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Which songs have been covered better by artists who didn't originally sing them?

Bob Dylan songs own this category:

Manfred Mann, "The Mighty Quinn"
The Byrds, "Mr. Tambourine Man"
Glen Campbell, "Subterranean Homesick Blues"
Eric Clapton, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
Adele, "Make You Feel My Love"
Duran Duran, "Lay Lady Lay"
Julie Driscoll, "This Wheel's on Fire"
Joni Mitchell, "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"

Then there's Joe Cocker's "With a Little Help from My Friends", which far surpasses the original by The Beatles, and Japan's cover of "I Second That Emotion" manages to better Smokey Robinson's original.  George McCrae managed to eclipse KC and the Sunshine Band when he covered their song "I Get Lifted".  I tend to prefer the Bonnie Tyler version of "It's a Heartache" over the Juice Newton original.  Peter Gabriel completely outdid The Magnetic Fields on their song "The Book of Love".  The Damned do a great job with their version of Love's "All Alone Or", and Aerosmith really brings a lot of heart and soul to their version of The Beatles's "Come Together".  Of course I'd have to prefer Duran Duran's version of "Come Up and See Me (Make Me Smile)", but that's not to say the original by Cockney Rebel was bad (because it was actually really, really good).  Blancmange did an awesome job making ABBA's "The Day Before You Came" into a darker, more sinister-sounding song.  And last but not least, I prefer Dave Edmunds's version of "Girls Talk" over the Elvis Costello original.

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