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10 Best Cover Songs

Cover songs give artists an outlet to put their own spin on the original classics that inspire them. Every once in a while, an artist reworks a song in a way that's considered better that the original. It's debatable whether the following covers trump the original, although they definitely struck a chord with AOL Radio listeners. As rated on the Rock Cover Songs station, we present the 10 Best Cover Songs.
'Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon'
Neil Diamond originally did not want this cover of his song used in Quentin Tarantino's film 'Pulp Fiction,' but he eventually allowed it. The cover not only got Urge Overkill noticed but introduced Diamond to a new generation of fans.
Urge Overkill Girl You'll Be a Woman Soon
'Knockin' on Heaven's Door'
Originally by Bob Dylan, Guns N' Roses recorded the cover song for the film 'Days of Thunder' and soon began including it in its concert sets. They also performed it at the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert.
Guns N Roses Knockin' on Heavens Door
'Blinded by the Light'
Bruce Springsteen's original version failed to chart, but the Manfred Mann version reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. On VH1 'Storytellers,' Springsteen said the popularity of the Manfred Mann version was partially because of singer Chris Thompson's enunciation of the lyrics "rewed up like a deuce" instead of the original "cut loose like a deuce."
Manfred Mann's Earth Band Blinded by the Light
'Darling Nikki'
In February 2007, Prince performed the Foo Fighters' song 'Best of You' at Super Bowl XLI. Many fans see this as retaliation because Prince objected to having 'Darling Nikki' covered by the Foos.
Foo Fighters Darling Nikki
'What a Wonderful World'
Originally released by Louis Armstrong in 1968, this recording was released a year after Ramone's death on his only solo album. It was made just weeks before the legend passed away. No. 6 on our best cover songs list was also played over the end credits of Michael Moore's film 'Bowling for Columbine.'
Joey Ramone What a Wonderful World
'Careless Whisper'
Seether was approached by their management to contribute to a Valentine's Day album for iTunes. The band decided to take a humorous approach and turned what they believed to be a cheesy '80s ballad (originally by Wham!) into a hard rock song.
'Smooth Criminal'
Alien Ant Farm did not intend for this Michael Jackson cover to be a single. An FM radio station picked it up and began playing it. Instead of taking offense, Alien Ant Farm went with the flow and decided to release it to the public as their very first single.
Alien Ant Farm Smooth Criminal
'Turn the Page'
Drummer Lars Urlich heard the Bob Seger song while driving home and knew his bandmate James Hetfield could do something magical with it. 'Turn the Page' gave the band its longest-lasting streak on top of the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
Metallica Garage Inc
'All Along the Watchtower'
Within the booklet of his 'Biograph' album, original song author Bob Dylan said, "I liked Jimi Hendrix's recording of this and ever since he died I've been doing it that way... Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it's a tribute to him in some kind of way."
Jimi Hendrix All Along the Watchtower
Originally by Nine Inch Nails, lead singer Trent Reznor reacted positively to the Johnny Cash version. Reznor said in Alternative Press, "I wrote some words and music in my bedroom as a way of staying sane, about a bleak and desperate place I was in, totally isolated and alone. [Somehow] that winds up reinterpreted by a music legend from a radically different era/genre and still retains sincerity and meaning -- different, but every bit as pure."
Johnny Cash Hurt

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