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22nd Apr '18 2:03:10 AM AB
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* Music/LouisArmstrong's 1967 original of "What a Wonderful World" is still the most famous rendition despite lots of prominent covers, particularly the Joey Ramone punk rock version that plays on the end credits of Michael Moore's ''Film/BowlingForColumbine''.
18th Apr '18 12:02:00 PM wolftickets1969
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* Music/PeterSchilling's 1983 hit "Major Tom (Coming Home)" has been covered by numerous artists over the years, including Music/MxPx, Shiny Toy Guns, Apoptygma Berzerk, and even Creator/WilliamShatner, but none have attained anywhere near the original version's popularity.
18th Apr '18 11:54:47 AM wolftickets1969
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* Music/NewOrder's original "Blue Monday" will never be overshadowed, despite the stint of popularity by Music/{{Orgy}}'s late '90s cover version.
* No cover comes close to the original version of Music/KimWilde's "Kids in America". Not Music/TheBloodhoundGang's cover, not The Muffs' version from ''Film/{{Clueless}}'', not Music/{{Len}}'s version from ''Anime/DigimonTheMovie'', not the [[Series/AmericanIdol American Juniors]] version.
28th Mar '18 4:52:08 PM Erin582
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* While Music/RascalFlatts' version of Tom Cochran's 1991 hit "Life is a Highway" is pretty popular, especially due to it appearing on the soundtrack for ''Disney/{{Cars}}'', you'll be hard-pressed nowadays to find it airing anywhere outside the country radio stations.
* Pretty much all of Music/TheWho's collection of songs reign supreme over any and all covers, but special mention goes to their 1971 hit "Behind Blue Eyes" that Music/LimpBizkit covered in 2003. It was reviled from its initial release (although in fairness, it would have been a decent cover had they not included the autotuned "L-I-M-P" chant ad nauseum) and is a good reason why the song is never heard anymore.
26th Mar '18 9:20:09 AM AB
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** "...Sings The Beatles" A BBC 4 compilation of archive footage of Beatles covers from the BBC live music archive sums it up well. All are well known artists in their own right (Sandie Shaw, Shirley Bassey, Carpenters, Oasis etc.) and most of them released the track they are singing as a studio single/B-side/album track, yet hardly any are more known than the originals nowadays.
28th Feb '18 3:57:33 AM Q4
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* Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" gets a new all-star recording every few years, and they've all been UK #1 hits, but no amount of star power has ever displaced the original 1984 version. And this goes not only for the song but for the entire genre of all-star charity records: there have been plenty down the years, some of which have been big hits, but the original "Do They Know It's Christmas?" is the only one you will ever hear played outside of a retro chart countdown.
10th Nov '17 3:26:31 PM wolftickets1969
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* In the late '90s, Music/AceOfBase covered Music/{{Bananarama}}'s "Cruel Summer". Said cover has since been mostly forgotten, with the original retaking the throne in most territories.
29th Oct '17 10:11:01 AM mariofan1000
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* R&B singer Mario covered famous OneHitWonder Biz Markie's "Just a Friend" and ended up outperforming it, reaching #4 while the Markie original placed #9. However, the Mario version is almost entirely forgotten today while the original is still very well remembered. It probably has something to do with the Mario cover being very bland compared to the original being a shining example of SoBadItsGood.
2nd Aug '17 8:09:24 AM benda
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* Despite hundreds of covers, "La Vie en rose" remains Creator/EdithPiaf's signature song.

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* Despite hundreds of covers, "La Vie en rose" remains Creator/EdithPiaf's Music/EdithPiaf's signature song.
2nd Aug '17 8:07:03 AM benda
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* Despite hundreds of covers, "La Vie en rose" remains Creator/EdithPiaf's signature song.
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