Covers that are more famous than the original song
It's a Jennifer Rush cover. It became a hit in several countries and sold millions of copies worldwide.
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.
It's a Hanói-Hanói cover. Cazuza even named one of his albums after this song - and made it famous.
This is a song originally by Dolly Parton. Whitney's rendition became famous after its inclusion in the 'The Bodyguard' movie soundtrack.
This Top Notes song had several renditions, but the one by the Beatles is the most famous around.
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.
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's version of the Sutherland Brothers song became an international hit, topping the charts in Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK.
Nirvana made this David Bowie song famous.
This song was made popular by the Bangles, but was originally written and sung by Jules Shear.
This is a Prince song, but Sinéad O'Connor made it more famous.
Smokie's rendition of this Jackie DeShannon's song reached number one in some European countries.
It's a Leo Dan cover.
It's a George Benson cover.
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.
This song was made famous by Edith Piaf, but was originally sung by Marie Dubas.
Both Marilyn Manson and Soft Cell did popular renditions of this Gloria Jones original.
It's a Spanish cover of Franco Simone's 'Paesaggio'.
This Bobby Gentry cover didn't hit number one on the country charts, but it's certainly more popular than the original.
'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.
This Commodores cover reached the Top 10 in more countries than the original.
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.
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'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 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.
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.
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.
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
Originally recorded by Umberto Tozzi in italian ("Stella stai") and then in spanish. But Menudo's spanish version is more known.
It was only after Chitãozinho & Xororó did a version of this song originally performed by Leonardo Sullivan that it became famous all around Brazil, becoming a smash sertanejo hit.
Originally recorded in 1968 by Jackey Yoshikawa & His Blue Comets, it became a hit with Hiromi Iwasaki's version in 1981
This Brazilian band did a cover of Laura Pausini's song. It may not have become a hit, however it's more known in Brazil as a Sandy & Junior than a Laura Pausini one.
Although the original 1965 The Royalettes song was a hit of its own (having reached the Top 30 on the U.S. R&B chart), Deniece's version became #1 on the R&B chart for two weeks and reached number ten on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Hers is the most famous rendition of this song.
Originally by The Four Lads.
This song was originally performed by Italian band O.R.O.. It was rewritten by one of its composers, Gatto Pancieri, and later given to Bocelli, who turned it into a massive hit, with versions in different languages (Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese and English) being released, each with a different female singer accompanying him.
The song was originally performed by Gerardina Trovato featuring Bocelli in 1994 and was a small hit. However, in 2008, a new version of the song, with Laura Pausini, was released. The Spanish version, 'Vive Ya!', was nominated for Record of the Year at the 2008 Grammy Awards.
Yuri's Spanish cover was more famous than the original Italian song.
Song was first released by Badfinger, in 1970. But Mariah's 1993 cover was a smash hit.
Song had originally been released in 2002 by Mary Griffin, passing unnoticed until Kelly Clarkson's cover was included in her debut album - the song is not often associated to Griffin.