I'm going to nominate Alien Ant Farm's cover of Smooth Criminal by Michale Jackson as equal to the original.
Then Artful Dodger(?) Master Blaster 2k as better than the original song by Stevie Wonder. I prefer the rnb background music to the reggae bcakground music of the original.
Alien Ant Farm's cover was awful! (Imo)
Yeah I love that cover of Smooth Criminal !
That's my contribution lol i can't think of any specifics at the moment though im sure there are loads !!
Johnny Cash's version of Hurt is way better then NIN
marilyn manson's 'tainted love'
Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah /obvious
Selah - You raise me up
hendrix's all along the watchtower
and a contraversial one:
I actually prefer muse's 'feeling good' to Nina simone's (even though i feel guilty about it)
Knockin On Heavens Door - GnR equal to Dlyans
Turn The Page - Metallica better than Bob Segers
When A Blind Man Cries - Richie Sambora better than Deep Purples
You Really Got Me - Van Halen equal to The Kinks
Honkin On Bobo (Album) - Aerosmith equal/better to the orginals
Beck - Everybody's gotta learn sometime. The original was by some 80s band I don't remember, but I remember watching it on youtube and thinking "Thank **** Beck's version is better."
Another vote for a GNR one: Live and Let Die.
*** feel the noise - oasis