Skip To Content
  • Quiz badge

13 Super Famous Songs You Didn't Know Were Covers

Or maybe you did? Let's find out.

  1. Who originally recorded
    Tainted Love?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's Gloria Jones!

    The iconically 80s song so many of us grew up on was actually first recorded in 1965 by singer Gloria Jones.

    Via Motown
  2. Who originally recorded Blinded By The Light?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    The Boss did!

    Yup, Bruce Springsteen originally wrote Blinded by the Light for his "Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J." album when Clive Davis complained there were no singles on the album. Manfred Mann's Earth Band took it to the moon.

    Via Columbia Records
  3. Who originally recorded It's My Life?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's Talk Talk!

    The original 1984 synth pop version by British group Talk Talk wasn't nearly as popular as No Doubt's 2000 release of the song, but it's worth a listen.

    Via EMI
  4. Who originally recorded It's Oh So Quiet?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's Horst Winter!

    Both Betty Hutton and Bjork later covered the anthem originally released by German artist Horst Winter in 1948.

    Via Universal Music
  5. Who originally recorded Torn?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's Ednaswap!

    The little-known LA rock band originally recorded the song just two years before Natalie Imbruglia burned the track into your brain.

    Via Elektra Records
  6. Who originally performed Girls Just Wanna Have Fun?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's Robert Hazard!

    Yep. The de-facto female empowerment anthem was originally recorded by a dude. Somehow his version isn't quite as empowering as the Cyndi Lauper version we all know and love.

    Via RCA Records
  7. Who originally recorded Emotion?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's Samantha Sang!

    Not to be confused with Miranda Sings, Samantha Sang released the Barry Gibb penned Emotion in 1977 for the disco set long before Destiny's Child made it famous.

    Via EMI Records
  8. Who originally recorded Cum On Feel The Noise?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's Slade!

    The song, almost synonymous with Quiet Riot, was originally recorded in 1973 by British Band Slade.

    Via Zortam Music
  9. Who originally recorded Superstition?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's Jeff Beck!

    Yes, Stevie Wonder wrote the tune, and later made it famous, but it was originally written for and recorded by Jeff Beck for his Beck, Bogert, & Appice album.

    Via EMI
  10. Who originally recorded Dream A Little Dream Of Me?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's Ozzie Nelson!

    The Nelson family had gone three generations strong in the entertainment industry, and it was original Nelson Grandpa Ozzie who first recorded the song back in 1931. Sorry Mama Cass!

    Via Sepia Records
  11. Who originally recorded The First Cut Is The Deepest?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's P.P. Arnold!

    Yes, Cat Stevens wrote the tune, and yes he later recorded it (as did Rod Stewart) but soul singer P.P. Arnold got to take the first stab at recording in 1967.

    Via Ron Kroon / Anefo
  12. Who originally recorded Respect?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's Otis Redding!

    Surprise! Aretha made the song iconic by adding the spelling to the chorus, but Otis Redding released the original just two years earlier.

    Via Atlantic Records
  13. Who first recorded Crazy?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    No, YOU love the Nelsons.

    Willie Nelson (no relation to Ricky, Ozzie, or the twins, lol) wrote and recorded the song just before Patsy Cline released her iconic version in 1961.

    Via Columbia Records

Want awesome parenting tips in your inbox twice a week? Sign up for the BuzzFeed Parents newsletter!

Newsletter signup form