View Full Version : Covers or Original songs?

February 14th, 2011, 11:22 AM
When you're browsing youtube, there are of course people (like myself) who upload videos of themselves singing songs or playing them on an instrument. Is there anyone who watches that kind of videos? And my question to those: Do you prefer to hear covers of songs, or original songs written by the person who plays it?

I like covers of songs I know. I don't know that much music, and the songs I know is relatively unpopular. So when I see someone playing a song I know and like, it makes me feel not alone when it comes to music style.


February 14th, 2011, 12:27 PM
Original. Most of the covered songs don't have that typical feel of the band who originally wrote them.

February 14th, 2011, 12:30 PM
I like seeing peoples take on the songs, but I prefer the originals.

Whenever I find a new song that i'm in love with or want to learn to play myself, I look up covers on youtube. Some covers are laugh out loud bad, but most are at least decent.

Sweet Candace
February 14th, 2011, 12:32 PM
Original, you can't beat the original song, no matter what genre it was. Some people create a cover that dims the mystique the original song had.

February 14th, 2011, 12:43 PM
I like to hear covers because I'm always interested in how artists interpret and choose to perform songs by other people. Sometimes, I enjoy the cover version, if it's something really different that the cover artist pulled of well. Rarely will I ever say that I like covers over the original though, because, hey, you can't beat the original in most cases. But sometimes I'll like covers as much or almost as much as the original.

tl;dr Original songs are better, but sometimes people can pull of some pretty good covers.

February 14th, 2011, 1:07 PM
You can't really beat the originals, overall. However, I saw Muse play "Feeling Good" on Glastonbury (I was watching it on TV xD and sadly, I missed a couple of songs) and thought it was brilliant. I don't know who did the original, but that must be one of the greatest covers of all time. I also like The King Blues' cover of Dizzee Rascal's "Bonkers". Dizzee's version is good enough, but I like the more guitar-centric TKB cover.

But apart from a few good covers, I'm generally a one for the originals.

February 14th, 2011, 1:13 PM
I like some of the nico nico singers' vocaloid covers... but on youtube, every cover I've ever heard was horrible. (No offense to anyone here, as odds are, I've never heard yours.) It's incredibly annoying trying to weed out all of the covers on youtube while looking for a song. I wouldn't mind so much if people actually put cover in the video title, but they never do. They make it seem like it's the real song, which is really annoying.

A professional band doing a cover, on the other hand, is fine. Assuming they don't completely ruin the song. :P

/totally wasn't just being pissed off by the millions of covers of a song I was looking for 2 seconds ago.

Elite Overlord LeSabre™
February 15th, 2011, 7:27 AM
For the most part I prefer the originals - the songs the way the original artist interpreted them to be. With that said, there have been a few cover songs that have impressed me over the years, but most sound... strange because you're expecting the original vocals and instruments and you don't usually get that with a cover version.

February 15th, 2011, 9:41 AM
Original Songs. Nothing can surpass the feeling you get when you listen to the original song, in my opinion. But, I like listening to covers, and how artists interpret a song by the original artist. I'll generally browse youtube for covers if I'm trying to learn the song, or if I'm just bored curious.

Spherical Ice
February 15th, 2011, 9:55 AM
I prefer the originals though I can't say that as a strict rule, as, for example, I prefer The Bangles' version of Hazy Shade of Winter, though Westlife's You Raise Me Up is just terrible compared to Josh Groban's, so I can't really say. Generally though, covers usually aren't as good as the original.

February 15th, 2011, 10:44 AM
Do you prefer to hear covers of songs, or original songs written by the person who plays it?

It kinda depends who is the person in the first place for me. I go on youtube for music such as covers and originals more than anything else. Don't say I have a preference I just love them all XD

February 15th, 2011, 11:27 AM
It depends. Sometimes, I find covers I like more than the originals (A Perfect Ciricle's version of Imagine I actually like more than John Lennon's) but for the most part, I'm gunna like the original better. Unless Kings of Leon did a cover, then I'd like that better...because it's Kings of Leon.

I rarely like any covers by random people on YouTube though...sorry. lol

February 15th, 2011, 11:59 AM
I guess it depends on how the cover was done and how a great job the person or artist did. If the cover sucks, then I'd prefer the original.

February 15th, 2011, 10:24 PM
I'll listen to both. Mainly the original song, but if I can find some great covers, I'll watch them. :) One of my favorite cover artists is above92. His covers are amazing. :D WesWess, slickdan619, andrewroom409, and Grich26 are some other sick cover artists, as well. ;3

February 16th, 2011, 7:37 AM
I don't really care either way, as long as it sounds good.

Which is usually the original, but still.

February 16th, 2011, 7:52 AM
I have no predisposed preference — whatever sounds nicer.
Being the original creator doesn't really make one special to the point of overshadowing derivative works.

February 17th, 2011, 8:12 AM
I definetly prefer the original. Slightly off topic...Did anyone see Fergie in the Superbowl halftime show? Her version of "Sweet Child of Mine" was so terrible compared to the original. And she even had Slash helping her out!

February 17th, 2011, 8:27 AM
I don't mind covers. Sometimes they're much better than the original (like Alanis Morissette singing My Humps (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRmYfVCH2UA)), sometimes they're a lot worse, and sometimes they're just different. Although I'll probably always have a favorite version of any particular song as long as it sounds fine I'll listen to it.

Unfortunately this generally means no youtube covers for me. Not that I've seen many of those, but what I have seen makes me not want to see any more.

February 17th, 2011, 5:11 PM
I like the original songs better because I can feel the song's general theme better when the person who originally wrote it sings it.

February 17th, 2011, 6:57 PM
I prefer originals but I know there are some covers that I've heard before that are pretty good compared to the original (I can't think of any at the moment).

February 19th, 2011, 6:07 AM
Both, I like some original songs that are covered by some musicians but aren't that good, but I also saw some covered songs that in my opinon beats the original song.

February 25th, 2011, 5:14 PM
I prefer Original songs, however, there are some covers that I like too. So I can't particularly tell.

February 26th, 2011, 10:51 PM
30 Seconds to Mars - Bad Romance

way better then the original.


February 27th, 2011, 9:37 AM
If it's a song I know and like then obviously I'm gonna prefer the original. That's not to say there aren't some really good covers out there, though. Sometimes the artist covering the song will modify it in someway so that it actually sounds better, and if that's the case, I don't even refer to it as the same song; in my eyes it's a totally different piece of music.

February 28th, 2011, 1:05 PM
Usually I prefer originals, but there are some outstanding covers out there.

March 24th, 2011, 11:23 PM
Covers rock!!! I'd like to see songs with a male voice covered by a female and songs with a female voice covered by a male.

Mr Cat Dog
March 25th, 2011, 2:58 AM
Covers rock!!! I'd like to see songs with a male voice covered by a female and songs with a female voice covered by a male.I wouldn't say that covers 'rock!!!' per se, but there's often something interesting about them in a purely aesthetic way. Why did the singer/band cover this particular song? What did they change about it to suit their own musical tastes/abilities? Is it merely derivative or has there been some genuine improvement?

Genuine improvements upon originals are rare; conversely, derivative adaptations are common, leading people seek out proverbial diamonds in the rough. Obvious ways of differentiation include switching up the sex of the vocals, slowing the melody down/speeding it up, changing the key, revamping all the instruments to blend genres. The best covers end up doing at least some of all of this, developing work of artistic merit rather than free riding upon the successes of others.

Two covers that I really like at the moment are both by Adele: 'Make You Feel My Love', originally by Bob Dylan, and 'Lovesong', originally by The Cure (of which I seem to be the only person that likes it). At times, it genuinely feels less like you're listening to a 'cover version' of a song' instead, it seems like you're almost discovering new stuff you've never heard of before.

Also, I'm surprised no one's mentioned what Glee has done for the permissibility of the cover version. A lot of their stuff I really don't like (mainly to drown everything out either in AutoTune or bland group vocals), but when they get their songs right, they often work wonders. (See: 'Maybe This Time', Journey medley, the whole episode entitled 'Duets')

March 25th, 2011, 5:51 AM
Personally I prefer listening to the original of songs, however I do adore looking up acapella renditions / multitracks which I always appreciate more than the original. :P

March 26th, 2011, 12:40 AM
I'm not picky, to be honest. I go based on whichever appeals to me most. Two simple examples: 'Simple Man'. I prefer the original version done by Lynyrd Skynyrd to the Shinedown version. However, conversely, I prefer the Green Day cover of 'The Saints are Coming.' I don't despise the other versions of either song, but... I prefer the ones I do simply because they are the ones that appeal most to my personal tastes.

March 27th, 2011, 12:46 PM
I prefer the originals, mostly because covers tend to incorporate new material and that sort of thing (see some pop/rock bands covering Lady Gaga and Britney spears songs) but I have a few cover songs in my Library that I like more than the original, so it just depends.

March 27th, 2011, 4:26 PM
I do my own covers of metal and pop songs. And I love to see what twists people put on songs when they cover them.
But I like the originals.

March 28th, 2011, 5:14 AM
Ok so I found another exception to my 'I like originals better.' Covers that show ridiculous musical talent, such as one person playing multiple instruments by themselves to create the whole song generally I can appreciate more than the original.

March 28th, 2011, 8:51 AM
Originals always did it first; while this doesn't necessarily make them "better," the original did work with an original idea, while a cover is just taking someone elses and changing it.

It really depends. Usually I'm inclined to say the original, but there are times where covers blow the originals out of the water. When a cover makes a mediocre song good, I always dig that, but if its a cover of an already awesome song, then its set to fail. In that vein of thinking, I'm going to say originals.