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From Hendrix To Social Distortion: Ten Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

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To think most people at a Green Day concert these days weren’t even alive when this cover came out is crazy.

  • Leslie

    I totally agree!!!

  • Leslie

    I agree again.

  • Leslie

    It’s to slow but good.

  • todd

    Pretty decent list. The Ryan Adams version sucks in my opinion, and im not a Oasis fan but the original is WAY better. Im glad im not the only one who LOVES Limp Bizkits “Behind Blue Eyes”, and the Nirvana cover is AMAZING. But Hanson? come on…why even put these fudge-packers on this list? there are THOUSANDS of better covers to waste your time with Hanson. Want an amazing cover?? check out the band Dope and their cover of “F*** The Police” from N.W.A or another great cover is Seethers version of “Careless Whisper” from WHAM!! yes THAT wham!! from the 80s

    • mike

      yeah i can’t stand that ryan adams cover

  • Say What?

    In my opinion, Social D’s “Ring of Fire” is NOT in any way shape or form better than Cash’s original. Great cover, but no way better. Also, the greatest cover of all time may be Sinead O’Connor’s cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.” She blew the original out of the water. In fact, it has become the de facto version of the song. A lot of people don’t even realize it’s a cover.

  • Leskwyre

    I know some other good covers

    Godhead – Eleanor Rigby (Beatles)
    RA – Everything She Does is Magic (Police)
    Five Finger Death Punch – From out of Nowhere (Faith No More)

  • JD

    Hansan? Ryan Adams!?! but no MUSE(feeling good)!?!?!?!

  • Jimmy

    This list has some good songs and I agree with most but some other good covers, Polecats doing Desire by U2, Kevin Gilbert doing Kashmire by Led Zeppelin, and the Blue Man Group with Tracey Bohnam doing Baba O’Reily by the Who. This song live is better than the Who.

  • Jimmy

    One other, Simple Minds doing Biko by Peter Gabriel.

  • J

    What! No mention of foo fighter’s Darling Nikki (originaly by prince)? It may not be better covers but, anything off of Garage Days by Metallica covering everyone from Misfits to Diamond head. No Doubt also did well with the remake of Talk Talk’s “It’s My Life”.

  • Russ

    Hard to believe you’d include Hanson covering anything, yet miss the amazing cover of ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath’ by Anthrax. Far superior to the original. The JC cover of NIN is a pretty nice pick. Soc-D covering JC is a wash as I like them equally but in different ways. Fiona Apple’s cover of that Beatles song (name escapes me right now) is better than the original as well.

  • Thomas

    for those that don’t know, A Day To Remember has covered two songs in their career, putting their own pop-punk/hardcore spin on it and they are both phenomenal. Hopefully as they move up the ranks of KROQ concert line-ups they’ll have a long enough set to share them with you
    Kelly Clarkson’s “Since you’ve been gone”
    The Fray’s “Cable Car (Over my Head)”
    check ’em out!!

  • Johnny

    How about Blue Monday by Orgy back in ’98? That’s GOTTA beat that terrible Wonderwall cover….

  • Fiesta1234

    Framing Hanley’s cover of Lollipop may be a different style of music from the original, but it is SO much better than the Lil’ Wayne version! Plus that video…. awesome!.

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