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10 cover songs that are better than the original

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We dared! These are the cover songs that far surpass their counterparts.
The main attraction of cover songs is to revive lost classics - at least that was the case so far. Today it almost seems as if a new song would last two to three weeks before a reinterpretation of the same finds its way into the world. However, the quality of the results is usually quite different.
At our own risk, we have therefore decided to separate the wheat from the chaff and pick out the ten cover songs that we think are better than the original. Of course you can argue about it, but who wants that ...

Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats (The Knife)

An acoustic version of an electronic track? Something like that can only occur to Swedes. In “Heartbeats” Gonzalez replaces the razor-sharp synths of The Knife with wonderfully soft guitar chords and his own beautiful, lonely voice, piecing together one of the greatest love ballads of the 00s.

Gary Jules - Mad World (Tears For Fears)

Gary Jules made it with his cover of Tears For Fears on the soundtrack of the cult film "Donnie Darko" and surprised everyone who got to hear it. Damn depressing the whole thing, but damn brilliant too.

Schneider TM & Kpt.michi.gan - The Light (3000) (The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out)

Of course, we know we're going to get some hate with this cover on our list, but to be honest - annoying Smith fans just won't get bored. In addition, the brilliance that lies in converting one of the greatest songs of all time into a computerized digital rind cannot be denied. Just awesome!

Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)

There have been countless versions of Leonard Cohen's 1984 hit, but Jeff Buckley's seven-minute performance is and remains the most beautiful, emotional, and artistic reinterpretation of them all. It's hard to believe that Buckley was inspired by John Cale's 1991 cover.

Iron & Wine - Such Great Heights (The Postal Service)

Admittedly, The Postal Service's cult electronic hit “Such Great Heights” borders on perfection, and yet Iron & Wine turned it into a dreamy folk ballad that is so good you might think it was the real original.

Johnny Cash - Hurt (Nine Inch Nails)

Tacheles now - who would have thought that a country music icon like Johnny Cash would ever cover a rock song by Nine Inch Nails? But that's exactly what makes it all so appealing. The strong contrast together with the almost eerie similarities between the vocals of Reznor and Cash make this cover so damn good.

Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse - Valerie (The Zutons)

"Valerie" was recorded for Mark Ronson's cover album "Version" in 2007 and is and remains the best proof that with Amy Winehouse a truly unique music artist passed away far too soon.

Interactive - Forever Young (Alphaville)

Just scoff at this post on our list, but Interactive's upbeat hardcore remix of "Forever Young" captures the spirit of the lost youth - via MDMA-infused nights of electronic ecstasy on flashing dance floors - much better than the version from Alphaville ever made it. And for that it was enough to simply turn up the chorus to 160 bpm.

Lena & Bausa - 99 balloons & 99 shoe boxes (Nena)

Okay, things get wilder. 80s hard rock vibe meets old school rap snippets meets rave descent - it was wonderfully disrespectful and wild when Lena and Bausa worked on one of the great German pop songs at the Red Bull Soundclash. Sorry, Nena!

Soft Cell - Tainted Love (Gloria Jones)

Soft Cell somehow managed to pack the heartbreak of a broken love into a groovy electro-pop track, which is why their version of “Tainted Love” still holds up today.

The Fugees - Killing Me Softly (Roberta Flack)

With the haunting and soulful vocals of Lauryn Hill at the center, The Fugees managed to enrich a whole new generation with an unforgettable version of the classic from the 70s.
Of course we also have a few honorable mentions for you:

Chromatics - Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush)

It is a sacrilege to claim that someone can make the classic of the 80s even better, but Chromatics was really pretty close with their cover.

Elizabeth Rose - Rhythm Of The Night (Corona)

The cover of the dance-pop hit of the 90s by the Australian DJane Elizabeth Rose was one of the big surprises of the radio show "Like A Version" on the Australian broadcaster Triple J.