Top 10 Songs Where You Most Likely Heard a Cover Version Before the Original

This can happen a lot. You hear a cover of the song before the original song itself. Now I'm not saying that any of these covers are better than the original (some are and some aren't). What I mean is these are songs you most likely heard a cover of before hearing the original.

The Top Ten

1 All Along the Watchtower - Bob Dylan All Along the Watchtower - Bob Dylan Cover Art

Most likely you have heard the Jimi Hendrix Version first

2 I Love Rock 'n' Roll - The Arrows

You probably heard the Joan Jett version or if you are unlucky the Britney Spears Version ugh...

3 I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton Cover Art

You have probably most likley heard the Whitney Houston Version first and you probably didn't even know that it was cover (that's what happened to Me)

4 Cum On Feel the Noize - Slade Cum On Feel the Noize - Slade Cover Art

Most likely you have heard the Quiet Riot version first

5 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics Cover Art

You probably heard the Marilyn Manson version first

6 Dazed and Confused - Jake Holmes Dazed and Confused - Jake Holmes Cover Art

I bet you have most likely thought the song was by Led Zeppelin but Nope it was by Jake Holmes and example of Led Zeppelin Plagerizesm

7 Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen Cover Art

Nope, heard the Cohen version first. Never heard the Buckley version until somebody said it was better, once I finally heard Buckley's, I thought it was very meh. Cohen wrote it, and knows how this song is really supposed to sound and feel.

You've probably heard the Jeff Buckley song before this one

8 Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan Cover Art

Guns N Roses came first to me. And I also like their cover better.

Probably the biggest improvement from original to cover

9 Antisocial - Trust Antisocial - Trust Cover Art

You probably heard the Anthrax Version first

10 Behind Blue Eyes - The Who Behind Blue Eyes - The Who Cover Art

Nah, I heard the original first, and it still gets a fair amount of airplay on classic rock radio, so a lot of people are still discovering it from the original (thankfully).

If you are unlucky you probably heard the Awful Limp Bizkit cover

The Newcomers

? Life is a Highway - Rascal Flatts Life is a Highway - Rascal Flatts Cover Art

Rascal Flatts didn't make this song.

The Contenders

11 Hurt - Nine Inch Nails Hurt - Nine Inch Nails Cover Art
12 Dream a Little Dream of Me - Ozzie Nelson & His Orchestra Dream a Little Dream of Me - Ozzie Nelson & His Orchestra Cover Art

I first heard Blind Guardian cover of 2007 while the original is of 1931...

13 Love Hurts - The Everly Brothers

You probally heard the Nazareth version first

14 Twist and Shout - Topnotes

You probably heard the Beatles version first

15 The Man Who Sold the World - David Bowie The Man Who Sold the World - David Bowie Cover Art

This is the cover of a David Bowie song which yeah you most likley heard the Nirvana version first

Interesting lyrics.

16 Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Robert Hazard

For the longest time, I never fully realized that Cyndi Lauper's version was a cover. It totally changes the song's meaning.

17 The Wizard - Uriah Heep The Wizard - Uriah Heep Cover Art

I first heard the cover by Blind Guardian.

18 Without You - Badfinger Without You - Badfinger Cover Art

You've probably heard Mariah Carey's cover first, and might think that Harry Nilsson's version is the original.

I heard Harry's version first.

19 The First Cut is the Deepest - Rod Stewart The First Cut is the Deepest - Rod Stewart Cover Art
20 Walking in the Air - Howard Blake Walking in the Air - Howard Blake Cover Art

You propably have heard Nightwish's version first.
I didn't by the way, I saw the short animated movie this is from as a child, then years later again as a teenager. I didn't recall it being that depressingly sad.
But that was how I discovered Nightwish, by browsing this song.

21 You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) - Dead or Alive You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) - Dead or Alive Cover Art
22 Turn the Page - Bob Seger Turn the Page - Bob Seger Cover Art

You probably heard the Metallica version first.

23 The Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel The Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel Cover Art

No I heard the Simon and Garfunkel first

24 Careless Whisper - George Michael Careless Whisper - George Michael Cover Art
25 Whiskey In the Jar - Thin Lizzy Whiskey In the Jar - Thin Lizzy Cover Art
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