There are several time-honored arguments all music lovers have. Were the Beatles as revolutionary as we like to remember them? Was Elvis amazing or just amazing at stealing the moves and sounds of artists of color and repackaging them for white audiences? Both?
There is perhaps no argument more likely to turn into a music riot than this one:
Name a cover that's better than the original, and you're not allowed to mention Jeff Buckley or Sinead O'Connor.
— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) August 2, 2018
Listen, some covers are so iconic that they might as well be the original. Aretha’s cover of “Respect,” Amy Winehouse’s cover of “Valerie,” Debbie Tiffany’s version of “I Think We’re Alone Now,” Sinead’s version of “Nothing Compares” — all iconic. There are covers we’d like to forget happened at all. Like Avril Lavigne doing Metallica or Mariah Carey covering Def Leppard. But this is all subjective so of course it all devolves into a passionate musical battle royale.
Twitter jumped in on that fight SO FAST. There was no holding back.
Whitney Houston doing Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You.
— Nolan Hicks (@ndhapple) August 3, 2018
Generally speaking I'm more into NIN than Cash, but his rendition of Hurt is just mind-blowing.
— mvdbase (@mvdbase) August 3, 2018
knockin on heavens door by Guns n roses
— Anna Su (@riceysu) August 2, 2018
Is white rice your favorite spicy food?
— indygreg71 (@Indygreg71) August 3, 2018
Bangles over Simon & Garfunkel????? No way
— Helen's daughter (@yesmam47) August 3, 2018
Swing and a miss.
— The Steamed Hams Truck (@serveaux) August 3, 2018
Listen to Dolly's version again and get back to me. Just kidding, don't actually get back to me, neither of us are changing our minds
— josephk (@uggdoof) August 3, 2018
Ooooo it’s super good, but I’m still a bigger fan of the original Tears for Fears version.
— CDobs (@CarrieDobsEsq) August 3, 2018
No way, but I’ll give you Lake of Fire.
— Andy K. (@Dingbat1477) August 3, 2018
— Carrie (@karinkydink) August 3, 2018
Hendrix's All Along The Watchtower. Just ask Bob. I much prefer Bowie's Across The Universe to the Beatles' version, although that's like preferring poo with sprinkles on it to plain poo.
— Paul A Murphy (@PAloysiusM) August 3, 2018
Yes! Thank God for the master singer/songwriter that was Prince! His influence was all consuming. ♥️
— 4merGOP (@4merGAGOP) August 3, 2018
Nowhere near as good as the original
— Richard Mattison (@barnieman10) August 3, 2018
Roberta Flack's “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” vs Ewan MacColl's and I don't care that MacColl vehemently disagreed.
— Donna Gratehouse (@DonnaDiva) August 3, 2018
What a horrible take! 😉
— Christian Cantin (@chriscantin) August 3, 2018
So, yeah. Twitter is probably still fighting about it. You can join in the melee here.