So here, in no particular order are some of my favorite songs that are covers...
Blinded by the Light - Manfred Mann's Earth Band
I had no idea until Google told me that this song was originally written and sung by Bruce Springsteen. I like Bruce Springsteen, but this version is definitely better in my opinion.
I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Another one that I never realized was a cover. This was apparently originally done by a British band called Arrows. Their version isn't bad, but it isn't Joan Jett.
Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
I think somewhere in the back of my mind I knew Kris Kristofferson had done this song first, but Google reminded me. I love a lot of things Kris has done, but Janis just does this better.
Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker
This song, originally done by Old Crow Medicine Show, has been covered by several artists, but Darius Rucker's voice just adds something to it that makes this the best version in my opinion. I think I've used this one before, but it's one of the first songs that comes to my mind when I think cover song.
Hurt - Johnny Cash
I never cared much for Nine Inch Nails, but I kind of liked this song. However, in my opinion, the original of this song is lacking something. Johnny Cash's deeper voice adds a richness that makes it so much better.
No Journey song this week, but that's because I don't think they've ever done a cover. If I'm wrong, please let me know.