Have you listened to something online or on the radio and go I know that song but doubt yourself cause it’s performed differently?
Well, there are times like that I’ve been wondering who sang it and today I’m going to discuss 5 Songs that are performed or covered from the original and are perceived just as well as the original.
Lissie – Pursuit of Happiness (Performed Originally by Kid Cudi)
So coming in at number Five is Lissie’s Live performance of Kid Cudi’s Pursuit of Happiness, the original is also highly recommended, but this one’s notable because on paper, it should be terrible as bands covering hip-hop songs are generally rubbish and cringeworthy.
The original being made in 2010 only to be Covered by Lissie and to be released on her Covered Up With Flowers EP in 2011
However, Lissie puts all her effort into this one and it feels like it’s her own work and has become apart of her setlists live but also a noticeable song that people want to hear her perform live and listen to in their everyday lives.
Foo Fighters – Let There Be Rock (Originally Performed By AC/DC)
At number Four, Originally performed in 1977 by the Australian band AC/DC this is one of their most iconic songs that most bands cover or mention when speaking about AC/DC but only last year the Foo’s covered Let There Be Rock on the Live lounge of Radio 1 which got people talking.
I love the Foo Fighters and I would have added another song in here if it wasn’t for this one but this one stood out to me the most I love the roughness of the song and pure aggression on the drums by Taylor.
Let’s hope the Foo’s do another Cover album very soon.
The Fugees – Killing Me Softly (Performed Originally by Roberta Flack)
At number three is The Fugees take on Roberta Flack’s Killing me Softly, originally performed in 1973 this song was an iconic song in the 70’s however in 1996 The Fugees covered the song and put their own lyrics and music to the song making the song unique in its own way.
Still, to this day people of my age and the younger generation will know of the Fugees version before Roberta’s which in my eyes is a shame for Roberta but also amazing at the same time.
Marilyn Manson – Tainted Love (Performed Originally by Soft Cell / Gloria Jones)
At number two is Manson’s version of Tainted Love which was Originally performed by Gloria Jones but everyone knows the Soft Cell version more.
Performed in 1964 it was a big hit in the 60’s and gave the Beatles a run for its money in the American charts and has been ranked #305 in the top 500 greatest songs of all time.
Since it’s releasing there have been numerous covers of the song from bands like Soft Cell, Imelda May, Duffy, The Scorpions and many more but the one that stands out for me is Marilyn Manson’s version.
Covered in 2001 gave the song another rise to fame and spent a total of 22 weeks in the Top 75 as well as topping the Portuguese chart. And being nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single in 2002.
Johnny Cash – Hurt (Performed Originally by Nine Inch Nails)
And finally, Number one is Johnny Cash’s version of Hurt by Nine Inch Nails this version of the song is completely different so different it sold more than the original.
Cash’s cover of the song had sold 2,148,000 downloads in the United States as of March 2017 which is pretty good going for a cover song.
When asked if Cash could cover his song, Reznor said he was “flattered” but worried that “the idea sounded a bit gimmicky.” He became a fan of Cash’s version, however, once he saw the music video.
I also prefer Cash’s version it’s so raw and rough with the acoustic.
Well, there is my top 5 choices but what are yours?
Did I miss any? Let me know in the Comments below!
Also just a few Notable Mentions below.
The Vines – Ms Jackson (Performed Originally by Outkast)
Pantera – Planet Caravan (Performed Originally by Black Sabbath)
Thanks for reading!