Here is an evolving list of songs where the cover is, in my opinion, vastly superior to the original.

  • Gloria, originally by Van Morrison & Them and done better by John Lee Hooker & Van Morrison.
  • Blinded by the Light, originally by Bruce Springsteen and done better by Manfred Mann.
  • All Along the Watchtower, originally by Bo Dylan and done better by Jimi Hendrix

Cover Axioms

  • Songs almost always better covered, originally by:
    • Bob Dylan (not Tangled Up In Blue)
    • Bruce Springsteen (not I’m On Fire)
    • Lou Reed
  • Songs almost never better covered, originally by:
    • Kate Bush
    • R.E.M.
    • Pink Floyd