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Best Cover Song#1
Posted: 1/20/15 at 4:02pm
Who in your opinion did the best cover of someone else's song?

I like Bette Midler's cover of Joni Mitchell's "For Free" I think she did a better job than Joni, turning Joni's ballad into an uptempo.

I also like Greg Laswell's version of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." His version creates a new meaning to the song. Not better than Cyndi's version, just different.
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Best Cover Song#2
Posted: 1/20/15 at 4:19pm
Jeff Buckley - "Hallelujah", just forget about all the overexposure.

This may make short work of your thread, but here's the Top 50 according to a BBC poll (reported in The Guardian), with Pet Shop Boys at No.1.


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Best Cover Song#2
Posted: 1/20/15 at 4:23pm
Gary Jules, Mad World
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Best Cover Song#3
Posted: 1/20/15 at 4:26pm
Eva Cassidy - Every cover song she did.
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Best Cover Song#4
Posted: 1/20/15 at 4:34pm
Greg Laswell - Girls Just Want To Have Fun

Aron Wright/Jill Andrews - We Built This City

Karise Eden - It's a Man's World
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Best Cover Song#5
Posted: 1/20/15 at 4:44pm
"but here's the Top 50 according to The Guardian"

A British newspaper and they don't even list Cilla Black's "Anyone Who Had A Heart" which put Black on the musical map.
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Best Cover Song#6
Posted: 1/20/15 at 4:47pm
"I also like Greg Laswell's version of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." His version creates a new meaning to the song. Not better than Cyndi's version, just different."

I agree with that. That's what i think of Glee's cover of "No One is Alone" from Into the Woods. They created a new meaning.

"Touch the Sky" by Julie Fowl from Disney's Brave covered in a nice rock touch by PelleK from YouTube.

Jeremy Little's version of "If I Only had a Brain"

"My Sacrifice" by Creed. Covered by Boyce Avenue.


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Best Cover Song#7
Posted: 1/20/15 at 4:50pm
"A British newspaper and they don't even list Cilla Black's "Anyone Who Had A Heart" which put Black on the musical map."

That's because Dionne's is better sung and produced. Best Cover Song (It's always hard with songs from that era as often a song would be recorded by multiple performers--particularly between the UK and US--around the same time and, even if done a year or so later, it wasn't really considered a cover the way we think of now.)
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Best Cover Song#8
Posted: 1/20/15 at 4:51pm
But Cilla's version outsold Dionne's in the UK.
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Best Cover Song#9
Posted: 1/20/15 at 4:54pm
Going with Eric's idea that multiple versions of a song could be released and not considered a cover (and this isn't really a cover because it's her song):

I enjoy both versions of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow." The Shirelles upbeat is fun, but Carole King makes her song more introspective.

But I guess that example is not really a cover.
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Best Cover Song#10
Posted: 1/20/15 at 4:58pm
Cher's "The Shoop Shoop Song"!
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Best Cover Song#11
Posted: 1/20/15 at 5:06pm
I'm really fond of Avant and KeKe Wyatt's cover of MY FIRST LOVE originally recorded by Rene Moore & Angela Winbush.
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Best Cover Song#12
Posted: 1/20/15 at 5:29pm
What is Love - by Kiesza
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Best Cover Song#13
Posted: 1/20/15 at 5:33pm
"But Cilla's version outsold Dionne's in the UK."

Yes, but in this case I don't think Dionne's was officially released domestically in the UK (was it?) Best Cover Song Regardless, they were saying "best" :P

The Zombies have a great cover of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow--I agree with you about King's and the original Shirelles. (Actually The Zombies also have a great cover of The Look of Love, though nothing tops Dusty's for me.)

I know this is predictable from me, but as much as I love Jimmy Webb's production for Richard Harris, I would much rather listen to Donna Summer's MacArthur Park. And I would MUCH rather listen to her disco-fied Could it Be Magic than Manilow's.

Howabout Bette Davis Eyes? I prefer Carnes synth version to the country-ish original by Jackie DeShannon (who wrote it.)
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Best Cover Song#14
Posted: 1/20/15 at 5:37pm
I've always liked Big Yellow Taxi covered by Counting Crows.
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Best Cover Song#15
Posted: 1/20/15 at 5:41pm
"Rocket Man" - Kate Bush
"It's Oh So Quiet" - Bjork
"MacArthur Park" - Donna Summer (for you, Eric!)

Edit - Oh, you've already mentioned it!


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Best Cover Song#16
Posted: 1/20/15 at 5:50pm
Lea Michele's version of Alanis Morisette's "Uninvited".

Okay, I just threw that in to see if Jordan was still paying attention.
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Best Cover Song#17
Posted: 1/20/15 at 6:58pm
"Mony, Mony" Billy Idol
"Has He Got A Friend For Me?" by Maria McKee
"Sweet Jane" Cowboy Junkies
"Acid Queen" Tina Turner
"Proud Mary" Ike and Tina Turner
"Bless The Telephone" Kelis
"I Fought The Law" The Clash
"What If God Was One of Us?" Prince
"Feel For You" Chaka Kahn
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Best Cover Song#18
Posted: 1/20/15 at 7:00pm
"But Cilla's version outsold Dionne's in the UK."

Selling more units doesn't make it better. If they ranked their top 50, and someone isn't listed, perhaps they just didn't make the cut?
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Best Cover Song#19
Posted: 1/20/15 at 11:24pm
Mr Tambourine Man - The Byrds
All of Me - Callabro
True Colours - Shane Filan
Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler (originally sung by Sheena Easton)
You Raise Me Up - Westlife
You Needed Me - Boyzone
Baby I Love Your Way - Will to Power
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Best Cover Song#20
Posted: 1/20/15 at 11:27pm
"You Raise Me Up - Westlife"

I like their version "Total Eclipse of the Heart"
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Best Cover Song#21
Posted: 1/20/15 at 11:41pm
Over here waiting for someone to say Hurt by Johnny Cash like

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Best Cover Song#22
Posted: 1/20/15 at 11:44pm
Hurt by Johnny Cash is very good.

Awesome choice.
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Best Cover Song#23
Posted: 1/21/15 at 12:04am
Not best, but my favorites:

Chelsea Hotel No. 2 - Lana Del Rey
Lovely Day - Alt-J

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Best Cover Song#24
Posted: 1/21/15 at 2:51am
This is an oldie. Morgana King's wonderful jazzy cover of Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine of My Life." Stevie said it is the best version of the song he has ever heard.