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

by (@JordanRuntagh)

16. You Know It As: “Mad World” by Gary Jules

But It’s Actually…

The stripped-down recent version sounds like pure aural depression and despair, but Tears For Fears‘ original single from 1982 was actually pretty catchy.


15. You Know It As: “Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston

But It’s Actually…

Whitney famously covered Dolly Parton‘s “I Will Always Love You” on the zillion-selling soundtrack to The Bodyguard, but the first in her record-setting string of seven number 1 singles was this tune originally done in 1978 by Marilyn McCoo of the 5th Dimension.


14. You Know It As: “Hard To Handle” by The Black Crowes 

But It’s Actually…

The Crowes’ breakout single actually had its genesis in a (relatively) obscure Otis Redding track, although it apparently also borrows its melody from Buddy Guy’s 1972 tune “A Man Of Many Words”.


13. You Know It As: “Killing Me Softly With His Song” by Fugees (or Roberta Flack)

But It’s Actually…

Lauryn Hill killed it on her reinvention of the famous Roberta Flack soul smash, but it was actually first recorded by Lori Lieberman in 1971. Although she didn’t write the song, she claims that the lyrics were based on a poem she wrote after being moved by the Don McLean tune, “Empty Chairs”.

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