It’s no secret; a cover song better than the original is an oddity. Like a film remake being superior to the original or a sequel that shames it’s predecessor. At any rate, a really great cover needn’t obliterate the original to be great… it just has to bring something different to the party. Here’s our pick of 11 cover songs that do just that (alongside their originals for reference).
They’re all interesting for a reason, but we’re particularly fond of Yael Niam’s (feature image) version of Britney Spear’s Toxic, Bob Evan’s iteration of Lily Allen’s Not Fair and the Muppet Barber Shop Quartet’s rendition of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit.