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    Jun 22, 2020

    19 Famous Songs That People Fell In Love With Without Realizing They Were Actually Covers

    I was today years old when I found out "1985" was not originally by Bowling for Soup.

    It's happened to all of us at least once: You're boppin' along to (what you believe is) a brand-new song and you're like, "Wow, I love this and must know everything about it," only to find out through a little research that IT'S ACTUALLY A COVER OF A SONG BY ANOTHER ARTIST.

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    Well this week, Reddit user confuciusly asked, "What song did you fall in love with not because of the original, but because of a cover?" and, y'all, I'm not ashamed to say I learned some things.

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    Here are just a few of the tunes that people fell in love with without realizing they'd actually been around beforehand:

    1. "All Along the Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix

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    Reprise/Track

    "I had no idea it was a Bob Dylan song for a good few years because Hendrix owned it."

    Modest_Gaslight

    2. "Twist and Shout" by the Beatles

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    Parlophone

    "It was written and performed originally by the Isley Brothers and released in 1962, but was popularized when the Beatles covered it a year later."

    Chefdontjudge11

    3. "1985" by Bowling for Soup

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    FFROE/Jive/Zomba

    "I was very surprised when I found out that SR-71 were the original artists."

    Bluedystopia

    4. "Hurt" by Johnny Cash

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    American/Lost Highway

    "Nine Inch Nails' original version was good, but the version that he did is a cold punch to the soul."

    MlejnasIsMyHome

    5. "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell

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    Some Bizzare

    "Gloria Jones did the original version back in 1964."

    Joe_Huxley

    6. "Respect" by Aretha Franklin

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    Atlantic

    "It was originally by Otis Redding, and there's actually a cool little backstory to it."

    MiceIsNice

    7. "Hallelujah" by Rufus Wainwright

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    Geffen Records/UMG

    "The original is by Leonard Cohen, but I first fell in love with the cover from Shrek. There are a lot of really nice covers of this one out there. The song always makes me tear up."

    OnceInAPurpleMoon

    8. "The Sound of Silence" by Disturbed

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    Reprise/Warner Bros.

    "The original Simon and Garfunkel version is incredible, but I heard the Disturbed version first and it gives me chills."

    ImDrunkSoFuckIt

    9. "Black Magic Woman" by Santana

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    Columbia

    "The original version was Fleetwood Mac."

    nautme

    10. "Nothing Compares to You" by Sinéad O'Connor

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    Chrysalis

    "The song was originally by Prince!"

    zombiepantz

    11. "Smooth Criminal" by Alien Ant Farm

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    DreamWorks

    "I'd never actually heard the Michael Jackson original before I stumbled on the cover by this band, which was and is still my favorite."

    landho54

    12. "When the Levee Breaks" by Led Zeppelin

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    Atlantic

    "I didn't know it was a cover for the longest time. It's originally by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie from way back in 1929."

    mild_snakz

    13. "The Boys of Summer" by the Ataris

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    Columbia

    "I heard the Ataris’ cover first without knowing it was actually by Don Henley."

    EatLard

    14. "Renegades of Funk" by Rage Against the Machine

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    Epic

    15. "It's My Life" by No Doubt

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    Interscope

    "For sooo many years, I had no idea this was a cover until I heard the Talk Talk original on the radio."

    seeseanyawn

    16. "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany

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    MCA Records

    "It's originally by Tommy James and the Shondells, but I heard the Tiffany version first back in the '80s and loved it. Then found out it was a cover and I liked the original even more!"

    jDubbaYo

    17. "With a Little Help from My Friends" by Joe Cocker

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    EMI

    "It's originally by the Beatles."

    MAXIMILIAN-MV

    18. "Hazy Shade of Winter" by the Bangles

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    Columbia/Liberation

    "I watched Less Than Zero in the '90s when I was a teen and that song was just, WOW. I had no clue it was originally a Simon and Garfunkel song until my mom told me."

    the_assembled_sway

    19. And finally, "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston

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    Arista/BMG Entertainment

    "Probably the most famous example, but it was originally written and sung by Dolly Parton."

    scaryfawn8332

    Now it's your turn! Share a song that you loved without realizing it was actually a cover and a little bit about why you love it in the comments below for a chance to be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post and/or video!

    Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity. H/T Reddit!