These songs were big for more than one act. Which is your favorite?

These picks are more than just a "cover version."

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Sometimes, a song is so well-written that it works for multiple recording artists. It is a testament to the songwriter's craft when lyrics work across various styles. The songs often share a melody but sometimes sound completely different. They could come out relatively close to each other or in completely separate eras.

Here are twenty songs that transcend being merely a "cover version" to become definitive recordings.

More than one artist famously recorded the following songs. Each one is worth a listen, but ultimately, we all have our preferences. So, which one is your favorite?

Not familiar with all of them? That's fine! Pick one to move on to the results. Have another song that you think fits? Let us know in the comments!

  1. "I Will Always Love You"
  2. "Please Mr. Postman"
  3. "Lady Marmalade"
  4. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
  5. "American Woman"
  6. "Killing Me Softly with His Song"
  7. "When a Man Loves a Woman"
  8. "I'll Be There"
  9. "Can't Help Falling in Love"
  10. "Mony Mony"
  11. "I Think We're Alone Now"
  12. "Take Me to the River"
  13. "Dancing in the Street"
  14. "All Along the Watchtower"
  15. "Knockin' On Heaven's Door"
  16. "Hallelujah"
  17. "Rock 'n' Roll Music"
  18. "With a Little Help From My Friends"
  19. "Hurt"
  20. "Nothing Compares 2 U"

These songs were big for more than one act. Which is your favorite?

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108 Comments

ThomasPotter 12 days ago
Johnny Cash's version of "Hurt" is epic. The video is also haunting. I think this song really proves Cash was a unique talent far beyond his typical country persona.
trogg888 9 months ago
The originals are almost always better
Amalthea trogg888 7 months ago
Not always. While I love the original "Lady Marmalade", the remake is a banger. I also really enjoy the Bangles' version of "Hazy Shade of Winter" more than the Simon & Garfunkel one, which is funny because I've never even liked the Bangles but am a lifelong S&G fan.
JERRY6 9 months ago
68% similar not bad only a few songs where the original can be beat
UGA2021 9 months ago
Man Van Halen’s cover of dancing in the street is the best version of that song !!
KawiVulc 9 months ago
Incomplete. #3 was neither (gag, hated that song), #20 was ??
dmirarh 9 months ago
You agree with your MeTV neighbors this much: 85% similar
timothys71 9 months ago
Most of the covers aren't bad, but for the majority of these I am partial to the original versions. I am definitely NOT a Michael Bolton fan, and I do not care for the spoken-word passages in Diana Ross' version of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Joe Cocker's bluesy version of "With A Little Help From My Friends" isn't bad, but I like the original done in medley with "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."
daDoctah timothys71 9 months ago
Spoken-word interludes should have ended with the Ink Spots. Honeychild.
RobertK 9 months ago
85% I love attending class with "old school"! I'll admit though, the original version is bellwether by which remakes are compared, but I do like an updated song with a different vibe to it.
Runeshaper 9 months ago
You agree with your MeTV neighbors this much: 86% similar

"I Think We're Alone Now“ by Tiffany is EXCELLENT 👌
texasluva 9 months ago
76% similar-- You can take it hours later and get a different % Maybe 2-5% depending on what others select.
musicman37 9 months ago
90%. Some songs shouldn't be remade......
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