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Old 05-01-2013, 11:23
Old.Tallen
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I can't help it, i LOVE James Arthurs cover of Impossible, to me it's equally as good as Shontelle's original...a song i really love. To me they are two different songs, sang so differently and so soulfully.

Not many songs i can say i thought a cover was better than or at least equal to the original.

What are yours?
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:22
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Lacuna Coil's version of Depeche Mode's Enjoy the Silence is much better than the original
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Old 05-01-2013, 13:06
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The Power of Love by Gabrielle Aplin to me is better than the original version by Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
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Old 05-01-2013, 13:10
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Jimi Hendrix's cover of Bob Dylan's 'All Along The Watchtower'.
Kirsty MacColl's version of Billy Bragg's 'A New England'.
Jeff Buckley's 'Hallelujah' over Leonard Cohen's original.
Soft Cell's cover of Gloria Jones' 'Tainted Love'.
Flying Picket's version of Yazoo's 'Only You'.

If anyone says 'Skinny Love' by Birdy, I might cry.
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Old 05-01-2013, 13:17
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Johnny Cash's version of Hurt

Nirvana's version of The Man Who Sold The World

& Marilyn Manson's version of Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
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Old 05-01-2013, 13:19
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The Baseballs version of "Umbrella".
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Old 05-01-2013, 13:26
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I don't watch the Xfactor. I think James' version of the song is kind of embarrassing. I don't think much of his voice based on that song.
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Old 05-01-2013, 13:29
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Johnny Cash - Hurt, Westlife's - Uptown Girl and Bowie and Jaggers - Dancing in the Street are ones that spring to mind!
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Old 05-01-2013, 14:05
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Birdy - Skinny Love
Us - In The End
Whitney - I'm Every Woman
Diana Vickers - With Or Without You
Bastille - Of The Night
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Old 05-01-2013, 14:26
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I think Glee often out performs originals:
Rumour Has It/Someone Like You
www.youtube.com/watch?v=naYCHVYLl3Y
Oops I Did It Again
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVLwlFJad54
Teenage Dream
www.youtube.com/watch?v=yr1p7BvCQ0U
Unpretty/I Feel Pretty
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdqUJT-nPes

But other than that:
Cher Lloyd - Turn My Swag On (Keri Hilson/Soulja Boi cover)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JglWZ-wC3Vk
Vince Kidd - Like A Virgin (Madonna Cover)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFcOuFD0k5Y
Marina & The Diamonds - Starstrukk (3OH!3 cover)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQYo6rXVIGY
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Old 05-01-2013, 14:42
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I'm not sure about Glee although some of their covers are OK - I think that its just that kind of over processed sound I'm not too keen on although they're obviously reasonable singers.

Covers I like better than the original

Careless Whisper by the Gossip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybZzx4xs4JU

Teardrop by Elbow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l9Q2m1P4Xo

Tiga - Hot in Here (vocals by the singer in the Scissor Sisters) - slightly creepy video though

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJKvxoqnyZw

Satisfaction - PJ Harvey and Bjork.....this ones a bit marmitey but I really like it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AX2bcWtg1Q
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Old 05-01-2013, 14:50
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I much prefer Cat Power's Wonderwall.
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Old 05-01-2013, 14:55
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Johnny Cash's "Hurt" was incredibly haunting and better than the original!
Leona Lewis' "Run" took that song to a whole new level.
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Old 05-01-2013, 15:11
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Johnny Cash's "Hurt" was incredibly haunting and better than the original!
Leona Lewis' "Run" took that song to a whole new level.
Totally agree re Hurt, although I do still like the NIN version. Can't agree with Leona 'no personality' Lewis, totally hated her version.
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Old 05-01-2013, 15:30
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Manic Street Preachers- Umbrella
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Old 05-01-2013, 15:44
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I would also say Gabrille Aplin has done a brilliant job with Power Of Love - I like her version way better. And also with Vince Kidd's like A Version - such a great version!

And also Westlife's Uptown Girl - they made it more modern and it is a very very popular version. I hear more their version on the radio than Joel's.

However, I would like to add theirs Your Raise Me Up because even some non-Westlife fans praised their version. And I think theirs Total Eclipse Of The Heart is very good - I think they did song's justice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gvfxbo-kA9M

I also think Buble's Cry Me A River is an amazing cover:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyIHQFfj7UI

And I really like Dixie Chicks - Can't Hurry Love and I'm not even a fan of the group:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTHqYm4FZU4
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Old 05-01-2013, 16:14
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Lady Marmalade - Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Mya & Lil' Kim

Their version is simply on another level to any other version of the song! The production, arrangements, video, even the mix of artists is just perfect!
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Old 05-01-2013, 16:15
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Nouvelle Vague - Too drunk to fu*k
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Old 05-01-2013, 16:43
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Halestorm's cover of Bad Romance, it's great

http://youtu.be/ZO7NN9w9Z_g < Just in case anyone wanted to hear it
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Old 05-01-2013, 16:50
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Pearl Jam - Last Kiss.
Bowie - Wild is the Wind.
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Old 05-01-2013, 16:54
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Lacuna Coil's version of Depeche Mode's Enjoy the Silence is much better than the original
Susan Boyle's cover is superb too.
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Old 05-01-2013, 16:58
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The Pierces do a nice acoustic version of Alejandro.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnILC07zi7A
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Old 05-01-2013, 18:17
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"They Call Me The Breeze"-Lynard Skynard
"Ramblin' Man"-The Allman Brothers
"Into The Mystic"-Van Morrison
"Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit Has Done Got Out Of Hand?"-Waylon Jennings

I love to hear my most favorite singer James Otto cover these songs.

God bless you and him always!!!

Holly
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Old 05-01-2013, 18:19
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Lady Marmalade - Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Mya & Lil' Kim

Their version is simply on another level to any other version of the song! The production, arrangements, video, even the mix of artists is just perfect!
Disagree, can't stand Christina's screeching on the record give me Labelle's version any day.
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Old 05-01-2013, 18:28
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Disagree, can't stand Christina's screeching on the record give me Labelle's version any day.
Agreed, Labelle's original is much better
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