I don’t find too many covers that are as good as the original, but some are certainly commendable. I enjoy listening to a unique spin on a song. Even the voice of the artist or an acoustic version can change a song completely. Take some time out of your work day to listen to a few of my favorite covers. It’ll be 5:00 in no time.
1) “All Along The Watchtower” – Jimi Hendrix
“I liked Jimi Hendrix’s record of this… Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it’s a tribute to him in some kind of way.” – Bob Dylan
2) “Hey Ya”- Obadiah Parker
Prime example of how a low-key, acoustic version can take this OutKast hit and transform it into an indie song.
3) “I Shot The Sheriff” – Eric Clapton
Although Clapton’s recording became the most successful version of this song, it can’t top the original from Bob.
4) “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” – Led Zeppelin
This is a cover that I must say is better than the original, without a doubt.
5) “Smile Like You Mean It” – Tally Hall
Watch out, Killers.
As a bonus, I had to throw this in. Now that this song is over played on every mainstream radio station, I change the channel. There’s no denying this version is awesome, though. Honestly, I think it’s better. How could it not be?