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9 songs you probably didn't know are covers

There is no original art anymore.

THE NEWS LAST week that shocked the world is that Torn by Natalie Imbruglia is actually a cover.



Everything we know is a lie. Relatively unknown band Ednaswap did it first.

Here are some other songs that not originals:

Respect by Aretha Franklin is an Otis Redding cover

original back in 1965 but he didn’t have the famous R-E-S-P-E-C-T chorus we know and love from Aretha. Otis sings it from a man’s point of view, working hard and wanting respect from his wife, but Aretha demands respect from her ma.


Tainted Love was originally recorded by Gloria Jones

Excuse me, what? Some may recognise this from the beer ad it sounds like it should be in, but you’ll be most familiar with Soft Cell’s 80s version.

The song was a commercial flop for Gloria, featuring as a B-side on her single My Bad Boy’s Comin’ Home in the 60s.

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Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun is originally by Robert Hazard

Robert wrote and recorded the female anthem in 1979, but Cyndi’s 1983 version hit the big time. Can’t imagine it being sung by a man? Think again.

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Red Red Wine is by Neil Diamond

NO, UB40 didn’t write this reggae tune, it was the man himself, Neil Diamond. Diamond’s version was covered by UB40 without them knowing it was originally his. they covered a version of the song they heard from a singer called Tony Tribe.


Twist and Shout is a cover, not a Beatles original

The Beatles definitely made this song famous, but it was written by Phil Medley and Bert Berns and originally recorded by the Top Notes. Who are the Top Notes? They were a band active for a few years in the early 60s, but never had much of an impact on the charts.

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Galway Girl isn’t a Mundy song

Ok most of us in Ireland know this is a cover, but many people still attribute it to Mundy. He made the song popular, but it was Steve Earle who originally wrote the song about a girl he played sessions with in Galway. The American singer-songwriter released it with Sharon Shannon, but it wasn’t until Mundy covered it that it became legendary.

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Wagon Wheel by Nathan Carter is actually a work of Bob Dylan

Hold on. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that Nathan Carter didn’t write this, but try telling that to some of his young fans. The most well-known version outside of Ireland is by Darius Rucker, but the song itself is actually by Bob Dylan.

Well, Bob Dylan wrote the chorus and Old Crow Medicine Show filled in the gaps. An honourable collaboration.

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Whiskey in the Jar is a hit by The Dubliners, not Thin Lizzy

Older fans of Irish jams might know this, but it’ll blow others’ minds. The original is pretty great. It was later covered by Metallica, but we won’t mention that.

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Santana’s Black Magic Woman is originally by Fleetwood Mac

Before Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Lindsay Buckingham made Fleetwood Mac the band we know and love today, they were more of a blues band. They originally recorded Black Magic Woman written by member Peter Green, but Santana’s version is probably the one you know today.


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