Cover Me: 20 Famous Songs You Had No Idea Were Covers

by (@JordanRuntagh)

15. You Know It As: “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse 

But It’s Actually…

Yeah, the hint was in the fact the tune was on Mark Ronson’s album called Version, but most people don’t know that the original was by a brassed-up band from Liverpool called The Zutons in 2006.

 

14. You Know It As: “Blinded By The Light” by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

But It’s Actually…

This wordy and otherworldly epic was written by Bruce Springsteen and appeared on his 1972 album Greetings From Asbury Park. Bruce wrote the track after exec Clive Davis complained that the record lacked a hit single. Who’s The Boss now, Clive?

 

13. You Know It As: “Emotion” by Destiny’s Child

But It’s Actually…

Samantha Sang doing a  smooth disco groove out of ’77 written by Bee Gee Barry Gibb (who provides the distinctive backing vocals).

 

12. You Know It As: “If I Were A Boy” by Beyonce

But It’s Actually…

Not to pick on the lovely Mrs. Carter, but 20-year-old songwriter BC Jean wrote this anthemic track out of personal experience. Her version was originally rejected by the record company and it wasn’t until later that she learned it had been recorded by Bey. Although initially a bit annoyed at having her song essentially stolen, they’ve apparently buried that hatchet.

 

11. You Know It As: “Crazy” by Patsy Cline

But It’s Actually…

Willie Nelson wrote the classic ballad in 1961 and recorded it just before Patsy made her iconic version.

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