It’s no surprise to any of us that sometimes a cover is better than the original, but for me there are a few covers that more emotionally important to me than the original I loved in the first place. It’s usually because they blend my past with my present. My strong emotional connections with the originals have made them some of my favorite songs, and when a new band that I enjoy covers one of those favorite songs and adds all the new meaning and context of my life now onto how I felt when I first heard the original, the results are incredible. As such, most of these songs make me cry. I was hard to put this list together in public, which is what I did.
Nirvana, The Man Who Sold The World: I have no idea how I got ahold of this song, but I was obviously a huge Nirvana fan from age 13 to now (and always). I think I downloaded it off of Limewire (haha) not really knowing what it was. It took me a few years to figure out it was a David Bowie tune, mostly because Kurt Cobain owned it so well you’d never guess he didn’t write it. This is not only better than Bowie’s original, but it was one of the first times I listened to a song and paid attention to the lyrics intently and had them affect me. I can’t say it meant to me what it might have meant to you, but the meaning I got out of it was powerful.