5 Popular Songs You Didn’t Know Were Covers

Artists often cover their favorite songs or songs they like. You may have listened to many covers of popular songs or the songs your favorite artist covered. There are millions of cover songs on YouTube! Some artists even share their own rendition of a song. Many a time, some covers get so popular that we don’t remember the artist or know who originally recorded the song.

Below is a list of five songs you may have not known were covers –

Natalie Imbrugia – ‘Torn’

‘Torn’ by Natalie Imbruglia has amassed over 507 million streams on Spotify and 256 million views on YouTube. Some may have also discovered this song because One Direction covered it. However, Imbruglia’s ‘Torn’ is a cover, not an original.

According to NME, the song was first penned by an alt-rock band Ednaswap. A Danish singer called Lis Sørensen first released the song after it was written by the LA band. But it was not recorded in English, it was translated, and ‘Torn’ was given another title. In 1995, Ednaswap rolled out their song ‘Torn’. Then, the ‘Johnny English’ actress Natalie Imbruglia covered it and went on to sell over a million copies in the UK. It has been 25 years since Imbruglia’s debut with ‘Torn’.

Charles Bradley – ‘Changes’

People who have watched Netflix’s ‘Big Mouth’ may recognize this tune as the show’s theme song. It appears on American singer Charles Bradley’s 2016 album ‘Changes’. It is a cover of English rock band Black Sabbath’s song ‘Changes’, which was first released in 1972 as part of ‘Vol.4’. The song is one of their most well-known songs. Bradley’s cover has surpassed 50 million streams on Spotify.

Destiny’s Child – Emotion

Australian singer Samantha Sang recorded ‘Emotion’ as her lead single for the 1977 album of the same name. Then, the iconic group Bee Gees recorded their own rendition of the song in 1994. They intended for the track to be on an unreleased album. Finally, in 2001, it was included in their compilation ‘The Record – Their Greatest Hits’. American girl group Destiny’s Child covered Samatha Sang’s ‘Emotion’ too. It was released in the same year as the Bee Gees’ rendition of the song and was included in their 2001 album ‘Survivor’.

Whitney Houston – ‘I Will Always Love You’

‘I Will Always Love You’ is one of Whitney Houston’s most popular songs. The incredibly talented vocalist recorded it for the 1992 film ‘The Bodyguard’. She starred in the film alongside Kevin Costner. It is one of the best-selling songs of all time. The song has garnered over 514 million streams on Spotify and surpassed 1.3 billion views on YouTube. Whitney’s cover of ‘I Will Always Love You’ was a fourteen-week chart-topping hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart too. This song was originally written by Dolly Parton and was track 6 on her 1974 album ‘Jolene’. It was released as the second single from this album. 

Lana Del Rey – ‘Doin’ Time’

Lana Del Rey covered ‘Doin’ Time’ for her sixth studio album ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell!’. She shared the music video for ‘Doin’ Time’ a day before the album’s release. The song was originally recorded by the American rock band Sublime in 1996. They sampled George Gershwin’s 1935 song ‘Summertime’ for their song ‘Doin’ Time’, which was the closing track on their 1996 eponymous album ‘Sublime’.

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