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

by (@JordanRuntagh)

5. You Know It As: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper 

But It’s Actually…

Well this is weird…Somehow hearing a guy singing a song about girls just wanting to have fun makes the tune take on the creepy subtext of a guy at a bar giving you unwanted (and inaccurate) lady advice. But that’s exactly what Robert Hazard did in 1979. Cyndi made some minor lyrical changes to accommodate the female perspective, transforming the tune entirely.


4. You Know It As: “The First Cut Is The Deepest” by Rod Stewart (and a zillion other people)

But It’s Actually…

Soul singer P.P. Arnold recorded the earliest version of this Cat Stevens original in 1967. He did one himself a short time later.


3. You Know It As: “Step By Step” by Whitney Houston

But It’s Actually…

Annie Lennox really doesn’t get her due as one of the all time great British soul singers (or soul singers, period). But when Whitney recorded this song for The Preacher’s Wife soundtrack, the tune became forever hers.


2. You Know It As: “Cum On Feel The Noize” by Quiet Riot

But It’s Actually…

The hair rock anthem started life as a glam rock anthem in 1973 for the British band Slade.


1. You Know It As: “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder

But It’s Actually…

Obviously only Stevie Wonder could pen a groove this good, but he originally wrote it “to order” for guitarist Jeff Beck, who created the drum beat. Beck recorded the track on 1972’s Beck, Bogert & Appice, but Stevie took the song back (at Motown head Berry Gordy’s insistence) and recorded his own landmark version that we know and love today. We always knew it had funk, but we never know how hard it could rock until we heard Beck’s version.

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