Since the old cover song thread died awhile ago, lets begin anew? Thus, as the title says, what is your favorite (or for those who can't decide, top 3 or something) cover song?
I will add as well a related but separate question: What makes a good cover song in your opinion?
As for mine, I'm going to be indecisive and list two. The first would be, if I had to decide, my favorite of the two by far: Johnny Cash's cover of Hurt (Original: Nine Inch Nails)
There is just something about it that I love, not withstanding that (if I didn't know) you wouldn't think that it was a cover at all. To me, it is like you can feel the pain is in voice giving the lyrics a major oomph, it just feels...genuine I suppose? Kind of that feel of an old man towards the end of his life looking back on the hurt and such. *shrugs* kind of bad at describing why I like songs but yeah, and this isn't saying the Nine Inch Nails version lacks any of the same power. I firmly believe that both are great, and its just a matter of preference to which version you like better.
The second one is Gary Jules' cover of Mad World (original by Tears for Fears)
Mad World - Gary Jules - YouTube
One of the things that makes it better then the original for me (And a great song by itself) is partly that Jules basically re-did everything but the lyrics. Jules slowed it down, changed the music almost completely (From the more ominous sound of the original, and the rest as well) and dumped the metronome sounds, for lack of better words. The slow tempo, especially noticeable in the chorus, combined with the musical change and Jules' singing turned it into a sad, depressing sound and song, especially highlighting the well sad and depressing lyrics. The original was more of a upbeat song with sad, depressing lyrics. I do like that he did clean up the background "noises" so to speak, again highlighting more of the lyrics which I do like obviously, and yeah.
So anyways, those are a couple of my favorites and convoluted kind of explanations of why. With that, what are your favorite cover songs (you don't have to get really into why if you don't want to/have the time to)?
Oh and sorry for the...biittttt depressing opening post to this.