20 Iconic Songs That Are Actually Covers
Cyndi Lauper didn't come up with the idea that girls just want to have fun
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2013 10:13 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Next time you find yourself belting along to Cyndi Lauper singing "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" or Joan Jett singing "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," know this: Cyndi and Joan didn't originate those songs, they just made them famous. Huffington Post rounds up 20 hit songs that are actually covers. Check out a sampling in the gallery of both the originals and the covers, or click for the full list.

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iq145
Apr 28, 2013 9:51 PM CDT
Don't forget about every single song Mariah Carey ever did...
kukisvoomchor
Apr 27, 2013 3:50 PM CDT
There are many songs in this category, obviously, and someone could write a book on the subject. (One could add to this list "Killing Me Softly with His Song" first recorded by Lori Lieberman in 1971. Helen Reddy had the music but chose to pass on it, and then Roberta Flack heard Lieberman's folk-rock version and made her own recording that became the famous one.)
WhateverYouSay
Apr 27, 2013 2:43 PM CDT
I gotta say, Big Mama Thorton's You Ain't Nothin But a Hound dog is 10 times better than Elvis' pop version. There are lots of "covers" that surpass original versions. That's just the nature of music. ' Another favorite of mine... House of the Rising Sun was made famous by Eric Burden and the Animals, but it had been performed by artists as diverse as Leadbelly, Woodie Guthrie, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and even Andy Griffith. Joan, 1960, pre-Animals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkyYHYUcGgo The Animals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwAw9ThDQmk