Do you ever hear a cover song come on the radio and just cringe because you loved the original so much that having anyone remake the song just seems insulting? Many times, this is the case, but there are a few exceptions to this rule where the cover song actually turned out better than the original song.
Johnny Cash “Hurt”
We’re not saying that there is anything wrong with the Nine Inch Nails song “Hurt”, but nothing will ever come close to the Johnny Cash cover version. This is actually one of the final songs that Johnny Cash released before his death, and it was adapted and covered by many artists over the years. The Man in Black himself really made it his own in 2002 with his version and the song will never be the same again!
Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah”
When you think of Jeff Buckley, you automatically think of Hallelujah – and when you think of the song Hallelujah you think of Jeff Buckley. So, it may be a surprise to many people to find out that Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah is actually a cover of a song that was originally released in 1984 by Leonard Cohen. While this song is now a very popular cover song with hundreds of versions, Jeff Buckley’s version reigns supreme and even was listed in 2004 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list.
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Higher Ground”
Now, it is hard to say that the Red Hot Chili Pepper cover of Stevie Wonder’s 1979 Number 1 R&B chart topper is significantly better than the original, but it is definitely different. This cover of Higher Ground is also the first major hit for the group, and really what put them on the musical map!
Gary Jules’ “Mad World”
Sit back for the somber lyrics sung by the amazing Gary Jules in Mad World. What many people don’t realize is that this song was originally released by British new wave group in 1982 “Tears for Fears” with a faster pace and a much more 80’s pop sound to it!
Lennon & Maisy – Young Cover Sensations
While you may not feel like Lennon & Maisy are making any songs that are better than the originals, they are absolutely hot on the scene right now for making songs their own with their YouTube videos of popular cover songs. Some of the most popular are Boom Clap, Ain’t No Rest for The Wicked, and Ho Hey. This sister duo has been featured at the Grand Old Opry and is amazing at putting a young, fresh spin on a variety of songs from many genres.
Next time a cover song starts to play, don’t immediately change the station. Remember that some of your all-time favorite songs might actually be cover songs and that some of your favorite artists performed cover songs themselves! So, hop into a brand new vehicle from Ray Brandt VW and jam out to your favorite cover songs, today!