The Most Famous Songs Made Famous By Another Musician

Aretha might have asked for (and received) a little “Respect”, but she wasn’t the first one to do so.

1. “Proud Mary”

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It was famously sung by Tina (and Ike) Turner:

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But it was originally written by Creedence Clearwater Revival:

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Others might know it as that song Beyoncé performed that one time:

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2. “This Woman’s Work”

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It’s famously covered by Maxwell:

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But it’s really a Kate Bush song:

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Maxwell’s version became popular because it was featured in a sexy scene during the 2000 movie “Love and Basketball”:

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3. “Hallelujah”

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Jeff Buckley sings a very popular version of it:

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But it’s really a song by Leonard Cohen:

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It’s a really popular song to cover, as evidenced by Regina Spektor, Rufus Wainwright, etc.

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4. “I Will Always Love You”

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It was famously sung by Whitney Houston:

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It was originally by Dolly Parton, who sang it in the movie “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”:

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Houston recorded it for her movie “The Bodyguard” with Kevin Costner:

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5. “Because The Night”

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The song is Patti Smith’s biggest hit:

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A lot of people also know it because of 10,000 Maniacs:

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It was actually written by Bruce Springsteen, who didn’t release the song until long after Smith’s version came out:

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Young people might know it by this insane cover that Cascada did:

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6. “Nothing Compares 2 U”

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Sinead O’Connor made this song popular:

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Though it was originally written by Prince:

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Kelly Clarkson covered it when she was in Dublin:

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7. “Bette Davis Eyes”

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Kim Carnes made this song a hit:

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It was originally written by Jackie DeShannon and Donna Weiss:

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Taylor Swift has a nice cover of it as well:

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8. “I Think We’re Alone Now”

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It’s famous as sung by Tiffany:

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It first charted because of Tommy James & the Shondells:

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It was written by their record producer Ritchie Cordell.

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It has since been covered by Girls Aloud:

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9. “I Want Candy”

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Bow Wow Wow made this song a hit:

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Most people these days know it because of Aaron Carter:

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But it was originally written by The Strangeloves:

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10. “Louie Louie”

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The most famous version of this song was recorded by The Kingsmen:

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It was actually first written and performed by Richard Berry:

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And has been covered by everyone ever.

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11. “Black Magic Woman”

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It’s famous as sung by Santana:

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It’s really a song by Fleetwood Mac:

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Everyone knows the version by Aretha Franklin:

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But it’s really an Otis Redding song:

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13. “Tainted Love”

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Soft Cell made this THE song of the ’80s:

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Though it was first performed by Gloria Jones:

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And has been covered by Marilyn Manson, and sampled by Rihanna in her song “SOS”:

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Marilyn especially took it in a different direction:

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