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It's his dad's song, but whatever. Also could provide a valuable lesson to all you virgin cucks out there.


This is one of Johnny Cash's really shitty covers. I love Johnny cash, but whoo boy. Though, not as bad as 16 tons. He has such a good voice, he should've been able to do this flawlessly, but he just somehow took all the soul out of it, I don't know how...



Big ol', round ol', red ol', nasty ol'...
Any Van Halen cover, really.

The first single Black Sabbath ever released was a cover of a Crow song. It was nice showing my dad up on Boomer music trivia with this one.

This one only counts as a technicality, since the original was quietly released by the writer (Steve Goodman) and played live before David Allan Coe did the cover and actually got people to listen to it.

I'd also bring up Blind Guardian's take on Barbara Ann, but it's just goofy.

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RATM have done a lot of covers that I would say are better than the originals.... everyone else falls short when they try to cover a rage track though. (If anyone has any covers of Rage they think are better than the originals I'd love to see them)

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I just posted this in the "songs that gives you feels" thread, but I much prefer Mark Graham's take on Laura Nyro's "And When I Die".

The original overheats right from the start:

Mark Graham's cover conveys a sense of world-weariness much more effectively. The gentle resignation, paradoxically, gives it strength:
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Nightwish - The Phantom of the Opera

I love Sarah Brightman but Tarja is amazing. The end gives me goosebumps. The guy is kinda meh but he fits this version, I guess. Michael Crawford best Phantom though.
I think the dynamic between Marco and Tarja made that extra special. It probably helped getting to see it live like this, too.

Phone posting with a dying battery so I won't link it just now but compare House of the Rising Sun by The Animals with Dolly Parton's version.
That was very, very 80s sounding.

I know someone's bound to disagree with me, but the cover of Zombie that Bad Wolves released after Dolores O'Riordan's death was kind of good.
Other than "in 2018," I didn't mind that cover one bit. I think that largely has to do with people using "it's 20xx, people!" in politics ad nauseam more than it is the song's fault, though.

Distubed - The Sound of Silence
I appreciate how much care and effort went into their rendition of the song. Apparently, David went through some pretty extensive vocal coaching to perform the song as he did.

Monster Magnet - Into the Void
A Perfect Circle - The Nurse Who Loved Me
Monster Magnet was a pretty enjoyable band back in the day.

A Perfect Circle also released a very dissonant and haunting cover of a rather famous older song. The original actually never really struck a chord with me, but the cover? I could appreciate for the instrumental portion at least.

I think the cover really fit into the nihilism plaguing the 90s and early 00s. It turned the original more spirited and somewhat optimistic song into uh, how to phrase it.. Into what it might sound like if the song had somehow taken on a life of its own and lived to see the state of the world in the time of the cover's release. Something like that, anyway (enjoy your word salad).

Beyond that, I can think of another good example of "just as good as the original," in my opinion:
Gary kinda laid the groundwork for bands proceeding him by many years, such as Nine Inch Nails. He was very far ahead of his time, I'd say (that song came out in 1979, just btw).

This is a pretty faithful to the original remake that brings the original into a more modern (lollate90s) era. If you watch the video, you might see a surprise guest appearance, too..


Sabat on a gayops

I almost feel like this is cheating because Bocephus did so many covers

Bonus Unknown Hinson's I fought the law. I wish I could find a better version of this somewhere. When I saw him live he did this song and it was really badass, just hard to find a good recording



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I try not to be too staunch a defender of my most beloved originals (but y'all nuts about that Orgy cover of Blue Monday being superior):

This one's pretty faithful but there's some heavier reverb on the hook that makes it punchier. Also apologies for the vid but the original music video is social awareness bullshit:

Meg Myers manages to do what few can do and not insult Kate Bush:

I don't think it's a superior version but I think a quieter, more wounded and desperate take is really appropriate for this song:

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Lots of good cover already mentioned, but nobody brought up All Along the Watchtower. I didn't know this wasn't a Jimi Hendrix original until a couple years ago. It's so much better than Bob Dylan's version that I wish I could go back to my ignorance.

I don't know how I forgot Bad Company.

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I'm not going to start shit about people here thinking the Hurt cover is better, I'm not going to start shit about people here thinking the Hurt cover is better, I'm not going to start shit about people here thinking the Hurt cover is better....

Okay enough stanning, here's something from Reznor.

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