Top 5 cover songs of old hits, better than the original

Cover songs became a staple in the music industry for decades, providing opportunities to musicians around the world to put their own spin. Some of the best cover songs have managed to outperform the original song. In this article, we have listed down the Top 5 cover songs of old hits, better than the original, according to the replies received for the below question on the AskReddit thread.


The Original Song By Otis Redding

Otis Redding was a famous American singer & songwriter also nicknamed ” King of Soul ” Pain In My Heart, The Dog, Stand By Me, Hey Hey Baby and  You Send Me are some of his record-breaking albums. He was born on September 9th 1941 in Georgia United States and he left the world on December 10th 1967. 

Cover Version By Aretha Louise Franklin

Aretha Louise Franklin was a beloved American singer, talented pianist & songwriter also known as the Queen of soul. She took 9th place twice in Rolling Stone’s ” 100 Greatest Artists of All Time ”  I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Lady Soul, Spirit in the Dark, Young Gifted & Black are some of her best hits. She was born on March 25, 1942, in Tennessee and left the world on August 16, 2018.

Black Magic 

The Original Song By Peter Green

Peter Allen Greenbaum also known as Peter Green was an English blues rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. He considers the founder of Fleetwood Mac. In 1998 he has inducted into “The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ” Mr Wonderful, English Rose, Then Play On and Penguin are some of his groundbreaking record albums. He was born on October 29, 1946, and passed away on  October 29, 1946.

Cover Version By Aretha Santana

Santana is a Rock Band formed in San Francisco in 1966 by Carlos Santana who was a guitarist. Abraxas, Santana III, Welcome and Amigos are some of his most famous albums of all time.  

When the Levee Breaks

The Original Song By Memphis Minnie

Lizzie Douglas also known as Memphis Minnie was a famous Blues Guitarist, Vocalist and Songwriter. Her recording career lasted for more than decades in which she recorded more than 200 songs. Me and My, Chauffeur Blues, Bumble Bee and Nothing in Rambling are some of her hit songs.

Cover Version By Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin was an English rock band established in 1968 in London. The band consist of vocalist – Robert Plant, Guitarist Jimmy Page, Bassist/Keyboardist John paul jones and drummer John Bonham.  Physical Graffiti, The Song Remains the Same and Houses of the Holy are some of the top hit albums. 

Got My Mind Set On You 

The Original Song By James Ray

James Ray was a beloved R&B singer of the early 60s’. If you gotta Make a Fool of Somebody, Come rain or come shine, A miracle and Without a song are some of his best records. He was born in 1941 and died in 1963. 

Cover Version By George Harrison

George Harrison was a musical legend and one of the most iconic figures in the history of popular music. As the lead guitarist for The Beatles, he dedicated to some of the greatest and most influential songs of all time. It’s All Too Much, Piggies, Think For Yourself and I Me Mine are some of his best hits. He was born in 1943 and passed away in 2001.

I Love Rock N Roll

The Original Song By Arrows

The Arrows was a band established in England in 1974 but disbanded in 1977. They topped the UK Chart hit singles with Touch Too Much and My Last Night With You in 1974 and 1975. They wrote and recorded the original version of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”, later covered by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

Cover Version By Joan Jett

Joan Jett is an American Singer and talented guitarist and actress. Her cover of “I Love Rock and Roll” was a number-one hit in 1982; “Crimson and Clover” was another hit for her. Jett has appeared as Columbia in the Broadway production of “The Rocky Horror Show”. She was born in 1958 in Pennsylvania, United States.

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Written by Haritha Nimna

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