15 Popular Songs You Had No Idea Were Covers!

  • “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley—The original song was released in 1952 by Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton. It’s been covered hundreds of times, but the most popular version is obviously Elvis’s. (Photo: Release)

  • “I Will Always Love you” by Whitney Houston—It’s impossible no to associate this song with Whitey and The Bodyguard. But this 90’s hit was originally played by Dolly Parton in 1974. (Photo: Release)

  • “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper—This anthem for all women was popularized by Cyndi Lauper, but it was originally Robert Hazard’s, a hot name in the Philadelphia during the 80s. (Photo: Release)

  • “Hallelujah” by Rufus Wainwright—Shrek would like you to believe this tear-jerker was written by Wainwright, but it is Leonard Cohen who is responsible for this musical gem. (Photo: Release)

  • “I’m a Believer” by Smash MoutH—Again with the Shrek soundtrack! No, this song wasn’t drawn from the minds of Smash Mouth, rather than from 1960’s band The Monkees. (Photo: Release)

  • “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell—The British duo Soft Cell’s enduring 1981 hit was actually first released by American singer Gloria Jones decades earlier in 1965. (Photo: WENN)

  • “Power of Love” by Celine Dion—Yes, it is one of Celine’s most popular songs and was a No. 1 single in the 90’s. But nearly a decade earlier, it hit the top of the charts in the U.K. with Jennifer Rush’s version. (Photo: Release)

  • “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles—The song has become known as an iconic Beatles track, but in reality, it all began with R&B collective the Top Notes. (Photo: Release)

  • “Respect” by Aretha Franklin—The song was popularized by R&B queen Aretha Franklin, but it was originally written and recorded by Otis Redding. (Photo: Release)

  • “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder—Jeff Beck, the writer of the song, was to release his version of Superstition, but the record label decided to go with Stevie’s instead. (Photo: Release)

  • “The House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals—The animal’s version is the best in our book, but the track is a traditional folk song brought by the English in the 1800s, written by an unknow artists! (Photo: Release)

  • “Hurt” by Johnny Cash—This cover version is so iconic, and sums up Cash so well, that most people don’t realize it’s actually a cover of the original Nine Inch Nails version. (Photo: Release)

  • “Time Is On My Side” by The Rolling Stones— One of the Stones’ signature hits was actually recorded prior to their version by both Irma Thomas and jazz trombonist Kai Winding. (Photo: Release)

  • “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” by Guns N’ Roses— This one was originally a Bob Dylan tune! But Axl Rose’s wild, keening version of the track is definitely the better known one. (Photo: Release)

  • “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse— Though the song is best-known for Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson’s version, it was actually written and recorded by The Zutons the year prior. (Photo: Release)

“Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley—The original song was released in 1952 by Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton. It’s been covered hundreds of times, but the most popular version is obviously Elvis’s. (Photo: Release)

They say that the original is always better, but this rule doesn’t always apply when it comes to music.

Maybe you didn’t know it, but some of the most iconic tracks of your favorite artists are not original songs. Yes, their versions may be so good that they have managed to become hymns to feminism or rock and roll classics, but, as the saying goes, we should give “credit where credit is due”.

Artists like as Celine Dion, Elvis Presley and even The Beatles managed to popularize and immortalize these songs. However, it was actually from the minds and voices of other talented artists— but, of course, with much less success—that these tracks came to this world.

Whether it was because they appeared on the soundtrack of a movie, or simply because the new interpretation was just better than the original¸ these songs transcended the success of their mother versions to the point where they completely and absolutely displaced the original and condemned it to oblivion. But today, we’re giving them their well-deserved 5 minutes of fame bringing you this list of 15 popular songs that you probably didn’t know were covers.


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