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22nd Apr '16 8:08:17 PM acepilot.6
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* Many different artists have recorded "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother". However, the song is still associated with its original artist, Music/TheHollies.
17th Feb '16 2:57:00 PM Twentington
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* Music/TheCure's "Lovesong" has been covered by dozens of bands, including some major acts. None of these covers have been remembered or loved like the original, even when some of the covers (specifically Music/{{311}} and Music/{{Adele}}) have been quite successful.

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* Music/TheCure's "Lovesong" has been covered by dozens of bands, including some major acts. None of these covers have been remembered or loved like the original, even when some of the covers (specifically Music/{{311}} Music/ThreeEleven and Music/{{Adele}}) have been quite successful.



* The Dennis Linde song "What'll You Do About Me" has had several renditions over the years. The obscure band [=McGuffey=] Lane cut it first, followed by a charting version from Music/SteveEarle in 1984. John Schneider, Music/RandyTravis, The Forester Sisters, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Doug Supernaw. The Forester Sisters and Doug Supernaw both released their versions as singles, with Supernaw's reaching Top 20 in 1995. However, the song seems to be though of mainly as Travis's, even though he never put it out as a single; this is likely due to his version being on his ''Always & Forever'' album, one of the most acclaimed country albums of TheEighties.

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* The Dennis Linde song "What'll You Do About Me" has had several renditions over the years. The obscure band [=McGuffey=] Lane cut it first, followed by a charting version from Music/SteveEarle in 1984. After that, it was cut by John Schneider, Music/RandyTravis, The Forester Sisters, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Doug Supernaw. The Forester Sisters and Doug Supernaw both released their versions as singles, with Supernaw's reaching Top 20 in 1995. However, the song seems to be though of mainly as Travis's, even though he never put it out as a single; this is likely due to his version being on his ''Always & Forever'' album, one of the most acclaimed country albums of TheEighties.
30th Dec '15 11:36:26 AM Twentington
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* The Dennis Linde song "What'll You Do About Me" has had several renditions over the years. The obscure band [=McGuffey=] Lane cut it first, followed by a charting version from Music/SteveEarle in 1984. John Schneider, Music/RandyTravis, The Forester Sisters, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Doug Supernaw. The Forester Sisters and Doug Supernaw both released their versions as singles, with Supernaw's reaching Top 20 in 1995. However, the song seems to be though of mainly as Travis's, even though he never put it out as a single; this is likely due to his version being on his ''Always & Forever'' album, one of the most acclaimed country albums of TheEighties.
25th Dec '15 12:20:41 PM Morgenthaler
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* Many different artists have recorded "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother". However, the song is still associated with its original artist, TheHollies.
* Music/NoDoubt had a hit in 2003 with their cover of "It's My Life," but nowadays it's more common to hear the original version by TalkTalk on the radio.

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* Many different artists have recorded "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother". However, the song is still associated with its original artist, TheHollies.
Music/TheHollies.
* Music/NoDoubt had a hit in 2003 with their cover of "It's My Life," but nowadays it's more common to hear the original version by TalkTalk Music/TalkTalk on the radio.
16th Dec '15 8:48:37 PM Twentington
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* Music/GeorgeJones' 1956 breakthrough hit "Why Baby Why" only got to #4, with a cover version by Webb Pierce and Red Sovine eclipsing it on the charts and going to #1, followed by a #9 version by Hank Locklin later in the same year; a later version by Charley Pride also topped the charts in 1983. Even so, the song is still primarily thought of as Jones's.
30th Nov '15 1:56:56 PM Twentington
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* "I Will Be" is a song that destroyed LeonaLewis's career in the US, so it's no surprise that the original by AvrilLavigne is better looked upon

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* "I Will Be" is a song that destroyed LeonaLewis's career in the US, so it's no surprise that the original by AvrilLavigne is better looked uponupon.
* In TheSeventies, it was popular for CountryMusic artists to do cover versions of existing songs, such as Anthony Armstrong Jones with his rendition of "Take a Letter Maria"; Narvel Felts with his version of Dobie Gray's "Drift Away"; Susie Allanson with The Crickets' "Maybe Baby" and the Bee Gees' "Words"; Johnny Carver with Tony Orlando and Dawn's "Yellow Ribbon" and Starland Vocal Band's "Afternoon Delight"; and so on. The trend showed up sporadically as late as Robin Lee's 1990 take on Alannah Myles' "Black Velvet", but at no point did any of the country versions overtake their originals.
* Music/AlanJackson has had this happen a few times:
** His take on Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues", while mildly popular in country music, still takes a backseat to most of the other renditions of the songs out there.
** "Who's Cheatin' Who" fares a little better, but it still gets second billing to the original Charly [=McClain=] version on classic country formats.
** His cover of Music/DonWilliams' "It Must Be Love" in 2000 has done very little to displace the original on country music playlists. It probably doesn't help that the original was already a staple of "classic country" playlists at the time of the cover's release, and the cover in a midpoint where it's not fresh enough to warrant strong recurrent airplay, but not old enough to be a "classic" yet.
27th Nov '15 9:42:41 PM Riana1
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* "I Will Be" is a song that destroyed LeonaLewis's career in the US, so it's no surprise that the original by AvrilLavigne is better looked upon
9th Nov '15 9:36:21 PM BigBertha
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* Ugly Kid Joe's version of "Cat's in the Cradle" was a huge hit in 1993, but has long since faded back into being much less famous than Harry Chapin's 1974 original.

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* Ugly Kid Joe's version of "Cat's in the Cradle" was a huge hit in 1993, but has long since faded back into being much less famous than Harry Chapin's Music/HarryChapin's 1974 original.



** "Sweet Dreams" is considered by some to be superior to the original.
* Music/TheCure's "Lovesong" has been covered by dozens of bands, including some major acts. None of these covers have been remembered like the original, even when some of the covers have been quite successful.
** 311 still gets some play.
** YMMV, as Music/{{Adele}}'s version is very well-known nowadays (but still can't match the original version).
*** Adele's version is very well known because she's popular at the time. The Cure's original is the one everybody loves, regardless of time.

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** "Sweet Dreams" is considered by some to be superior to the Eurythmics original.
* Music/TheCure's "Lovesong" has been covered by dozens of bands, including some major acts. None of these covers have been remembered or loved like the original, even when some of the covers (specifically Music/{{311}} and Music/{{Adele}}) have been quite successful.
** 311 still gets some play.
** YMMV, as Music/{{Adele}}'s version is very well-known nowadays (but still can't match the original version).
*** Adele's version is very well known because she's popular at the time. The Cure's original is the one everybody loves, regardless of time.
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* NoDoubt had a hit in 2003 with their cover of "It's My Life," but nowadays it's more common to hear the original version by TalkTalk on the radio.
* Nicki French had a Top Five hit with "Total Eclipse of the Heart" in 1995. However, within a year or two, radio stations were back to playing Bonnie Tyler's original version.

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* NoDoubt Music/NoDoubt had a hit in 2003 with their cover of "It's My Life," but nowadays it's more common to hear the original version by TalkTalk on the radio.
* Nicki French had a Top Five #2 hit with "Total Eclipse of the Heart" in 1995. However, within a year or two, radio stations were back to playing Bonnie Tyler's original version.



* Oh, Music/RickAstley, who can forget. No one, since the MemeticMutation almost guarantees everyone knows it was him who made "Never Gonna Give You Up".



* While the [=McCoys=]' version of "Hang On Sloopy" is the best known, their #7 hit "Fever" is not as remembered as the original versions from the 1950s.

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* While the [=McCoys=]' version of "Hang On Sloopy" is the best known, their #7 hit "Fever" is not as remembered as the original versions (namely Peggy Lee's) from the 1950s.1950s.
* Music/MichaelBolton had a top-10 hit in 1991 with "When a Man Loves a Woman", which did nothing to displace the Percy Sledge original as the definitive version.
28th Apr '15 12:02:25 PM Fauxlosophe
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**It should be mentioned that Ronnie Drew (of Dubliners fame) once famously (and sarcastically) introduced it as "That one song played by Metallica". Which rendition of Whiskey in the Jar is the definitive is certainly a matter for dispute...
9th Apr '15 2:49:15 PM igordebraga
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* Music/ThinLizzy 's version of Whiskey In The Jar (which was a cover but they came up with the arrangement) is much more popular than the Metallica version in the UK and especially Thin Lizzy's native Ireland. The Metallica version had huge chart success in America, though whether it is more popular there is a matter of debate.

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* Music/ThinLizzy 's version of Whiskey In The Jar (which was a cover but they came up with the arrangement) is much more popular than the Metallica Music/{{Metallica}} version in the UK and especially Thin Lizzy's native Ireland. The Metallica version had huge chart success in America, though whether it is more popular there is a matter of debate.debate (outside those countries it probably fills CoveredUp).



* Music/GunsNRoses covers of "Live and Let Die" and (moreso) "Sympathy for the Devil" are significantly less well-known than the originals.

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* Music/GunsNRoses covers of [[Music/PaulMcCartney "Live and Let Die" Die"]] and (moreso) [[Music/TheRollingStones "Sympathy for the Devil" Devil"]] are significantly less well-known than the originals.



* Elton John's cover of ''[[Music/{{Tommy}} Pinball Wizard]]'', by Music/TheWho, similarly charted higher than the original recording, and even displaced it in radio play for many years before classic rock radio rediscovered the original.

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* ** Elton John's cover of ''[[Music/{{Tommy}} "[[Music/{{Tommy}} Pinball Wizard]]'', Wizard]]", by Music/TheWho, similarly charted higher than the original recording, and even displaced it in radio play for many years before classic rock radio rediscovered the original.



* Many, many a musical theatre actor has covered the song "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from ''[[Theatre/LesMiserables Les Miserables]]'', which is popular as a standalone song. Nobody really cares; they're all busy listening to Michael Ball's version, he who first sang it in the original production in London in 1985.

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* Many, many a musical theatre actor has covered the song "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from ''[[Theatre/LesMiserables Les Miserables]]'', ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', which is popular as a standalone song. Nobody really cares; they're all busy listening to Michael Ball's version, he who first sang it in the original production in London in 1985.



* Oh, Rick Astley, who can forget. No one, since the MemeticMutation almost guarantees everyone knows it was him who made "Never Gonna Give You Up".

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* Oh, Rick Astley, Music/RickAstley, who can forget. No one, since the MemeticMutation almost guarantees everyone knows it was him who made "Never Gonna Give You Up".
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