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Songs You May Not Know Are Covers

Sometimes a cover of a song becomes more famous than the original, like Nothing Compares 2 U which was originally a Prince song or I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton. You can argue that many of these remakes are better than the original!

Other songs on the playlist include:

  • I Drove All Night originally sung by Cyndi Lauper but made famous by Celine Dion.
  • It’s My Life by No Doubt which was originally released by Talk Talk.
  • Respect by Otis Redding, but we all know it thanks to Aretha Franklin.
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun was sung by Robert Hazard, but became well-known because of Cyndi Lauper.
  • Proud Mary may be one of Tina Turner’s signature tunes but it’s originally by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
  • Valerie became a big hit for Amy Winehouse but it was released by The Zutons just one year earlier.
  • Don’t Cha by the Pussycat Dolls was released by unknown artist Tori Alamaze who gave up her rights to the song after it underperformed.
  • Madonna’s Ray of Light was a cover of Curtiss Maldoon’s Sepheryn.
  • Rihanna included a cover of Same Ol’ Mistakes by Tame Impala on her album Anti.
  • Adele covered Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan.
  • You Got the Love is a 1986 single by The Source featuring Candi Staton, and was also a huge hit for Florence + The Machine.
  • Emotion by Destiny’s Child was originally sung my Samantha Sang in 1978.

…and many more!

Were you surprised by any of the songs on this list?

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