20 Songs You Didn’t Know Were Covers


Cover songs, they lift us up, they plague us, they irk us, they fool us. Sometimes being born too late is the excuse, other times, it's just plain and simple ignorance, but the shock of discovering your favorite song originally existed in a completely different form can be very alarming. It can also be a blessing in disguise, suddenly revealing why that artist you've always hated had a song you liked so much—it wasn't theirs. In a world of ghostwriters and other forms of musical plagiarism, singers often popularize songs they didn't have a hand in penning. Here's a few that you might not have realized were covers.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=14300298 Andrew Martin

    Ednaswap forever!

  • JC

    Drake Take Care – Gil Scott-Heron – I’ll take care of you

  • http://twitter.com/JonTanners Metta World Tanners

    It’s not a cover so much as a sample and interpolation.

  • OJ

    The Zutons were sick!! Valeri

  • http://www.facebook.com/pt.larsen.1 Pt Larsen

    Zutons Valeri and the original Mambo #5!

    Take a way for me is good songs are good songs no matter the artist or style they are done in.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/PancakeMcKennz pancakemckennz

    As soon as I saw this post, I knew “Tainted Love” and “Valerie” would be on here but as for Beyonce and Natalie Imbruglia, OMG, my whole world view has been rocked.

  • Alex

    the Valerie original is much better than the Amy Winehouse Cover

  • http://twitter.com/ClayLaSoul Clayvid Moyes

    Gil Scott-Heron covered Bobby Bland’s version anyway. From 1959.

  • Pawel Zietek

    Well, listen to Major Lazer’s “Pon De Floor”…

  • Brendan Fay

    or what about Prince and Sinead O’Connor, nothing compares to u

  • Jeff

    Adele – If It Hadn’t Been For Love originally done by The Steeldrivers

  • Rebolt

    George Harrisons got sued by the Chiffons for plagiarism of their hit song He’s So Fine and the Chiffons won the lawsuit.

  • E.Wiley

    I’m a huge Winehouse fan and of old 40’s & 50’s doo whoop music.I heard the original song Round Midnight sung & written by Ella Fitzgerald it blew my mind! I had no idea it was her song! Amy on the other hand did an amazing job and sang it with her jazzy style!

  • E.Wiley

    Then u got Aretha Franklin classic Natural Woman, and Mary J.Blige resang it but Aretha hands down did a better job. She a power house c’mon LOL! Sorry Mary I still love ya!

  • John Smith

    Drake – Take care / Jamie XX – I’ll take care of you remix / Gil Scott-Heron – I’ll take care of you / Bobby Bland – I’ll take care of you.

  • youknowhat!

    i thought don’t turn around by ace of base was by aswad…

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  • youknowhat!

    ednaswap is way better anyway

  • http://www.str8buttah.com/ teck

    No way Jose.

  • Locode

    you’ve got to be kidding me. if you didn’t know that at least 15 of these were covers, it’s because you’re an idiot.

    Plus, using a photo of the stevie nicks era Fleetwood Mac is stupid, as Black Magic Woman pre-dated them by many years.

    PLUS, George Harrison was found to have plagiarized ‘My Sweet Lord’ from the song ‘He’s So Fine’ by the Chiffons, which cost him a ton of money.

  • Locode

    Drake’s a no talent loser douchebag. Anyone who cares about him is a giant piece of crap.

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