Although it's often hard to compete with the original, these 10 best acoustic covers of songs still do the originals justice. Including some of the top artists and bands of the last few decades, as well as some artists who usually perform acoustically, this list provides a view as to just how great or interesting some covers can be. Enjoy listening to these acoustic covers and their original versions, as well.
- "Hurt" covered by Johnny Cash Nine Inch Nails' 1995 industrial rock original came to new life when Johnny Cash covered the song in 2002. Cash's version was haunting, as it was near the end of his life, yet it still was highly acclaimed, even winning the Country Music Award for Single of the Year in 2003.
- "Scarlet Begonias" covered by Sublime The Grateful Dead original took on a new feel when covered by Sublime. Although the band altered the song, they also brought new life and a new crowd to the Grateful Dead's original tune.
- "Wonderwall" covered by Cat Power Oasis sure hit a high note with their song "Wonderwall." Yet, American indie singer-songwriter Cat Power did a beautiful rendition of the song during her early years.
- "Hurricane" covered by Ani DiFranco Although, it's hard to imagine anyone doing a Bob Dylan song better than he himself could, Ani DiFranco definitely did a funky rendition on this protest song. She provided a different style and vibe to the popular tune, making it a much different listen than the original.
- "Trouble" covered by Elliott Smith Elliott Smith created some incredible songs during his short life. However, one of his best acoustic covers of songs was his cover of Cat Stevens's "Trouble."
- "Hallelujah" covered by Jeff Buckley American singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley covered Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" on his debut album "Grace." Certainly one of the best acoustic covers of songs, Buckley's version of the tune is one of his best known songs.
- "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" covered by Led Zeppelin Anne Bredon originally wrote this folk song in the late 1950s. However, Led Zeppelin felt inspired to cover the song after hearing Joan Baez's version.
- "The Man Who Sold the World" covered by Nirvana Originally a David Bowie song, Nirvana's rendition of "The Man Who Sold the World" is easily one of the best acoustic covers of songs. The band performed the tune in their 1993 "MTV Unplugged" performance.
- "For What It's Worth" covered by Rush Rush's cover of "For What It's Worth" was very similar to the Buffalo Springfield original. The Canadian rock band's singer Geddy Lee's signature vocals complemented the original quite well.
- "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" covered by Guns N' Roses.Guns N' Roses cover of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" received a lot of positive reviews when released. Before the song's release, however, the band had already been playing the song live for a few years.
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