When the original (or at least early) version of a song refuses to be permanently dislodged from the public mind by subsequent covers, even if the covers might be briefly more popular. (The cover belonging to a DeadHorseGenre is often a contributing factor.)

Closely related to FirstInstallmentWins. The opposite of CoveredUp, although the "first and foremost" version might itself have CoveredUp the real original.

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!!Examples:

* 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.
* 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.
* Music/GunsNRoses covers of "Live and Let Die" and (moreso) "Sympathy for the Devil" are significantly less well-known than the originals.
* Sheryl Crow covered GNR's "Sweet Child O'Mine".
* Music/TheBeatles "Yesterday" is statistically one of the most covered songs of all time.. but seriously can you name ''any'' cover it without consulting TheOtherWiki?
* Music/{{Aerosmith}} and MichaelJackson covered "Come Together", and both versions, especially since the latter's death, still get airplay, but The Beatles' original is still the most popular.
* Music/TheBeatles' ''everything'', with the exceptions of JoeCocker's version of [[TheWonderYears "With a Little Help]] [[RealSongThemeTune From My Friends."]] and (for the [=R&B/Soul=] crowd) EarthWindAndFire's "Got To Get You Into My Life." Other than that, nearly ''all'' of their songs have been covered many, ''many'' times, and ''all'' of them have remained, FirstAndForemost, Beatles songs.
* Many, many, many rock bands have covered ChuckBerry but most of his songs are still primarily associated with him, with the possible exception of Johnny Rivers version of "Memphis, Tennessee".
** The ones made by Music/TheBeatles ("Rock and Roll Music" and "Roll Over Beethoven") are borderline.
* Alien Ant Farm had a popular cover of "Smooth Criminal" but it still can't push out MichaelJackson's take.
* Pat Boone covering Little Richard.
* {{Madonna}}'s version of "American Pie" did nothing to replace DonMcLean.
* Both D'Angelo and Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow did versions of Smokey Robinson's "Cruisin'" that got a lot of airplay for a while. Nowadays, Smokey's back.
* None of MarilynManson's covers had any significant staying power. His "Tainted Love" is more popular than the original (by Gloria Jones), but less popular than the Soft Cell cover.
** Sweet Dreams is considered by some to be superior to the original.
* 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 {{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.
* EltonJohn's recording of "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" sold over a million copies and hit #1 in Billboard while the original version was never even released as a single, yet it's the original artist who people continue to associate with the song. The fact that the song originated on Music/TheBeatles' iconic ''Sgt Pepper'' album is probably a factor.
* Elton John's cover of ''[[{{Tommy}} Pinball Wizard]]'', by 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.
* Leon Ashley's "Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got)"; ''three'' separate covers were released in the month that his version was at #1, and two more followed in the next decade, but none were as big a hit as his. What makes this all the more impressive is that Leon promoted and distributed his version by ''himself'', while all the other covers were on major labels.
* Music/ToriAmos' take on "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is one of the most well-known covers of all time, but of course, everyone still remembers Music/{{Nirvana}}'s original. Nirvana is one band that simply can't be CoveredUp.
* Similarly, you can try all you like but you just can't [[CoveredUp Cover Up]] Music/LedZeppelin.
* The Shadows of Knight covered Them's "Gloria" and took it to the top 10 (the original didn't even make the top 40). Now every radio station plays the Them version instead.
* Apparently, John Mellencamp's "I Need a Lover" was initially less popular than the Pat Benetar cover of it. However, classic rock radio kept the original alive while the cover is barely remembered even by people who actually remember that time period.
* LeonardCohen's "Suzanne," which has been covered by NeilDiamond, the most commercially successful, and everyone else, but remains his song. "Hallelujah" has been less successful; even though most people know who wrote it, very, ''very'' few know what it sounded like before Music/JohnCale took out a verse and stitched in ''three'' from the cutting room floor.
** And then ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' came out. However, Music/JeffBuckley's version (by way of Cale's arrangement) remains the best known.
* Many different artists have recorded "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother". However, the song is still associated with its original artist, TheHollies.
* 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.
* Numerous country singers have covered songs by HankWilliams, and while a few of them have become major hits (e.g. Charley Pride's covers of "You Win Again" and "Honky Tonk Blues" both made it to #1 in 1980), none of them have supplanted the originals in the public consciousness.
** The only one that comes close is George Thorogood's cover of "Move It On Over", which still gets radio play on Classic Rock stations.
* 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.
** Ditto with "Love Changes Everything" from ''Aspects of Love'', the little-known AndrewLloydWebber musical.
* Everyone and their mother has covered "God Bless America." Not a one of them has managed to [[CoveredUp Cover Up]] Kate Smith, who sang it first and made it famous.
* Remember the Ataris' cover of Don Henley's "The Boys Of Summer?" Well, it never remained more popular than the original for more than a year.
* In 1990, MCHammer's cover of the Chi-Lites' "Have You Seen Her" became a top 5 hit. Nowadays, the Chi-Lites' version gets all the airplay, especially since 99% of all MC Hammer airplay nowadays are for "U Can't Touch This."
** Likewise is the case with VanillaIce's cover of "Play That Funky Music," which has faded into obscurity behind both Wild Cherry's classic and "Ice Ice Baby."
* Several artists have had hits with covers of TomWaits' "Downtown Train", most notably Rod Stewart, who took the song to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #10 in the UK. And yet, it is still the original Waits version that is most identified with the song and played on the radio.
* [[SpeedyTechnoRemake Speedy Techno Remakes]] typically enjoy a brief burst of popularity but almost never Cover Up the original.
** Likewise, successful club hits tend to get periodic reissues with a bunch of new remixes in the style of the day, but only rarely will such mixes displace the original in the long run.
* AllSaints cover of RedHotChiliPeppers ' Under The Bridge was a huge hit in the UK at the time of release, but it never topped the original, partly because it was a double A Side with Lady Marmalade which got more airplay, and partly because it attracted so much hatred from people who loved the original.
* Several ChristmasSongs: "White Christmas" (BingCrosby), "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Here Comes Santa Claus" (Gene Autry), "The Christmas Song" (Nat "King" Cole), though in most of those cases the artists actually recorded multiple versions of the songs.
* 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".
* Blue Swede's 1974 #1 "Hooked On A Feeling" is much better known than B.J. Thomas's original. The same cannot be said for their #7 cover of "Never My Love," however, and the Association's hit is still the version most people think of first, and Blue Swede are today remembered only for the former.
* 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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