For me, I love:
- the Rise Against version of "Any Way You Want It"
- the Against Me! Version of "Wagon Wheel"
- the I Prevail version of "Blank Space"
I know there are others too but I can't think of them haha
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Tommy James & The Shondells have been covered by two artists that blew away their originals:
Billy Idol's cover of "Mony Mony"
And even more significantly:
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts' cover of "Crimson And Clover"
Then, there is Van Halen's cover of the Kink's "You Really Got Me" - which even one of the Davies brothers admits blows the original away.
And, perhaps the most unexpected of all, outlaw country pioneer Johnny Cash covered - of all people - Nine Inch Nails' song "Hurt" - and made it his own. Even Trent Reznor has said "that's Johnny's song now."