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?


Here are the first three that come to mind:

Manfred Mann - Blinded by the Light (Bruce Springsteen)

John Mayer Trio (Live) - Wait ‘til Tomorrow (Hendrix)

Alana Davis - 32 Flavors (Ani DiFranco)

I've always preferred Gladys Knight & The Pips take on "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" to the better-known versions by CCR and Marvin Gaye. More funk-ified.

Almost forgot

Lynyrd Skynrd's version of JJ Cale's "They Call Me the Breeze"

I've never gone out of my way to find covers but I happen to catch Gary US Bond's cover of the Beatles "It's Only Love" the other day. I usually cringe when I hear most Beatle covers but I was pleasantly surprised at how bad this version wasn't.

It was much better than my English that's for sure!

Graham Bonnet's version of Dylan's "Its all over now Baby Blue"

Julie Driscoll Brian Auger & Trinity - Dylan's Wheels On Fire 

Flying Pickets rendering of Yahoo's "Only You"