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Saturday video break: When the cover is better known than the original

You know the song “Tainted Love”, right? A classic from the 80s. And a cover of a 60s Motown song.

Quite different, no? The folks at Popdose wrote about some well-known tunes that they knew better as covers. I’d say one of the best known examples of this is the Manfred Mann cover of “Blinded By The Light”:

You’re welcome for the lyrics. What’s your example of a cover song you heard before the original?

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6 Comments

  1. Linkmeister says:

    “Blowin’ in the Wind.” Peter Paul and Mary made that famous long before most people outside NYC heard Dylan’s original. Same thing happened with “Turn! Turn! Turn!” The Byrds’ version was much more widely known than Pete Seeger’s original.

  2. !!Dean says:

    UB-40’s cover of “Red Red Wine” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXt56MB-3vc
    Original by Neil Diamond.

  3. Brad M. says:

    Tears of a Clown by The English Beat…way after Smokey Robinson’s original in 67.

  4. Jonas says:

    Wipeout- The Beach Boys/Fat Boys collaboration way outshone the original. Just kidding.

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