When the cover version is ALMOST better than the original song

10. The Beatles – You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me

Cover of a song by Smokey Robinsosn & The Miracles

9. Julian Casablancas – White Light White Heat

Velvet Underground song.  Julian covering one of his idols. This version was recorded for one of the TV series I enjoyed the most: Vynil,  created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Rich Cohen and Terence Winter. Unfortunately, it was not renewed after the first season ☹, but it is worth watching it!

8. Babyshambles – Janie Jones

A cover of the 1977 original Clash’s song from the band’s eponymous debut album.

7. Arctic Monkeys – Love Machine

In this case, I didn’t know the original version by Girls Aloud, I only knew it was not an Arctic Monkeys song. Even now that I heard the original song, I still much prefer the cover!

6. Oasis – I Am The Walrus

Oasis released a live version of this Beatles song as a B-side to their single Cigarettes&Alcohol. This single peaked at number 7 in the UK charts.

5. Sid vicious – My Way

A classic. Not a very bright singer or bass player, but Sid certainly had stage presence. This video is brilliant.

4. Blossoms – Manic Monday

I Fell in love with this video recently. Original song from The Bangles, included in the 1986 album Different Light.

3. Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World

A cover of a David Bowie song from the same named album, which had a bigger commercial and critical success in the US than in the UK when it was first released. The song was performed during the MTV Nirvana Unplugged in New York.

2. The Runaways – Rock and Roll (Live in Japan 1977)

Another Velvet Underground cover, from their 1970 album Loaded. The song was written by Lou Reed, who subsequently continued to perform the song as a solo artist.

1. Howie Back – Reptilia

Cover of The Strokes’ song from the album Room on Fire (2003).

JUST AMAZING.

 

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Author: Veronica Baldassari

Advertising and PR student at Richmond, the American iInternational University in London. Concerts and gigs enthusiast. Big fan of Del Boy and Patsy Stone. Slightly obsessed with mod haircuts and Paisley pattern.

1 thought on “When the cover version is ALMOST better than the original song”

  1. Hey there! I agree that some covers are better than originals. Tbh I rather listen to Oasis version of I am the Walrus than Beatles version.
    I would also include a song Hurt by Johnny Cash 🙂

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