Cover songs that are more famous than the original?

What are some of your favorite cover songs that happen to be more famous than the original?


Jimi Hendrix- All Along the Watchtower

Deep Purple- Hush



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41 Answers

  • Smiley
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Fleetwood Mac - Black Magic Woman (covered by Santana)

    A Foot in Coldwater - (Make Me Do) Anything You Want (covered by Helix)

    Crow - Evil Woman (covered by Black Sabbath)

    Argent - Liar (made famous by Three Dog Night)

    David Bowie - Man Who Sold the World (covered by Nirvana)

    The Beatles - I Wanna be Your Man (first hit for the Rolling Stones)

    Elton John - Bad Side of the Moon (covered by April Wine)

    The Kinks - You Really Got Me (covered by Van Halen)

    Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes (covered by Elvis Presley)

    J.J. Cale - Call Me the Breeze (covered by Lynyrd Skynyrd)

    Fleetwood Mac - Green Manalishi (covered by Judas Priest)

    The Easy Beats - Friday on My Mind (covered by David Bowie)

    The Beatles - She Came in Through the Bathroom Window (covered by Joe Cocker)

    Traffic - Feelin' Alright (covered by Joe Cocker)

    J.J. Cale - Cocaine (covered by Eric Clapton)

    Bob Marley - I Shot the Sheriff (covered by Eric Clapton)

    Johnny Kidd and the Pirates - Shakin' All Over (early lineup of The Guess Who made this an American hit in 1965, then it was popularized again a few years later by The Who).

    Hawkwind - Motorhead (covered by Motorhead)

    And several Led Zeppelin songs!

  • peetz
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Famous Cover Songs

  • 1 decade ago

    Blinded by the Light ~ Manfred Mann's Earth Band

    {Bruce Springsteen}

    In A Broken Dream ~ Thunder

    {Python Lee Jackson}

    Morning Dew ~ Nazareth

    {Bonnie Dobson}

    With A Little Help From My Friends ~ Joe Cocker

    {The Beatles}

    All Along the Watchtower ~ Jimi Hendrix

    {Bob Dylan}

    Hey Joe ~ Jimi Hendrix

    {?} {there is a brilliant cover by Robert Plant on his album 'Dreamtime'}

    Woodstock ~ Matthews Southern Comfort

    {Joni Mitchell}

    Tainted Love ~ Soft Cell

    {Gloria Jones}

    I have to disagree with the person who said a cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Landslide' was more famous than the original.

    Edit :~

    Having looked closer at some of the other answers here, I get the feeling a lot of them are from American music lovers, as several of the covers listed have never been big here in the UK.

    For example, 'You Really Got Me' is still most famous as a Kinks song here {though there is a great cover by Robert Palmer}.

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    4 years ago

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    Cover songs that are more famous than the original?

    What are some of your favorite cover songs that happen to be more famous than the original?


    Jimi Hendrix- All Along the Watchtower

    Deep Purple- Hush


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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix (originally Bob Dylan)

    Man Who Sold The World - Nirvana (originally David Bowie)

    The Green Manalishi - Judas Priest (originally Fleetwood Mac)

    You Really Got Me - Van Halen (originally the Kinks)

    C*m on Feel the Noize - Quiet Riot (originally Slade)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    From This Moment- Shania Twain, originally by Karen Carpenter

    You've Got a Friend- James Taylor, originally by Carole King

    Hound Dog- Elvis Presley, originally by Big Mama Thornton

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    How about "You Really Got Me". The Van Halen cover I think got bigger than the Kinks (superior) original, at least around here.

    Neither are really famous but "Hanging On The Telephone" was originally done by the Nerves and Blondie has the better known version.

    I don't know the name of the person who wrote "Train Kept A Rollin'" but the Yardbirds version is more famous than his, and Aerosmiths' version is more famous than theirs.

    The Jam's version of "David Watts" I'm assuming is more famous because I've heard it in commercials and other things, original by the Kinks.

    It's just barely a cover but Led Zeppelin's "The Lemon Song" is much more famous than the song it's a reworking of, Howling Wolf's "Killing Floor".

    Lynyrd Skynyrd's version of "Call Me The Breeze" is better known than J.J. Cale's original, but I could go on and on about covers of his songs, but I'll suffice it to add "Cocaine" and "After Midnight" done by Clapton.

    The Clash have the most famous version of "I Fought The Law" I think? Or at least more famous than Sonny Curtis's. But Bobby Fuller's version is up there too.

    The Hendrix cover of "All Along The Watch Tower" as mentioned has eclipsed the Dylan version partly.

    The Clash's version of "Police & Thieves" is also heard more often than Junior Murvin's.

    Even though its been mentioned, and I don't know that it's the original, I just wanted to say that the Leaves' version is by far the best version of "Hey Joe".

    Edit: I took so much time typing this while doing other things that half of them I said are taken now. Dammit :(

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  • RoVale
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    I can think of some:

    Respect - Aretha Franklin (originally by Otis Redding)

    Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds (Bob Dylan)

    I'm A Believer - The Monkees (Neil Diamond)

    Without You - Harry Nilsson (Badfinger)

    Hush - Deep Purple (Billy Joe Royal)

    You've Made Me So Very Happy - Blood, Sweat & Tears (Brenda Holloway)

    Eli's Coming - Three Dog Night (Laura Nyro)

    Twist & Shout - The Beatles (The Isley Brothers)

    Take Me In Your Arms (And Rock Me A Little While) - The Doobie Brothers (The Isley Brothers)

    Nobody But Me - Human Beinz (The Isley Brothers)

    I Never Promised You A Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson (Dobie Gray)

    Kentucky Woman - Deep Purple (Neil Diamond)

    Hurting Each Other - The Carpenters (Jimmy Clanton)

    Can't Smile Without You - Barry Manilow (The Carpenters)

    Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson (Elvis Presley)

    Hound Dog - Elvis Presley (Big Mama Thornton)

    Little Darling - The Diamonds (The Gladiolas)

    I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston (Dolly Parton)

    Bang Bang (My Baby Shot me Down) - Cher (Nancy Sinatra)

    Got My Mind Set On You - George Harrison (James Ray)

    Tainted Love - Soft Cell (Gloria Jones)

    Wild Night (Van Morrison) John Mellencamp & Me'shell Ndegeocello

    Islands In The Stream - Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton (Barry Gibb)

    Emotion - Destiny's Child (Samantha Sang)

  • 1 decade ago

    All Along The Watchtower by The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Bob Dylan)

    Dazed And Confused by Led Zeppelin (Jake Holmes)

    Crossroads by Cream ( Robert Johnson)

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