16 Songs You Probably Didn’t Realize Were Covers

Any true music enthusiast knows that for every amazingly catchy song written, there’s typically at least a dozen or so covers of the same tune. Sometimes the covers even become more popular than the original and we either forget or never realized they were a cover in the first place.

Take Whitney Houston’s famous rendition of “I Will Always Love You.” Many fans have mistakenly believed that the popular track was a Whitney origination when in fact, it was first performed by Dolly Parton. Crazy right?

In the spirit of kick-ass covers and learning about the artists who first conceived them, these are a few tracks most people don’t realize are re-inventions of their original version. Prepare for a mind-blowing lesson in music history.

1. No Doubt – “It’s My Life” (2000)

Originally by: Talk Talk (1984)

2. Amy Winehouse – “Valerie” (2006)

Originally by: The Zutons (2006)

3. Destiny’s Child – “Emotion” (2001)

Originally by: Samantha Sang (1978)

4. Beyoncé – “If I Were A Boy” (2008)

Originally by: BC Jean (2008)

5. Blondie – “The Tide Is High” (1980)

Originally by: The Paragons (1967)

6. Salt-n-Pepa – “Whatta Man” (1993)

Originally by: Linda Lyndell (1969)

7. Whitney Houston – “I Will Always Love You” (1992)

Originally by: Dolly Parton (1974)

8. The Fugees – “Killing Me Softly With His Song” (1996)

Originally by: Lori Lieberman (1972)

9. Natalie Imbruglia – “Torn” (1997)

Originally by: Ednaswap (1995)

10. Cyndi Lauper – “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” (1983)

Originally by: Robert Hazard (1979)

11. The Pussy Cat Dolls – “Don’t Cha” (2005)

Originally by: Tori Alamaze (2004)

12. Jennifer Lopez – “Waiting For Tonight” (1999)

Originally by: 3rd Party (1997)

13. Mariah Carey – “Without You” (1994)

Originally by: Badfinger (1970)

14. DJ Sammy – “Heaven” (2002)

Originally by: Bryan Adams (2001)

15. Christina Aguilera – “I Turn To You” (1999)

Originally by: All-4-One (1996)

16. Bowling For Soup – “1985” (2004)

Originally by: SR-71 (2004)

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