Cover Me: These Cover Songs Are Better Than The Originals

What came first, the chicken or the egg? While we may never be able to crack the code on that one, we can definitively say the original always comes before the cover song. But, when a magically good cover comes your way, sometimes it eclipses the original and takes on a life of its own.

The art of making a good cover song is manyfold. It has to feel a little original, with a new twist. It has to give you the same chills as the original so you want to listen again and again. Sometimes a full transformation, like singing a song in a different language or introducing a new arrangement, makes a cover striking. And sometimes, closely echoing the original with a slight twist is what makes a cover song so darn good.


Ahead, some cover songs we have been obsessing over. Swipe on to hear some truly great, and truly original, remakes of excellent songs.

Lana Del Rey "Doin' Time," 2019

Originally recorded by Sublime in 1996.

Jessie Reyez "Crazy," 2019

Made famous by Patsy Cline in 1961, written by Willie Nelson.

Lucy Dacus "In The Air Tonight," 2019

Originally recorded by Phil Collins in 1981.

The Highwomen feat. Jimmy Fallon "The Chain," 2019

Originally recorded by Fleetwood Mac in 1977.

Tanya Tucker "The House That Built Me," 2019

Originally recorded by Miranda Lambert in 2009.

Dove Cameron "Slow Burn," 2019

Originally recorded by Kacey Musgraves in 2018.

Miya Folick "I Will Follow You Into The Dark," 2019

Originally recorded by Death Cab for Cutie in 2005.

The Interrupters "Bad Guy," 2019

Originally recorded by Billie Eilish in 2019.

Xenia Rubinos "Should I Stay Or Should I Go?" 2019

Originally recorded by the Clash in 1979.

Puss N Boots "Angel Dream," 2019

Originally recorded by Tom Petty in 1996.

Say Lou Lou "The Look Of Love," 2019

Made popular by Dusty Springfield in 1967, written by Burt Bacharach.

Lizzy Farrall "Boys Don't Cry," 2019

Originally recorded by the Cure in 1980.

Grace Carter "Wicked Game," 2019

Originally recorded by Chris Isaak in 1989.

Cat Power "Stay," 2018

Originally recorded by Rihanna in 2012.

Blackberry Smoke feat. Amanda Shires "You Got Lucky," 2018

Originally recorded by Tom Petty in 1982.
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