Covers I'm Starting To Love More Than the Original

A fightin' words list. 💪
  1. "My Sweet Lord" by Yim Yames (orig. George Harrison)
    He does to it what Jeff Buckley did to Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," adding an intimate vulnerability to an already moving song.
  2. "1979" by Darlingside (orig. Smashing Pumpkins)
    There was definitely a week where I was obsessed with this song. The vocals and the guitar sounds are so soaring and gorgeous I couldn't get it out of my head.
  3. "Rebel Rebel" by Seu Jorge (orig. David Bowie)
    It's the melody of the original with Portuguese lyrics written by Jorge himself. Another really pretty cover and, yes, pretty isn't everything but this song is so lovely it makes me feel like a cat falling asleep by a sunny window.
  4. "The Weight" by Aretha Franklin (orig. The Band)
    Okay, here we go. Not apologizing for this one. Aretha walks up to the original, kicks its ass, stops for a moment to make it think she's done, then kicks its ass again. It's just GREAT.
  5. George Michael's cover of I believe when I fall in love, by Stevie wonder is one of my faves♥️
    Suggested by   @cvlop61
  6. Mr. Brightside by Painting the Mississippi (Original: The Killers)
    Suggested by   @shadowman
  7. It's really hard for me to say this because I LOVE Tom Petty, but @john John Mayer's rendition is really good. I guess I see it more as a ballad than Tom Petty's, who will forever rock!
    Suggested by   @cmschoder
  8. "Woodstock" by Heather Maloney & Darlingside (orig. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)
    It took the combined forces of Heather Maloney and Darlingside to challenge the original, but this cover is so haunting and clever.
  9. "Countdown" by Sondre Lerche (orig. Beyonce)
    I usually don't like acoustic versions of bouncy pop songs. It's like the cover artist sucked the fun out of a song just to give the world another melancholy ballad. BUT this one's an exception - it keeps the frenetic energy of the original, but the more minimalist approach makes the song sound sexier.