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Buzz In: Which Song Covers Do You Like Better Than the Original?

Cover songs typically get a bad rap, but every once and a while a remake of a catchy track comes along that's worthy of its predecessor. (Just take Sinead O'Connor's version of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U," for instance).

Kelly Clarkson did her own renditions of The White Stripes's "Seven Nation Army" and Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody" in concert earlier this week, and her samplings weren't half bad. (Check 'em out here). It got me thinking about the other great remakes out there — I'm a big fan of Cat Powers's cover albums, Sia's "Gimme More," and even some of the takes on Rihanna's "Umbrella" that ran rampant two years ago, like Mandy Moore's.

How about you? Do you have a cover song that you like even better than the original?

Leave it in the comments, or just pop over to BuzzSugar Community's Music Review Group to discuss anything music-related!

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Texrat Texrat 5 years
James Taylor's version of "Up on the Roof" surpasses the original and is absolutely incredible.
jestergirl jestergirl 7 years
Orgy's cover of "Blue Monday by New Order. Metallica's cover of "Turn the Page" by Bob Seger.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
A lot of my favorites have already been mentioned... Nirvana - "The Man Who Sold the World" (David Bowie) Rufus Wainwright - "Hallelujah" (Leonard Cohen) Mark Ronson featuring Lily Allen - "Oh My God" (Kaiser Chiefs) David Cook - "Always Be My Baby" (Mariah Carey) The Killers - "Romeo and Juliet" (Dire Straits) I also have to agree with popcollin, I don't mean to be sacrilegious but I liked some of the songs in Across the Universe better than the original versions by The Beatles, particularly "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" and "I've Just Seen a Face."
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
a lot of the Punk Goes Pop covers are really great too; especially (I don't know who) the one of Britney Spears's "Baby One More Time"...
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
yeah, I think, bar none, Jeff Buckley's cover of Leonard Cohen's "Halleluah" triumphs all covers - better than the original; one of the best songs of all time; my second favorite song of all time - one of the greats. Gary Jules's cover of Tears for Fears "Mad World," with his haunting voice perfectly suited for the eerie ballad is another of my favorites; how amazing was it in "Donnie Darko?" and lastly, another of my all-time favorites, which I still can't believe is a cover; Johnny Cash's beautiful, slowed-down version of Nine Inch Nails's (! crazy) "Hurt" - he made that song a believable, genuine masterpiece...
spicyaroma spicyaroma 7 years
The Killers doing Joy Division's Shadowplay and Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Wanna Have fun! Even my mother said it was better than the original. I love Lily Allen and Mark Ronson's Oh My God too!
melissaS melissaS 7 years
Jeff Buckley's version of "Hallelujah" is amazing. I also like: Iron and Wine's version of "Such Great Heights" The Fray's "Heartless" Lea Michele's "Take a Bow" Nada Surf's "If You Leave"
bleached bleached 7 years
Rufus Wainright's Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) Soft Cell's Tainted Love (Gloria Jones) The Fugees' Killing Me Softly (Roberta Flack) UB40's Red Red Wine (Neil Diamond) Chantal Kreviatzuk's Leaving on a Jet Plane (Peter, Paul & Mary -- written by John Denver) NUFAN's Fairy Tale of New York (Shane McGowan)
popcorn19 popcorn19 7 years
Lilly Allen's "Womanizer" (Britney Spears) Jamelia's "Numb" (Linkin Park) Janes Addiction's "No Rain" (Blind Melon) David Cook's "Eleanor Rigby" (Beatles) and admittedly, Adam Lambert's "Ring of Fire" (Johnny Cash)
Allyace Allyace 7 years
Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah trumps all others. Incubus also has a cover of "No Scrubs" that is classic.
shafiii shafiii 7 years
oh and heartless by the fray!
shafiii shafiii 7 years
A Day to Remember's Since You Been Gone originally by Kelly Clarkson. its less whiny
Vanonymous Vanonymous 7 years
I have to agree with Buzz that Cat Power's covers are so so good (to name a few of my favorites: Wonderwall, Wild is the Wind, Lost Someone, New York). I also love Lily Allen's cover of "Naive". I like it better than the original.
penguins268 penguins268 7 years
I agree, popcollin, I love that whole soundtrack! Don't be ashamed! I love Fiona Apple's version of "Across The Universe" a bit better than the original. And I LOVELOVELOVELOVE Jeff Buckley's Bob Dylan cover, "If You See Her, Say Hello" from Live at Sin-e. Amazing. I think its better than Hallelujah, but that's just me. Speaking of Dylan, "A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall" by Edie Brickell is great too. LOL I like Dylans songs, just not when they're song by him! I'm just getting into the Lucksmiths and I love their version of the Smiths "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out." I've never really liked Morrissay's voice but the Smiths songs are great. I also love Cake's "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps"--isn't that a Doris Day cover or something? I don't know but it's good! Placebo's version of Bowie's "Five Years" is amazing too. I like it better than the original because it's more acoustic and sped up, if that makes sense. And Ingrid Michaelson's version of "Can't Help Falling In Love" and "Over The Rainbow" are awesome. Actually make me like those songs. Matt Nathanson's "Romeo + Juliet" is better than the original, I think. I hate the original, but I love this version. Ryan Adam's and Cat Power's version of "Wonderwall" is great too. How could I forget? I love "Wild Horses" by the Sundays...light years ahead of the original. And the Youth Groups "Forever Young"--modern twist on a song that's a little too '80s. Sorry for the novel but I was literally JUST thinking about this so I had a lot of the songs on my mind :D
zeze zeze 7 years
Well I LOVE Michael Buble, so any cover done by him is better than the original in my book, but especially the song "I'm your Man" originally by Leonard Cohen. If you have no heard it, listen to it is, its an amazingly sexy song, while the original is freaking scary as hell! Can't wait for his album on the 9th! YAY! Other than him, I loved Chris Allen's Heartless, and "Ain't no Sunshine."
Pistil Pistil 7 years
Yael Naim did a pretty cool version of "Toxic". Scala & Kolacny Brothers girl's choral version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
lwimbush lwimbush 7 years
oops -- i meant mariah carey's "i'll be there"
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I have to agree with a lot of others. Here are my favorites: Kris Allen-Heartless Rufus Wainwright-Hallelujah Adele-Make You Feel My Love Johnny Cash-Hurt
Deidre Deidre 7 years
Otis Redding's re-working of Try a Little Tenderness is a million times better than any of the number of artists (inc. Sinatra) who recorded it first.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
Afghan Whigs cover EVERYBODY, but their version of "If I Only Had a Heart" from Wizard of Oz is my fave As much as I love Tim Buckley, I LOVE This Mortal Coil's version of Song to the Siren How many versions of Use Somebody are there?
Katiefrog Katiefrog 7 years
Rufus Wainwright's version of Hallelujah is my favorite version of that song, but it's a great song in general.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
Brooke White : Use Somebody Leona Lewis: Run Adele: To Make You Feel My Love Faith Hill: If You Ask k.d. lang or Jeff Buckley: Hallelujah
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
Oh, and the covers that Chris Daughtry did on Idol ... blew my mind!
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