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Why Most Cover Songs Fail

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Published on May 10, 2019

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Cover songs are hard! You have to take a song that everyone already likes and transform it into something new without losing that thing that everyone liked in the first place. Doing a good cover of someone else's song takes a steady hand and a lot of skill, but doing it right can be hugely rewarding: Look at, say, Hendrix's All Along The Watchtower, which was so much better than the original that Bob Dylan started playing it Hendrix's way instead. So what's the difference between a successful cover and an unsuccessful one? Well... it's complicated.

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