Title: Covers that are more famous than the original song
Type: The title says it all. You know it when you find a song that reached #1 in all charts, but turns out to be a cover of someone else who didn't have the same success?
Description: The title says it all. You know it when you find a song that reached #1 in all charts, but turns out to be a cover of someone else who didn't have the same success?
Lara Fabian - Love By Grace
It's a Wynonna Judd cover. Became a smash hit in Brazil, where it was used in one of the most memorable soap-opera scenes ever made.
Céline Dion - The Power of Love
It's a Jennifer Rush cover. It became a hit in several countries and sold millions of copies worldwide.
Natalie Imbruglia - Torn
It's a Ednaswap cover which peaked at number one on singles charts in Belgium, Denmark, Canada, Spain and Sweden and on Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Top 40 charts. It reached number two on the ARIA Singles Chart and the Italian, Swiss and United Kingdom charts.
Cazuza - O Tempo Não Para
It's a Hanói-Hanói cover. Cazuza even named one of his albums after this song - and made it famous.
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
This is a song originally by Dolly Parton. Whitney's rendition became famous after its inclusion in the 'The Bodyguard' movie soundtrack.
The Beatles - Twist and Shout
This Top Notes song had several renditions, but the one by the Beatles is the most famous around.
Roberta Flack - Killing Me Softly (With His Song)
Roberta Flack's rendition of this Lori Lieberman song became a number-one hit in the United States and Canada for Roberta Flack, also reaching number six in the UK Singles Chart.
Mariah Carey - I Want To Know What Love Is
The original version by Foreigner was a hit of its own, but Mariah's 2009 rendition was a bigger hit, reaching #1 in Brazilian charts and other high positions in countries like Japan, Portugal and Sweden. In Brazil, the song remained on the charts for 27 consecutive weeks.
Rod Stewart - Sailing
Rod's version of the Sutherland Brothers song became an international hit, topping the charts in Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK.
Nirvana - The Man Who Sold the World
Nirvana made this David Bowie song famous.
The Bangles - If She Knew What She Wants
This song was made popular by the Bangles, but was originally written and sung by Jules Shear.
Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
This is a Prince song, but Sinéad O'Connor made it more famous.
Smokie - Needles and Pins
Smokie's rendition of this Jackie DeShannon's song reached number one in some European countries.
Café Tacuba - Como te extraño
It's a Leo Dan cover.
Glenn Medeiros - Nothing's gonna change my love for you
It's a George Benson cover.
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World
This is the Hawaiian rendition of the 'The Wizard of Oz' song that's mixed with "What a Wonderful World" - a medley which has gotten a lot of play.
Édith Piaf - Mon légionnaire
This song was made famous by Edith Piaf, but was originally sung by Marie Dubas.
Soft Cell - Tainted Love
Both Marilyn Manson and Soft Cell did popular renditions of this Gloria Jones original.
Gilda - Paisaje
It's a Spanish cover of Franco Simone's 'Paesaggio'.
Reba McEntire - Fancy
This Bobby Gentry cover didn't hit number one on the country charts, but it's certainly more popular than the original.
Ritchie Valens - La Bamba
'La bamba' is originally a mexican folk song, but when Ritchie Valens made a rock and roll version, it became famous outside Mexico. But you might find differences: the most popular version on YouTube is that by Los Lobos.
Faith No More - Easy
This Commodores cover reached the Top 10 in more countries than the original.
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Despite not becoming a #1 song, Johnny's rendition of the Nine Inch Nails song won several awards, including the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video.
Carlos Vives - La gota fria
This is another folk song that became famous outside its country because of a version. Originally recorded in 1938 by Emiliano Zulueta, Carlos Vives recorded it in 1993 and the song became well known in the rest of Latin America
Willie Nelson - Always on My Mind
Willie Nelson's version of this B. J. Thomas song was recorded and released in early 1982. It raced to number one on Billboard magazine's Hot Country Singles chart that May, spending two weeks on top and a total of 21 weeks on the chart. The song also did very well on Top 40 radio, reaching number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and staying on that chart for 23 weeks. In the year-end charts, it was Billboard's biggest Country hit for 1982. This version also charted in a number of other countries.
Oscar Benton - Bensonhurst Blues
Oscar Benton went on to record thus Artie Kaplan song in 1973 for his Bensonhurst Blues album and again, eight years later, for the soundtrack for the French film 'Pour la peau d'un flic'. The latter version was subsequently released by EMI Records and enjoyed success in Europe.
The Andrews Sisters - Bei Mir Bistu Shein
Written in 1932, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schön" (translation: "To Me You Are Beautiful") was part of a Yiddish operetta called I Would If I Could, written in 1932 by Abraham Bloom, with music by Secunda and lyrics by his writing partner, Jacob Jacobs. The Andrews Sisters version became a hit.
Dean Martin - Sway
In 1954 an English version of Luis Demetrio's "¿Quién será?" was written by Norman Gimbel and recorded by Dean Martin, backed by Dick Stabile's orchestra. This recording reached number 15 on the Billboard magazine best-seller chart and number six on the UK chart.
Ram Jam - Black Betty
It's an African American work song. Firstly recorded in 1933, it became well known in 1939 by Lead Belly's version. But Ram Jam's version became a hit not only in USA but also in UK and Australia
Menudo - Claridad
Originally recorded by Umberto Tozzi in italian ("Stella stai") and then in spanish. But Menudo's spanish version is more known.