I stand by what I said before, covers will never be better than the original. The appreciation for the cover version partly comes from the fact that the original version came to our lives already that allowed us an experience whose negatives and positives we already felt.
The cover versions I am featuring now are all good. Good enough to be called a real homage to the original version. Take note that I am not considering the market performance of the cover versions, just the the aesthetic side of it.
10. Time After Time
Original by: Cindy Lauper
Covered by: Eva Cassidy
Eva Cassidy was able to inject a feeling of pain that is not present in other versions. The guitar rift is complicated but she was able to not make it sound so which allows you to relax and concentrate on the emotion as you listen to the song.
9. I Will Always Love You
Original by: Dolly Parton
Covered by: Whitney Houston
It’s a vocal gymnast that was intentionally made that way to showcase the flexibility of Whitney’s voice. The song successfully showed how you can hit the high notes without screaming. Now, that’s singing.
8. If I Fell
Original by: The Beatles
Covered by: Maroon 5
This guy got some balls to attempt a Beatles song but I have to say he is the only one who had some sense to try a version that in no way tries to outdo the original (what’s the sense, right?). He did a toned down version. It’s simple, nothing fussy because he knew that song in itself is enough.
7. I Walk The Line
Original by: Johnny Cash
Covered by: Live
Chris Daughtry did a good version but he admitted (American Idol took it out in the editing) that he patterned it after the version of live. The Johnny Cash version is the simple one so Live took it the other way by adding more layers to the song. It worked well.
6. Strawberry Fields
Original by: The Beatles
Covered by: Noel Gallagher
This is one of those songs that you can play fifty years from now and it will still sound contemporary. Noel’s version is nothing special but being a Beatles fanatic, he was able to successfully come close to the emotions that Lennon had when he was writing and singing the song.
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