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Songs People Fell In Love With Not Because Of The Original, But Because Of A Cover

These covers are epic.

Sure it's easy to fall in love with a classic song, but when certain artists put a spin on it, that's when the real magic happens.

When Reddit user u/confuciusly posed this conversation-sparking question, the answers piled up quickly. 

1. Led Zeppelin, "When The Levee Breaks"

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

2. "Burning Love" From the Lilo and Stitch soundtrack

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"Lilo and Stitch mostly used Elvis’ songs, but there was a great cover of Burning Love played during the credits. Yeah, most of Elvis’s songs were covers; Wynonna’s track was the odd one out for me. The original Burning Love was sung by Arthur Alexander (fun fact)." —u/myslowclapprocessor

3. Santana, "Black Magic Woman"

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"Original = Fleetwood Mac" —u/nautme

4. Bowling For Soup, "1985"

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"1985, I was very surprised when I found out that Bowling For Soup were not the original artists." —u/Bluedystopia (Original by SR-71)

5. Rage Against The Machine, "Renegades Of Funk"

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"Originally by Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force." —u/7FingerLouie

6. The Animals, "House of the Rising Sun"

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"For anyone interested- The most popular recording by The Animals was based on Bob Dylan’s cover that was based on folk singer Dave Van Ronk’s version of the song." —u/lovemeyeah

7. Talking Heads, "Take Me To The River"

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"Originally by Al Green" —u/ineffectivegoggles

8. Nirvana, "The Man Who Sold The World"

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"Legend has it, the first time David Bowie heard Nirvana's version, he commented to a friend who was with him that he really liked the song, and his friend replied basically saying "I would hope so, because it's one of yours!" —u/CaptBranBran

9. Jimi Hendrix, "All Along the Watchtower"

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"Had no idea it was a [Bob] Dylan song for a good few years, Hendrix owned it." u/Modest_Gaslight

10. Sinead O'Connor, "Nothing Compares 2U"

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"[Original by] Price" —u/zombieprince

11. The Beatles, "Twist and Shout"

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"Twist and shout, written and performed originally by the Isley Brothers and released in 1962, popularized when The Beatles covered it a year later. I seriously have no clue why I keep returning to the song but I love it." —u/Chefdontjudge11

12. Eric Clapton, "Cocaine"

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"Originally done by J.J Cale, but Eric Clapton just brings it to a new level." —u/BritishTeaEnthusiast

13. The Bangles, "Hazy Shade of Winter"

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"I watched Less than Zero in the 90's when I was a teen and that song was just, wow. Had no clue it was originally a Simon and Garfunkel song until my mom told me." —u/the_assembled_sway

14. The Honeydrippers, "Sea Of Love"

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"Robert Plant has also done a version of Sea of Love, original by Phil Philips. He did it after his days with Led Zeppelin with a group called The Honeydrippers." —u/parkher

15. Cat Power, "I Found A Reason"

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"She has a whole covers record. Lots of the tracks are pretty obscure. I actually heard her version of I Found A Reason before the Velvet Underground original." —u/greensthecolor

What covers do you love? Sound off below!

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.