It has been often said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and this is absolutely true when it comes to bands or singers covering a song that has been previously recorded.
The problem that sometimes accompanies these remakes is that artists put their own creative twist to it, but the best remakes are the ones that respectfully pay tribute to the original artist while the current artist puts their own stamp on things.
There have been songs that were remade several times over the years which is good because it keeps that particular song current. It also keeps the royalties coming in to the original artist as well as introducing new listeners to their music.
The Beatles have probably had some of the songs remade the most: ""Yesterday (3,000 times), "Eleanor Rigby" (131 times), "And I Love Her" (54 times), and "Blackbird" (36). John Lennon’s "Imagine" has been remade 28 times.
Not all songs get remade and even those who do may prove not to be too popular with listeners, but whether a song actually gets remade or how well it’s done depends on the artist. Listeners may also have an opinion.
In 1974 country and western singer Dolly Parton wrote and recorded the song "I Will Always Love You" which was a big hit. In 1992, it was remade by Whitney Houston. Houston’s version became so popular that many fans didn’t know that it had been a hit years ago.
There are some people who will swear that Houston’s version is better than Parton’s and vice versa. There were other artists who covered the song such as Linda Ronstadt, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood and Troop. There are some who believe that Hudson’s and Underwood’s versions were better than Whitney Houston’s. It all comes down to taste and one's fan base.
It all comes down to the job of the artist and the ears of the listener.
This list has 10 of the best remakes. It was compiled with great thought to which artist performed the song the best while paying tribute to the original artist and their work.