10 Famous Songs You Didn’t Know Were Covers

June 7, 2014
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Without realizing, a mass amount of the music we listen to today is re-created from classics. The music you might be humming to on the radio could have once been chart topper in the 60s. In the music world, this is not copying. We simply refer to it as ‘sampling’ or ‘covering’ and there’s nothing wrong with it! Merely polishing off the old and making them shine brand-new.

We hope some of the examples below will leave you thinking, “no way!”

Love Me by Justin Bieber  (Original: Lovefool by The Cardigans 1996)

An old favourite made it onto pre-teen Bieber’s track-list a few years back and a charming version of The Cardigans’ track was made! Do you enjoy the re-make or was this a classic that was best left alone?

Bailando by Enrique Iglesias & Sean Paul (Original: Bailando by Descemer Bueno ft. Gente De Zona 1996) 

A timeless tune that you can’t help but to dance to! The spanish salsa beat carries onto Enrique’s Spanglish version that’s been hitting the radio waves recently with the help of Sean Paul. Personally, we’ll take the original over this new version. What about you?

Me Love by Sean Kingston (Samples: D’yer Mak’er by Led Zeppelin 1973) 

He may not be all over the radio these days but he was dropping hits by the day years back and “Me Love” being one of them, wasn’t all an original! Sampled by a great Zeppelin track we stand on different musical tastes to tell us which comes up triumphant.

Back In Time – PitBull (Samples Love Is Strange by Mikey & Sylvia)

We gotta wonder, is there a tune “Mr. Worldwide” can’t turn into a hit? He’s got 2-3 songs on rotation on the radio at a time and “Back In Time” is no exception. Pitbull samples in a few parts around the beat drop making for a modern throwback track.

Bang Bang by Will I Am ( Samples: Bang Bang by Cher 1966) 

Among many amazing remakes in the Gatsby soundtrack… this track was playing in all the clubs. Some controversy surrounded the origins of the beat but there’s no denying the sampling of 20s hit “Bang Bang.”

Cupids Chokehold by Gym Class Heroes (Original: Take A Look At My Girlfriend by Supertramp 1979)

Another hit nobody would guess had already been made! Unless you’re 35+ in age, we won’t hold you accountable for the misunderstanding. “Take A Look At My Girlfriend” was revamped and mastered to make a charming track with a few rap verses. The genres differ so heavily from the original to the remake that we can’t find it in our hearts to pick a favourite! Can you?

Party Girls by Ludacris (Original: Barbie Girl by Aqua 1997)

A smooth and sultry track, polar opposite to its original. Evidently, “Barbie” is switched for the word “Party” and the context continues a little more provocative than the 97′ version. No matter, it takes a place in your head and you’ll find yourself humming the soft tune all night long.

Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley (Original: Hallelujah by Leanard Cohen 1985)

A classic within a classic, this track dates back further than we can recall. Some truly wouldn’t believe it’s a remake because of Jeff Buckley’s excellence in creating it. Either way, whichever version you’re listening to, this song captivates the heart and truly speaks to you.

Knockin’ on Heavens Door by Guns N’ Roses (Original: Knockin On Heavens Door by Bob Dylan 1973) 

Guns N’ Roses give their own twist on the song, but it remains the same soulful track. Both with different deliveries of the lyrics, bring across the same feel! Which would you prefer?

The First Cut Is The Deepest by Sheryl Crow (Original: The First Cut Is The Deepest by Cat Stevens 1967)

Most definitely an “oldie” but nonetheless a “goodie.” Here’s yet another track you would never have guessed to be anything but original but sometimes a good song needs to be livened up to be heard a little better. Exactly the case here and Sheryl Crows hit rang through our radio speakers for years as a chart topping hit! We’ll take her version as a favourite this time around.

Did any of these tracks come to you as a surprise? Let us know by tweeting @weknowthedj!

-Sara Soulati (@sarasoulati)

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