In no particular order, I’ve put together a list of my favorite remakes. Re-vamping a classic can be a tough feat, but these 5 songs are stiff competition for their originals.
“Simple Man” by Shinedown is one of my all-time favs. It’s amazing to see them play it live as well. The song was originally performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd in the 70’s. Both versions are fantastic in their own right, and each carry a deep and raw emotional vibe.
“Careless Whisper” by Seether was one that shocked me when it came out. It was so different from the original in 1984 by George Michael. It went from a seductive sounding pop song, to a deep and powerful rock song. It was so weird that it worked. Seether killed it on this one.
“Turn the Page” by Metallica had to make this list. Yet another song originally from the 70’s done by Bob Seger. It’s not shocking bands keep remaking songs from the 70’s. It was a great decade for rock n’ roll. Metallica turned the song up a notch by making it heavier and fitting it into modern music, but the original is just as good.
“Hurt” by Johnny Cash was unexpectedly beautiful to me. The legend that he is, he can do no wrong. “Hurt” is and had been my favorite 9 Inch Nails song. To see it done the justice Johnny Cash did made me so happy. This song will reach into the darkest and most painful parts of your soul no matter which version you prefer. If either version DOESN’T make you feel something, there is something wrong with you.
“Sound of Silence” by Disturbed could not be looked over. The original, penned and performed in the 60’s by Simon and Garfunkel, didn’t see near the success the more recent Disturbed version did. It is quite possibly the most famous remake of all time. In this instance, I can honestly say I prefer the remake to the original. It’s that good. Something about the power in David Draiman’s voice is so captivating, it was like I really heard and felt the lyrics.
There are so many more that could be added here, and possibly for another list on another day. Until then, enjoy these awesome remakes!