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Posted - Dec 25 2017 : 1:32PM
I have experienced this many times.
"We’ve all been there. We take a song and love it as our very own. We believe that it came straight from the mind of our favorite artist, expressing their innermost emotions and views. Every note, every chord progression, every lyric is born from their talent. And then comes the fateful day that we learn that the track you adore is actually that most forlorn of musical objects. Yes, that song is…just a cover version.
At first it almost feels like a betrayal. Our favorite rock star lied to us! What are they doing trying to pass off someone else’s tune as if it’s their own? How dare they!? They’re just copying!"


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Posted - Dec 25 2017 : 1:53PM
I was in complete shock over some of the songs in these lists.
It's mainly an issue to me when that song kind of defines the artist.
Eg.
Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Crazy - Patsy Cline
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
Blame it on the Boogie - The Jacksons
Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles
Torn - Natalie Imbruglia
Sailing - Rod Stewart
I Love Rock n Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Achy Breaky Heart -Billy Ray Cyrus
Mickey -Toni Basil
Piece of my Heart - Janis Joplin
The Gambler - Kenny Rogers

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Posted - Dec 26 2017 : 12:23AM
Um, no Carol King?
The Beatles, "Chains"
The Everly Brothers, "Crying In the Rain"
The Shirelles, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
Steve Lawrence, "Go Away Little Girl"
Bobby Vee, "Take Good Care Of My Baby"
The Drifters, "Some Kind of Wonderful"
Little Eva, "The Loco-Motion"
Talk about a hit machine.

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Posted - Dec 26 2017 : 12:43AM
^ Those articles are more about songs that were originally written, recorded, released by others, and the well known versions are actually covers.
But I just looked up Carol King. I also King wrote 'You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman)' and 'You've Got a Friend'. Wow!

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Posted - Jan 2 2018 : 2:10AM
'Got My Mind Set On You', George Harrison
'R.E.S.P.E.C.T.', Aretha Franklin
'All Fired Up', Pat Benatar
'Twist and Shout', The Beatles
'Cats in the Cradle', Cat Stevens
'All Along the Watchtower', Jimmy Hendrix
'Funky Town', Pseudo Echo
(This version went #6 in the U.S. in the '80s)
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Posted - Jan 2 2018 : 5:30PM
I Fought the Law and The Law Won - Bobby Fuller Four
GLORIA - Them
Everything I Own - David Gates
EDIT those mentioned are the original versions
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Posted - Jan 4 2018 : 2:09AM
I just found out about this one today: 'China Girl' by David Bowie. It was originally on Iggy Pop's first album. (But Bowie co-wrote it, so I'm not sure if it formally counts as a cover.)

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Posted - Jan 23 2018 : 8:04AM
'Girl, You'll be a Woman Soon', Urge Overkill.
I actually knew this song was a cover, but didn't know of who.
Neil Diamond. Sadly, Neil Diamond had announced today that he has Parkinson's Disease. He has retired from touring.

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Posted - Feb 2 2018 : 3:09AM
'Venus' - Bananarama
 
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Posted - Feb 2 2018 : 5:17PM
^
Yeah the original version was from a Spanish (i think) group called "The Shocking Blues"

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Posted - Feb 2 2018 : 6:11PM
^ I actually didn't know that. I knew 'Venus' was a cover, but I was thinking of the Tom Jones version. (Like I knew 'Cats in the Cradle' was a cover, but I was thinking of the Ugly Kid Joe version. )

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Posted - Feb 3 2018 : 7:35PM
Harry Nilsson's biggest hit, "Without You," was actually a Badfinger song.

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Posted - Feb 4 2018 : 7:01AM
^ Wow. I knew that song as the Mariah Carey song; which I later was told was a cover of a Harry Nilsson song.

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Posted - Feb 4 2018 : 7:04AM
I assume most music fans will know this, but I'll add them as they're famous songs that kind of define the artist: the Manfred Man songs 'Blinded by the Light' and 'The Mighty Quinn'.

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Posted - Feb 8 2018 : 5:28AM
If anyone is familiar with the 80s British soul singer Paul Young ('Wherever I Lay My Hat, That's My Home"), most of his hits were covers.
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Posted - Feb 10 2018 : 4:46AM
Googling and found these one's I didn't know about:
House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
Hey Joe - Jimmy Hendrix

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Posted - Feb 11 2018 : 11:15PM
"Red Red Wine" by UB40. I wasn't aware until much later that it was a Neil Diamond song!

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Posted - Feb 12 2018 : 2:48AM
^ Wow! I knew it was a cover, but I didn't know it was Neil Diamond. And it turns out I wasn't the only one. I just did a bit of Googling and found this
The song was part of a UB40 Reggae covers album.
"They had assumed that the song was penned by an unknown Jamaican singer. “Even when we saw the writing credit which said ‛N Diamond’, we thought it was a Jamaican artist called Negus Diamond,” claimed the group".
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Trivia question (which actually came up at a pub trivia once): Where did the band 'UB40' get their name from?

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Posted - Feb 16 2018 : 3:05AM
Many people might not know this one.
Money's Too Tight to Mention - Simply Red

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Posted - Feb 19 2018 : 3:12AM
I assume most music fans will know this one.
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston

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Posted - Mar 3 2018 : 11:40PM
The chorus of 'Gangsta's Paradise' by Coolio, is a sample of 'Past Times Paradise' by Stevie Wonder.
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Posted - Mar 4 2018 : 6:39AM
Here are a few songs that are covers:
I Didn't Mean To Turn You On--Robert Palmer; original version was by Cherrelle
Harlem Shuffle--Rolling Stones; original version was by Bob & Earl
When You Say Nothing At All--Alison Krauss & Union Station; original version was by Keith Whitley
If You Don't Know Me By Now--Simply Red; original by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
If You Asked Me To--Celine Dion; original by Patti Labelle
Word Up--Korn; original by Cameo
Der Kommissar--After The Fire; original recorded in German by Falco
 
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Posted - Mar 4 2018 : 4:57PM
Accorting to The Mighty Quinn wasn't a cover , Bob Dylan wrote and recorded it but didn't release it for another three years , the Manfred Mann's version was the first to be released , so not a cover they yust played a song written by someone else , with his agreement of course they couldn't have had the song unless they stole it from Dylan's vault , furthermore they were a British Group and such vault was in the States

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Posted - Mar 5 2018 : 3:34AM
^ I stand corrected. I admit I didn't do any research; I just remembered reading somewhere that 'The Mighty Quinn' was a Dylan song. I guess that was referring to who wrote it, rather than who originally recorded and released it. Thanks.
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Posted - Mar 5 2018 : 3:41AM
Thanks for that. I didn't know about 'Harlem Shuffle',. But the Simply Red song ... Wow! I'd say that's their most famous song. But thinking about it, it's such a beautiful song, that I probably should have thought maybe it was a cover.
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Posted - Mar 7 2018 : 4:02AM
^^^
I found some more info:
“Manfred Mann first heard the song (Dylan was giving demo tapes to other artists) […] Dylan’s demo was so intelligible at some points that the group had to guess the lyrics … and at the beginning of the third verse, they had to completely make up their own lyrics. D’Abo claimed it was like “learning a song phonetically in a foreign language.”
Also, Dylan’s original was called ‘Quinn the Eskimo’
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Posted - Mar 7 2018 : 10:00AM
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Me too I learnt that even thought apparently the song is about a drug dealer the inspiration for his name came from a movie with Anthony Quinn playing an eskimo man hence Quinn the Eskimo , however the movie wasn't about drug dealing

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(I assume most people won’t know this song, but I’ll add it on the basis that it’s a famous song that defines the artist.) The national rock anthem by Jimmy Barnes, ‘Working Class Man’ (’85).  (It was used in the soundtrack to the '86 American movie ‘Gung Ho’). To the slight embarrassment of that nation, it was originally both an American song, and a country song.
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This is not a famous song version, but I saw Jimmy Barnes playing a few years ago, and he played a song from his next album (’87) called ‘Seven Days’. Even though I remembered it from the 80s, it blew me away. In fact, it was such an amazing song, that I knew it had to be a cover. I looked it up, and it was written by Bob Dylan. And, I found out today that it was actually part of this Bootleg series.
 
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Posted - Mar 16 2018 : 5:01PM
I made some research over Piece of my Heart I though it could be from Etta James but it wasn't the original version written in 1965 came from Emri Franklin , sister to Aretha Franklin and she is practically unknown in Europe
The versions though are quite different in pace Emri Franklin wa a great singer herself

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Posted - Mar 16 2018 : 5:57PM
^ I wonder if this was said by Janis Joplin at the time? That song defines Janis Joplin.
(FYI. I'd you go to the link in second post, it has a great summary on the history of these famous songs that were covers.)
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Posted - Mar 16 2018 : 8:56PM
It's Oh So Quiet, by Björk.
But the original is a bit confusing.
""It's Oh So Quiet" is a song by American singer Betty Hutton, released in 1951 as the B-side to the single "Murder, He Says".[1] It is a cover of the German song "Und jetzt ist es still",[2][3] performed by Horst Winter in 1948, with music written by Austrian composerHans Lang and German lyrics by Erich Meder.[4] The English lyrics were written byBert Reisfeld.[2][3] A French title, Tout est tranquille, was performed in 1949 by Ginette Garcin and the Jacques Hélian Orchestra."
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Posted - Mar 16 2018 : 11:27PM
'Gloria' by Laura Branigan.
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Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
 
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Posted - Mar 17 2018 : 2:08PM
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I don't know that particular version of Gloria but if it's similar to those of the Doors and Patti Smith the original one is from British or maybe Irish group the Them whose singer was Van Morrison and IMO it's still the best one.
White Rabbit and Somebody To Love of the jefferson Airplane , they were written and performed by Grace Slick with her first band before she reached the band , do they count as covers?

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Posted - Mar 17 2018 : 7:59PM
^ This isn't the 'G. L. O. R. I. A., Gloria, ...' song.
This song was originally an Italian song, then translated to English and performed by American Laura Branigan in the early 80s.()
I think you'll know it when you hear it.

Sorry, I'm not familiar with those Jefferson Aeroplane songs, but interesting question regarding what counts as a cover.
The Matchbox 20 song '3 A.M.' was originally written and recorded with Rob Thomas' previous band. (And, it is the exact same song.) When it became a worldwide hit for MB20, members of the original band tried to sue MB20. ()
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Posted - Mar 17 2018 : 8:35PM
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's cover of is probably better known that Joni Mitchell's

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Posted - Mar 17 2018 : 8:38PM
^^ I saw Rob Thomas a few years ago, and he prefaced a song by jocking: This is a cover ... but I wrote it.
He was referring to the Santana song 'Smooth'. Thomas wrote the song for Santana, and sent it to Santana with him doing demo vocals. When Santana heard it, he wanted Thomas to do the actual vocals.
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Posted - Mar 21 2018 : 2:54AM
Assume most music fans will know this, but they're still famous songs that are synonymous with the artist.
'Nothing Compares 2 U' - Sinead O'Conner
'I Will Always Love You' - Whitney Houston

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Posted - Mar 30 2018 : 6:07AM
^^ On the topic of artists covering their own songs, the Johnny Cougar song 'l Need a Lover' was originally on a previous album that wasn't released in North America. It was a minor hit in Australia, and based on that success, the record company allowed "Cougar" to make another album, and it was placed on that. (Also, the album version beings with like a three min. guitar intro. which was edited out for the radio version.)
The Whitesnake song 'Here I Go Again' was originally released on Whitesnake's '82 album 'Saints and Sinners'. The song was then re-recorded and released on Whitesnake's 1987 album.

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Posted - Mar 30 2018 : 7:31PM
A local morning TV show just had a segment on this.
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Summer of 1982, in a warehouse of sweat, the punks and I saw The Clash. They did I FOUGHT THE LAW but I knew that was a Bobby Fuller song because I had heard Lou Reed's STREET HASSLE lp so many times. However, The Clash tore into this song called POLICE ON MY BACK that was just so incredible live. That's an Eddy Grant song, which makes sense because The Clash love them some reggae---tb

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Hound Dog - Elvis Presley

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Posted - May 5 2018 : 10:40AM
^ I just read about this one.
That's What Friends Are For - Dionne Warwick.

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Posted - May 12 2018 : 6:58PM
OMG! I just found out another one. To me, possibly the biggest one of all.
California Dreaming - Mama's and Papa's
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Posted - May 27 2018 : 5:01PM
They also covered a Springsteen song called "For You" which was popular on album rock radio in 1980. Two other Springsteen songs that were hits by other artists are "Fire" by The Pointer Sisters and "Because the Night" by Patti Smith, her only top 40 hit.

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Posted - Jun 1 2018 : 4:24AM
^ Two Springsteen songs that he actually wrote for other artists, but when his producer heard them convinced him to keep them for himself: 'Hungry Heart' and 'Cover Me'. Hungry Heart then went on to become Springsteen's first major hit.

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Posted - Jun 1 2018 : 4:25AM
You Keep Me Hangin' On - Kim Wilde

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Posted - Jun 1 2018 : 9:44AM
Love that version.

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Posted - Jun 3 2018 : 5:01AM
^ It sounded like a current 80s song when it was released. I never knew it was a cover.
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A few years ago I was having a massage, and my masseuse told me he was a Faith No More fan. I was stunned when he didn't know that 'Easy' was a cover.

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Did he ever hear of a group called the Commodores?

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^ Funnily, our football grand final had just been on, and guess who was doing the entertainment: the man himself, Lionel Ritchie.
When I found out he didn’t know it was a cover, I said he obviously didn’t watch the grand final on the weekend.
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