This list invites debate. Come to think of it, many of our lists do. Such is the nature of an inherently subjective form of journalism. But we're right this time.

Songs are made to be remade, sung along to, and played back. We connect with songs because they resonate with our own biological tuning forks—and every now and again, the impact ends up improving upon the original. 

There are some classics on this list—how could we leave off Jimi Hendrix's "All Along The Watchtower," which Bob Dylan himself considers "the" version? But there are new arrivals too—SZA and Rihanna have proved the art of the cover is alive and well in recent years. Here are 17 covers that are better than the original.