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.
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.
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
2. "Twist and Shout" by the Beatles
3. "1985" by Bowling for Soup
4. "Hurt" by Johnny Cash
5. "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell
6. "Respect" by Aretha Franklin
7. "Hallelujah" by Rufus Wainwright
8. "The Sound of Silence" by Disturbed
9. "Black Magic Woman" by Santana
10. "Nothing Compares to You" by Sinéad O'Connor
11. "Smooth Criminal" by Alien Ant Farm
12. "When the Levee Breaks" by Led Zeppelin
13. "The Boys of Summer" by the Ataris
14. "Renegades of Funk" by Rage Against the Machine
15. "It's My Life" by No Doubt
16. "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany
17. "With a Little Help from My Friends" by Joe Cocker
18. "Hazy Shade of Winter" by the Bangles
19. And finally, "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
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!