Undercover Covers Part Two: 20 More Songs You Didn’t Know Were Covers

by (@JordanRuntagh)


Back by popular demand, y’all! A few weeks back we brought you 20 super-famous songs that you probably didn’t know were actually cover versions. But we had so many great undercover cover cuts stored up that we just had to come back for a second helping. So without any further ado, read on to discover 20 more tunes that were actually somebody else’s baby. Prepare to have a few rock myths shattered…but at least you’ll get to hear some pretty cool stuff!

20. You Know It As: “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

But It’s Actually…

Some younger folks might be surprised to learn that Britney Spears didn’t do it first, but Joan Jett didn’t write this rock anthem either. It was first recorded by the British group Arrows in 1975, apparently as a response to the Rolling Stones song, “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)”.


19. You Know It As: “Don’t Turn Around” by Ace of Base

But It’s Actually…

After we did our last list of undercover covers, some readers helpfully pointed out that this ’90s Swedish pop track actually got started as a hit for Tina Turner in 1986.  Thanks, team!


18. You Know It As: “Twist And Shout” by The Isley Brothers (or The Beatles)

But It’s Actually…

This larynx-shreadder got its start in 1961, when a little known staff producer at Atlantic Records named Phil Spector was called upon to record it with a group called the Top Notes. Although the song’s writer Bert Russell felt Spector ruined the record with his dense production, the young producer didn’t give up on his “Wall of Sound” and became one of the most famous recording artists in the world.


17. You Know It As: “Always Something There To Remind Me” by Naked Eyes

But It’s Actually…

Legendary duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David penned this song as glorious bit of lounge-a-palooza pop in 1963. Dionne Warwick recorded an early demo, before it was passed on to singer Lou Johnson a year later. A number of vocalists tackled the song, but it wasn’t until Naked Eyes gave it a new-wave treatment in the ’80s that it finally became the monster hit it always deserved to be.

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