Popular songs that were made popular by someone else first.

In my previous post, I talked about artists sampling songs. In this one, I will be talking about artists covering or remaking songs before them. Like sampling, if done properly it is completley legal.
One of the most popular covers, and one that not a lot of people realize is a cover is “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston. The song was originally done by Dolly Parton and was a completely different track. The song was first recorded by Parton in 1973 but it was rerecorded and released by Houston in 1993. It was used in the movie The Bodyguard which Houston starred in.

Another not so well known cover is “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper which was originally done from a male perspective by Robert Hazard. Lauper recorded and released her version in 1983. Lauper also changed a few of the lyrics to make it more feminine. Hazard’s demo can still be found online.

“Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen is another song that has been covered by so many artists. You most likely know the version by Jeff Buckley which came out in 1994 but it was originally recorded and released 10 years earlier in 1984. Cohen’s version was also featured in the 2001 Dreamworks Animation film “Shrek”.

Elvis is another artist who had a lot of hits that were covers. “Hound Dog” by Elvis was actually originally done by Willie Mae Thorton then by Chuck Berry. Elvis is often dubbed as the “King of Rock n Roll” but not many people know how much of his content was actually originally done by other artists before him.

A more recent cover is “Same Ol’ Things” by Rihanna which was actually originally done by Tame Imapala (and originally titled ‘Same Old Mistakes’). The Australian Band recorded “Same Old Mistakes” and released it in 2015. In 2016, it somehow ended up on Rihanna’s album ANTi. However, I am not complaining. Both versions are amazing.


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