Top 20 classic songs that are actually covers

By Cicely Delanney.

As a musician, writers block can be a huge bummer. Sometimes, even after you’ve taken a walk, done some yoga, read a book of poems and practiced interpretive dance for three hours in your bedroom, you still can’t squeeze any notes out.

If you’ve reached this depressing point, fear not. One fantastic way to resolve this problem is to:

1) Find a brilliant song that already exists

2) Record a cover of said song with some subtle changes

Who knows? You might follow the success of these 20 artists, whose covers became such classics that they transcended their originals in popularity.

  1. Toploader – “Dancing in the Moonlight” (originally by King Harvest)
  2. Eric Clapton – “Cocaine” (originally JJ Cale)
  3. Jimi Hendrix – “All Along the Watchtower” (originally Bob Dylan)
  4. No Doubt – “It’s My Life” (originally Talk Talk)
  5. Otis Redding – “Hard to Handle” (originally Black Crows)
  6. Blackhearts – “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” (The Arrows)
  7. Atomic Kitten – “The Tide is High (Get The Feeling)” (The Paragons)
  8. Destiny’s Child – “Emotions” (Samantha Sang)
  9. Aretha Franklin – “Respect” (Otis Redding)
  10. Lou Bega – “Mambo No. 5” (Perez Prado)
  11. Elvis Presley – “Hound Dog” (Big Mama Thornton)
  12. Jameilia – “Superstar” (Christine Milton)
  13. Jonny Cash – “Hurt” (Nine Inch Nails)
  14. Whitney Houston – “I will Always Love You” (Dolly Parton)
  15. The Beatles – “Twist and Shout” (The Isley Brothers)
  16. The Klaxons – “Not Over Yet” (Grace)
  17. UB40 – “Red, Red Wine” (Neil Diamond)
  18. Ray Charles – “Georgia On My Mind” (Hoagy Carmichael)
  19. George Harrison – “I’ve Got My Mind Set On You” (James Ray)
  20. Roberta Flack – “Killing Me Softly With His Song” (Lori Leiberman)

This playlist is an homage to all the original singers of these songs, because I think they definitely deserve some love !!


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