This probably won’t be a HUGE list because there are just way too fucking many cover songs out there so I have selected the ones that HIT ME either in a good way or bad way. And I have placed them next to the original to let YOU be the judge of which one is BETTER. In some cases, the COVER is better than ORIGINAL but in other cases, its just a bad replay of a GREAT SONG.
Even, Bob Dylan considers Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower” better than his. And we have ALL heard “You Really Got Me” from Van Halen but did you even know the Kinks did the original…..Probably NOT.
And if you are going to cover a CLASSIC, at least change it to make it your own DON’T do like fucking Korn did on “The Wall” and play it almost exact. That’s just fucking stupid, hence the name KORN. Side note I have a friend, stripper who has a KORN tattoo right above her ass. Bet she is regretting that.
ALSO, I have been told about some GLARING OMISSIONS so here is ONE….the REST are after Kate Bush…..
And with this BLOG I got a little help from other cover song websites….
mostly with the album covers but thanks nonetheless…..
ALSO, if a newer song gets panned I put a song that better defines these bands who were better staying away from cover songs…..AT THE BOTTOM OF PAGE….I criticize the covers by these bands but they almost all have their own material thats better
I am an Equal Opportunity Critic
BALL OF CONFUSION
The Temptations – Ball Of Confusion (1970)
Love And Rockets – Ball Of Confusion (12″ Version) (1985)
RIGHT FUCKING OUT OF THE GATE we have a DILEMNA….but I gotta go with the Love and Rockets LONG version as it just jumps out the stereo but The Temptations version is SICK GOOD!!!! and the ORIGINAL…..and ONLY the LONG Version of the Love and Rockets but this is neck and neck
VERDICT – Love and Rockets by a smidge
and now an average cover by some band called Daughter
VERDICT – UGH thx to Daughter
GHOST OF TOM JOAD
For those of you who didn’t know this song by Rage Against The Machine was actually first recorded by Bruce Springsteen, here it is……and its phenomenal….
also I attached this LIVE version because RAGE is only meant to be listened to in one way and that is LIVE FUCKING LIVE!!!
VERDICT – PUSH
and if I shall go OFF TOPIC for a bit its because the stupid blog fucking editor will not allow these last few words to be the same size as the others…..either small or large but not in between…..go fuck yourself blog editor
Mötley Crüe – Helter Skelter (1983)
ok now you can turn it down….but the beginning of this movie is EPIC and the song is perfect …..:30 in …WOW
U2 – Helter Skelter (Live from Rattle and Hum)
VERDICT – Crüe
YOU’RE NO GOOD
“You’re No Good” is a song first charted for Betty Everett in 1963 and in 1975 was a #1 hit for Linda Ronstadt.
Van Halen – You’re No Good (Live 1979)
VERDICT – PUSH on this one as Linda Ronstadt’s version is KILLER and CLASSIC but Van Halen II is the BEST VH album and those notes at the beginning that slowly fade in are KEY…..
….and its fucking Van Halen with DLR
Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
Foo Fighters- Baker Street (1997)
VERDICT – I grew up in 70s so it’s Gerry Rafferty as its a fucking CLASSIC and ORIGINAL still gives me CHILLS……that guitar solo is KEY….sorry Dave and Foo Fighters
YOU’RE SO VAIN
The song is ranked at #82 on Billboard‘s Greatest Songs of All-Time. “You’re So Vain” was voted #216 in RIAA‘s Songs of the Century. And on August 23, 2014, the U.K. Official Charts Company crowned it the ultimate song of the 1970s….so basically DON’T FUCKING TOUCH IT…..and Carly and those lips in 1972 trump Jessica Biel….
VERDICT – KO by Carly
WHITER SHADE OF PALE
Doro Pesch and Warlock – Whiter Shade of Pale (1989)
VERDICT – NOT EVEN CLOSE…..the ORIGINAL by a fucking LANDSLIDE and I factored in the outfit she is wearing too
While the ORIGINAL is COOL and INFLUENTIAL to so many….THIS IS A GREAT COVER!!!!
VERDICT – PUSH
Joy Division – Shadowplay (1979)
now the Killers remake….
VERDICT – PUSH only because Joy Division did it first in 79 but Killers fucking NAIL IT!!!
I WILL SURVIVE
but this version by Cake is fucking badass…..
VERDICT – PUSH….Gaynor is classic but the male Cake version is hilariously good
SOMEBODY PUT SOMETHING IN MY DRINK
Children Of Bodom – Somebody Put Something In My Drink (2003)
VERDICT – PUSH I just like this song because I used to hear Ramones version every night drinking at Murphy’s at LSU and it just ROCKS!!!!….and COB puts a killer spin on the song…..you really can’t fuck this song up…..
Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline (1969)
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Sweet Caroline (1995)
While I love Me First and the Gimme Gimmes and suggest you go get their stuff cause they do EXCELLENT covers of songs by Cat Stevens, John Denver and so on… NOTHING touches Neil Diamond’s ORIGINAL and I am a Red Sox fan…so fuck you Yankees
VERDICT – NEIL and the RED SOX
I BELIEVE I CAN FLY
“Nothing like some punk instruments to turn a shitty pop song into a masterpiece”
VIDEO HAS MICHAEL JORDAN HIGHLIGHTS!!!!
this might not even be a contest…
OK the Me First and the Gimme Gimmes is MUCH BETTER but that is for you to decide…..
VERDICT – PUSH…but harder to not give MJ the edge alone
BEHIND BLUE EYES
STILL gives me CHILLS every time I hear this….and this version is KEY!!!
GOD FUCKING AWFUL BY LIMP BIZKIT!!!
OH GOD FRED DURST SHOULD BE TAKEN OUT AND MAIMED FOR THIS….and what is that MIDDLE PART SHIT OF THE SONG…BUTCHERED A CLASSIC!!!!!
VERDICT – KILL FRED DURST
Metallica – Sabbra Cadabra (1998)
and the sound quality is SO FUCKING GOOD!!!!
VERDICT – METALLICA as this is by far one of my FAVORITE Metallica songs and since its a tribute to Black Sabbath…..KILLER!!!!
99 LUFT BALLOONS
my first crush….LOL!!!!!
VERDICT – NO CONTEST….nice try Goldfinger
ONCE AGAIN…..not even a comparison as the ORIGINAL is FUCKING UNBELIEVABLE STILL…..with headphones its ORGASMIC…no joke….it is what defines all there is to MUSIC past and present…..ORIGINAL has such FEELING, PASSION and ABOUT 50 OTHER THINGS ALL AT ONCE…..valiant effort by Metallica but you don’t touch this one EVER….
you’ve heard it A MILLION TIMES but do me a favor and TURN IT WAY UP and CLOSE YOUR EYES…..you will be BLOWN AWAY….a BONUS would be if you have headphones!!!!!!!!!!
is a VERDICT even necessary?
VERDICT – SEGER
Ok since this went out of control had to break it in TWO….