Everyone knows that fashion repeats itself, but sometimes music does, too. Sometimes an unknown song will become a huge hit when covered by a different artist. Sometimes an already popular song will become a hit for a second time. Here are some songs you’ve probably heard before but might not have realized were cover songs.
Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn)
The first on the list of songs originally written by Bob Dylan. Manfred Mann made this one a hit in 1968.
Thanks to an Austin Powers sequel, Lenny Kravitz released “American Woman” and even won a Grammy for it in 2000. The song was written by Canadian rockers, The Guess Who. Being Canadian, the fact that it’s an American Woman makes a lot more sense.
Killing Me Softly with His Song
In the 90s, The Fugees came out with an R&B version of this song, with Wyclef Jean counting all the way through it. The first person to make it a hit was Roberta Flack in 1973, but even that was a cover from 1971 by Lori Lieberman.
Children of the 90s are familiar with Pearl Jam and Eddie Vedder singing this incredibly sad love song, but it was first released by Wayne Cochran in 1961. Pearl Jam played it once through a sound check and decided to do it live. Who knew this revival would be such a hit?
311 made “Lovesong” a comeback hit in 2004 sparking many young fans to believe they wrote it. It’s actually a cover from The Cure’s #2 hit.