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    18 Famous Songs You Never Realized Were Covers Until Reading This Post

    Yes, a DUDE actually wrote "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

    1. Everyone probably knows Jeff Buckley's version of "Hallelujah" from 1994, but it was originally written and performed by singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.


    2. Queen Aretha Franklin made "Respect" a maaaaaajor hit in 1967, but Otis Redding originally wrote and recorded it in 1965.

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    3. Whitney Houston recorded "I'm Every Woman" for the The Bodyguard soundtrack, when it was originally a hit for Chaka Khan in 1978.

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    Whitney paid tribute to Chaka's original by updating her lyrics and having her in the '90s music video.

    4. Yes, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper is the ULTIMATE '80s anthem, but did you know a dude named Robert Hazard actually wrote it in the late '70s?

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    5. Before The Pussycat Dolls released "Don't Cha" in 2005, former OutKast backup singer Tori Alamaze recorded it in 2004.

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    6. "Killing Me Softly" by the Fugees is the '90s jam all millennials love, but baby boomers know it as the smooth song Roberta Flack recorded in the '70s.

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    7. "Landslide" by the Dixie Chicks was actually recorded by iconic rock group Fleetwood Mac in 1975.

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    8. You've probably listened to Madonna's '90s bop "Ray of Light" a million times, but it was written by folk duo Curtiss Maldoon in 1971.

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    9. Did you know the Smash Mouth bop "I'm A Believer" was originally written by Neil Diamond for The Monkees in 1966?

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    10. And "Make You Feel My Love" by Adele was written by Bob Dylan 10 years before she made it famous?

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    11. We've all danced to "Lady Marmalade" from the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack, but girl group Labelle made it a hit first in 1974.

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    12. Ike & Tina Turner made "Proud Mary" an absolute smash in 1971, but John Fogerty wrote it for Creedance Clearwater Revival in 1968.

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    13. Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell composed "Big Yellow Taxi" in the beginning of 1970, and 33 years later, Counting Crows and Vanessa Carlton recorded their own version.

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    14. And the angsty '90s anthem "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia was first recorded by the band Ednaswap two years earlier.

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    15. "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley was actually recorded by blues singer Big Mama Thornton three years before he made it a hit in 1956.

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    16. Destiny's Child actually covered the 1977 Samantha Sang jam "Emotion" for their album Survivor.

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    17. Frank Sinatra made "New York, New York" popular in 1979, but Liza Minnelli first recorded it in 1977 for the Martin Scorsese film of the same name.

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    18. And before Sinéad O'Connor made "Nothing Compares 2 U" popular, Prince wrote and recorded it in 1985.

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