Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cover me!

Occasionally, I'll hear a cover song that brings something new to the song.  (Glee's "Don't Stop Believing," anyone?) And even more rarely, I'll hear a cover that I actually like better than the original.  I was trying to think of all the covers I like better, but I only came up with a handful.  I'm not including covers of standards, because a) there are so many versions of the same song, 2) rarely does anyone actually know who did the original version and d) I don't feel like it. I'm only thinking about songs with a definitive "original" version.

Covers I like better:

  • "Killing Me Softly" covered by the Fugees
  • "Baker Street" covered by the Foo Fighters
  • "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" covered by Elton John (I know, I know.  It's practically a capital offense, but I respectfully point out that much of the Beatles early work was covers.)
  • "Kid A" covered by John Mayer
What covers do you like better than the original?


  1. HEY YA by Obadiah Parker. So much better than Outcast's version...


  2. What about Pinball Wizard by Elton, orginially by The Who? I go back and forth which version I like better.

    I do prefer Phil Collins' cover of "True Colors" to Cyndi Lauper's version.

  3. I thought Elton John WAS the pinball wizard. But you're right, I can't make up my mind which version I like better.

    I've decided I like Jimmy Eat World's "Last Christmas" better than George Michael's.

  4. Wow. I'll have to check that one out

  5. I like 'Don't Stop Believin'' from Glee too. My problem is that I don't usually know who did the original so I don't know who did the better cover.


Be nice.