Musical Acts Whose Biggest Hit is a Cover or is Heavily Sampled from Another SongSometimes, a musical act comes around with a song that’s either heavily sampled from another act or an outright cover, and that song becomes their biggest claim to fame.
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I heard that before he gave the credits to Queen and David Bowie, he claimed that the bass line wasn't stolen at all since he added an extra "dun". Going by that logic, if a classmate of mine lets me copy his homework, and that I just changed a few words but copied everything else directly, then it wouldn't be considered as copying anymore. That doesn't sound right...
Just A White Rapper From Florida... With A Funny Haircut! - A quote by Queens drummer Roger Taylor
Literally the only song anyone knows by him is his rip-off of Under Pressure. Seriously, has this guy done anything else?
Just a drugged man who likes ripping off major bands like queen
I agree with her statement against the Catholic church on SNL. While I do support the church, I don't support the fact that some of its leaders are kiddie diddlers.
Cannot stand this women. She is an insult to humanity.
'Nothing Compares 2 U' is probably her biggest thing, with her second biggest being an infamous SNL performance where she ripped up a photo of Pope John Paul II. But, did you know that it was originally a Prince song?
A song that does not chart anywhere in the world is not a hit so this guy does not belong he simply has never had a hit song.
He's a God
Is this the chocolate rain song dude?
I hate him. He has no right to cover Bohemian Rhapsody.
I liked I Wanna Dance with Somebody better than I Will Always Love You though...
Her version, takes my breath away. Sorry Dolly
She did have 10 other #1 pop hits
Totally forgot about this one! ‘I Will Always Love You’ was originally by Dolly Parton
He wrote almost none of his songs
'Hound Dog' is, arguably, his biggest hit. It wasn't written by him, as it originally came out in 1953 and was written by Big Mama Thornton. It’s often because the white elvis’ Version was more popular that some labeled him racist (yeah, seriously…).
They love rock and roll, and have loaded copious dimes in the jukebox over the years thanks to their 1982 hit. However, they wouldn't have had that hit if it weren't for the original writer of the song; Alan Merril of a lesser known glam band called the Arrows.
So who was this nobody? No seriously who is he and what ever did he almost do?
He's known for his cover of Hallelujah, it's a very famous song so he isn't a nobody. - Kuro
Jeff Buckley's 'Hallelujah' was written and originally recorded by 'Leonard Cohen' in 1984.
This one’s actually pretty upsetting. The Verve acquired the right to sample the Andrew Oldham orchestral Version of the Rolling Stones’ song ‘The Last Time’. With this, they made the 90’s anthem ‘Bittersweet Symphony’.
The Verve and the Stones originally agreed on splitting the royalties 50/50, but, following the song’s immense popularity, The Rolling Stones (former business manager Allen Klein in particular) demanded 100% of the royalties, and the song’s credit. They ultimately got that wish.
While the Verve continues to do this song live today, they do not use the iconic strings backing track, and instead opt to give it an original sound.
The most ironic thing of the whole situation was how the writer of the sheet music for the orchestral music, David Whitacre, did not receive any credit whatsoever.
Time after time my fave old person
Girls just wanna have fun! And, boy, did Cyndi have a lot of fun raking in the money with this infectious 1970’s punk hit!
Oops, no, she did the 1980s pop anthem. The 1970s punk song was the original writer, Bo Hazard.
Quiet Riot’s biggest hit was ‘come on Feel the Noise’, a cover of a Slade song of the same name. While their fans may know other good songs of theirs, such as the Wild and the Young from QRIII, many people mostly know them from this slade cover.
They're known for their song I Fink U Freeky, which sampled the Mutha mix of Jump by the Movement in lyrics, though the background track sounds eerily like it was taken from Satisfaction by Benny Benassi & the Biz & is even played at the same pace. As if their song sampled 2 songs instead of 1. Yet without a doubt I Fink U Freeky became incredibly popular & became a meme.
I was not aware All Along the Watchtower was a cover. That's cool!
He covered a song called All Along the Watchtower, I forget who the original artist of that song is.
It is Bob Dylan.
Okay, but it was ten million times better than Michael Jackson's version.
I love the cover.
UPDATE: I’ve come to appreciate this song! Thanks for showing me the light!
I like Surfin' USA.
They were surfin’ USA, and then the wave carried them into trouble.
Basically, Brian Wilson took instrumental influence from Chuck Berry’s ‘Sweet Little 16’. And by influence, I mean he copied the instrumental outright and called it his own.
Berry’s publisher, of course, sued the band, and got Berry a writer’s credit on the song.
I’m considering this a case of sampling. Deal with it.
You know Coldplay has other big hits than viva la Vida
Ripped off Joe Satriani
This one ranks lowest due to a technicality: Viva La Vida neither samples nor is a cover of another song. But, if you ask Joe Satriani, he’d tell you that it was an outright ripoff.
In 2009, he sued the British band for Viva La Vida’s similarities with his 2004 song ‘If I Could Fly’, which are hard to deny upon good examination.
Coolio's biggest song is 'Gangsta's Paradise' feat. L.V. which quite heavily samples Stevie Wonder's 'Pastime Paradise'.
And now for a little bit of irony. Coolio was pissed off at weird Al for his parody of gangsta’s paradise, Amish Paradise, claiming that It took away from the serious nature of the song.
Then, he turned around and allowed post hard-core band falling in reverse to cover it, giving it a much more ridiculous sound than the weird Al parody.
Trust me, falling in reverse’s cover is ass.
His song "Beautiful Girls" sampled Ben E. King's "Stand By Me"
He also sampled Led Zeppelin's "D'yer Mak'er" in his song "Me Love."
"Stronger" sampled "Harder Better Faster Stronger" by Daft Punk- which itself was a sample of Edwin Birdsong's "Cola Bottle Baby".
He samples popular songs but most of them have major changes or are just better in general. he didn't rap Daft Punk lyrics he rapped over it. If that counts I'll dare you to put Eminem and Nas on the list
No his biggest hit is Gold Digger not Stronger
Their biggest hit "Butterfly", samples a song from Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Yup, Butterfly heavily sampled ‘Pretty Little Ditty’ by RHCP.
Without You is a simple cover version. Also, Mariah used a lot of samples in her music, just like Beyonce Knowles
Boys of Summer is still and Awesome Song
�Tainted Love’ was a Gloria Jones cover. Marilyn Manson would also go on to cover this song.
Lemme guess: Yellow Submarine? Is that it? If not, educate me.
Wasn't he involved with the making of Blurred Lines?
If you’ve ever been to a 90s themed party, chances are you’ve heard that fun little dance/country song ‘Cotton-Eyed Joe’.
The Swedish Rednex actually covered a traditional American folk song that dates back to 1861 for their only worldwide hit.
And, boy, what a hit it was.