Artists’ Hit Songs You Didn’t Know Were Covers

Caroline Gawlik | June 14, 2019 7:27 pm

There are some songs that are hard to imagine anyone else singing. “Ring of Fire” is truly a song that needs Johnny Cash’s voice to pull it off. And “Respect” is now completely synonymous with Aretha Franklin. But would you believe that neither of them was the original singer or songwriter on their top hits?

Many musicians borrow styles, tunes, and in some cases, they take entire songs from others and play it in their own style. It’s so common that many people don’t realize their favorite singer’s hit songs are actually covers.

"I Will Always Love You" – Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston
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Phil Dent/Redferns

Whitney Houston’s version of "I Will Always Love You," has been described as an anthem of the 1990s. She recorded it for the 1992 film, The Bodygaurd, and it proceeded to spend 14 weeks on the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Her version is also the best-selling single by a woman in history.

The song was originally written and recorded by Dolly Parton in 1973, in which it charted at No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart twice. Once in 1974 and again in 1982 when she re-recorded it for the film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.