Why do some people get angry/upset when the most popular version of a song is not the original one?

Lots of cover songs I can think of on YouTube, I read comments like “it’s just a cover,” or people being snappy about how “it’s not the original” or “the original artist doesn’t get enough credit,” blah blah blah. 

Let’s take Naked Eyes’ version of “Always Something There to Remind Me” - it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to say that this is the version of that song that comes to everyone’s mind. Even though it is not the original, and is nearly 20 years newer than the original.

Now, let’s take Jimmy Cliff’s version of “I Can See Clearly Now” on the other hand, that’s one I can uNderstand. As long as I recall, that was the only version of the song I knew, until one day when I heard Johnny Nash’s original on an oldies station. And I was like, “This blows Jimmy Cliff away!” There’s an original artist who I truly do believe is underrated and doesn’t get enough credit.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    yes even Elvis recorded covers and made the songs even more popular than the originals.

  • garry
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    maybe the liked the original singer , and hate people copying the original because of the easy money , or in other words write you own song instead of copying others .

  • Zapata
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    There is a popular assumption amongst music snobs that an original is always the best possible version. 

    To be fair - that is often true, but not in every single case. 

  • 1 month ago

    I didn't know some people got angry, but if they did they must be stupid

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  • 1 month ago

    IDK, Joe Cocker's rendition defined Woodstock with A Little Help From My Friends. We all knew it was a Beatles song but Cocker owned it. Our generation didn't get angry over music. The only  thing I get angry at are people who think their liked songs are the original. So many thought this one covered by many many other artists attributed it to the wrong artist and in this case no one ever came close to the original. Stay with Me. Miss Lorraine Ellison. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TOaUxgkLSg

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  • Nick
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Personally, I just want people to be familiar with the original. I'm sure any artist worth their salt who chooses to perform a cover song wants that too.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Music is art. Changing someone else's art just isn't right. That's like someone repainting the Mona Lisa and saying this is the way I think it should have been done. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Musical taste is personal. One man's meat is another man's poison.

    Here are some covers that I think are better than the original with the original artist in parenthesis

    Nilsson - Without You (Badfinger)

    Linda Ronstadt - Blue Bayou (Roy Orbison)

    Rod Stewart - Country Comfort (Elton John)

    Talking Heads - Take Me to the River (Al Green)

    Crosby Stills Nash and Young - Woodstock (Joni Mitchell)

    Derek and the Dominos - Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix)

    Sting - Shadows in the Rain (Police)

    Spooky - Atlanta Rhythm Section (Classic IV)

  • Mike W
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    People get angry about lots of things, this is just one of them.  Enjoy the version you like, and leave others to do the same.  If the song wasn't any good, no one would have bothered with making a cover version. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    "Always Something There to Remind Me" will always be a Dionne Warwick song to me. And she wasn't the one who did it first.

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