Songs which you discovered through the cover then found out the original was far superior


Was on a CD I picked up at the Virgin Megastore £1 Boxing Day sale. Was the best song on the album tbf.

Then years later I discovered it was a cover and that the original was better in every single conceivable way.


I don’t really like Led Zeppelin, but this is the only answer I can think of.


Lily Allen doing Up The Junction


The one that springs to mind is ‘Slip Inside This House’, as covered by Primal Scream on Screamadelica. Didn’t even realise it was a cover at first, and rated it as one of the better tracks on the album. When I finally heard the 13th Floor Elevators original I was totally blown away and shocked at how little of it had made it into the cover. Suffice it to say that it’s now one of my all time favourite songs, and that my opinion of Screamadelica has never recovered.



I’m so, so sorry.


The first video is blocked for me. Who is the artist?


Although both versions are great of course


Hallelujah - Alexandra Burke


The cover I discovered was of course this. Everyone post the times in minutes and seconds you were brave enough to endure.




Remember my dad having a dispute with some amateur hour quizmaster at a pub quiz over ‘Who sang the original’. Great stuff.


Aztec Camera covering the Blue Orchids’ Bad Education.





I love Propaganda and I love the Josef K original but the former made a real hash of this on one of my favourite 80s albums


I wouldn’t say I dislike this cover, but i do prefer the original:


That’s better than Kashmir though :wink:

Annoyingly I feel like there should actually be loads of these examples but I can’t really think of any. I often seem to like covers more than originals, assuming they’re good covers, I mean.

E.g. I much prefer EMF’s cover of I’m A Believer with Vic & Bob to the Monkees’ original.


Didn’t Smashmouth also do a version?

Actually Neil Diamond’s is the “original” if by that term you mean the one by the composer, though i I have an idea the Monkees recorded it before he did.