As much as any musician tries to make it in the music business, some times there's just people that are better than you, even at your own songs. Maybe it's doing a song in a different style or with a different attitude, but sometimes the artist really can make or break a work. What are your favorite songs that were done better by someone other than the original artist?
For me, I have three that come to mind:
Filter - Happy Together (originally by The Turtles)
Avril Lavigne - Fuel (originally by Metallica)
Amanada Palmer - Polly (originally by Nirvana...I feel dirty writing that since Nirvana's my favorite band ever, but her version was just that good)
Not sure how much they count as a "YouTube artist" anymore, but I'm partial to My Terrible Friend's cover of "Holy Roller Novocaine" (originally by Kings of Leon).
One of my fave cover songs is Islands in the Stream by Feist & Constantines. The Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton version is without a doubt a classic but I just prefer the modern take on it.
So I'm going to be turning some of the feedback I got in this thread into a blog post that will be going up tomorrow. I'll share the link once I have posted the article.
As promised, here's my post on the subject:
I actually hate the original version of this song, but Pentatonix does a siiiick a'capella version.
And apparently Ray Lamontagne covered Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" and it's.... crazy good.
I really like The Raconteurs' cover of Crazy. This one's a different style, though arguably just as good.