Song covers you liked better than the original?

What are your favorite examples of bands covering a song and making it better (or at least AS good.)

I’ve got a ton of them, but here’s a few off the top, with the original musician/band in parenthesis:

Darling Nikki - Foo Fighters (Prince)
Sympathy For The Devil - Motorhead (Stones)
Man In A Suitcase - AFI (The Police)
Next To You - The Offspring (The Police)
Sin City - The Offspring (AC/DC)
Sound Of Silence - Disturbed (Simon & Garfunkle)
Whiplash - Motorhead (Metallica)
Take On Me - Weezer (A-ha)
Love Buzz - Nirvana (Shocking Blue)
Rubberband Man - Electric Six (The Spinners)

Morale of the story is when Motorhead covered a song, it 100% became theirs. I can’t even listen to the originals of their covers like I can with the others.


The end of this is really cool. Also really like the Disturbed remake you mention.

Shakira doing Nothing Else Matters

This dude MURDERS Creep, by Radiohead.

Your Song, Elton Joh

Blinded by The Light - Mannfred Mann (Bruce Springsteen)
Pretty Woman - Van Halen (Roy Orbison)
Running Up that Hill - Placebo (Kate Bush)
The Real Me - W.A.S.P. (The Who)
Behind Blue Eyes - Limp Bizkit (The Who)

You’d be hard pressed to beat Blinded by the Light. Song is a piece of trash that Mannfred Mann turned into a classic.

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Creep by Radio head - covered by PMJ

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Killing Me Softly - Refugees (Roberta Flack)
Simple Man - Shinedown (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
House of the Rising Sun - Five Finger Death Punch (The Animals)
Landslide - Dixie Chicks (Fleetwood Mac)

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Walk this Way - Run DMC (Aerosmith)
Tainted Love - Marilyn Manson (Gloria Jones)

House of the Rising Sun was first recorded by Leadbelly, the author is unknown and it is typically called a “traditional” tune. Lot’s of good covers. Frigid Pink had a decent one in 1970.

Mama Tried- Merle Haggard, (Grateful Dead). The Dead had a LOT of songs that weren’t original that people assumed were.
I don’t think that Linda Ronstadt ever wrote a song in her life, but just about everything she recorded was better than the original IMO.
If you’re a fan of the blue’s you probably know that a lot of British bands esp, recorded old blue’s songs in their early days. “Key to the Highway”, Derek and the Dominoes, originally recorded by Big Bill Broonzy. The Animals recorded John Lee Hookers “Boom Boom”, it hit #43 on Billboard in 1964. The Yardbirds covered “Dust my Broom” by Elmore James and in the states there are many, many examples of early blues getting covered by the emerging rock and roll generation. In America, southern rock turned to blues for their inspiration as well. My favorite was the Allman Brothers cover of “Stormy Monday”, originally written and covered by T-Bone Walker.

The Rolling Stones successfully covered more blue’s songs than any other band from this era I believe. They had a run with standards from Chess records that earned them respect not just from the fans but also from the people who had recorded the songs originally. Muddy Waters became a big fan of the Stones after they recorded a song he had made famous, “I Just Want to Make Love to You”. It also kept Chess on the map at a time that they were in risk of going under. They gave credit where credit where credit was due, unlike Led Zeppelin. Memphis Minnie wrote, “When the Levee Breaks”, but you’ll never see any credit.

I also am a big fan of Disturbed’s cover “The Sounds of Silence”, really powerful version.

One of my favorites, done as a duet, is Conway Twitty and Sam Moore’s cover of, “A Rainy Night in Georgia”.

Many great examples out there.

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SO good w/ZZ



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Anything Frank Sinatra has ever covered.

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Also liked this better than the original - both were awesome though.

That was such a soulful song for Dobie Gray, plus it’s the only song he did that anyone would recognize, I have to give it to Dobie.


Nikki’s Fix - Rollin in the deep.
Not on video, yet.

Stone Cold Crazy. Prefer the Metallica version over the Queen version, which is good in its own right.


Pearl Jam covering Baba O’Riley by the Who

I personally like:

Man Who Sold the World by Nirvana (Bowie cover)
Come Together by Aerosmith (Beatles cover)
Blinded By the Light by Manfred Mann (Springsteen cover)
Girl, You’ll be A Woman Soon by Urge Overkill (Neil Diamond cover)

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That’s a solid list @goldenlions. I just listened to the Unplugged Nirvana album today, and love the Bowie cover.

I truly wonder what would’ve happened with Cobain had he still been alive today.

(Note I didn’t mention suicide. Ya know – because he was actually murdered IMHO.)

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I also dig the Johnny Cash Ring of Fire cover by Social Distortion.

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I saw Social Distortion open for te Ramones in the early 90s in a small, intimate auditorium (500 or less), at Ferris State University!

SO good