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18 Covers That Were Arguably Better Than The Original Songs In 2015

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Listed in no particular order.

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1. MNEK, “A Thousand Miles” (Vanessa Carlton/The B-52s cover)

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The original song is… an iconic piano ballad every '00s girl know by heart.

The cover version is… a dancefloor-ready banger that you should definitely add to your New Year's Eve party playlist.

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2. Kelly Clarkson, "Bitch Better Have My Money" (Rihanna cover)

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The original song is… the definitive HBIC anthem of 2015.

The cover version is… a jazzy, PG-rated joy.

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3. Erykah Badu, "Cel U Lar Device" (Drake cover)

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The original song is… an irresistible but petty (and kind of misogynistic) breakup song.

The cover version is… an alien transmission from a far more feminist future.

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4. Demi Lovato, "Hello" (Adele cover)

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The original song is… proof the Adele is one of pop's great vocal talents.

The cover version is… proof that Demi is too.

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5. Troye Sivan, "Hands To Myself/Sorry" (Selena Gomez/Justin Bieber cover)

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The original song is… a sexy, stripped-down bit of whisper-pop.

The cover version is… a dreamy medley of tabloid-baiting synth-pop.

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6. Dixie Chicks, "Video Games" (Lana Del Rey cover)

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The original song is… a cinematic, string-laden ballad.

The cover version is… a darkly appealing country ballad.

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7. Tinashe, "I Wanna Get Better" (Bleachers cover)

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The original song is… a manically enjoyable bit of self-help pop.

The cover version is… quietly anxious — in a good way.

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8. Mitski, "Fireproof" (One Direction cover)

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The original song is… the kind of bright, carefree classic rock-lite that One Direction always did so well.

The cover version is… some appealingly tense, fuzzed-out indie rock.

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10. VÉRITÉ, "Sober" (Childish Gambino cover)

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The original song is… an ironically cheerful breakup song.

The cover version is… a lush, synth-heavy take on the same idea.

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11. Jazmine Sullivan, "I Have Nothing" (Whitney Houston cover)

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The original song is… a show-stopping power ballad performed by one of the all-time greats.

The cover version is… a worthy tribute that will make you wonder why Jazmine Sullivan doesn't get more love.

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13. FKA twigs, "Elastic Heart" (Sia cover)

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The original song is… exactly the kind of soaringly sad pop anthem you'd expect from Sia.

The cover version is… exactly the kind of glitchy, twilight-hued R&B you'd expect from FKA twigs.

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14. Years & Years, "Toxic" (Britney Spears cover)

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The original song is… one of Britney's best (and weirdest!) hits.

The cover version is… a heady, sexed-up alt-pop banger.

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15. Eden Xo, "Torn (Don't Stop Believing)" (Natalie Imbruglia/Journey cover)

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The original song is… the kind of perfect, shimmery heartbreak anthem that holds up two decades later.

The cover version is… a synth-heavy, super of-the-moment take on the '90s hit.

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16. Pentatonix, "Where Are Ü Now" (Jack Ü feat. Justin Bieber cover)

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The original song is… the EDM-inflected banger that resurrected Justin Bieber's career.

The cover version is… a reminder that, at it's core, this song is pretty sad.

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17. Ryan Adams, "Shake It Off" (Taylor Swift cover)

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The original song is… the kind of irresistibly upbeat empowerment anthem you put on when you feel strong, smart, and ready to conquer the world.

The cover version is… the kind of tense, moody rock song you put on when you're feeling the opposite.

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18. LELAND, "Run Away With Me" (Carly Rae Jepsen cover)

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The original song is… a galactic, sax-inflected ode to romantic possibility.

The cover version is… something much darker and more down-to-earth.

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