that are Better
than the Original
By Desiree Pore
We all have our favorite artists that we constantly listen to, even in the most inappropriate places. When these artists release their latest chart topping song (even if it sucked, let’s be honest) we can’t help but buy or stream it.
Covering songs has been a popular practice ever since time could tell. Artists cover certain songs to show co-artists love for their craft. When these cover versions are released, people are usually divided on it; some would like it that that version stay in the trash bins, but for most people these versions actually didn’t suck! Hell, it’s even better than the original. Here we list down songs that we prefer more than their original versions.
José González “Heartbeats”
In recent years, González’s version of the song is a popular choice for TV soundtracks (One Tree Hill, 90210). But before González released his own version, the song first appeared in the Swedish electronic act The Knife’s album Deep Cuts. We do love its synthpop and electropop origins, but we’d rather hear the raw and aching voice of González belting out those melancholic lyrics.
Johnny Cash “Hurt”
When we first heard legendary singer Johnny Cash’s version of “Hurt”, we couldn’t keep our tears from falling. The song, which tells the story of a man battling depression, perfectly fits as a goodbye tune for Cash who died a few months after its release.
Jeff Buckley “Hallelujah”
Arguably one of the most covered songs of all time, “Hallelujah” has been covered by multiple artists since its release. The late Jeff Buckley’s version is the one regarded as the best and has been widely used from TV shows to movies. The cover song is so successful that The International Observer recently named the version the “greatest song of all time.”
Ryan Adams “Wonderwall”
English rock band Oasis is known for their contribution to the rise of Brit pop in the 90s, but they’re also known for their signature song “Wonderwall”, the lyrics of which are mostly quoted in Tumblr posts. Being frequently covered up until the turn of the century, singer Ryan Adams’s version was well received by Noel Gallagher himself. Adams later on covered Taylor Swift’s whole 1989 album.