5 Famous Songs You Didn't Know Were Covers
  • FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015

  • Posted by: Camille Fantasia

Sometimes it doesn't matter who originally wrote and recorded a song if fate takes its course and another artist popularizes the track instead. Whether there are hostile feelings or not, sometimes the first take just fails to take off. Here are 5 artists that are so associated with these songs that you probably would have never guessed they covered them.

1. "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" is the definitive Cyndi Lauper song... except she didn't write it. Sure, it was #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 list and was nominated for a Grammy in 1983, but the song was originally written and recorded by Robert Hazard in 1979 for his demo of Robert Hazard and The Heroes. He's never released his version, and at this point, few people would even realize why it would be special if he did.



2. In 1967, a Jamaican ska/rockstead band called The Paragons brought "Tide Is High" into the world. In 1980, Blondie swooped in and recorded her own version when the band's guitarist, Chris Stein, discovered the song on a random reggae compilation CD in England. The rest is history, and the song would become Blondie's second #1 single.



3. "Respect" seems synonymous with Aretha Franklin, but she actually recorded the song two years after it was originally written and recorded by Otis Redding -- ultimately making it the iconic song it is today. When she sings "R-E-S-P-E-C-T," the song implies female empowerment; whereas in Redding's original version, the word is used as a euphemism for sex.



4. In 1985, Prince wrote "Nothing Compares 2 U" for The Family, but the song never blew up until Sinead O'Connor gave it new life in 1990. She took home three awards from the MTV Music Video Awards that year.



5. Anybody that grew up in the Aughts knows "Don't Cha" as a song by the Pussycat Dolls, but it was actually first released by Tori Alamaze as her debut single. When the song failed to get mainstream attention, Universal Records dropped her from the label, and producer Cee-Lo Green gave the song to the Pussycat Dolls. It was released a month later as their debut single, reaching the #2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, and it went on to sell over 6 million copies. I can't imagine how Alamaze must have felt; that's tough pill to swallow.

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