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

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8. You Know It As: “Me And Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin

But It’s Actually…

Kris Kristofferson wrote originally wrote this one about a girl named Bobby. Roger Miller took it to Number 12 in the country charts in 1969, before Janis made it a posthumous number 1 two years later. She did a similar trick with Erma Frankin‘s “Piece of My Heart” a few years earlier…

 

7. You Know It As:  “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes

But It’s Actually…

Some covers follow the original pretty closely, but this is definitely not one of them! The early ’80s pop hit began life as strutting dixieland number by Jackie DeShannon in 1974.

 

6. You Know It As: “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley (or Rufus Wainwright)

But It’s Actually…

This one has had its fair share of famed covers over the years -from Rufus Wainwright, Jeff Buckley and finally to John Cale- but the original by the gravel voiced Cohen is pretty bizarre. According to legend, he originally wrote 80 verses for the song, at one point being reduced to sitting in his underwear on a hotel room floor, banging his  head into the carpet.

 

5. You Know It As: “Black Magic Woman” by Santana

But It’s Actually…

Before they found themselves stuck in the middle-of-the-road/adult contemporary zone, the Mac used to rock hardcore thanks to the blues guitar work of resident genius, Peter Green. He penned this one in 1968 about his tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend at the time.