Covers that are more famous than the original song

Creado por Alma Barroca en 12 Mar 2019 | Editado por última vez por Alma Barroca el 04 Abr 2019

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?

Canción | Inglés Lara Fabian

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.

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

Traducciones:  Serbio Rumano Italiano 11 more

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.

Traducciones:  Francés Griego Rumano 13 more
Canción | Portugués Cazuza

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

Traducciones:  Inglés Alemán

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

Traducciones:  Español Griego Croata 34 more
Canción | Inglés The Beatles

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

Traducciones:  Croata Alemán Húngaro

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.

Traducciones:  Español Turco Italiano 7 more
Canción | Inglés Rod Stewart

Rod's version of the Sutherland Brothers song became an international hit, topping the charts in Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK.

Traducciones:  Croata Rumano Alemán 22 more
Canción | Inglés Nirvana

Nirvana made this David Bowie song famous.

Traducciones:  Serbio Griego Francés 19 more
Canción | Inglés The Bangles

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

Traducciones:  Alemán Croata Rumano

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

Traducciones:  Griego Italiano Serbio 18 more
Canción | Inglés Smokie

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

Traducciones:  Húngaro Ruso Croata

It's a Leo Dan cover.

Traducciones:  Inglés Ruso

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.

Traducciones:  Serbio Rumano Ucraniano 5 more

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

Traducciones:  Inglés Español Serbio
Canción | Inglés Soft Cell

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

Traducciones:  Griego Francés
Canción | Español Gilda

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.

Traducciones:  Serbio Italiano Español

'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.

Traducciones:  Inglés Alemán Serbio 6 more

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

Traducciones:  Español Rumano Croata 1 more
Canción | Inglés Johnny Cash

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.

Traducciones:  Griego Serbio Francés 17 more

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

Traducciones:  Inglés Alemán
BlackSea4everBlackSea4ever    Mié, 13/03/2019 - 14:16
"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 Liebermanтихо-убивая-ме......

Sailor PokeMoon2Sailor PokeMoon2    Jue, 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    Jue, 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.

ingirumimusnocteingirumimusnocte    Jue, 21/03/2019 - 23:13

The song is older than that, though the Ramones covered it too.

Sailor PokeMoon2Sailor PokeMoon2    Jue, 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    Jue, 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    Vie, 22/03/2019 - 22:44

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

Diazepan MedinaDiazepan Medina    Sáb, 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    Sáb, 23/03/2019 - 20:39
wikipedia says:


"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.