Cover Songs that are better than the Original

Eva Cassidy - Fields of Gold
Eva Cassidy - Over the Rainbow
Eva Cassidy - True Colors
Eva Cassidy - Time after Time
Eva Cassidy - Autumn Leaves
Johnny Cash - Hurt
The Who- Rush cover - The Seeker
Rush cover -The Pass  Fleesh Version

You forgot Eva Cassidy - Bridge Over Troubled Waters  ;^)
Amy Macdonald - Dancing In The Dark
Lee Greenwood , from " I’m Proud to be an American " to " God Bless Canada "" .

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Linda Ronstadt--Desperado
  • Brown Sabbath - Planet Caravan
  • Ry Cooder - One Meatball
  • Elvis Presley - Blue Moon
Eva Cassidy's "Fields of Gold" is ravishingly beautiful as if it was written for her!
Linda Ronstadt -- Desperado

Byrds -- Turn Turn Turn

Elvis Presley -- Blue Moon

Maybe in a bit I’ll come up with more, but it seems we have a lot of agreement here.
Cowboy Junkies - Blue Moon
Flotsam & Jetsam - damage inc. 
Mumford and Sons - I'm on Fire (Bruce Springsteen)

Eddie Berman & Laura Marling - Dancing in the Dark (Springsteen)
There's an older thread with same title.......
K.D. Lang -  Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
Paul Westerberg - raucous live version of The Monkees "Daydream Believer" on YouTube.

Brandi Carlile - Folsom Prison Blues live

Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower
Bonnie Raitt - Angel from Montgomery
I once heard a version of Hallelujah in a small pub in the middle of Wisconsin that absolutely blows away every version I have ever heard. It was performed by a singer/songwriter from Minnesota and other than his guitar and vocals, you could have heard a pin drop. The whole place was mesmerized.
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
Suzanne - Judy Collins
Hendrix-All Along the Watchtower
Righteous Brothers-- Unchained Melody
Roy Orbison-- Love Hurts 
Willie Nelson and Daughter--Have You Ever Seen the Rain
Yoko Ono--Someone Like You
Not necessarily better than the originals, but, I like these covers:

Concrete Blond--Everybody Knows
Odetta--Times they are a Changin
A couple of oldies which come to mind, the first of which is an instrumental:

"Harlem Nocturne" -- The Viscounts' unique interpretation of an old jazz standard.

"You Can't Catch Me" -- The Blues Project's cover of a Chuck Berry song, on their "Projections" album. Which version is better is debatable, of course, but I prefer this one.  I also prefer it to a version the Rolling Stones had on one of their early albums.

-- Al

Projections was a great album.  Nice call, Al!
Thanks, Russ (rcprince).  Yes, "Projections" was indeed a great album, from start to finish, and has long been one of my all-time favorite rock albums.   

Best regards,
-- Al

I went to see Golden Palominos in the late 80s at The Paradise in Boston, when Syd Straw was with them. The encore was The Ocean by Led Zeppelin, and with all due respect to Robert Plant, Syd was way better. Maybe the best cover I've ever heard.
Maybe not better, but very good.....

"Bridge Over Troubled Water" Johnny Cash