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.