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  1. Rick Schechter
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    I believe Linda Rondstat’s Poor Poor Pitiful Me was actually by Warren Zevon, and Santana’s Black Magic Woman was by Fleetwood Mac. And Springsteen’s original of “Blinded by the Light” is far superior to MMEB’s version, IMHO.

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  2. Stephen
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    Landslide by Buckingham/Nicks…

    rerecorded later under Fleetwood Mac.

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    1. Brian
      Brian at |

      It is not a cover song when the person who writes still sings it, and is the only one to release it.
      Nicks wrote the song and still sang it as part of the band.

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  3. Francisco
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    “Red red wine”, originally by Neil Diamond. UB40’s version is the well known one. “Twist and Shout” was covered by the Isley Brothers and more famously by the Beatles. This son was shake it up baby, by the Top Notes. Another one is “Love Hurts”, originally by The Everly Brothers also covered by Roy Orbison, but made most famous by the Nazareth cover.

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  4. zetje01
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    How about:
    She’s not there: Santana covered The Zombies
    I put a spell on you: CCR covered Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
    Gangster/Pastime Paradise: Coolio covered Steve Wonder
    My Way: Sinatra covered Claude François (comme d’habitude)
    Viva Las Vegas: Elvis covered Mort Shuman

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  5. Veto
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    I don’t know if you can truly say that Dolly’s version of “I Will Always Love You” was somehow less than Whitney Houston’s version. Dolly became the first artist to chart number one with the same song twice, taking it to the top of the country charts in both 1974 and 1982, with the 1982 version also reaching the 17th spot in the U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary lists. The song came to the attention of Elvis Presley, but he wanted songwriter shares, which Dolly refused to give up and, subsequently, Elvis did not record the song. Many, including me, prefer the understated way that Dolly sang the song as it makes her version much sadder, much more reflective than the Houston song.

    Speaking of Elvis, one of his first hits was “Blue Moon of Kentucky”, which was a cover of Bill Monroe, the inventor of Bluegrass music and a “pioneer” in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…

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  6. Jordan
    Jordan at |

    I strongly feel Cum on Feel The Noize should be on here, considering I don’t think I’ve ever met anybody, (other than myself), who knows its originally done by Slade, and Quiet Riot covered it….

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  7. Greg
    Greg at |

    How could you not mention Joan Jett and the Blackhearts? “I Love Rock ‘n Roll”, “Do You Want To Touch Me”

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  8. Batman
    Batman at |

    I personally think that Alien Ant Farm’s Smooth Criminal was better than Michael Jackson’s version of it.

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  9. Brian
    Brian at |

    8 that should be here most definately are;

    1)Motley Crue cover of Smokin in the Boys room.
    2)Uggly Kid Joe cover of Cats in the cradle.
    3)House of Lords cover of Cant find my way home.
    4)GNR cover of Since I dont have you.
    5)Sugar Ray cover of Abracadabra.
    6)Metallica cover of Turn the page.
    7)Mr Big cover of Wild World.
    8)Alien Ant Farm cover of Smooth Criminal

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  10. Trekstar
    Trekstar at |

    And then there is Shinedown’s cover of Skynard’s hit Simple Man.

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  11. Trekstar
    Trekstar at |

    Another I failed to mention, Masters of War by Bob Dylan covered by Eddie Vedder.

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  12. Trekstar
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    Chris Cornell cover of Billy Jean is not more famous than Michael Jackson’s but it is one of my favorite covers. Also Nirvana cover of My Girl, My Girl.

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    1. John m
      John m at |

      I’m glad this was mentioned. The song is actually called “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” and is by Lead Belly.

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  13. ILUVTV
    ILUVTV at |

    Blinded By The Light. The original lyric by Bruce is “cut loose like a deuce”. Manfred Mann changed it to “revved up like a deuce.”

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  14. Mariel
    Mariel at |

    Enjoyed reading here. Please excuse my butting in and suggesting a listen to a cover of a song, not mentioned here, so far. The song is Grenade by Bruno Mars.

    The cover version I suggest is by Irish singer/songwriter Neil Byrne. Neil records and writes as a solo artist and when not doing this he tours worldwide with big Irish Show Celtic Thunder.

    If you get a chance listen to this cover on his album “Faces” Pale Blue Jak (his aka)

    http://www.neilbyrnemusic.com

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  15. hbg
    hbg at |

    The original was a big hit.

    This was a #1 hit in Australia by Kylie Minogue, who was a well known soap star.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZAhzVvgY-c

    The rest is history…..

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  16. hbg
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    This is probably better than the original.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnejLmQGYhg
    Pseudo Echo – Funkytown

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  17. hbg
    hbg at |

    Unless you live in Australia, you will not have heard of this guy called John Farnham. He has been massive over the years, and he is older than the guys in ACDC. He released this as a B side on his #1 Australian hit. This is a video from a live concert from VHS. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK3pwB2Foto

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    1. John m
      John m at |

      I am from the US and I HAVE heard of John Farnham. A favorite movie of mine, as a young man, “Rad” has a few of his songs on the soundtrack. In fact, looking up the tracklist tells me he may have been commisioned to write for the movie, as “Love Theme from ‘Rad’ ” is his.

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  18. Stuart
    Stuart at |

    I wouldn’t say Eric Clapton’s version of I Shot the Sheriff is more famous than Bob Marley’s. It might have been more successful as a single at the time, but Bob’s original is now easily the more well known.

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  19. brian
    brian at |

    The Johnny Cash version of hurt is the most overrated thing ever. Johnny Cash didnt write the lyric “I wear this crown of thorns” NIN used that line in the clean version of the song

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    1. Corkwriter
      Corkwriter at |

      “Most overated thing ever?” Really Brian? This guy disagrees:

      “I pop the video in, and wow… Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps… Wow. [I felt like] I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn’t mine anymore… It really made me think about how powerful music is as a medium and art form. I wrote some words and music in my bedroom as a way of staying sane, about a bleak and desperate place I was in, totally isolated and alone. [Somehow] that winds up reinterpreted by a music legend from a radically different era/genre and still retains sincerity and meaning — different, but every bit as pure.”

      Maybe you’ve heard of him. Guy named Trent Reznor.

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      1. brian
        brian at |

        That only adds to my seeing it as overrated

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        1. ParusMajor
          ParusMajor at |

          Give up already, brian. You just got owned by Trent Reznor’s own comments, and he’s the one who wrote the song.

      2. smartalek
        smartalek at |

        Corkwriter, I didn’t know that, so thanks for the lesson.
        That’s a great quotation from TR — a true artist.

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    2. Dennis
      Dennis at |

      I agree with Brian-Cash should not have recorded this song. Not his “type”song. Akin to Janis Joplin (one of my all-time favorites as is Cash) singing “Moonlight In Vermont.”

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  20. Repack Rider
    Repack Rider at |

    “Piece of My Heart” is associated with Janis Joplin, but it was a cover.

    Manfred Mann over Sprinsteen? I didn’t even know they covered him.

    J.J. Cale and Bob Marley over the Clapton covers.

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    1. Rick Schechter
      Rick Schechter at |

      I always thought Springsteen’s version was far superior to MMEB’s version. Never understood why that’s all you’d hear on the radio.

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  21. hbg
    hbg at |

    ‘All fired up’ by Pat Benatar , was originally recorded by the Rattling Sabres. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4iIVNzbdrM

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    1. Tanya Bennett
      Tanya Bennett at |

      Thanks added this to the playlist for this list at YouTube.

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  22. odin
    odin at |

    Man who sold the world by nirvana originally by David bowie.

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  23. winston b eden
    winston b eden at |

    Can’t believe this one didn’t make the list, or maybe I’m just too old. Barry Manilow had a huge hit with MANDY. The song originally was called BRANDY and recorded by Scott Englis. Manilow didn’t want it confused with the Brandy (you’re a fine girl) so he changed it to Mandy. I think this should be on the top 10

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    1. Sandy
      Sandy at |

      Manilow also covered Ian Hunter’s “Ships.” Really good song.

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      1. Tanya Bennett
        Tanya Bennett at |

        Had no idea – thanks Winston, I added both Mandy and Brandy to the playlist on YouTube.

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  24. komeni
    komeni at |

    where is love hurts by Nazareth????

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  25. Dennis
    Dennis at |

    Etta James wrote “Dance with me Henry” (also known as “Roll With Me Henry”) but Georgia Gibb had the big hit with it. At least in Hammond, Indiana. It was always played at our 9th grade “sockhops” long ago.

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  26. ParusMajor
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    “The Twist” by Chubby Checker was a cover. The original was made by Hank Ballard (of the Midnighters who had hits like “Work with Me, Annie” and the follow-ups “S.exy Ways” and “Annie Had a Baby” in the early 50’s. You should always protect yourself at work, so that won’t happen). 😀
    Etta James made answer records to those with “roll with me , Henry” and “Henry’s Got Flat Feet”. Hank = short for Henry Ballard. 😀

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    1. Corkwriter
      Corkwriter at |

      You didn’t mention is so I will. Chubby’s soulless version, backed by powerful Dick Clark of “American Bandstand” fame was incredibly lame compared to Hank Ballard and the Midnighters’.

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  27. Joe
    Joe at |

    How about “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”, which was originally done by Bob Dylan but has been covered numerous times? In fact, the Guns N’ Roses cover is so good that a lot of people think it is actually one of their songs.

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    1. Dennis
      Dennis at |

      “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” is from the movie “Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid”–And that song belongs to Dylan-Nobody will ever top his version.

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