27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘Respect’. Who: Otis Redding wrote the original, before Aretha Franklin covered it. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘Step On’. Who: John Kongos did it before Happy Mondays made it Madchester 'tastic. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘Blinded By The Light’. Who: Bruce Springsteen did the track before Manfred Mann’s Earth Band took it chart-bound. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘Downtown Train’. Who: Tom Waits did the singer/songwriter original before Rod Stewart got his hands on it. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘Step By Step’. Who: Whitney Houston’s version was a cover of an Annie Lennox track. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘Don’t Turn Around’. Who: Tina Turner originally recorded this before Aswad reggae-fied it. Hear the original. Listen to the original versions of all these songs as a Spotify playlist.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘Gloria’. Who: Umberto Tozzi did the original before Laura Branigan rocked it up. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘I Want Candy’. Who: The Strangeloves did it before Bow Wow Wow upset the nation with their version. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘Hanging On The Telephone’. Who: Power-pop band The Nerves did Blondie before Blondie. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘Hey Joe’. Who: Jimi Hendrix may have made this his own but it was folkers The Leaves who did it originally. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘Istanbul’. Who: It was done by Four Lads and later by the two Johns as They Might Be Giants. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’. Who: The Family were Prince’s brainchild and he wrote the track. Hear the original. Listen to the original versions of all these songs as a Spotify playlist.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘I Love Rock n Roll’. Who: The Arrows loved it before Joan Jett And The Blackhearts covered it. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘I’m Going Down’. Who: 'Carwash' singer Rose Royce original before Mary J Blige. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’. Who: Rather creepily Robert Hazard did this song before Cyndi Lauper. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘Louie Louie’. Who: Richard Berry (not relation of Chuck) did the original. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘Mambo No 5’. Who: Perez Prado was annoying before Lou Bega was. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘Killing Me Softly’. Who: Sad chanteuse Lori Liebman did the song before Roberta Flack. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘Bette Davis Eyes’. Who: Jackie DeShannon’s original was a little bit country and not the New Wave version we all know and love. Hear the original. Listen to the songs as a Spotify playlist.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘Tainted Love’. Who: Originally it was a Northern South classic from Gloria Jones before Soft Cell synthed it up. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘I Didn’t Know I Was Looking For Love’. Who: Everything But The Girl did this version before Karen Ramirez had a one off hit with it. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘Torn’. Who: Edenswap featured Phil Thornalley, randomly a member of both The Cure and Johnny Hates Jazz. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘The Crying Game’. Who: Dave Berry did the original before Boy George and Pet Shop Boys covered it. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘Take Yo Praise’. Who: Fatboy Slim took the sample from Camille Yarbrough track for 'Praise You'. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘If I Was A Boy’. Who: Little known singer songwriter BC Jean did it before Beyonce. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘I Fought The Law’. Who: The Bobby Fuller Four fought the filth originally. Hear the original.

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27 classic songs you didn't know were covers

What: ‘Hound Dog’. Who: Big Mama Thronton did the original before Elvis Presley. Hear the original. Listen to the songs as a Spotify playlist.

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