5 Rock Covers Better Than the Original
Most people scorn covers of their favorite songs, probably because they're afraid of change. But, hey, Jimmi Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower" was a cover. I'm feeling pretty good about my choices here.
Killswitch Engage - Holy Diver
Original artist: Dio
We all miss Ronnie James Dio. Here is a song that was made better, I believe, by going a little heavier while still paying tribute to a rock god. Killswitch Engage nailed it, down to the music video.
Lissie - Go Your Own Way
Original artist: Fleetwood Mac
If you don't know Lissie, get to know her. She is one bad-ass rock chick. She shreds the steel guitar in the perfect garage sound. She sings amazingly. She can even hold her own playing Nothing Else Matters. Check her out making "You Can Go Your Own Way" a better song.
Rise Against - Anyway You Want It
Original artist: Journey
I can't begin on how much I hate Journey. But, I do like "Anyway You Want It", and when my favorite band covered it on their second record, they tore it apart.
Bullet For My Valentine - No Easy Way Out
Original artist: Robert Tepper
I know, how dare I suggest a cover of the Rocky IV 'workout/inspiration/watching Ivan Drago roid' song be better than the original. Re-imagine that scene with Bullet For My Valentine stepping up the tempo and intensity while remaining true to the song's spirit. I just find myself more willing to get my ass handed to me with a rock song versus a cheesy 80's pop one.
Metallica - Turn The Page
Original artist: Bob Seger
As with most of the songs in this list, they just needed to be stepped up. This was a great song originally, but when Metallica covers anything; check your shorts. They give a well-written song heart and guts.