5 Famous Pop Songs You Didn’t Know Were Covers

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If you’re like me, when you hear a song being performed by an artist, you just assume that they wrote it themselves. In reality, that’s rarely the case when it comes to pop music. Here are some tunes you probably didn’t realize are actually covers.


  1. “The First Cut Is The Deepest” – Sheryl Crow


We all remember this sappy love song from the early 2000s, but few people know that this tune is actually over fifty years old. The original version was written and recorded by Cat Stevens in 1967.


  1. “Mad World” – Gary Jules


This song is probably best known for being on the soundtrack to the cult film “Donnie Darko.” It’s cool, haunting, and eerie… and it’s also a cover. The original version in actually by Tears For Fears.


  1. “The Power Of Love” – Celine Dion


Oh Celine. Your music has been the soundtrack to countless Lifetime films and over-dramatized wedding ceremonies since 1980. And you didn’t even write your biggest song. The original version is by Jennifer Rush.


  1. “Tainted Love” – Soft Cell


You actually might even know Marilyn Manson’s cover of this song just as well as Soft Cell’s. The original was written and recorded by Gloria Jones.


  1. “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper


You know what’s really weird? The original version of this feminine pop anthem was actually by a dude. His name was Robert Hazard, and he released this song in 1979.