I like me a good remake from time to time. Both Jeff Beck and Led Zeppelin successfully covered Muddy Waters' "You Shook Me," for example. And then there's that great Aretha Franklin remake of Otis Redding's "Respect." And who can argue with Johnny Cash's cover of NIN's "Hurt"? But generally, I tend to prefer the original recording artists. Here are seven that I'll take any day over their more famous covers.
1. "Hound Dog"
Forget Elvis. This Big Mama Thorton classic from 1952 really says it all, if you ask me.
2. "Oye Como Va"
Tito Puente's original1963 recording of "Oye Como Va" mambos the 1970 Santana version right off the dance floor, no?
I'll take Ednaswap's original 1995 recording over Natalie Imbruglia's any day. (Tho I do dig those L'OrÃ©al ads.)
4. "I'm a Believer"
I just saw Neil Diamond in concert last week and man-o-man can that guy still croon. He played his original "I'm a Believer" and I forgot the Monkees ever existed (to say nothing of Smash Mouth, sigh).
5. "All Along the Watchtower"
I happen to be a huge Hendrix fan (we share a birthday). But when it comes to this classic, Dylan sort of summed it all up if you ask me.
6. "My Life"
Does anyone really prefer the more famous No Doubt version to Talk Talk's?
7. "Smooth Criminal"
The Alien Ant Farm cover is okay at the gym, maybe"¦ maybe. Well, it's not criminal, by any means, let's just say that. But drop the needle on the old Quincy Jones/Michael Jackson original off Bad and you'll hear how the remake pales by comparison.
What are some of your favorite original recordings that have been messed with?
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