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    I like listening to different takes on the same song. ITT post covers/remixes/mashups that you like better than the original. Example:

     


     
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    Don't really like this song...

     


     
    "How could we forget those ancient myths that stand at the beginning of all races, the myths about dragons that at the last moment are transformed into princesses? Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love."
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    I present to you Toxic, by Britney Spears. . . except better!

     

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    Secondly, best of the best:

     


    Original:

     
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    A remix which is better than the original is a rare find in my opinion. However, I believe it largely depends on what I've heard first.

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    It pains me to say this, because I loves me some Dolly, but Jack White's cover of Jolene is better.


     
    [video=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4rYaLBUpLA[/video]

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    Nothing earth-shattering, but this is Skrillex's best track by far IMO, was addicted for a minute:

    But, for a certainty, back then,
    We loved so many, yet hated so much,
    We hurt others and were hurt ourselves...

    Yet even then, we ran like the wind,
    Whilst our laughter echoed,
    Under cerulean skies...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    Nothing earth-shattering, but this is Skrillex's best track by far IMO, was addicted for a minute:

    Oh my God...I just was listening to this, when I scrolled up and just as the beat dropped I saw Nomenclature's gif of Stephen Colbert fucking up that Barbie with a power drill...I have to change underwear now...
    But, for a certainty, back then,
    We loved so many, yet hated so much,
    We hurt others and were hurt ourselves...

    Yet even then, we ran like the wind,
    Whilst our laughter echoed,
    Under cerulean skies...

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    OH GOD AND THIS



    Mostly because of the dancing though
    But, for a certainty, back then,
    We loved so many, yet hated so much,
    We hurt others and were hurt ourselves...

    Yet even then, we ran like the wind,
    Whilst our laughter echoed,
    Under cerulean skies...

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an02-7GEhnk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Super Baby View Post
    I like listening to different takes on the same song. ITT post covers/remixes/mashups that you like better than the original. Example:

     


     
    Oh wow, no shit...
    But, for a certainty, back then,
    We loved so many, yet hated so much,
    We hurt others and were hurt ourselves...

    Yet even then, we ran like the wind,
    Whilst our laughter echoed,
    Under cerulean skies...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    Oh my God...I just was listening to this, when I scrolled up and just as the beat dropped I saw Nomenclature's gif of Stephen Colbert fucking up that Barbie with a power drill...I have to change underwear now...
    Omg no lmao. He was reenacting McKayla Maroney's vault because he couldn't use official Olympics footage.





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    Well it wasn't perfect. Watch the landing: she lands with her feet out in front of her and kind of pulls herself up. Athletically its impressive as shit, but its not as crisp as if she landed all balanced with her feet beneath her.
    But, for a certainty, back then,
    We loved so many, yet hated so much,
    We hurt others and were hurt ourselves...

    Yet even then, we ran like the wind,
    Whilst our laughter echoed,
    Under cerulean skies...

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    at first i just liked this because i thought it was a kickass song, and then i looked at the tracklist and went OHHH FUCKK THIS IS BRILLIANT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    OH GOD AND THIS



    Mostly because of the dancing though
    WOW. AND the dance relates back to the music!
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    This one's a mashup of The Pixies "Where Is My Mind" (the one from Fight Club), and MArvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On."

     


    And I like this one better than Elvis':

     
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomenclature View Post
    k, I love this, haha. I love Alphabeat's 90s throwback sound.
    "How could we forget those ancient myths that stand at the beginning of all races, the myths about dragons that at the last moment are transformed into princesses? Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love."
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    I don't know if I would call it the best, but this Eric Burden has a power to his voice that i love in this version.

     
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    I love the joaquin Phoenix version of Folsom Prison Blues from the movie Walk The Line... (2:45)


     
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    A lot of people seem to think this is a Joplin original. It's actually a cover of Jerry Lee Lewis, but this is the best version IMO.

     

    This next song has been covered by a lot of people, but perhaps the most famous version was done by The Fugees in '95, with Lauryn Hill on lead vocals. The song was originally popularized in 1971 by Roberta Flack.

     

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    this video has so much emotion and possible meanings. Every time I listen to it, I tear up, and even that doesn't do justice to the intensity of the emotion I feel listening and watching it. But I feel nothing when Nine Inch Nails sings it...it's almost comedic to me then.

    Supposedly when (Trent?) the vocalist/songwriter of NIN heard Johnny Cash sing it, he cried, and said it wasn't his song anymore. Basically, when the original vocalist says someone else did it better, then that says a lot.
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    I have to agree, Johnny Cash owns Hurt now. It is awesome.
     
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    First heard this on Breaking Bad
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capitalist Pig View Post
    A lot of people seem to think this is a Joplin original. It's actually a cover of Jerry Lee Lewis, but this is the best version IMO.

     
    I didn't realize that was a cover. Also a cover that Janis made famous was "Piece of My Heart." The original version was by Erma Franklin (Aretha's older sister):

     
    "How could we forget those ancient myths that stand at the beginning of all races, the myths about dragons that at the last moment are transformed into princesses? Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love."
    -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

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    If you want to be a music superstar in Japan, you are required by law to cover this song.
     


    No idea why it became as popular as it did, but wiki says that at least 11 different artists have given their own interpretation. This one is by far the best imo:
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capitalist Pig View Post
    I present to you Toxic, by Britney Spears. . . except better!
    That was nice, but this one has ODB... and horns!

     
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    Quote Originally Posted by octo View Post
    That was nice, but this one has ODB... and horns!
    Yeah, I stand corrected. This is the best.

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    Cake - I Will Survive
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    Quote Originally Posted by Galen View Post
    If you want to be a music superstar in Japan, you are required by law to cover this song.
     
    I like this. They're kind of like a Japanese Green Day, lol.
    "How could we forget those ancient myths that stand at the beginning of all races, the myths about dragons that at the last moment are transformed into princesses? Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love."
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    I guess this counts as a cover
     

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    "Brother Louie" was a controversial song when first released in the early '70s, about an interracial love affair. The original was by Hot Chocolate, and topped the UK charts. . .

     
    . . . but most everyone is familiar with the verison by The Stories, as it made #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Though the Hot Chocolate original ain't bad, I like The Stories version better.

     

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    Much love to Dolly Parton of course, but in the humble opinion of this pop music aficionado, Whitney killed it!

     
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    ^ I was waiting for someone to post that, heh. Aretha's "Respect" is another classic remake that eclipsed the original:

     


     
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    Quote Originally Posted by fenryrr View Post
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    Seriously? I mean Cake is fun and all but I have to disagree with this being better than the original, just not the same soul.
    But, for a certainty, back then,
    We loved so many, yet hated so much,
    We hurt others and were hurt ourselves...

    Yet even then, we ran like the wind,
    Whilst our laughter echoed,
    Under cerulean skies...

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