On a stag do a few years ago we got into a drunken discussion about whether it was possible for a cover to be better than the original. I argued that yes it was, but was slapped down by most of the others on the do because they argued the originals were always the best because of the creative input of the songwriters and arrangers. Unfortunately no-one was able to come up with the three examples needed on the night to prove the point.
But I think these three prove them wrong:
Kirsty MacColl - Days
Melanie - Ruby Tuesday
Some random X Factor winner
I think it is appropriate that the late, great Kirsty McColl is there, given she was a victim of the piss-poor cover syndrome involving the piss-poor Tracey Ullman and the even more piss-poor Neil Kinnock.