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Cover Songs that Were Better Than the Original Artists' Recording

Elton John's cover of The Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"

And, in an ironic twist....

George Michael's cover of Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"

What say you?

by Anonymousreply 257March 22, 2023 9:43 AM

The Doobie Brothers cover of "Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)"........great job, really rocks.

Worst cover ever: Chicago's remake of their own "25 or 6 to 4". The original was a hard-driving classic. Their 80s remake was a ponderous nightmare.

by Anonymousreply 1September 21, 2022 8:49 PM

Roxy Music’s “Jealous Guy”

by Anonymousreply 2September 21, 2022 8:51 PM

Pet Shop Boys covering Always On My Mind

by Anonymousreply 3September 21, 2022 8:53 PM

R3 we must be on the same wavelength, I heard that while driving home this afternoon from work. Maybe that's what sparked this thread....hmmm!

by Anonymousreply 4September 21, 2022 8:54 PM

While we are on Elton John (perish the thought) Sara Barielles' Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Besides being able to understand the words, her emotion adds meaning to the lyric Elton never did.

by Anonymousreply 5September 21, 2022 9:08 PM

Whitney Houston’s cover of I Will Always Love You.

by Anonymousreply 6September 21, 2022 9:09 PM

The Zutons’ song was taken to a different level by Mark Ronson and a certain Miss Amy Winehouse.

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by Anonymousreply 7September 21, 2022 9:11 PM

Dolly's original "I Will Always Love You" was a beautiful song, perfectly sung. Whitney's was an overblown mess.

by Anonymousreply 8September 21, 2022 9:14 PM

Natalie Coles version of Lucy in the sky is pretty amazing

by Anonymousreply 9September 21, 2022 9:17 PM

All of George Michael's covers in general, but "Going to a Town", in particular, is amazing.

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by Anonymousreply 10September 21, 2022 9:19 PM

Linda Ronstadt's That'll Be the Day. Maybe Desperado.

by Anonymousreply 11September 21, 2022 9:19 PM

Ike and Tina Turner's cover of "Proud Mary." They made the song fun.

Reba McEntire's cover of "Fancy." But I hate her covers of "Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" and "Respect."

by Anonymousreply 12September 21, 2022 9:25 PM

When I've enjoyed a cover it is usually because it's on the same level of the earlier recording that I liked. I will say that The Carpenters' covers of "Ticket to Ride" and "Superstar" are two covers that I find incredible. "TtR" is full of Karen's amazing range, and "Superstar" is just beautiful. Check out Jamal_AKA_Jamal's reaction video to the latter.

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by Anonymousreply 13September 21, 2022 9:45 PM

If I am honest, I have to admit I love Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66's cover of "I Think I'm Going Out of My Head" more than I love Little Anthony and the Imperials' original version of the song (although I love that original version too).

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by Anonymousreply 14September 21, 2022 9:49 PM

Enya’s cover of “Baby Got Back”.

by Anonymousreply 15September 21, 2022 9:52 PM

Warpaint’s “Ashes to Ashes”

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by Anonymousreply 16September 21, 2022 9:53 PM

Fun Boy Three’s “Our Lips Are Sealed”. It’s so gay!

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by Anonymousreply 17September 21, 2022 9:56 PM

Alanis Morissette - My Humps

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by Anonymousreply 18September 21, 2022 9:57 PM

"The Tide Is High" by Blondie

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by Anonymousreply 19September 21, 2022 9:58 PM


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by Anonymousreply 20September 21, 2022 9:58 PM

Ryan Adam's cover of Taylor Swift's entire 1989 album

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by Anonymousreply 21September 21, 2022 9:58 PM

Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower. Bob Dylan wrote and recorded it and it was good but not outstanding until Jimi got his hands on it.

by Anonymousreply 22September 21, 2022 10:06 PM

Everything But The Girl's covers of

Bo Diddley - "Love is Strange"

Crazy Horse - "I Don't Want To Talk About It"

Tom Waits - "Downtown Train"

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by Anonymousreply 24September 21, 2022 10:09 PM

Speaking of Bob Dylan, this rendition of "Forever Young" by Audra Mae, the great-granddaughter of Judy Garland's sister.

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by Anonymousreply 25September 21, 2022 10:13 PM

White Light/White Heat - The Professionals

by Anonymousreply 26September 21, 2022 10:14 PM

Superstar - Sonic Youth

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by Anonymousreply 27September 21, 2022 10:15 PM

Cher's covers of

bill medley- i'm no angel

buzz fizz - Heart Of Stone

Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore?

by Anonymousreply 28September 21, 2022 10:20 PM

Rhiannon Gidden

Patsy Cline - She's Got You

Wayfaring Stranger

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by Anonymousreply 29September 21, 2022 10:22 PM

^oh, and waterboy

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by Anonymousreply 30September 21, 2022 10:22 PM

The Gourds

Snoop Dogg - Gin and Juice

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by Anonymousreply 31September 21, 2022 10:23 PM

Rachelle Ferrell - Autumn Leaves

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by Anonymousreply 32September 21, 2022 10:25 PM

Coil's cover of

Marc Almond- Tainted Love

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by Anonymousreply 33September 21, 2022 10:30 PM

virtually everything Marc Broussard covers...

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by Anonymousreply 34September 21, 2022 10:32 PM

Concrete Blonde

Leonard Cohen - Everybody Knows

Bob Dylan - Joey

Jimi Hendrix - Castles Made of Sand

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by Anonymousreply 35September 21, 2022 10:41 PM


R.E.M. - Losing My Religion

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by Anonymousreply 36September 21, 2022 10:45 PM

Anouk & (the aritst formerly known as) Sarah Bettens (of K's Choice)

Live - I Alone

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by Anonymousreply 37September 21, 2022 10:46 PM

Johnny Cash

Nine Inch Nails - Hurt

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by Anonymousreply 38September 21, 2022 10:49 PM

K.D. Lange - Skylark

by Anonymousreply 39September 21, 2022 10:52 PM

Nell Carter

Michael McDonald - I Can Let Go Now

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by Anonymousreply 40September 21, 2022 10:53 PM

10,000 Maniacs because the night

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by Anonymousreply 41September 21, 2022 10:55 PM

Anne Murray's version of Sisters of The Moon is better than Fleetwood Mac's.

by Anonymousreply 42September 21, 2022 11:01 PM

Chrissie Hynde

bob dylan - i shall be released

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by Anonymousreply 43September 21, 2022 11:01 PM

Joan Baez

Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind

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by Anonymousreply 44September 21, 2022 11:02 PM

Van Halen was the best at this

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by Anonymousreply 45September 21, 2022 11:13 PM

Indigo Girls

Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue

Gerard McHugh - Thin Line

Mark Knopfler - Romeo and Juliet

Neil Young - Down By The River

(There are several unrecorded covers they did better... like James Taylor - Junkie's Lament & his Carolina in My Mind. It's pity they didn't do a cover album a couple decades back. Unfortunately, most of remaining bootlegs out there are either poor quality or focus only on their own songs...)

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by Anonymousreply 46September 21, 2022 11:18 PM

"They Don't Know"by Tracey Ullman, though Kirsty MacColl sang on Tracey's version and the "baby" is the same one in the original song, just pitched up a bit.

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by Anonymousreply 47September 21, 2022 11:19 PM
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by Anonymousreply 48September 21, 2022 11:20 PM


Simon & Garfunkel - A Hazy Shade of Winter

Prince - Manic Monday

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by Anonymousreply 49September 21, 2022 11:33 PM

Got To Get You Into My Life by Earth, Wind & Fire

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by Anonymousreply 50September 21, 2022 11:33 PM

Concrete Blonde

Andy Prieboy - Tomorrow, Wendy

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by Anonymousreply 51September 21, 2022 11:35 PM

Elton John Pinball Wizard

by Anonymousreply 52September 21, 2022 11:37 PM

Kay Starr's "Wheel of Fortune"

by Anonymousreply 53September 21, 2022 11:38 PM

R41 Interesting choice. That arrangement is gorgeous, and Natalie Merchant’s voice isn’t lost in the mix. I think this track charted. Patti Smith’s version is revered, and justifiably, but the 10,000 Maniacs cover sounds better, to my untrained ear. Both Merchant and Smith can be irritating presences on stage, but they’re not without talent. The musicians in that video clip above look like they’re performing under protest. It looks a bit like they hated performing with Natalie. I remember after she left the band, a rabid fan was singing loudly and off key to one of their hits during a performance, and one of the band members commented “Natalie’s back!”.

by Anonymousreply 54September 22, 2022 12:08 AM

Paul Anka

Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun

(There have been a lot of covers of it, some I prefer more vocally but this arrangement that I believe that truly makes it more unique)

r54 despite their drama, both 10k and Merchant were better together... and vocally, she needed Mary Ramsey to balance her voice and vice versa but Merchant (to me) always came off as an entitled cunt even back in the early 80s. That was her default personality. . . perpetually pissy, impatient and couldn't be bothered.. too big for it all. Tho, that's not to say other membes were angels, either. They were a very "political" band and highstrung. It would be comparable to dealing with vegans at a bbq. But being in an ensemble is difficult even with the best of personalities, and of course, your costs go up, your profits go down and you're beholden to the group consensus.

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by Anonymousreply 55September 22, 2022 12:17 AM

Anne Murray's version of The Beatles' You Won't See Me

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by Anonymousreply 56September 22, 2022 12:19 AM

Soft Cell: Tainted Love (Originally sung by Gloria Jones)

UB40: Red, Red Wine (Originally sung by Neil Diamond)

Anita Baker: Mystery (Originally sung by The Manhattan Transfer)

Anita Baker: No One in the World (Originally sung by Dionne Warwick)

Chaka Khan: What'cha Gonna Do for Me (Originally sung by Average White Band)

Yvonne Elliman: Hello Stranger (Originally sung by Barbara Lewis)

Bobby Hatfield: Ebb Tide (Originally sung by The Platters)

Paul Hardcastle: Rainforest (Originally composed (?) by Frank Hatchett)

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by Anonymousreply 57September 22, 2022 12:23 AM

Any John Denver song sung by Olivia Newton-John.

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by Anonymousreply 58September 22, 2022 12:27 AM

Belinda Carlisle's I Feel Free (originally by Cream).

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by Anonymousreply 59September 22, 2022 12:29 AM

Chris Stapleton

Metallica - Nothing Else Matters

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by Anonymousreply 60September 22, 2022 12:37 AM

Don McLean's 1980 version of Roy Orbison's "Crying".

Linda Ronstadt's remake of "Hurts So Bad".

Someone above mentioned the Carpenters remake (re-imagining, really) of "Ticket To Ride", but my favorite remake of theirs is from one of their early albums. "Baby, It's You" has been done as a sha-la-la Motown pop record, and a Janis Joplin-type belter (the group Smith, I think), but the Carpenters did a great ballad version, which I just love.

by Anonymousreply 61September 22, 2022 12:38 AM

Tom Jones version of the Prince song Kiss.

by Anonymousreply 62September 22, 2022 12:56 AM

Having met both Ms Merchant and the Maniacs that while things were tense there is no bad blood between them and I've heard both commend the other for their talents.

by Anonymousreply 63September 22, 2022 1:03 AM

kd lang’s cover Orbison’s “Crying”.

by Anonymousreply 64September 22, 2022 1:10 AM

kd lang's cover of "So In Love"

by Anonymousreply 65September 22, 2022 2:26 AM

Amii Stewart - Knock on Wood

Naked Eyes - Always Something There to Remind Me

Luther Van Dross - Superstar

Tara Morice and Mark Williams - Time After Time (from "Strictly Ballroom")

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by Anonymousreply 66September 22, 2022 2:43 AM

Linda Ronstadt's cover of Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou"

She sings it so simply at the beginning, but then brings out the sobs in her throat for the chorus. It's one of the few songs I can think of where the original is great but the cover is absolutely brilliant.

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by Anonymousreply 67September 22, 2022 2:52 AM

John Lennon's "I Call Your Name" as covered by the Mamas and the Papas.

As great as Lennon was were, he had nowhere near as a great a voice as Cass Elliot. (Who did?)

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by Anonymousreply 68September 22, 2022 2:55 AM

Proud Mary by Ike and Tina Turner is better than that of Creedence.

by Anonymousreply 69September 22, 2022 3:01 AM

Aretha's version of Natural Woman takes Carol King's song to another level.

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by Anonymousreply 70September 22, 2022 3:02 AM

Stand by Me as sung by John Lennon This is much better than the Ben E. King version or the Otis Redding version.

by Anonymousreply 71September 22, 2022 3:04 AM

Also The Rolling Stones version of Ain’t too Proud (although the original is pretty damn good). That, the aforementioned Dancing in the street, and (also) Van Halen’s You Really got Me win in my book.

by Anonymousreply 72September 22, 2022 3:04 AM

Carly Rae Jepson remaking Call Me Maybe with The Roots and Jimmy Fallon.

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by Anonymousreply 73September 22, 2022 3:06 AM

Sorry that's such a bad video

by Anonymousreply 74September 22, 2022 3:32 AM

Ross's version of Forever Young ain't too shabby

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by Anonymousreply 75September 22, 2022 3:43 AM

The Beatles cover of Twist and Shout

by Anonymousreply 76September 22, 2022 4:35 AM

EBTG did a few great covers as someone mentioned above.

There was also their version of the Pretenders' "Kid" and this one.

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by Anonymousreply 77September 22, 2022 4:39 AM


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by Anonymousreply 79September 22, 2022 4:41 AM

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun was originally written and recorded by Robert Hazard…but a few years later Cyndi Lauper made it a hit.

by Anonymousreply 80September 22, 2022 5:36 AM

These two may be controversial but I will never change my opinion:

George Michael > Roberta Flack - The first time ever I saw your face

George Michael> Bonnie Raitt - I can’t make you love me.

The sensitivity in his voice is unparalleled.

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by Anonymousreply 81September 22, 2022 5:45 AM

Pretenders' cover of "Creep"

The string quartet was a nice touch.

by Anonymousreply 82September 22, 2022 5:52 AM

Stevie Ray Vaughan’s cover of Hendrix’s “Little Wing”. At the risk of committing blasphemy, I think he really expanded on and improved it. He also did a good job with “Taxman”, especially the malicious sneer in his voice.

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by Anonymousreply 83September 22, 2022 5:54 AM

r80 good one! And Cyndi covered Prince's "When You Were Mine" and I definitely love her version more!

by Anonymousreply 84September 22, 2022 5:54 AM

Youn Sun Nah - My Favorite Things

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by Anonymousreply 85September 22, 2022 5:56 AM

The late great PM Dawn smashed the Beetles version of Norwegian Wood

Loved PM Dawn!

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by Anonymousreply 86September 22, 2022 6:02 AM

I love the Ray Charles version of a Song For you. In researching the song it was an artist names Leon Russell who originated it. Many artists covered it though.

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by Anonymousreply 87September 22, 2022 6:03 AM

Taylor Acorn - Matchbox Twenty - Unwell

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by Anonymousreply 88September 22, 2022 6:05 AM

Red Hot Chili Peppers over Stevie Wonder.

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by Anonymousreply 89September 22, 2022 6:09 AM

Lana del Rey’s “Doin’ Time”

Even Sublime said her version is better.

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by Anonymousreply 90September 22, 2022 6:10 AM

Jeff Buckley

Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah

Lilac Wine

Lost Highway

by Anonymousreply 91September 22, 2022 6:18 AM

Cassandra Wilson covering Neil Young’s Harvest Moon.

It’s dreamlike and resonant. The intro takes me to a small, nighttime lake lined by cattails and covered in the reflection of stars… when a massive moon slowly rises up from the horizon…

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by Anonymousreply 92September 22, 2022 6:30 AM

George Michael's version of 'The Long And Winding Road' at the Linda McCartney tribute show was sublime - arguably better than the original because, you know, that voice.

Similarly GM's 'Somebody To Love' possibly edged the lovely original due to the immense impact of his live tribute to Freddie. (The stripped down version in rehearsal is equally amazing.)

Also at the Linda show Elvis Costello did maybe the best ever version of 'Peace Love and Understanding', smashing it totally. (Nick Lowe's song originally of course.)

Finally, Kirsty MacColl's version of 'Days' brings another level of tender wistfulness to The Kinks' lovely original.

by Anonymousreply 93September 22, 2022 6:51 AM

I'm not saying that Kings Of Leon's cover of Robyn's "Dancing On My Own.' is 'better' than hers but it is haunting...

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by Anonymousreply 94September 22, 2022 7:47 AM

Minnie Driver

The Cure - Close To Me

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by Anonymousreply 95September 22, 2022 7:52 AM

Teddy Swims

Bob Dylan - Make You Feel My Love

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Cyndi Lauper - She Bop

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by Anonymousreply 97September 22, 2022 8:19 AM

Matt Alber - I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

I stumbled on this by accident. No pronouns have been changed. I believe the singer is openly gay.

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by Anonymousreply 98September 22, 2022 10:22 AM

[quote]Elton John's cover of The Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"


by Anonymousreply 99September 22, 2022 10:52 AM

R98 He does a great rendition of Madonna’s Take a Bow, one of my favorite covers.

by Anonymousreply 100September 22, 2022 2:17 PM

The Fifth Dimension's cover of "Never My Love," originally sung by The Association, is simply amazing. Marilyn McCoo knocked it out of the park.

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by Anonymousreply 101September 22, 2022 2:31 PM

R81 Just....no.

Also no on George's cover of They Won't Go When I Go.

by Anonymousreply 102September 22, 2022 3:00 PM

R92 I LOVE that version. It's a lovely thing to listen to at the end of the day.

by Anonymousreply 103September 22, 2022 3:01 PM

A few more great EBTG covers. This was Ashford and Simpson in the original, I think....

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by Anonymousreply 104September 22, 2022 3:03 PM

Of course they were bold, picking Cole Porter for their first single.....

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by Anonymousreply 105September 22, 2022 3:04 PM

I don't know if it's "better" in my book. The original has a gritty passion, but I do love this version, it has a sweeter, angelic feel to it.

Both are good in my book, for different reasons.

And I fucking LOVE the Sundays.

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by Anonymousreply 106September 22, 2022 3:05 PM

Nirvana's cover of The Wipers' D7 live at the BBC in 91. The original Wipers song was a kind of weirdly lugubrious, forgettable new wave tune and Nirvana turned it into an anthem of majestic rage.

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by Anonymousreply 107September 22, 2022 3:10 PM

R81: [italic]The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face[/italic] is a folk song written/performed by Ewan MacColl /Peggy Seeger. Roberta Flack’s version is a cover. She altered the arrangement and slowed the tempo, which made the song over twice as long as the original. Hers is the definitive cover. George Michael copied the way she performed it.

Similarly, Harry Nilsson’s cover of Badfinger’s [italic]Without You[/italic] is also the definitive version of the song. Mariah Carey’s version is well known, too, but she copied Nilsson’s performance.

by Anonymousreply 108September 22, 2022 6:10 PM

Lalah Hathaway’s take on Anita Baker’s “Angel”.

by Anonymousreply 109September 22, 2022 6:32 PM

Endless Love - Luther / Mariah's version over Diana / Lionel's.

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by Anonymousreply 110September 22, 2022 6:55 PM

This is obscure, but Jordis Unga’s version of Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World”

Martha Wainwright’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “The Traitor”

Both give me goosebumps.

by Anonymousreply 111September 22, 2022 7:11 PM

Elton John better than the Beatles, OP? Seriously?

by Anonymousreply 112September 22, 2022 7:17 PM

Petteri Sariola

Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

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by Anonymousreply 113September 22, 2022 7:25 PM

Brae Cruz

Cher - Believe

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by Anonymousreply 114September 22, 2022 7:33 PM

Cyndy Lauper was perfect on I Drove All Night.

Donna Summers' MacAurthur Park is a classic. Took a mess and made it her own.

by Anonymousreply 115September 22, 2022 7:35 PM

Ann Wilson & Nancy Wilson of Heart

Led Zeppelin - The Battle of Evermore

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by Anonymousreply 116September 22, 2022 7:53 PM

Never The Bride

Led Zeppelin - Going To California

Fleetwood Mac / Christine McVie - Songbird

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by Anonymousreply 117September 22, 2022 7:59 PM

[quote] written/performed by Ewan MacColl

Kirsty MacColl's father - though like Norah Jones and her famous dad, not much of a close relationship there.

by Anonymousreply 118September 22, 2022 8:29 PM

[quote] Cyndy Lauper

[quote] Donna Summers

Impressive. Two tried and you failed at both

by Anonymousreply 119September 22, 2022 8:30 PM

Sheena Easton 's cover of "Our House" - better than the original

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by Anonymousreply 120September 23, 2022 12:14 AM

Bauhaus version of Ziggy Stardust.

by Anonymousreply 121September 23, 2022 12:28 AM

R110, I strongly disagree about Endless Love. Nobody beats Lionel and Diana.

by Anonymousreply 122September 23, 2022 12:54 AM

I don’t know if I would say better, but definitely on par with the Beatles.

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by Anonymousreply 123September 23, 2022 12:59 AM

R115, you have to be kidding. Taken as an ambitious disco song, the song is good, but the original Richard Harris version is a classic.

by Anonymousreply 124September 23, 2022 1:30 AM

Humble Pie did a cover of "Heartbeat" by Buddy Holly that was far better than the original.

by Anonymousreply 125September 23, 2022 1:35 AM

R21 I agree. I love Ryan's versions of each song, more than Taylor's original.

by Anonymousreply 126September 23, 2022 2:26 AM

[quote] the original Richard Harris version is a classic

A camp classic, noted for how truly over the top it is

by Anonymousreply 127September 23, 2022 2:33 AM

Are you trolling r95 😂

by Anonymousreply 128September 23, 2022 3:08 AM

Fuck off r92 and your useless offering of a post.

by Anonymousreply 129September 23, 2022 3:10 AM

Sorry r92! I actually meant to tag the actually useless waste of space r102 and her retarded belief her critiques were wanted.

by Anonymousreply 130September 23, 2022 3:12 AM

I know flack is a cover r108. But I figured no one would have heard the original. Maybe you were alive way way back then though. And I stand by his being better regardless of your boring droning. His voice trounces hers and the style of the song as he chose to sing was what was best for his voice. And by the way it still makes George Michael’s a cover.

by Anonymousreply 131September 23, 2022 3:16 AM

R131 I agree that George M. was a great cover artist who could steal a song away from the original artist because he could see the song in a new light with new emotions/perspectives. I'm not a big GM/Wham fan but I prefer all of his covers tot eh ones that came before.

I prefer Belinda Carlisle's cover below to the original Aussie female version =

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by Anonymousreply 132September 23, 2022 7:21 AM

I'm a big ABBA fan but this group did their tune more justice =

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by Anonymousreply 133September 23, 2022 7:22 AM

They also did this tune better than Connie did which suggests they know how to steal a song

away from a particular artist without simply doing a cover on an album just to fill it up =

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by Anonymousreply 134September 23, 2022 7:25 AM

The Go-Go's have released three different takes on this song.

I prefer all 3 to the original which is extremely dated =

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by Anonymousreply 135September 23, 2022 7:32 AM

Maxwell’s- this woman’s work. I love Kate bushes version too but he did it justice

by Anonymousreply 136September 23, 2022 7:33 AM

I like Cyndi's cover over the original =

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by Anonymousreply 137September 23, 2022 8:01 AM

First Time original

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by Anonymousreply 138September 23, 2022 9:41 AM

I will get excoriated for this, but I prefer Hole's version of "Gold Dust Woman" to Fleetwood Mac's original (which in and of itself is a masterpiece). They made the song so much darker and almost gothic. The dirty guitars and that sludgy bass line, paired with Courtney Love's snarling vocals...it's just fantastic. Produced by none other than Ric Ocasek of The Cars.

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by Anonymousreply 139September 23, 2022 9:52 AM

R81/R131: So, you’re an overreactive, attention-whoring cunt who easily gets pressed because few people are agreeing with your “controversial” opinion. Got it.

[quote] Maybe you were alive way way back then though. And I stand by his being better regardless of your boring droning.

Someone alert the media! R131 has made a self-important pronouncement.

LQTM. I‘m 45 and, thanks to a resilient Eurasian mixture, very likely look a good 15 years younger than you, fat frau. You’ve written that you’re not a guy and in your 40s, which means you’re a bitter, craggy hag. You handle mild disagreements like a fucking child. Get over yourself and run along to your safe space, bitch.

by Anonymousreply 140September 23, 2022 11:38 AM

[quote]Aretha's version of Natural Woman takes Carol King's song to another level.

Aretha's *was* the original recording.

Carole King wrote it for her and never recorded it until years later for Tapestry.

by Anonymousreply 141September 23, 2022 11:44 AM

A House Is Not A Home. Luther Vandross' cover of the Dionne Warwick original is the one most people know of. In this video, he sings it as she watches him from the audience.

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by Anonymousreply 142September 23, 2022 11:51 AM

Dionne Warwick's original.

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by Anonymousreply 143September 23, 2022 11:52 AM

Mylène Farmer

Juliette Gréco "Déshabillez moi"

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by Anonymousreply 144September 23, 2022 1:30 PM

Dolly Parton's 1984 cover of Petula Clark's 1964 "Downtown" is much better than the original. Clark had commented on the time that Parton's recording was 'cute' but it was obvious she didn't care for it at all. This song peaked at #80 on the Hot 100 in April, 1984 (whereas Clark peaked at #1 20 years earlier).

by Anonymousreply 145September 23, 2022 2:00 PM

Let me help you out, r145.

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by Anonymousreply 146September 23, 2022 3:09 PM

R146 The production is slicker that a wet street during an ice storm. Dolly's vocals however rise about the production.

by Anonymousreply 147September 23, 2022 3:15 PM

R130 Whatever, Mary.

You have absolutely no taste. Camp queen George Michael has never sung the definitive ANYTHING.

by Anonymousreply 148September 23, 2022 3:26 PM

The definitive House is Not A Home for me is by the legendary Dusty Springfield.

The others are lovely, of course, but this to me is perfection (starts around 2:45, as will the GOOSEBUMPS!)

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by Anonymousreply 149September 23, 2022 3:53 PM

Donna Summer's 'State of Independence' from 40 years ago is much better than the original by Vangelis (though his 1979 recording, and the album it came from is worth listening to - especially the whole album, 'The Friends of Mr. Cairo'). Summer's recording should have topped the pop charts (it peaked at #41, not even giving her another Top 40 ), as it's the only reason to buy the 1982 QJ produced monstrosity of an album.

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by Anonymousreply 150September 23, 2022 5:29 PM

r128 it's better live but couldn't find the planet claire / radio paris recording of it. which was darker and more drawn out.

for The Cure... it was one of their weaker songs, even Smith agrees to that fact.

but I know it's sacrilege to even say to a certain crowd:

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by Anonymousreply 151September 23, 2022 7:08 PM

Louis Armstrong's recording of "Hello, Dolly!" was much better than Carol Channing's.

Likewise, Eydie Gorme's recording of "If He Walked Into My Life" was much better than Angela Lansbury's.

by Anonymousreply 152September 23, 2022 7:14 PM

Wow, I had no idea there was an original Vangelis version - I remember hearing Donna's version at R150.

This one was the one I was most familiar with - although it's clearly very different and mixed in with another song, I think.....

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by Anonymousreply 153September 23, 2022 8:36 PM

Cat Power

Peter Jefferies - The Fate of the Human Carbine

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by Anonymousreply 154September 23, 2022 8:39 PM

I love Donna but like Whitney....she really couldn't dance worth a damn, could she?

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by Anonymousreply 155September 23, 2022 8:41 PM

Well it’s not hard to get under your skin is it r108 😂 Your reaction is what is way over the top.

Also do you believe what everyone posts about themselves? Cause you shouldn’t. No one actually knows or cares about your ethnicity, for example. And like your assumption I’m a frau, it doesn’t matter in relation to the thread. But based on you violently losing your mind in your post- you definitely aren’t “resilient” in any way shape or form. 😂.

Jokes about age are pretty common here so welcome to datalounge. And if you’re 45 like you say (but probs older as you totally lost your mind about it), you’re still an eldergay around here darlin’.

PS you type fat 😊

by Anonymousreply 156September 23, 2022 9:28 PM

R154 Cat Power does covers like no other. They’re always great. She seems more comfortable/less self conscious performing other artists’ material than her own—it’s kind of always been that way with her, hence all the covers records. I love her version of “Bathysphere” by Smog (also better than the original IMO)

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by Anonymousreply 157September 23, 2022 9:32 PM

Oops r156 was meant for the bombastic comments at r140 ^ but same person

by Anonymousreply 158September 23, 2022 9:33 PM

[quote] resilient Eurasian mixture

So a shrieking Mary that's unfuckable on TWO continents. How very vivid.

by Anonymousreply 159September 23, 2022 9:47 PM

Summer's 1984 cover of "There Goes My Baby" is much better than the original from The Drifters which released in 1959. Though the original went to #2 on the Hot 100, while Summer's version stalled at #21 some 25 years later. For some reason, Diana Ross thought it was a good idea to do another cover in 1987 for her 'Red Hot Rhythm and Blues' album, and that recording isn't even worth discussing (IMO).

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by Anonymousreply 160September 23, 2022 9:50 PM

Lol r102. Maybe I just love George’s voice so much that I’m biased.

I do agree about “They won’t go when I go” though. Never liked his version of that.

by Anonymousreply 161September 23, 2022 9:52 PM

The Pretenders - Stop Your Sobbing

by Anonymousreply 162September 23, 2022 10:24 PM

R156: Now you’re admitting you’re a liar. Feh, you never had a particle of credibility in the first place. With your use of frequent lame emoticons, you type on the spectrum. The only one “violently” losing one’s mind is you, as shown at R129 & R130. You mad, boo?Another one who can dish it out, but can’t take it. Oh, the irony of a histrionic cunt like you, projecting her instability onto others…

It’s frequently mentioned , even here on DL, that Asians and Blacks age better than Whites. You calling me old is hilarious when you’re ageing like milk as you type, and that husk is housing a Gen Z mentality. I condole you, cunt.

R156 = the useless racist troll living in his mother’s basement just entered the thread. Welcome, bitter incel.

Upvoting your own comments is a pathetic touch, too. Amateurs!

by Anonymousreply 163September 23, 2022 10:27 PM

Dusty Springfield's cover of You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me - better than Pino Donaggio's original and better than Elvis's later cover too.

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by Anonymousreply 164September 23, 2022 10:34 PM

Correction: the incel racist is R159. R156 is the butthurt habitual liar. It’s important to make a distinction between the varieties of pathological trolls.

by Anonymousreply 165September 23, 2022 10:34 PM

You definitely do type fat r165

by Anonymousreply 166September 23, 2022 11:56 PM

^ The pathological liar is back. Hey, you forgot to add an emoji to your post. Must be consistent with the tryhard.

You’re definitely Gen Z. No fortysomething could sound as stupid as you.

by Anonymousreply 167September 24, 2022 12:06 AM

It’s just too easy, with this Mary lol.

Hey r167, why don’t you do something productive and post something related to the thread topic?

by Anonymousreply 168September 24, 2022 12:13 AM

R168: Too easy? LMAO! The lies you tell, even to yourself. You’ve been flailing and failing the whole time with the ridiculous emojis, the upvotes you give yourself, and the fake pose of being above it all. You’re fooling no one, cunt. The sad little troll who tells people to fuck off and thinks calling someone retarded is hardcore, now wants posts with substance. So laughable! You can take several seats, loon.

by Anonymousreply 169September 24, 2022 12:28 AM

Ok. Time to use my “bitch begone spray” and block r169. Bye!

by Anonymousreply 170September 24, 2022 12:38 AM

I don’t think this one has come up yet. I’m not sure who the original singer was (maybe Willie Nelson?) as there are a bunch of versions I have heard. But Pet Shop Boys win the prize for the very best!

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by Anonymousreply 171September 24, 2022 12:43 AM

R170: Aww, can’t finish what you started, boo? Block me then, cunt. As if I care about some delicate nonentity and her pathetic “threat”. If you can’t handle the heat, then don’t act like a bitchass punk in the kitchen.

by Anonymousreply 172September 24, 2022 12:49 AM

Gladys Knight's version of "The Way We Were"

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by Anonymousreply 173September 24, 2022 12:50 AM

Luther Vandross "A House Is Not A Home"

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by Anonymousreply 174September 24, 2022 12:52 AM

Always on my Mind first recorded by Brenda Lee.

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by Anonymousreply 175September 24, 2022 12:52 AM

The song is sort of heavy but I like this version vs Tears for Fears

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by Anonymousreply 176September 24, 2022 12:54 AM

Take That cover of Could This Be The Magic. They originally did a very pop cover of it but this is quiet theatrical and good!

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by Anonymousreply 177September 24, 2022 1:07 AM

Donny Hathaway’s version of I Love You More Than You Ever Know, originally done by Blood, Sweat and Tears.

Even Al Kooper who wrote the song said Hathaway did the definitive version.

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by Anonymousreply 178September 24, 2022 1:07 AM

R114 - treacly talent show singing. Are you insane? Cher's song was a mega hit because it was striking and revolutionary sound - Auto-Tune that almost sounds like vocoder. 250m views, hunty.

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by Anonymousreply 179September 24, 2022 1:07 AM

And speaking of a Blood, Sweat & Tears, their version of You’ve Made Me So Very Happy was better than the original by Motown artist Brenda Holloway.

And I normally don’t say that for most rock bands that remake an R&B song.

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by Anonymousreply 180September 24, 2022 1:17 AM

Sonic Youth is one of the most pretentious blowhard bands in history. They could never do a better remake than an original. Everything But the Girl was quite interesting on debut. Never did a better cover than an original. Missing remix deserved its international success, however.

George Michael did covers comparable to the originals but never surpassed them. I think GM's Killer is fabulous but Seal's is better. GM upped the bpm and layered on his kitschy soulman shtick live. I mean, sounded great, live for example, but Seal's is dark, crystalline, and epic.

I will accept 33% of the suggestions here as arguably equal or better. 50% of the suggestions are people post covers they like with no justification they are better than OG.

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by Anonymousreply 181September 24, 2022 1:18 AM

180 replies, and no one mentions the greatest cover of all time:

Eric Clapton, "I Shot the Sheriff"

by Anonymousreply 182September 24, 2022 1:24 AM

Liking a cover does not make it better.

Sinéad's Nothing Compares is comparable and striking. But the song is very strong and there are many great interpretations.

by Anonymousreply 183September 24, 2022 1:24 AM

I prefer this song done by a female than a male =

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by Anonymousreply 184September 24, 2022 1:28 AM

George Michael's cover of Elton John's "Tonight"

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by Anonymousreply 185September 24, 2022 1:32 AM

I prefer a male to do this one =

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by Anonymousreply 186September 24, 2022 1:32 AM

Sting's version of "Come Down In Time"

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by Anonymousreply 187September 24, 2022 1:32 AM

I prefer this one to the oldie as I think it needs

an updated sound for a modern audience =

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by Anonymousreply 188September 24, 2022 1:36 AM

I really enjoy Mylène Farmer, especially the dancy stuff. And I almost never enjoy Juliette Greco. I'd rather listen to Farmer but get real. Déshabillez moi is perfect in Greco's style. It's the ne plus ultra.

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by Anonymousreply 189September 24, 2022 1:36 AM

Sheesh, the stanning hyperbole is strong in this thread. OP's milkshake brings all the Stans to the yard.

by Anonymousreply 190September 24, 2022 1:38 AM

^ I'd rather have fellow Go-Go Jane Wiedlin do

that sweet tune on an album than Belinda.

It fits Jane's nice girl voice/image.

R190 We post covers that we're familiar with. I guess you call it stanning but you're not gonna get any Japanese covers from me as I only know English.

by Anonymousreply 191September 24, 2022 1:40 AM

I haven't heard a KT song images but I prefer the original.

This one is okay but it lacks pizazz of Belinda's version =

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by Anonymousreply 192September 24, 2022 1:45 AM

^ images? LOL! "in ages".

by Anonymousreply 193September 24, 2022 1:45 AM

Diana Ross & Lionel Richie are 378% more elegant than Maria and Luther. Although its always nice to remember how Mariah could sing her head off.

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by Anonymousreply 194September 24, 2022 1:45 AM

I wish this one had better sound but

it's an interesting take with a female vocal -

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by Anonymousreply 195September 24, 2022 1:48 AM

R191 Our category is: "Cover Songs that Were Better Than the Original Artists' Recording". Not "covers I like by my favorite artists."

But, it's still fun to discover some of these covers, so do carry on.

by Anonymousreply 196September 24, 2022 1:50 AM

Of all the renditions of "I Heard it through the Grapevine," Creedence Clearwater's is my favorite. First sung by Gladys Knight, who I love as well. And Marvin Gaye, I'm a fan. Somehow, I just think the Creedence version is the best.

by Anonymousreply 197September 24, 2022 1:54 AM

Donna Summer's version of Barry Manilow's Could It Be Magic.

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by Anonymousreply 198September 24, 2022 1:57 AM

Most of Prince's songs were sung better by other artists, including "I Feel for You," Chaka Khan.

by Anonymousreply 199September 24, 2022 2:04 AM

R191 responding to R196 = I never said Belinda Carlisle was my favorite artist nor did I care for her song at R186.

Try to pay attention to what's actually happening in the thread before you post next time....

by Anonymousreply 200September 24, 2022 2:05 AM

R198 ok sweetie, Donna Stan, would you can it? The pornographic break in that song is particularly ridiculous and commercial. I don't blame her for being bitter about that production push.

by Anonymousreply 201September 24, 2022 2:10 AM

What a relief! Nice to know you aren't DL Fave, The Belinda Carlisle Stan. That troll needs to take a fast dive over a Lausanne apartment building balcony, joining the late great Capucine Stan as a splat on the troittoir.

by Anonymousreply 202September 24, 2022 2:14 AM

First Could It Be Magic.

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by Anonymousreply 203September 24, 2022 2:20 AM

Adam Lambert's cover of "Mad World" is more moving to me than the original by Tears for Fears.

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by Anonymousreply 204September 24, 2022 2:23 AM

Linda Ronstadt's cover of "All that You Dream," originally by Little Feat. Especially the middle section.

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by Anonymousreply 205September 24, 2022 2:35 AM

The Captain & Tennille's version of "Shop Around," over the original by The Miracles.

by Anonymousreply 206September 24, 2022 5:54 AM

Seal's cover of Fly Like an Eagle.

I can't tell if this was already mentioned up thread. I scrolled through the petty, childish spat threads and I may have missed it.

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by Anonymousreply 207September 24, 2022 11:30 AM

I came across this just yesterday. Etta James' killer version of Guns & Roses "Welcome to the Jungle". I am biased, however. I never liked Guns & Roses and always thought Axel Rose was a snot-nosed little s#!t. This song is badass.

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by Anonymousreply 208September 24, 2022 12:11 PM

Interesting thread. R182, citing Clayton’s cover of “I Shot the Sheriff” was a good one.

R115 Lauper’s cover of I Drove All Night is really good. I thought it was her own because it was released before Roy Orbison’s. Only in the last few years did I know Orbison performed it. I think his version is amazing. His voice was really something.

by Anonymousreply 209September 24, 2022 1:23 PM

D’oh, That’s meant to spell “Clapton” in r209

by Anonymousreply 210September 24, 2022 1:24 PM

Interesting that I do not see the posts above that drew all the pushback. I must have blocked this person earlier. That happens a lot.

by Anonymousreply 211September 24, 2022 1:26 PM

Tina Turner's "Let's Stay Together" is far superior to the original done by Al Green (and I love Al Green!) from the early 1970s. Turner really made this her own.

by Anonymousreply 212September 24, 2022 3:20 PM

R94 Kings of Leon also covered the Selena Gomez song, Can't Keep My Hands To Myself and daaaammn, I wouldn't be able to keep my hands to myself if Caleb Followill was near me! The cover is pretty good too...

by Anonymousreply 213September 24, 2022 4:01 PM

Bette Midler has publicly trashed her 1979 disco-heavy "Thighs and Whispers" album a few times in the press, but it does contain at least one lost gem: her version of James Taylor's "Millworker".

I always found it jarring when JT sang it from the female perspective, especially the line "and I, his only daughter". It was clearly written for a woman to sing.

Bette Midler, despite all her outrageousness, does have a way with a mournful ballad. She's conveys "melancholy" really well at times.

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by Anonymousreply 214September 24, 2022 4:59 PM

Damn! Melissa Manchester's "Johnny and Mary" from 1983 really outshines the original Robert Palmer version of 1980 and the 1982 remake by Tina Turner, or the Todd Terje and Bryan Ferry version. This should've been released as a single in 1983 from her 'Emergency' album.

by Anonymousreply 215September 24, 2022 6:21 PM

Here's the song...

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by Anonymousreply 216September 24, 2022 6:22 PM

I never liked this song until Olivia covered it.

I liked the emotions she put into her version =

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by Anonymousreply 217September 24, 2022 7:19 PM

The original came out over a decade before this 1

& was done by a guy but hers is the best =

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by Anonymousreply 218September 24, 2022 7:23 PM
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by Anonymousreply 219September 24, 2022 7:35 PM

Teach Me Tonight...

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by Anonymousreply 220September 24, 2022 7:38 PM

Stardust - W. Nelson

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by Anonymousreply 221September 24, 2022 7:47 PM
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by Anonymousreply 222September 24, 2022 7:48 PM

I prefer this country version with Barbara's softer vocals =

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by Anonymousreply 223September 24, 2022 7:55 PM

R198 have you seen when Barry Manilow brings out Donna to sing it with him in concert?

by Anonymousreply 224September 24, 2022 10:32 PM

R81 I agree 100% with you.

by Anonymousreply 225September 29, 2022 2:07 AM

Lizz Wright, River Man

by Anonymousreply 226September 29, 2022 4:51 AM

My millennial niece was playing me one of her favorite songs, “Higher Love,” by Whitney & Kygo, a version that was wholly unknown to me. I immediately pointed out that this was a cover of the ‘80s Steve Winwood version, one with which she was totally unfamiliar. She was floored when she listened to the Winwood version, instantly loving it.

by Anonymousreply 227September 29, 2022 6:28 AM

Cher's cover of "I hope you find it" originally done by Miley Cyrus

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by Anonymousreply 228September 29, 2022 6:55 AM

ONJ remade this 1927 song.

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by Anonymousreply 230September 29, 2022 8:39 AM

[quote]Lizz Wright, River Man

Lizz has a really good voice, but Nick Drake's music is super depressing no matter who sings it.

Hearing Nick's Pink Moon on that Volkswagen TV commercial, 40+ years after Nick killed himself, was extremely odd, especially as the song is about suicide.

by Anonymousreply 231October 1, 2022 4:21 AM

Carmel - It's All In the Game (original Tommy Edwards)

Sorry, I only know this version from She's Having a Baby (terrific soundtrack)

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by Anonymousreply 232October 1, 2022 6:02 AM

I wouldn’t say better, but this cover of Jolene is a pleasure to watch. I think the keyboardist is distracting in his handsomeness.

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by Anonymousreply 233October 1, 2022 4:07 PM

Etta James - Sugar on the Floor

Originally recorded in 1973 by its composer, Kiki Dee. She did it in a sort of country-pop style. Elton John also took a stab at it in 1975.

Something about the song must have resonated deeply with Etta, as it became a long-running staple of her live set for the rest of her career, despite not ever being a hit.

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by Anonymousreply 234October 2, 2022 12:02 AM

R181 This guy is too cool for Sonic Youth,

by Anonymousreply 235November 23, 2022 7:38 PM

No question: this is leagues better.

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by Anonymousreply 236November 23, 2022 8:15 PM

The Fall's cover of Black Monk Theme by the Monks.

by Anonymousreply 237November 23, 2022 8:23 PM

Renegades of Funk by Rage

by Anonymousreply 238November 23, 2022 8:27 PM

Love this thread. Here is my entry. Trio covering Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush." Both versions are awesome but the Trio one just amazes me with the harmonies. If you've never heard it, give it a listen.

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by Anonymousreply 239November 23, 2022 8:36 PM

R239 Oh god no. And I love Dolly. But this is just polished, overproduced MTV version. It has no emotions or rawness of the original.

by Anonymousreply 240November 23, 2022 8:48 PM

Laura Nyro and Labelle did an album of Motown songs, (one of the greatest albums of all time) and both The Bells and Gonna Take a Miracle are far better than the originals.

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by Anonymousreply 241November 23, 2022 8:56 PM

Gonna Take a Miracle.

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by Anonymousreply 242November 23, 2022 8:57 PM

R241 "Jimmy Mack" is great too.

by Anonymousreply 243November 23, 2022 10:03 PM

Not exactly a cover, but certainly a reimagining.

The Pet Shop Boys - Love Comes Quickly (Blank and Jones Remix)

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by Anonymousreply 244November 23, 2022 10:06 PM

Yes, Jimmy Mack is great but not quite good as the original.

by Anonymousreply 245November 24, 2022 1:04 AM

Yutaka's version of This Christmas. The other covers are horrible.

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by Anonymousreply 246November 24, 2022 1:08 AM

George Michael cover of "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"

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by Anonymousreply 247February 18, 2023 7:05 PM

Drift Away - Uncle Kracker

by Anonymousreply 248February 18, 2023 7:43 PM

I like the cover of This Charming Man by the Stars better than the original by the Smiths.

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by Anonymousreply 249February 18, 2023 7:51 PM

Pet Shop Boys covering "Go West".

by Anonymousreply 250February 18, 2023 9:09 PM

Adele's cover of that Bob Dylan Song

by Anonymousreply 251February 18, 2023 9:39 PM

Sinbad O Connor - Nothing Compares To You

by Anonymousreply 252February 18, 2023 9:42 PM

Stevie Nicks' cover of "I Need to Know" is better than Tom Petty's original, in my opinion

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by Anonymousreply 253February 18, 2023 9:43 PM

Ricky Martin's version of The Hooters' "Private Emotion"

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by Anonymousreply 254February 18, 2023 9:49 PM

Musically it may not be superior to the Dylan original or the more well-known hit cover by the Byrds, but this performance of "My Back Pages" from the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary concert really packs an emotional wallop.

To see all these aging legends together (Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan himself, and George Harrison), singing "oh, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now" gets me a little teary-eyed, especially because Tom and George are no longer with us.

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by Anonymousreply 255February 18, 2023 10:22 PM

Sacrilege, I know, but I think Dusty's cover of Don’t Let Me Lose This Dream is better than…

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by Anonymousreply 256March 22, 2023 9:41 AM

…Aretha Franklin's original.

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