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10 Covers That Are More Successful Than The Original

Pharrell Williams has revealed that Cee Lo Green actually recorded "Happy" first, but the "powers that be" vetoed it, so everyone's favourite hat-wearing chap went on to re-record it himself and has so far sold over 1.3m copies in the UK. Pretty awks for Cee Lo. Here's 10 other covers that were more successful than the original.

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1. "I Will Always Love You" - Whitney Houston

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It's a karaoke/X Factor audition classic, but no one can beat Whitney's version. Although the song has become synonymous with her, it was actually recorded by Dolly Parton first. But don't feel bad, Dolly - you did a great job of singing about office hours and people called Jolene.

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2. "Valerie" - Amy Winehouse

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Remember when The Zutons were a thing? Well, they wrote this song but then Mark Ronson did a whole album of covers and this collab with Amy Winehouse went down a storm. Incidentally, The Zutons debut album was called: "Who Killed...... The Zutons?" - it seems this cover did. Soz.

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3. "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" - Cyndi Lauper

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No 80s night is complete without a blast of this song, which was originally recorded by Robert Hazard. "Who the heck is Robert Hazard?" I hear you ask. Well, he's the one who wrote the song - and it only took him 20 minutes while in the shower. Swift work Mr Hazard, but Cyndi still sung it better.

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4. "Hallelujah" - Jeff Buckley

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This was originally by Leonard Cohen, who's great at song writing and everything but, you know, his voice isn't always easy on the ear. There's quite a few cover versions of this haunting tune - I'm a fan of the Rufus Wainwright version, but there's no denying that Jeff Buckley's rendition is the most popular. Let's not even talk about Alexandra Burke's cover of the song.

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5. "Nothing Compares 2 U" - Sinead O'Connor

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It was actually Prince who penned this ultimate ballad originally. But it was his side project, The Family, who recorded it. The song wasn't really a big deal until Sinead O'Connor's version was released - but would it have been a different story if Prince had kept the song for himself?

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6. "All Along the Watchtower" - Jimi Hendrix

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Hendrix covered this just six months after Bob Dylan's original version was released. Jimi's version went on to be a top 20 hit in 1968, but there was no hard feelings from Bob. In fact, he said: "I liked Jimi Hendrix's record of this and ever since he died I've been doing it that way...Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it's a tribute to him in some kind of way." N'awww.

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7. "Torn" - Natalie Imbruglia

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Many 90s kids will fondly remember sniggering along to the lyrics "lying naked on the floor", which seemed VERY rude in a pre-twerking world. But it wasn't Imbruglia who originally recorded this song, in fact it was an LA-based rock band called Ednaswap. Never heard of them? No, me either.

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8. “It’s Oh So Quiet”— Björk

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Björk scored a top 10 hit with this song in the 90s, but originally, it was released by Betty Hutton back in the 1950s. Speaking of everyone's favourite kooky icelandic singer (because there's loads to choose from), can we just take a minute to remember when she accepted an award with the words "I am grateful grapefruit"?

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9. "Twist and Shout" - The Beatles

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Famously recorded while Lennon was nursing a rotten cold, poor chap. But before The Beatles got on the bandwagon, this song was released by a band called Top Notes. It's a pretty funky version, but I don't think anyone's going to dispute which song did better.

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10. "If I Were a Boy" - Beyonce

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I know, I was as shocked as you. But it's true - there's another version of this song that pre-dates Queen Bey's, by someone called BC Jean. Although she originally recorded the song, her label rejected and Beyonce stepped in and "made it her own", as Louis Walsh would say.

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