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

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

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?

Your Result...

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trogg888 6 days ago
The originals are almost always better
JERRY6 11 days ago
68% similar not bad only a few songs where the original can be beat
UGA2021 16 days ago
Man Van Halen’s cover of dancing in the street is the best version of that song !!
KawiVulc 17 days ago
Incomplete. #3 was neither (gag, hated that song), #20 was ??
dmirarh 18 days ago
You agree with your MeTV neighbors this much: 85% similar
timothys71 18 days 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 16 days ago
Spoken-word interludes should have ended with the Ink Spots. Honeychild.
RobertK 18 days 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 18 days ago
You agree with your MeTV neighbors this much: 86% similar

"I Think We're Alone Now“ by Tiffany is EXCELLENT 👌
texasluva 19 days ago
76% similar-- You can take it hours later and get a different % Maybe 2-5% depending on what others select.
musicman37 19 days ago
90%. Some songs shouldn't be remade......
graceful1970 19 days ago
You agree with your MeTV neighbors this much: 75% similar
Dudeman 19 days ago
Elton John's version of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" is fantastic, and Toots and The Maytals recorded my favorite version of John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High" (Toots changes the lyrics to "West Jamaica mountain mama" in a nice touch.)
This was a fun quiz. I was able to receive a 100% score. I enjoyed it immensely seeing the song titles triggering thousands of memories. But you have to realize the demographics taking this quiz. A majority of those taking the quiz heard the original song when it was released and then later the cover version. Undoubtedly, older demographics are going to vote for the original release of a song. There are times when I hear an original version of a song which I absolutely love then a cover version of the song becomes popular, I become disappointed and suffer a five minute migraine until the song has mercifully ended. There are exceptions, of course, "House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals and the cover version by Frigid Pink. "I'm Losing You" by The Temptations and the cover version by Rare Earth. Every version of "You're No Good" and the 1975 cover version by Linda Ronstadt.
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