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

by (@JordanRuntagh)

10. You Know It As: “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia

But It’s Actually…

Two years before Natalie’s chart topping version, Los Angeles alternative band Ednaswap recorded the original.


9. You Know It As: “Time Is On My Side” by The Rolling Stones

But It’s Actually…

Irma Thomas released her soulful version in 1963, a year before the Stones. If you want to get technical, the tune got its start as an instrumental for trombonist Kai Winding and his Orchestra earlier that year.


8. You Know It As: “Ray Of Light” by Madonna

But It’s Actually…

It’s not a total cover, but definitely more than a sample! Madge “borrowed” the first few verses…and pre-choruses…and pretty much everything but the chorus from this 1971 acoustic song “Sepheryn” by English folk duo Curtiss Maldoon. 


7. You Know It As: “Hey Joe” by Jimi Hendrix

But It’s Actually

…a garage rock classic from The Leaves back in 1965.


6. You Know It As: “It’s Oh So Quiet” by Bjork

But It’s Actually…

Officially the track dates to Germany in 1948 when Horst Winter performed it as “Und Jetzt Ist Es Still.” But Betty Hutton gave us the first English version of this unhinged barnstormer in 1951. Watch the volume controls on this one…

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