of Base (US Version)

by Anonymousreply 14912/20/2012

Disturbed's "Land of Confusion" has more energy than the original, though I'd rate it about equal.

by Anonymousreply 15012/20/2012

Very interesting remake, though again more equal than superior:

"White Lines" by Duran Duran

by Anonymousreply 15112/20/2012

Sympathy for the Devil - GNR

by Anonymousreply 15212/20/2012

50% of the songs on Glee.

Pretty much of anything on Through the Looking Glass (Siouxsie & the Banshees)

Everybody Knows - Concrete Blonde (the original is great too - I think both songs are great, differently)

by Anonymousreply 15312/20/2012

The Cowboy Junkies cover of The Grateful Dead's To Lay Me Down. It is hard to find a more beautiful song.

by Anonymousreply 15412/20/2012

Doris Day "Thank You For the Music"

by Anonymousreply 15512/20/2012

Cover Girls' 'Wishing on a Star' is better than Rose Royce or Teena Marie's.

by Anonymousreply 15612/20/2012

Sinead's "Nothing Compares 2 U" is one of the clear ones.

Dusty Springfield's "In The Winter" puts the original Janis Ian version to shame, and even Janis herself admits as much.

Kirsty MacColl did three great versions of songs I loved more than the originals: Billy Bragg's "A New England," The Kinks' "Days," and the Smiths "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby."

Bettye LaVette has done a few phenomenal covers, including the Who's "Reign Down O'er Me" and Elton's "Talking Old Soldiers." Her version of Chaka Khan's "Love Me Still" just WRECKED Chaka at the tribute concert for Chaka that Bettye sang it at.

by Anonymousreply 15712/20/2012

R103 OMG, I love that version too. I also love Aretha's version of Leonard Cohen's Suzanne.

by Anonymousreply 15812/20/2012

"What About Now" from Westlife (version of the Daughtry song)

by Anonymousreply 15912/21/2012

[quote]Bettye LaVette has done a few phenomenal covers, including the Who's "Reign Down O'er Me"

Oh, dear

by Anonymousreply 16012/21/2012

Everyone redoes Christmas music, but this is my favorite of the remaakes:

Carrie Underwood's "Do You Hear What I Hear?"

The woman has absolutely perfect pitch, and passion when she sings.

by Anonymousreply 16112/21/2012


I thought LaVette was chewing the mic too much, though she obviously has pipes.

The Who's version of "Reign" struck me as the better of the two by far.

by Anonymousreply 16212/21/2012

R160 Yep, you got me. Wrong title.

R162 She does have a unique style of singing and a limited range. I loved her version of "Reign".

I just love her (and I could see why people may not share that joy) because even with her imperfect voice, she just works the FUCK out of every song she sings.

by Anonymousreply 16312/21/2012

R66, sorry. Now i discovered that you sent first for Johnny Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails "Hurt". I didn't noticed that the other time and i sent for the same song too.

by Anonymousreply 16412/21/2012

For the win:

"Once In A Lifetime" (original by Talking Heads)

by Anonymousreply 16512/21/2012

This is Jewel knocking "Sweet Home Alabama" out of the park.

by Anonymousreply 16612/21/2012

Gary Jules' and Michael Andrews' cover of Tears for Fears' "Mad World"

by Anonymousreply 16712/21/2012

Mastodon's cover of Thin Lizzy's "Emerald"

I'm not big on rock music usually but this is incredible.

by Anonymousreply 16812/21/2012

Liza Minnelli's cover of "Edge of Seventeen"

"Jusht like a white winged dove shingsh a shong shoundsh like she'sh shitting..."

by Anonymousreply 16912/23/2012

R127, I really like Corey's voice and music too. I think he's written off as one of the people who made it big in the early days of music videos because he was (and is) so good looking, but his music holds up.

by Anonymousreply 17012/23/2012

LOL R169

[quote]I really like Corey's voice and music too...his music holds up.

So true. His "Never Surrender" is my mantra.

by Anonymousreply 17112/23/2012

Sylvester & The Hot Band's version of 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale'. He turned it into a gospel song.

It was his debut album. More evidence of his musical genius.

I couldn't find it anywhere online but here's the album cover:

by Anonymousreply 17212/24/2012

Jonathan Wilson's version of La Isla Bonita is just awesome. It is so far ahead of the original, the original pales beside it.

by Anonymousreply 17312/24/2012

Jack White's version of Love is Blindness. He manages to cut through U2's fatuous bombast, make Bono's pompous lyrics palatable, and has the added appeal of not sounding like a sick goat.

by Anonymousreply 17412/24/2012

Sure it is, R174 (AKA studio publicist working overtime to build upon the non-existent buzz for Luhrmann's 'Gatsby').

by Anonymousreply 17512/24/2012

Damn, I would love to hear Sylvester's 'Whiter Shade of Pale.' Hopefully it will be online soon.

by Anonymousreply 17612/24/2012

I Put A Spell On You - Tim Curry

by Anonymousreply 17712/24/2012

Gary Jules - Mad World (Tears for Fears original)

by Anonymousreply 17812/24/2012

'When You Sleep' by Memoryhouse (My Bloody Valentine original)

I adore this cover and you can see why. It sounds perfect. It haunts you.

by Anonymousreply 17901/06/2013

Decided not to read every entry, and I'm sure it's been stated before, so just consider this another vote.

"Proud Mary" OWNS this thread

by Anonymousreply 18001/06/2013

Um === Areth Franklin made a career out of this, precisely:

Son Of A Preacher Man (even Dusty - whose original version, given to her only after Aretha turned it down cause it hit too close to home, I like best - acknowledged that once she heard Aretha's she would have done it her way)

I Say A Little Prayer For You

Eleanor Rigby

This Girl's In Love With You

People Get Ready

Spanish Harlem

and, of course


by Anonymousreply 18101/06/2013

Crackhead Bonnie

by Anonymousreply 18201/06/2013

Sorry Judy, but mine is better than your daughter's

by Anonymousreply 18301/06/2013

Someone (not my sorry stingy nonmember ass) should start a converse thread about lesser known original versions that are better than the popular one:


Shake A Tail Feather

Hound Dog

Ain't No Mountain High Enough


by Anonymousreply 18401/06/2013

There are some who may agree

by Anonymousreply 18501/06/2013

Killer/Papa Was a Rolling Stone by George Michael

by Anonymousreply 18601/06/2013

Ryan Adams - Wonderwall.

by Anonymousreply 18701/06/2013

I don't think that I can take it.

by Anonymousreply 18801/06/2013

This isn't better than the original, but not shabby at all for someone so young.

by Anonymousreply 18901/06/2013

Bow Wow Wow's I want Candy

Grand Funk Railroad's version of The Locomotion

by Anonymousreply 19001/06/2013

[quote]Grand Funk Railroad's version of The Locomotion

Oh, no way - Little Eva and The Cookies, with their rough r&b interpretation were a million times better

by Anonymousreply 19101/06/2013

Who in DL would DARE to defy me?

by Anonymousreply 19201/06/2013

Juice Newton's "Angel of the Morning" (1981) was so much more grandiose and almost majestic compared to the dull 1968 Merilee Rush original both in production and vocals.

by Anonymousreply 19301/06/2013

Did someone already school OP that this was not originally done by ODB but by Rick James? Shit. Motherfuckers need to recognize up in here, for real.

by Anonymousreply 19401/06/2013

I'm really torn between The Left Banke And The Four Tops with "Walk Away Renee." The former had the feeling and the latter had the phrasing. beat, and musicality.

Who wins?

by Anonymousreply 19501/06/2013


by Anonymousreply 19601/06/2013

Any of Joan Jett's covers.

by Anonymousreply 19701/06/2013

The Avett Brothers, "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"

by Anonymousreply 19801/06/2013

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by Anonymousreply 19901/06/2013

Bananarama's version of "Nathan Jones" over the Supremes original.

by Anonymousreply 20001/06/2013

Datalounge doesn't seem to like me posting links, at least from my iPad, but look for the cover of "Hot in Herre" by the adorable German band Boss Hoss on YouTube.

by Anonymousreply 20101/06/2013

Too antiseptic, r200.

by Anonymousreply 20201/06/2013

[quote]and about 3-4 times longer than the Stones

You didn't need to add that detail, R199.

by Anonymousreply 20301/06/2013

"Star Witness" by Neko Case

And the cover, by two high school girls sung in a stairwell. Hauntingly lovely.

by Anonymousreply 20401/07/2013

Only because this will likely make someone posting in the 90s Music thread flip out if they see this...

"How Soon Is Now," t.A.T.u. (the Russian fake lesbians)

by Anonymousreply 20501/07/2013

One Direction "What Makes You Beautiful" by an adorable Chinese acapella group named "VOX."

by Anonymousreply 20608/24/2013

Margin Gaye's version of I Heard it Through the Grapevine over Gladys Knight and the Pips version

Cyndi Lauper's All Through the Night vs the original. Here's the original. It hurts my ears.

by Anonymousreply 20708/24/2013
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