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While certain songs sound like classics as soon as they're recorded, others don't find their natural homes until they've been tried on a few times by different artists. Just to confuse things further, there are also cases where the original recording that you initially thought was untouchable ends up being surpassed later on.
Of course, there have also been some truly shocking cover versions down the years, but let's put them out of our minds for now (or, preferably, forever) and celebrate some of the very best.
Have a look at the MusicRadar team's not-always-predictable choices - which are in no particular order, by the way - and then tell us why you violently disagree with them and point us in the direction of some better covers in the comments below...