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Covers that are more famous than the original song

Created by Alma Barroca on 12 Mar 2019 | Last edited by Alma Barroca on 14 Aug 2022
Covers that are more famous than the original song

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?

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.

Song language:  English

It's a Jennifer Rush cover. It became a hit in several countries and sold millions of copies worldwide.

Song language:  English

Translations:  Arabic
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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.

Song language:  English

It's a Hanói-Hanói cover. Cazuza even named one of his albums after this song - and made it famous.

Song language:  Portuguese

Translations:  English #1

This is a song originally by Dolly Parton. Whitney's rendition became famous after its inclusion in the 'The Bodyguard' movie soundtrack.

Song language:  English

Translations:  Albanian
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This Top Notes song had several renditions, but the one by the Beatles is the most famous around.

Song language:  English

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.

Song language:  English

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.

Song language:  English

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.

Song language:  English

This song was made popular by the Bangles, but was originally written and sung by Jules Shear.

Song language:  English

Translations:  Croatian

This is a Prince song, but Sinéad O'Connor made it more famous.

Song language:  English

Smokie's rendition of this Jackie DeShannon's song reached number one in some European countries.

Song language:  English

Translations:  Croatian

It's a Leo Dan cover.

Song language:  Spanish

Translations:  English #1

It's a George Benson cover.

Song language:  English

Translations:  Arabic
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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.

Song language:  English

Translations:  Arabic
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This song was made famous by Edith Piaf, but was originally sung by Marie Dubas.

Song language:  French

Translations:  English #1

Both Marilyn Manson and Soft Cell did popular renditions of this Gloria Jones original.

Song language:  English

It's a Spanish cover of Franco Simone's 'Paesaggio'.

Song language:  Spanish

This Bobby Gentry cover didn't hit number one on the country charts, but it's certainly more popular than the original.

Song language:  English

'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.

Song language:  Spanish

This Commodores cover reached the Top 10 in more countries than the original.

Song language:  English

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.

Song language:  English

Translations:  Arabic #1
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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

Song language:  Spanish

Translations:  English

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.

Song language:  English

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.

Song language:  English

Translations:  French

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.

Song language:  English

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.

Song language:  English

Translations:  Arabic #1
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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

Song language:  English

Originally recorded by Umberto Tozzi in italian ("Stella stai") and then in spanish. But Menudo's spanish version is more known.

Song language:  Spanish

Translations:  English

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.

Song language:  Portuguese

Translations:  English #1

Originally recorded in 1968 by Jackey Yoshikawa & His Blue Comets, it became a hit with Hiromi Iwasaki's version in 1981

Song language:  Japanese

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.

Song language:  Portuguese

Translations:  English

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.

Song language:  English

Translations:  Portuguese

Originally by The Four Lads.

Song language:  English

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.

Song language:  Italian

Translations:  English #1
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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.

Song languages:  English, Italian

Translations:  English #1

Yuri's Spanish cover was more famous than the original Italian song.

Song language:  Spanish

Translations:  English

Song was first released by Badfinger, in 1970. But Mariah's 1993 cover was a smash hit.

Song language:  English

Translations:  Arabic
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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.

Song language:  English

Comments
BlackSea4everBlackSea4ever    Wed, 13/03/2019 - 14:16

https://lyricstranslate.com/en/Roberta-Flack-Killing-Me-Softly-His-Song-...
"Killing Me Softly with His Song" is a song composed by Charles Fox with lyrics by Norman Gimbel.
The song was written in collaboration with Lori Lieberman, who recorded the song in late 1971.
In 1973 it became a number-one hit in the United States and Canada for Roberta Flack, also reaching number six in the UK Singles Chart. The song has been covered by many artists; the version by the Fugees won the 1997 Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Original is by Lori Lieberman
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/killing-me-softly-his-song-тихо-убивая-ме......

Sailor PokeMoon2Sailor PokeMoon2    Thu, 21/03/2019 - 23:19

The Man Who Sold The World made popular by Nirvana but as Kurt had originally said it was a cover of David Bowie's song with the same name. Trivia: Kurt messed up some of the lyrics too 😂

Alma BarrocaAlma Barroca    Thu, 21/03/2019 - 23:11

Is the original song by the Ramones? I added it, but I'm not sure - I don't know this song.

Sailor PokeMoon2Sailor PokeMoon2    Thu, 21/03/2019 - 23:26

Somewhere Over the Rainbow originally by Judy Garland for The Wizard of Oz movie

Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. That last version is the Hawaiian rendition that's mixed with "What a Wonderful World" that has gotten a lot of play.

Sailor PokeMoon2Sailor PokeMoon2    Thu, 21/03/2019 - 23:37

Tainted Love by Soft Cell in 1981 (bonus: The 12" single version (extended dance version) was a medley, transitioning to a cover of the Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go" halfway through the song.)

(another popular cover was covered in 2001 by Marilyn Manson)

Originally recorded by Gloria Jones in 1964

Gloria Jones version (1964; released 1965) information

American artist Gloria Jones recorded the original version of "Tainted Love" in 1964; the song was written and produced by Ed Cobb. It was the B-side of her 1965 single "My Bad Boy's Comin' Home", which was a commercial flop, failing to chart in either the US or the UK. According to Nick Talevski, before Jones recorded the song, Cobb had offered it to the Standells, whom he managed and produced, but they rejected it. The Standells say that the song was never offered to them, and that they were not signed to Cobb’s company Greengrass Productions until 1966, some two years after Jones’s recording.

In 1973, British club DJ Richard Searling purchased a copy of the almost decade-old single while on a trip to the United States. The track's Motown-influenced sound (featuring a fast tempo, horns, electric rhythm guitar and female backing vocals) fit in perfectly with the music favoured by those involved in the UK's Northern Soul club scene of the early 1970s, and Searling popularised the song at the Northern Soul club Va Va’s in Bolton, and later, at Wigan Casino.

Owing to the new-found underground popularity of the song, Jones re-recorded "Tainted Love" in 1976 and released it as a single, but it also failed to chart. This version was released on her album Vixen and was produced by her boyfriend Marc Bolan.

In 2014, NME ranked it number 305 in their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

"Tainted Love" is a song composed by Ed Cobb, formerly of American group the Four Preps, which was originally recorded by Gloria Jones in 1964. It attained worldwide fame after being covered by Soft Cell in 1981 and has since been covered by numerous groups and artists

Alma BarrocaAlma Barroca    Fri, 22/03/2019 - 22:44

Thanks, but is Dusty's version really more famous than Pino's original?

Diazepan MedinaDiazepan Medina    Sat, 23/03/2019 - 17:13

I don't know if "La bamba" could fit here. It's a mexican folk song, when Ritchie Valens made a rock and roll version, it became famous outside Mexico... but if I search on youtube, the most popular version is by Los Lobos

Ove ErikssonOve Eriksson    Sat, 23/03/2019 - 20:39

https://lyricstranslate.com/de/amy-winehouse-valerie-lyrics.html-0
wikipedia says:

Quote:

"Valerie" is a song written by English indie rock band The Zutons from their second studio album Tired of Hanging Around (2006). Released as the album's second single on 19 June 2006 in the United Kingdom, along with their previous single "Why Won't You Give Me Your Love?", it gave The Zutons their joint-biggest single to date as well as their second UK top 10 single, climbing from number 41 (through download sales alone the day before physical release) to its peak at number 9 in the UK Singles Chart. A 2007 cover version by Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse was more successful than the original, peaking at number 2 on the UK chart and number 1 in the Netherlands.

https://lyricstranslate.com/de/zutons-valerie-lyrics.html

Sailor PokeMoon2Sailor PokeMoon2    Sat, 18/05/2019 - 04:07

Willie Nelson: Always on my mind https://lyricstranslate.com/en/Willie-Nelson-Always-My-Mind-lyrics.html

Information source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Always_on_My_Mind

"Always on My Mind" is a rueful and nostalgic love song by Johnny Christopher, Mark James, and Wayne Carson first recorded by B.J. Thomas in 1970, and later Gwen McCrae (as "You Were Always on My Mind") and Brenda Lee in 1972. The song has been a crossover hit, charting in both the country and western and pop categories.

AllMusic lists over 300 recorded releases of the song in versions by dozens of performers.[1] While Brenda Lee's version had stalled at number 45 on the country charts in 1972, other performers reached the top 20 in the United States and elsewhere with their own versions: Elvis Presley in 1972; John Wesley Ryles in 1979; Willie Nelson's Grammy Award-winning version in 1982; and Pet Shop Boys in 1987.

Fun tragic fact: Willie Nelson performed the song with Johnny Cash on the 1998 release of VH1 Storytellers: Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson. The song was also featured on a December 2009 ASPCA commercial.

Willie Nelson recorded and released the song 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.

Nelson's version would result in three wins at the 25th Grammy Awards in February 1983: songwriters Christopher, James, and Carson won Song of the Year and Best Country Song; in addition, Nelson won for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.This version also won Country Music Association awards in two consecutive years: 1982 Song of the Year and 1983 Song of the Year for songwriters Christopher, James and Carson; 1982 Single of the Year for Nelson, and; contributed to Nelson winning 1982 Album of the Year for the album "Always on My Mind".

The single was certified Platinum by the RIAA signifying U. S. (sales in excess of two million). In 2008, the single was inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Nelson's version was also featured in its entirety in a season two (2013) episode of the HBO television series The Newsroom.

BlackSea4everBlackSea4ever    Sat, 18/05/2019 - 05:21

Hi, why is it tragic? Ref:
Fun tragic fact: Willie Nelson performed the song with Johnny Cash on the 1998 release of VH1 Storytellers: Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson. The song was also featured on a December 2009 ASPCA commercial.

Sailor PokeMoon2Sailor PokeMoon2    Sat, 18/05/2019 - 04:10

Knocking on Heaven's Door made more popular by Guns and Roses

Fratelli d'ItaGliaFratelli d'ItaGlia    Fri, 18/02/2022 - 16:41

Enjoy :))

33 Songs You Didn't Know Were Covers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMcInbAyykQ
1. Unchained Melody
2. Lady Marmalade
3. Who Let The Dogs Out?
4. Blinded by the Light
5. For You
6. Self Control
7. Saving All My Love For You
8. Greatest Love Of All
9. Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You
10. The Twist
11. Black Magic Woman
12. Rhinestone Cowboy
13. Do Wah Diddy Diddy
14. The Air That I Breathe
15. Rhythm of My Heart
16. Seasons in the Sun
17. You Raise Me Up
18. Private Emotion
19. The Shoop Shoop Song
20. Blue Suede Shoes
21. Hound Dog
22. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
23. Suspicious Minds
24. Achy Breaky Heart
25. Got My Mind Set On You
26. Me and Bobby McGee
27. Respect
28. (They Long to Be) Close to You
29. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
30. Love Hurts
31. Crying in the rain
32. Red Red Wine
33. Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon

Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUGEIqKSpzo
1. I Love Rock 'n' Roll
2. Torn
3. Mandy
4. I Swear
5. All the Man That I Need
6. I Will Always Love You
7. Step by Step
8. No More I Love You's
9. Tainted Love
10. Don't Turn Around
11. Love Is All Around
12. Please Mr. Postman
13. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
14. Living Next Door to Alive
15. From a Distance
16. Don't Cha
17. Falling into You
18. It's All Coming Back to Me Now
19. Sailing
20. The First Cut Is the Deepest
21. Gloria
22. Bette Davis Eyes
23. Go West
24. Killing Me Softly
25. When You Say Nothing at All
26. If Tomorrow Never Comes
27. Rivers of Babylon
28. I'm a Believer
29. In the Army Now
30. The Tide Is High
31. Waiting for Tonight
32. Without You
33. If I Were a Boy

Part 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqb0FfJ0jhg
1. Alone
2. House of the Rising Sun
3. Nothing Compares 2 U
4. I Feel for You
5. My Way
6. Something Stupid
7. Love Will Keep Us Together
8. Rose Garden
9. I Think We're alone Now
10. Rock Around the Clock
11. Mickey
12. Angel of the Morning
13. Papa Was a Rolling Stone
14. Do You Know Where You're Going To
15. Save Up All Your Tears
16. The Best
17. Ring of Fire
18. Come Back and Stay
19. Everytime You Go Away
20. Wild Thing
21. Wind Beneath My Wings
22. You Can Leave Your Hat On
23. Always on My Mind
24. Where Do You Go
25. Wild Night
26. Some Guys Have all the Luck
27. Downtown Train
28. That's What Friends Are For
29. They Don't Know
30. Don't Know Much
31. Obsession
32. Shame on the Moon
33. What a Fool Believes

Alma BarrocaAlma Barroca    Tue, 15/12/2020 - 22:51

Wow. Will give a look as soon as I have the time. Thx Wink smile

Alma BarrocaAlma Barroca    Fri, 18/02/2022 - 22:24

Is it already on LT? Couldn't find it.