Song Covers That Are Better Versions Than The Original

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We love the songs we grew up, especially those we serenade to our shower heads without abandon. So, what is it about those cover songs that sometimes raise the hairs on our backs? Is it sacrilege for other singers to give their interpretation of our beloved originals? Many music critics are quick to rant at new artist renditions of the songs that we deem as untouchable, but truth be told, many of our greatest hits once lay dormant until a new artist picked them up and ran with an improved version that we, today, worship as a standard. Here are some songs that may well be better, if not as good as, the original.

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Greatest Song Covers

‘I Will Survive’ by Cake – originally recorded by Gloria Gaynor.
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“Dead Souls” by Nine Inch Nails, original by Joy Division.
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“Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime” by Beck, original track by the Korgis.
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“It’s Oh So Quiet” by Bjork, originally recorded by Betty Hutton in 1951.
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“Baker Street” by the Foo Fighters, originally by Gerry Rafferty in 1978.
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“Heartbeats” by Jose Gonzalez, recorded originally by the Knife.
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It’s My Life” by No Doubt, recorded originally in 1984 by Talk Talk.
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“Against All Odds” by The Postal Service, originally by Phil Collins in 1984
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“Mad World” by Gary Jules, recorded originally by Tears For Fears in 1982.
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“Take Me On” by Reel Big Fish, originally by A-ha.
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“Nothing Compares To 2U” by Sinead O’Connor, original by Prince in 1985.
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“Enjoy The Silence” by Failure, originally by Depeche Mode – 1990.
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“Wonderwall” by Ryan Adams, original by Oasis.
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Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley, recorded originally by Leonard Cohen in 1984.
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“Hurt” by Johnny Cash, original recording by Nine Inch Nails – 1994.
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“Jolene” by The White Stripes originally recorded by Dolly Parton in 1973.
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“The Man Who Sold The World” by Nirvana, originally by David Bowie in 1970.
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