Did You Know These Songs Were Covers?

When viewed beyond its peripheral presentation of tracks and albums, the music industry is not different from the game of chess. The winner is always the party that plays their moves well. And you mostly can’t predict or watch the whole game.

Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun album cover.
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Some might make ignoramus comments like, “that’s just how the industry is,” without considering at all the workload, writer’s block, and hours the originator of the song might have gone through. Sometimes, keynote artists do covers of a particular song and use their influence to cover up the existence of an original.

“I Will Always Love You” By Whitney Houston

Quite a shocker to start with. Cases of songs being sampled and adapted to form another entire track or cases where an underrated artist has their songs stolen when an influential producer or musician reproduces it and distributes it to an even larger audience are of normal occurrence in the industry not this.

Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You album cover
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Dolly Parton originally wrote this song. But, Whitney didn’t steal the song at all, though the song is almost synonymous whenever her name is mentioned. During the “Bodyguard” movie production, Kelvin Costner suggested that Whitney did the song as a soundtrack and boom.

“Tainted Love” By Soft Cell

Here we have a practical example of a song that didn’t get global recognition till an influential music personality pulled it off from its shadowed trenches. It can be seen as a way to create a brilliantly written song when viewed from a different perspective.

Soft Cell’s Tainted Love album cover.
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Tainted Love is a hit everyone appreciates as a dark synth-pop smash by duo group Soft Cell; it’s hard to know such a jam was a cover song. Gloria Jones and writer Ed Cobb recorded and wrote the song 20 years before the duo group. But it wasn’t until Soft Cell that anyone heard the song.

“Red, Red Wine” By UB40

Isn’t it funny that we have every scenario we talk about in the introductory text? The scenario here is the case where a song gets sampled and stolen without any credits to the original artist. Red, Red Wine, a soothing reggae like no other, possessing one’s body like a dancing puppet master.

UB40’s Red, Red Wine album cover.
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UB40’s beloved reggae was a cover to an original by Neil Diamond which appeared on his sophomore record “Just For You.” So the next time you’re having a glass of red wine with your accomplice, don’t forget to tell them it originates from Neil Diamond, as UB40 claims the song as theirs.