what’s a song cover that you think is better than the original?

The first ones to come to mind are Whitney’s version of I Will Always Love You and Allen Stone’s Georgia On My Mind but I would love to hear other contributions as well! I feel like there are a lot of songs where a covered version gets more popular than the original and people end up not realizing that it is a cover (ex. i had a friend that genuinely believed the Jonas Brothers wrote Year 3000). so, what‘a a song that was written by one artist but (figuratively) owned by another?


coming from a huge Beatles fan (Happy 82nd Ringo!)......


Got to Get You Into My Life by Earth Wind and Fire

Travelin' Light by JJ Cale.

A very melodic, weaving tune by the Tulsa master.

Dig out the jet-fueled "live" version by Widespread Panic and it'll rip your head off. 

Mr. Cale sent the band a case of Jim Beam when he heard it, with a thank you note. The band thought they should be thanking him!

Aretha Franklin - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 

Holly Cole - Jersey Girl

Willie Nelson - Stardust

Judy Collins - Suzanne

Mel Torme - Take the A Train

Peggy Lee - Fever

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Twisted, Caravan

Linda Ronstadt - Tumbling Dice...no one here should need to be told who wrote that originally.

Santana - "She’s Not There"

Anything Eva Cassidy sings.

Heart "Down On Me" - (Blows Janis away... sorry!).