26 Of Your Favorite Songs That You Didn’t Realize Were Covers

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Interscope Records

People say imitation is the highest form of flattery, so by that logic, a musician covering a song originally written and performed by someone else is a way to show the utmost respect for that artist and their work. We all know that version of “Africa” we’ve been hearing everywhere lately is Weezer covering Toto, and both versions deserve credit for what they are. Toto even turned around and covered Weezer’s “Hash Pipe” to give them that same respect back. But what happens when a cover gets more recognition than the original song?

This happens more often than you’d think. Sometimes it seems like an unintentional slight to the original musician. They aren’t receiving the recognition they deserve, while another artist is being given all the credit. Or maybe the new version is offering more exposure for that original song. People might not have ever heard the original had they not been introduced to the more popular cover. Whatever your take on cover songs is, there are a lot of them out in the world and they’ll likely always be released. Here are some of those cover songs that were more popular than their originals. You can be the judge of who really did it best.

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