Covers that are more famous than the original song
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.
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.
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.