11 Songs You Didn’t Know Were Covers

Sometimes it takes two tries to get a song right

It’s not uncommon for an artist to be so influenced by another that they cover their song. Sometimes those songs take on a whole new life and reach audiences far beyond their original creator’s. Here are 11 massive songs you might not have known were covers.
 

Johnny Cash – “Rusty Cage”

Johnny Cash put his own unique spin on “Rusty Cage” by Soundgarden. His version is so different and stark to the original that people often forget where it came from.

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Original


 

Soft Cell – “Tainted Love”

Soft Cell made the song “Tainted Love” famous in the 80s putting their synth pop spin on it, but it was originally done 15 years prior by Gloria Jones.

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Original


 

Natalie Imbruglia – “Torn”

Natalie Imbruglia turned the song “Torn” by Ednaswap into a fluffy pop song. The original is from two years previous and is a lot heavier.

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Original


 

No Doubt – “It’s My Life”

No Doubt covered “It’s My Life” to promote a greatest hits album they were releasing. The original is an 80s new wave song by Talk Talk.

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Original


 

Manfred Man Band – “Blinded By The Light”

Bruce Springsteen wrote “Blinded By the Light” because record executives didn’t think his 1973 album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., had a hit. Manfred Man Band covered it only four years later.

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Original


 

The Animals – “House of the Rising Sun”

“House of the Rising Sun” was made popular by The Animals in the 60s but it’s actually a classic folk ballad with unknown origins. Most experts think it dates back hundreds of years.

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An early version


 

Cyndi Lauper – “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” was originally released by Robert Hazzard in 1979 – four years later Cyndi Lauper made it famous.

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Original


 

Joan Jett – “I Love Rock n Roll”

One of Joan Jett’s most famous songs was originally written and recorded by a band called The Arrows in 1975.

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Original


 

UB40 – “Red Red Wine:

Neil Diamond put out the most sensual version of “Red Red Wine” in 1968 before UB40 gave it a reggae feel in the 80s.

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Original


 

Lou Bega – “Mambo No. 5”

“Mambo No. 5” was originally a classic mambo and jive dance song recorded in 1949 before Lou Bega put words over it and turned it into the greatest song released in 1999, and probably ever.

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Original


 

Whiteney Houston – “I Will Always Love You”

Whitney Houston turned “I Will Always Love You” into a giant. Dolly Parton wrote and sang the original in 1974.

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Original