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You Probably Didn't Realize These Songs Were Actually Covers

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There are a lot of famous songs that everyone thinks they know, but really there is a whole other level to them. You might think that the songs you love are so original and new, but it turns out that a lot of them are just covers of older songs that you don't remember.

Sometimes they songs were recorded by popular groups or artists, and others they were sung by people you have never heard of. Let's see if you knew if any of these popular songs were covers.

Respect by Aretha Franklin - Originally by Otis Redding

Otis Redding first recorded this popular song in 1965, but Aretha is really the only person you associate with this powerful song.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndy Lauper - Originally by Robert Hazard

Hazard never released the song officially, but the country-western star had actually used that some on his demo in 1979, a few years before Lauper released it in 1983.

Tainted Love by Soft Cell - Originally by Gloria Jones

There were decades in between this cover, but the version you are used to it not the original. Gloria Jones released the song as the B-side to her sing "My Bad Boy's Comin' Home" back in 1965.

I Love Rock n' Roll by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Originally by Arrows

This song has had A LOT of covers over the years, but the most famous is Joan Jett's version. She got the song from the band Arrows who released it in 1975.

Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O'Connor - Originally by The Family

She was one of the most notable singers of the 90s, but one of her most famous sons was a cover. Nothing Compares 2 U was done by The Family in 1985, five years before O'Connor released her version.

There are even more songs that you didn't realize were covers, click to the next page to see the rest!

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