Last night my wife and I got into a debate. We heard Aerosmith’s cover of Come Together which we both agreed was better than the Beatle’s original. So we started talking about other covers that were better than the original. I threw out UB40s cover of Red Red Wine. She insisted that Neil Diamond covered UB40 (which is odd because she’s like a musical encyclopedia). What to do? Ask Twitter. It didn’t take long to confirm that UB40 was, in fact, the cover band. Since it seemed like a good theme, I asked people to help put together a list of covers that were better than the originals, and here’s what the social web said:
@FullQuieting: Comfortably Numb by Copper Box, Baby’s Got Back by Jonathan Coultan.
@sickrubick: Gin and Juice by The Gourds, Hendrix’s take on All Along the Watchtower.
@danlarsen‘s wife: Urge Overkill’s cover of Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon.
@danlarsen: I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow (srsly, Dan?). Also Pearl Jam, Last Kiss.
@maxgladwell: Anything Jerry and The Dead covered from Bob Dylan. He also says that technically, “Georgia on My Mind” by Ray Charles was a cover.
@edubya: Obidah Parker covered Hey Ya. She also suggested B****’s Ain’t S*** by Ben Folds, but this is a family blog, so we’ll bleep that out.
@aaronh: Aaron brought his a-game calling out No Scrubs by Blink182, Oops I Did it Again by Travis, and Imperial March by No Doubt, Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley, Don’t Know What to Do w/Myself by White Stripes, seconded All Along the Watchtower by Hendrix, and The Sign by Mountain Goats. Apparently, Aaron listens to a lot of obscure bands.
@aaronh and @danlarsen independently called out Dynamite Hack’s cover of Boyz in the Hood, which I have to admit was pretty good.
But the call of the night was @andresmax who nominated Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door by Guns ‘n’ Roses. Anything by G’n’R Rocks.
If you love covers, check out the Coverville Podcast recommended by @FullQuieting. There’s some good stuff there. As of now, I’m officially a subscriber.
The Borrowers dvd This list is no where even close to exhaustive. There are tons of cover songs out there that you might think are better than the original. What are they?