10 cover songs that are better than the original


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A good cover song has the potential to change an artist’s career. Well, maybe two artists. If done right, both artists can get recognition. That’s usually the case when it comes to these kinds of songs. The chances of a song being covered so well that it comes off as the cover artist’s own is rare. And yet, it happens. Dolly Parton has been a victim of this at least twice in her career, and so have The Postal Service. Iron and Wine completely made “Such Great Heights” its own, and perhaps Sam Beam’s somber music project will do the same when its covers album with Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell Sing Into My Mouth drops July 17. But before all that, let’s revisit 10 of the best cover songs out there.