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There are many covers that have their own credentials.<br />
Joe cocker: 'A little help from my' friends; far better than the Original. 'If not for you'. Olivia Newton John, as good as the Dylan version. 'Mother' Barbra Streisand, a different take to John lennons but awesome, 'Jealous guy, Bryan Ferry, again not better but as good as the original.<br />
Many many more.<br />
If no one covered others music, where would we be with Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn etc etc, no recordings of the originals there.

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You are absolutely right that it takes a lot more creativity and originality to create a good song than to make a good cover of an existing song. But yeah some covers are in my opinion a lot better than the originals. You have to keep things separated here - I can appreciate a cover more musically wise as it appeals to me but that doesn't mean I don't give credit to the original or appreciate that too.

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Sometimes a cover is better than the original and there is also the fact that many of the songs people think are originals are in fact covers themselves of even older songs.

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In most cases the original is better. Example Live and Let Die, paul mccartneys original than the guns n roses by a mile! And then on the other hand, you have jimi Hendrix All the watchtower, which is better than the original by bob Dylan! :)

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