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

by (@JordanRuntagh)

4. You Know It As: “Chain Of Fools” by Aretha Franklin

But It’s Actually…

Everyone knows that Aretha forever claimed Otis Redding‘s “Respect”, but this one’s a bit more sneaky. It’s actually an unauthorized copy (or “borrows heavily”) from this 1967 Elijah Fair song, “Pain of Life”.

 

3. You Know It As: “I’m Goin’ Down” by Mary J. Blige

But It’s Actually…

Mary’s version was a very faithful (read: a carbon copy) of the original by Rose Royce off the Carwash soundtrack back in 1976.

 

2. You Know It As: “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley 

But It’s Actually…

Famed songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote this one on the back of a paper bag before handing it over to Big Mama Thornton in 1952. She gave the record more blues than Elvis could ever even dream of.

 

1. You Know It As: “Love Hurts” by Nazareth (and about a million others)

But It’s Actually…

Although destined to become one of the best break-up songs this side of “Love Stinks”, the track got its start as an Everly Brothers‘ album cut in 1960. Roy Orbison made his version the B-side of his hit single “Running Scared” in 1961, giving the tune its first significant airplay.

 

On The Fence: “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne

Kind Of Like…

Did Avril jack this 1979 song by the Rubinoos called “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”? A lawsuit cleared the “Girlfriend” writers of any wrongdoing, but check the chorus.

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