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I love music so I know a lot of the originals and then I have heard many, many great covers.
What is your favourite cover of a popular song?

Aretha gets my vote! The Beattles sucked and she just rocks it!
Aretha covering Eleanor Rigby. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quveWDT89mU

 
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Many song writers/performers do a great job on 'their' songs, but sometimes it takes an outsider to really turn it loose.

Two classic examples come to mind:

When Willy Nelson just couldn't 'teach' Patsy Cline to do it as he intended, he just said "OK, do it however you like."
"Crazy" became one of her hottest hits ever. A country classic.

Kris Kristofferson gave one of his tunes to his girl-friend at the time for her to sing.
Janis Joplin recorded the defacto standard of "Me and Bobby McGee".

 
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This is my favorite cover:
Metal goes Abba Therion's Summernight City
 
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http://youtu.be/fDhP4jtrF58

LOL!
 
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I loved that! Goes to show good music is good music no matter who sings it.

 
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Joe Cocker really turned up the volume on the Beatles tune, "A little help from my friends, Guns and roses did a good version of "Sympathy for the Devil"(remember the end scene of "Interview with the Vampire?) and the Verve re made another Stones song "Bittersweet Symphony". Seeger's "Turn the Page was covered well by Metalica. Seeger did a great job on "Come to Pappa". Hendrix made "The Watchtower" his own.

But I think Jim Morrison's renditions of "Gloria" , "Back Door Man" and "Crawling Kingsnake" totally blew away the originals and I hereby declare him our winner.
 
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Alrighty then. Dale reminded me with 'Joe Cocker'...
Back in the 90s I thought the Revolting Cocks' cover of 'Do ya think I's sexy?' was awesome.
I don't really think it's the best cover ever, but how often do you get to write 'Revolting Cocks' twice?
It's still awesome though! Warning: don't listen if you're a sensitive soul: it's loud and crude. But if you like that sort of thing...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6zqYSezqwo
 
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Leila Rich wrote: Revolting Cocks' cover... 'Revolting Cocks' twice?



And then there were Four. It would appear that our stalwart steward likes Revolting Cocks. Five !!!
 
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I might be getting old now but Circle Jerks doing CCR's Fortunate Son - just like a double espresso in the morning!
 
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Let's clean this up now. > Johnny Cash became the king of remakes in his later years and is unique in that he often covered songs by artists far younger than himself. He also liked music from those well outside his country roots. Songs - Hurt, One,Bird on a Wire, Personal Jesus, No Expectations ...
 
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I have a few.


Gypsy Kings doing Hotel California by the Eagles. Its basically Spanish Flamenco style. Great Spanglish chorus. can't find a video ;0(

Dread Zeppelin doing any Led Zeppelin song. A reggae band with an Elvis impersonator as lead singer doing Zeppelin, yeeess!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CO7FPU7a2g (Immigrant song)

Unknown Japanese band doing the old Bluegrass standard "we'll meet again sweetheart" (If you close your eyes, you would think they were from Appalachia)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyAAhjGTNvQ&feature=related

 
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Joe Cocker: Feelin Alright
 
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Sweden's Hellsongs singing Van Halen's Jump!!

This version makes me smile even more than the original. I sing Hellsongs' version!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG-nYZ6Tyqo
 
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Quebec's The Lost Fingers Django-fy Billie Jean.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjz8Jw9F1kI
 
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Peony Jay wrote:Quebec's The Lost Fingers Django-fy Billie Jean.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjz8Jw9F1kI



That is awesome.
 
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Talking Heads - Take Me to the River

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ar2VHW1i2w
 
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This is Madeleine Peyroux doing Cohen's Dance Me To The End of Love.
Gawd, she sounds a lot like Bille Holliday.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch6h278GEpA&feature=related
 
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@ Rion.

I had no idea that it was a cover. I love the Talking Heads. Brings back great 80's memories.
 
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She does sound like Billie.
 
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Nina Simone - House of the Rising Sun (fast version)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVOyh6aO2YU
 
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off of a whole album "the Bridge...A Tribute to Neil Young"of covers that I love, the one that makes me especially smile is psychic tv doing "only love can break your heart" and then Flaming Lips doing "After the Goldrush". I have no idea if these are on youtube ...I have the record. Then there is an excellent Neil Young cover of "Farmer John" on Ragged Glory. too many favorites.
 
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In terms of whole albums, "Across the Universe" was amazing. The twist on "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" was very interesting. Couldn't pick just one best cover, but after seeing the movie, I bought the album both my kids (17 and 24) and I love to play it repeatedly.
 
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DEVO's cover of The Rolling Stones. (I can't get no) Satisfaction. Great cover. Classic video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jadvt7CbH1o
 
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Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding both remade Satisfaction shortly after the original. The Stones agreed that Redding did a better job of it than they did. Redding died at 26 in a plane crash, 3 days after recording The Dock of the Bay.
 
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Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm

Certainly not the best cover ever, but I prefer the AAF version to the original and the all of the MJ references are amusing...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDl9ZMfj6aE

 
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