25 Cover Songs Better Than The Original

Johnny Cash – “Hurt” (Nine Inch Nails)


With this cover of “Hurt”, Johnny Cash took Nine Inch Nail’s song and restructured it to serve as a moving moment in Cash’s life following the death of his wife. He effectively transforms the song into a reflective and sorrowful meditation on mortality and loss. Cash’s rendition strips the song down to its emotional core, making it a powerful and sad farewell from the music legend. The original was approached by Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) from a place of anger, whereas Cash approached it from a place of genuine sorrow and retrospection. It is a testament that the song excels in varying storytelling dynamics.