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10 Awesome Covers That Sound Nothing Like the Originals

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Cover songs can be tricky to pull off, especially when you’re not just playing the original note for note. Take a listen to these 10 Awesome Covers That Sound Nothing Like the Originals.

If you’re in a heavy metal band, you’ve probably jammed a Black Sabbath song. So many legendary acts have covered the blueprinters of metal, but some have risen above others due to the pure originality of their approach to the song. Type O Negative recorded an incredible gloom-ridden version of Sabbath’s “Paranoid,” perfectly accented by Peter Steele’s deep pipes.

Nirvana’s iconic MTV Unplugged session gave us a total of six covers, but it’s the set’s finale that made our list. “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?”, alternately titled “In the Pines”, dates back all the way to 1917. It was likely Lead Belly’s 1940s version of the song that Kurt Cobain took for inspiration, though Cobain would weave “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” into his own piece of art.

We didn’t just include songs that rock and metal artists made their own. How could we not include Johnny Cash’s stunning reimagining of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” in this list? Trent Reznor was so moved by Cash’s rendition that Reznor would go on to claim, “That song isn’t mine anymore.”

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