Artists’ Hit Songs You Didn’t Know Were Covers

Part of the artistic process is being inspired and putting your own spin on something that’s already been done. This is no different when it comes to music. Many musicians borrow other’s style or tone and make it theirs. In some cases, they take entire songs from other musicians and play it in their own style. This is incredibly common in the music industry, but people don’t always know that many artists’ hit songs are actually covers. So, take a look to see the songs that most people might have never known were done by someone else first.

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"Downtown Train" – Rod Stewart

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In 1989, Rod Stewart released the track "Downtown Train" as a single which soon peaked at No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song also charted No.1 in Canada and in the top ten on the UK Singles Chart in 1990. Stewart even received a Grammy nomination for Best Male Vocal Pop Performance for the song that same year.

Yet, the song was a cover by Tom Waits, who released the track on his album Rain Dogs in 1985. This wasn’t the only original song by Waits that was beaten out by covers. Others include "OI’ 55" by the Eagles and "Jersey Girl" by Bruce Springsteen.