25 Songs You Didn’t Know Were Covers

Recording a cover version could be seen as a signal to the rest of the world that you’re fresh out of ideas. Unless, of course, you performed in the ’50s or ’60s, in which case, you were actively encouraged to never, ever write a song unless you were The Beatles or Burt Bacharach.

1. ‘Hanging On The Telephone’

Before Blondie, The Nerves originally recorded this song.

2. ‘I Fought The Law’

The Bobby Fuller Four originally created this song before it was covered.

3. ‘Istanbul’

Before They Might be Giants, Istanbul, was sung by Four Lads.

4. ‘Louie Louie’

This original track was created by artist Richard Berry.

5. ‘I Want Candy’

The Strangeloves did the original version before Bow Wow Wow covered this classic.

6. ‘Hey Joe’

Jimi Hendrix covered this song by The Leaves.

7. ‘Tainted Love’

Soft Cell synthesized this song after hearing it done by Gloria Jones, part of the Northern Soul movement in England.

8. ‘I Love Rock n Roll’

Covered by Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, The Arrows were the original band.

9. ‘Blinded By The Light’

Before Manfred Mann’s Earth Band made this song popular, Bruce Springsteen performed this track.

10. ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’

Robert Hazard created this track before it was covered by Cyndi Lauper.

11. ‘Step By Step’

Whitney Houston got her hands on this track after Annie Lennox.

12. ‘The Crying Game’

Boy George and Pet Shop Boys covered this song after Dave Berry.

13. ‘Respect’

Aretha Franklin covered the famous song ‘Respect’ originally sung by Otis Redding.

14. ‘Take Yo Praise’

Camille Yarbrough’s track, Praise You, inspired Fatboy Slim to take the sample.

15. ‘Killing Me Softly’

Lori Liebman originally did this song before Roberta Flack.

16. ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’

Written by Prince, The Family and Sinead O’Connor covered this song.

17. ‘If I Was A Boy’

Beyonce made this track a hit after songwriter BC Jean performed it.

18. ‘I Didn’t Know I Was Looking For Love’

One hit wonder Karen Ramirez covered this track from Everything But The Girl.

19. ‘Hound Dog’

This famous song was covered by Elvis Presley after Big Mama Thornton.

20. ‘Torn’

Phil Thornalley wrote this classic before Edenswap was formed.

21. ‘Downtown Train’

Originally written and sung by Tom Waits, Rod Stewart later covered this song.

22. ‘Don’t Turn Around’

Before Aswad reggae, Tina Turner originally recorded this hit song.

23. ‘Bette Davis Eyes’

Created by artist Jackie DeShannon.

24. ‘Mambo No 5’

Lou Bega resurrected this song by Perez Prado.

25. ‘Gloria’

Umberto Tozzi created this track before Laura Branigan made it famous.


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