Suzanne's Soundtrack Sunday
The first one I remember is the best example of this. I'm not a fan of the Boss and I think Bruce's lyrics need some serious work. However, he writes a catchy melody. Thankfully, Manfred Mann saw some potential in "Blinded by the Light" and covered it. It still makes NO sense, but at least it's a song you sing along with after his band got through with it.
In looking for confirmation that Rod Stewart did first perform a song, I found out that his version is a cover, too. "A Reason to Believe" was first performed by Tim Hardin in 1965, Rod's version was released as a single in 1971. However, DJ's liked the B side "Maggie May" better and that was the hit. (I have to agree with the experts.)
However, I thought that Rod had done it first and Wilson Phillips was the first artist covering it. I love their rendition of the song-its simple and conveys the sadness of the song better than Rod does with his awkward phrasing. Thanks to You Tube, I found the Tim Hardin version and again, it's simple and sad-with a country flair.
More recently, I loved a cover performed in a movie. Honestly, I am NOT a fan of Britney Spears and "Baby, One More Time" was overplayed when it came out. However, Bowling for Soup did a Ramones inspired cover of it that you can't help but bop along with. I'm glad for that movie, because it made me take a listen to more of their stuff. I've yet to hear anything from them that I didn't like.
I'm sure you all have your favorites, too. Care to share them?