Top 5 Cover Songs That Are Better Than The Original Versions

Wayne Edwards

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1. All Along The Watchtower-Jimi Hendrix (orig. Bob Dylan)
2. Superstar-Sonic Youth (orig. The Carpenters)
3. My Way-Sid Vicious/Sex Pistols (orig. Frank Sinatra)
4. With A Little Help From My Friends-Joe Cocker (orig. The Beatles)
5. I Heard It Through The Grapevine-Marvin Gaye (orig. Gladdys Knight & the Pips)
 

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Always on my Mind - Pet Shop Boys (Don't know who did the orig)

Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird - Some group from the '80s :right: (Peter Frampton-Lynard Skynard)

Feelin' Alright - Joe Cocker (Traffic)

Always Something There To Remind Me - Don't know who did either

Say A Little Prayer For You - Dionne Warwick (Aritha Franklin)

It's My Life - No Doubt (Talk Tak)
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I have a playlist on my iPod with over 120 cover songs, so this should be fun:bigthumbup:

5: Don't Stop Believing - Glee Cast (Journey)
4: My Heart Will Go On - New Found Glory (Celine Dion)
3: Violet Hill - Pendulum (Coldplay)
2: Mrs. Robinson - The Lemonheads (Simon and Garfunkel)
1: Stronger - 30 Seconds To Mars (Kanye West)
 

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Don't Do it: The Band (orig. Marvin Gaye)

"When I Paint My Masterpiece" The Band (orig. Bob Dylan)

Weather With You: Jimmy Buffett (orig. Crowded House)
 

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All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix (Bob Dylan)
Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers (Stevie Wonder)
Stone Cold Crazy - Metallica (Queen)
Voodoo Chile - Stevie Ray Vaughan (Jimi Hendrix)
Superstition - Stevie Ray Vaughan (Stevie Wonder)
 

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War pigs - faith no more (black sabbath)
I will survive - Cake (Gloria Gaynor)
The boys of summer - ataris (Don Henley)
Train kept a-rollin' - aerosmith (Tiny Bradshaw)
Smooth criminal - alien ant farm (M. Jackson)
 

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"I Shall Be Released" - The Band (Bob Dylan)
"All Along the Watchtower" - Jimi Hendrix (Bob Dylan)
"Feeling Alright" - Joe Cocker (Traffic)
 

Jon

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A few more off the top of my head....

You can leave your hat on - Joe Cocker (Randy Newman)
Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Stranglehold - Cross Canadian Ragweed (Ted Nugent)
The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Zac Brown Band (Charlie Daniels)

And I can't believe I forgot this one.....


Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley (Leonard Cohen)
 

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Wow, I get to bat cleanup......

-Sweet Jane - Cowboy Junkies (Velvet Underground);

-Blinded by the Light - Manfred Mann (Bruce Springsteen);

-A Thing Called Love - Bonnie Raitt (John Hiatt) - only song to rhyme "amoeba";

-Summertime Blues - The Who (Eddie Cochran);

-Heard it Through the Grapevine - Credence Clearwater Revival (Smokey Robinson) [previous poster was incorrect on several counts]
 

scotchandcigar

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I should include:

Every Linda Ronstadt hit:

-When Will I Be Loved (Everly Brothers);

-Heat Wave (Martha & the Vandellas);

-It's So Easy (Buddy Holly);

-Poor Poor Pitiful Me (Warren Zevon);

-Tumbling Dice (Rolling Stones).

There, that's 5.
 

Wayne Edwards

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Wow, I get to bat cleanup......


-Heard it Through the Grapevine - Credence Clearwater Revival (Smokey Robinson) [previous poster was incorrect on several counts]

I'm going by when the record was released. Smokey Robinson may have recorded a demo version before Gladys Knight or Marvin Gaye, but it was not released at the time. Same with Marvin Gaye, whenever he recorded "Grapevine" it was released a year after Gladys Knight & the Pips version, which was the first version that someone could actually buy at a record store.
 

scotchandcigar

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I'm going by when the record was released. Smokey Robinson may have recorded a demo version before Gladys Knight or Marvin Gaye, but it was not released at the time. Same with Marvin Gaye, whenever he recorded "Grapevine" it was released a year after Gladys Knight & the Pips version, which was the first version that someone could actually buy at a record store.
You're right about those 2 releases, but I assumed the Smokey version was available first. However, that was before my time, so you could be right about not being able to buy it. But the Credence version came last, so it's safe to go with that (if you like it best).