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Matthew Chartrand
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  W.A.S.P. Paint it Black over the Stones.

  Ozzy's remake of N.I.B.

  Steel Panther's remake of Fantasy.
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Totally agree about Steel Panther's version of Fantasy. One of the places I DJ'd at online used it as their theme song. 

Covers of Beatles songs I prefer to the original (besides the already mentioned cover of Day Tripper by Whitesnake):

Happiness Is A Warm Gun - Joe Anderson in ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

Got To Get You Into My Life - Blood, Sweat & Tears

While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Jeff Healey

With A Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker

A Day In The Life - The Bee Gees





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  W.A.S.P. Paint it Black over the Stones.

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I also like W.A.S.P.'s "The Real Me" more than The Who's.  
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Bob Dylan has written a lot of great songs, but I tend to prefer then when performed by others. Examples: Hendrix's ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER and The Byrds' TAMBOURINE MAN. 
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Speaking of Paint It Black,Rush did a cracking
instrumental excerpt at a Canadian festival headlined by
the Rolling Stones.Look it up on Youtube!
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"I like Santana’s cover of “She’s Not There” better than the Zombies’ original."
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"Black Magic Woman" is a cover, too (old Fleetwood Mac song).

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I like "Blinded by the Light" by Manfred Mann's Earth Band more than Springsteen's original.

"Because the Night" by 10,000 Maniacs over Patti Smith (also written by Springsteen).

Obviously, the Hendrix version of "Watchtower" is definitive. Even Dylan pretty much said so.




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Gene Simmons recorded a version of "Firestarter" that I like more than Prodigy's.

Metallica's "Stone Cold Crazy" is only slightly better than Queen's. Their "Whiskey in the Jar" is waaay better than Thin Lizzy's.
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And, dang it, I really like Social Distortion's "Ring of Fire" more than the original. Not by much...but, there it is.

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I didn't know about Springsteen's "Blinded By the Light" version, probably because I'm not a big fan of his.

I see the lyrics are a little different too.
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Brian,i beg to differ about Metallica being superior to
Thin Lizzy`s Whiskey In The Jar,also as Whiskey In The
Jar is an old Irish folk song,Thin Lizzy`s version is a
cover! I`m saying this as a fan of both bands!

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Halestorm does an amazing cover of Skid Row's Slave to the grind

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True enough, Bill Collins...

Again, this is a case where I heard the (more recent) cover first. By comparison, I found the Thin Lizzy version...well...thin.

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The original "Wild is the Wind" was sung by Johnny Mathis. Both Nina Simone and David Bowie did far, far superior versions.


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And how could I forget the Johnny Cash version of "Hurt." Much, much better than the Nine Inch Nails original.
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Metallica's best cover, to me, is Turn The Page. Hard to admit, because I'm a Bob Seger fan.

Everyone under the sun agrees about the Hendrix version of All Along The Watchtower, but the late Michael Hedges did an interesting acoustic version that I like. I wish Stevie Ray Vaughan had covered it. 

More covers I like more than the originals:

The Weeknd over Michael Jackson - Dirty Diana (The Weeknd's version is simply called D.D.)

Northern Kings over Seal - Kiss From A Rose

Limp Bizkit over George Michael - Faith

Motley Crue over Brownsville Station - Smokin' In The Boys' Room

White Zombie over KC and the Sunshine Band - I'm Your Boogie Man

Rob Zombie over The Ramones - Blitzkreig Bop (The ONLY cover of a Ramones song that I like at all!)

Disturbed over Genesis - Land of Confusion

Disturbed over Simon & Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence








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 Does Sublime's version of the Hong Kong Phooey theme song count?
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The Beatles cover of Barrett Strong's "Money". 

Far superior to the original, and makes the Stones version sound like a feeble wrist-flap in comparison.
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Status Quo`s Rockin` All Over The World is better than
Bob Seger`s as is Thin Lizzy`s version of his
Rosalie,especially the Live and Dangerous version.
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This is a fascinating thread.
There are versions mentioned here that I was unaware were cover versions
There are versions here that I agree with
There are versions mentioned here that I am unfamiliar with, but people mention as being better than original versions that I simply cannot imagine being bettered.

Fascinating.

I wonder how many times it just boils down to which version was heard first.
For example, I prefer Bauhaus’ version of Ziggy Stardust over Bowie, but I am pretty sure I heard Bauhaus’ version first. Hmmm
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"I wonder how many times it just boils down to which version was heard first."

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Yes. That's why I think the most telling covers someone chooses over originals, are the ones where a person did hear the original starting years earlier and still prefers the cover. What an impression it must have made .

Covers that The Beatles or Elvis have done I had heard first so theirs are not as impressive to me. And the gap of time was much smaller.
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I've never heard a Dylan version I liked better than a cover. But boy, does he WRITE great songs!  
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