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So you've heard this song repeatedly, and you're utterly certain it's from Group A. You look all over Group A's discography trying to find it, but simply can't. And with good reason: the song was actually performed by someone else.

Often shows up due to mis-tagged files on file-sharing services, a small-scale research mistake blossomed into widespread misinformation. Also, after some artists gain a measure of mainstream success in a niche genre or SignatureStyle, all songs done [[InTheStyleOf in the style of]] that apparent artist or genre are often misattributed to them. Or it might just be an honest mistake, where the two lead singers sound like each other. Another common version of this trope is the case of songs being credited to a band which are actually solo or side-project recordings by one or more of the band's members (although the band at large might incorporate such songs into their concert performances if the solo artist is still with them), or where a member works with another band. Still, it guarantees an uphill battle against FanDumb for both bands.

See also RefrainFromAssuming and CoveredUp. AllAnimationIsDisney for a similar trope in a different medium (and both are subtropes of SmallReferencePools).

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[[folder:Commonly Mistaken Artists]]
* Not every classical piece is [[Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]] or [[Music/PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky Tchaikovsky]]. (It's all right to love Russian composers, but don't misattribute songs to them as in ''Theatre/LadyInTheDark''.)
** And Maria Callas had never sung [[Theatre/TheMagicFlute Queen of the Night's]] aria. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDUyA-fVie8 This]] is performed by Lucia Popp.
* Not every piece of BaroqueMusic is by Music/JohannSebastianBach or Music/GeorgeFredericHandel.
** None of the many Lutheran chorale melodies attributed to [[Music/JohannSebastianBach J.S. Bach]] were actually written by him; he merely wrote harmony and counterpoint. However, Alban Berg's use of the chorale ''Es ist genug'' at the end of his ''Violin Concerto'' does count as a Bach quotation since it uses Bach's harmonization of the chorale in the last movement of the cantata ''O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort'' (BWV 60).
** The famous Minuet in G Major and its minor counterpart (BWV Anh.114 and 115) are NOT by Bach. It is, in fact, by Christian Petzold, an obscure contemporary of Bach. The famous aria ''Bist Du bei mir'' (BWV 508) is not by Bach, but by his contemporary Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel. These three works were listed in the BWV because they were found in the booklet of notes assembled by Bach and his second wife Anna Magdalena for her private use. These are not the only works misattributed to Bach by musicologists who were unfamiliar with the works of his contemporaries, but too eager to attribute everything written in his or Anna Magdalena's hand to him. For instance, it eventually emerged that the cantata ''Ich weiß, daß mein Erlöser lebt'' (BWV 160) is completely by Music/GeorgPhilippTelemann, as is the opening chorale to ''Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen'' (BWV 145). ''Denn du wirst meine Seele'' (BWV 15), now more convincingly attributed to Johann Ludwig Bach, was not only once supposed to be J.S. Bach's first cantata, but was even used to argue for his authorship of the St. Luke Passion (BWV 246), a work that Bach demonstrably copied out and probably did perform but may not have written more than a minor part of.
* [=P2P=] services and yacht rock. It seems as if Music/{{Chicago}}, Music/{{Boston}}, Music/{{Styx}}, Music/{{Journey}} and Music/REOSpeedwagon are all the same band to them.
* [=P2P=] services also sometimes list "I'll Be" as being by the Goo Goo Dolls. Actually it's by Edwin [=McCain=]. It does sound a lot like "Iris," though.
* not every parody song is by Music/WeirdAlYankovic. (Bob Rivers and Music/RichardCheese are prime candidates; if it's country, Cledus T. Judd is most likely the actual performer.) Al addresses it in his [[http://www.weirdal.com/archives/faq FAQ]].
** [[http://weirdaltribute.bandcamp.com/track/weird-al-didnt-write-this-song "Weird Al Didn't Write This Song"]] by Devo Spice addresses this.
** Cledus T. gets this as well; some songs attributed to him are actually Rodney Carrington or Tim Wilson.
** Bob Rivers is also on the receiving end of this, as is Music/RayStevens (particularly with country-esque comedy songs). Interestingly, so is Creator/DrDemento, who primarily is a radio ''host'' for comedy music. While he does have a few actual songs of his own, it is only a very few.
** "Barney's On Fire" is almost always credited to Weird Al, though it was actually made by Tony Mason.
** "Cats in the Kettle" is also very commonly credited to Weird Al, despite the lead singer ''sounding nothing like Al''. It's actually by Bob Rivers.
** "Livin' La Vida Yoda" is also not by Weird Al. It's by Todd Downing. Weird Al did write a song about Yoda, but it was a parody of "Lola" by Music/TheKinks and simply titled "Yoda", which also should not be confused with "Y.O.D.A.", a parody of Music/TheVillagePeople's "YMCA" by Steven Cavanagh.
** And "Weenie in a Bottle" isn't by Al either (this one should be obvious, as it's very un-family-friendly, unlike Al's work, though it still gets falsely attributed to him a lot). It's by Hawaiian Ryan.
* On the topic of Creator/DrDemento, in the early years of [=P2P=] networks, a lot of novelty songs that are uploaded are for some reason credited to him, just because they've received airplay on his show. Notably, ''Monster Mash'' is often credited to the doctor even when it's by Bobby Pickett. Likewise, ''Boot to the Head'' is by The Frantics. Thankfully, this is starting to die out with the advent of song identification software like Shazam and Midomi/Soundhound.
* The Arrogant Worms ≠ Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie. Both are Canadian musical comedy acts, but since the former is better known, the latter's songs (like The War of 1812 and Toronto Sucks) are often misattributed to them.
* not every Funk/Disco song is by Music/KoolAndTheGang. Or KC and the Sunshine Band, for that matter.
* On file sharing services, just about any Europop-sounding song with female harmony vocals will be attributed to Music/{{ABBA}}. Many of the songs mislabelled in this fashion are actually by the British group Brotherhood of Man (which is also a half-male-half-female quartet).
** Somewhat justified, or at least understandable, since BOM's most popular incarnation were often criticised for their similarity to ABBA - compare [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelo_%28song%29 Angelo]] to ''Fernando'', for example.
** Another song wrongly attributed to Music/{{ABBA}} is "Always Have, Always Will"- by Music/AceOfBase, who are also a half-male-half-female quartet from Sweden, and this song sounded a lot more like Abba than most of their other famous songs.
* Bands other than ''Hayseed Dixie'' have covered rock music in a bluegrass style. The effect is so strong, even non-parody/non-cover bluegrass is sometimes attributed to them.
* Just because the song is sung ''a cappella'' does not mean that Rockapella performed it. Or the Brown Derbies either. Fortunately, this seems to have been an artifact of the Napster era, and most ''a cappella'' groups are able to keep their own names on their own stuff, now.
* The soundtrack from Music/TheRutles movies are not bootleg "lost" Beatles albums, though they are often labeled as such. The [[Music/TheBeatles Lennon/McCartney]] songwriting credits come from the Rutles songs being overly close to the real thing... but they're still not the real thing.
* not all vaguely Celtic rock music is by Music/GreatBigSea, Music/FloggingMolly, or Music/DropkickMurphys, awesome as they are.
** Spirit Of The West, for example, did a really good song called "Home for a Rest"... attributed to Great Big Sea.
** There's a song that's [[RefrainFromAssuming often called "Drink and Fight"]] which tends to provoke [[InternetBackdraft arguments]] in the comments about just who made it anyway every time it's posted on Website/YouTube with a different name and attribution. (For the record, it's "Irish Drinking Song" by ska punk band Buck-O-Nine.)
-->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE0q5cSmhaM "dude everyone shut the fuck up this is by vanessa carlton"]]
* Many Motown/Doo Wop/Oldies R&B songs have been misattributed to either the Temptations, the Four Tops, or Music/MarvinGaye.
* Not every {{Reggae}} song is by Music/BobMarley. This seems to be a problem on Website/YouTube.
** Most notorious example of this is the song "Bad Boys" (of ''Series/{{Cops}}'' fame), performed by Inner Circle. He died long before said song came out. However the song does mention Sheriff John Brown from Marley's song "I Shot The Sheriff" so at least the confusion is slightly justified. Another Inner Circle song that often gets mislabeled as Marley is "Sweat (A Lalala Long)".
** "Don't Worry, Be Happy" is not by Bob Marley, either, but by the similarly-named Bobby [=McFerrin=]. This is especially {{egregious}} as Marley was ''dead'' when "Don't Worry" was recorded.
** Neither is the Hawaiian medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World." It's by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (though you are forgiven if you can't remember his name), who, like Marley, died very young. The song was released nearly a decade after Marley's death.
* Music/{{Rammstein}} is not the artist of ''EVERY'' German Dance Metal song.
** Nor did they ever produce Dutch or Flemish numbers.
* Not every theme song from an 80's movie is by Kenny Loggins. It just seems that way.
* Music/{{Sepultura}} never recorded with Music/LucianoPavarotti. That cover was made by a parody band, JBO.
* For a time Music/{{Devo}} seemed to get pretty much ''any'' synth-heavy [[TheEighties Eighties]] OneHitWonder attached to them.
* There's a ton of songs circulating in [=P2P=] networks that have been attributed to Music/{{Metallica}}. 99% of the time, they have nothing to do with Metallica, like in the case of (a cover of) [[StarWars the Imperial March.]]
** Similarly, the Rage Mix from an old video game ''Force Commander'', is not by Music/RageAgainstTheMachine as some may think.
* not every trance song with "Cascada Remix" on the end was done by the group themselves. Most of them had at least one of the DJ-producers from Cascada remix them, but they are not sung by the singer, Natalie Horler. For example, "Piece of Heaven" by Akira.
* That vocal remix of a VideoGame/{{Touhou}} theme? Could be Music/{{IOSYS}}, yes. Could also be Cool&Create, Innocent Key, Silver Forest, or any number of other Touhou doujin-music circles.
* not every vaguely nu-metalish song with a hint of rapping and/or electronica belongs to Music/LinkinPark.
* Yes, Music/DavidAllanCoe has two albums entitled ''Nothing Sacred'' and ''Underground Album'' that feature songs with wonderful titles like "Cum Stains on the Pillow", "Fuck Anita Briant", "Nigger Fucker", and "Fuckin' in the Butt". The racist songs "Nigger, Nigger," "In Coon Town," "Who Likes a Nigger?," "Nigger Hatin' Me," "Still Looking for a Handout," "Some Niggers Never Die (They Just Smell That Way)," "Stay Away from Dixie," and "Move Them Niggers North" are all by an artist named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Rebel_(singer) Johnny Rebel]]. Despite what you may think, these two classy guys have nothing to do with each other.
** Some of Rebel's songs are mistakenly attributed to famed country singer Johnny Horton or Johnny Cash due to similarities in the voices and both artists being in the same genre.
** There's something of a PoesLaw issue here. Coe has repeatedly written off his more racist songs as being tongue-in-cheek parodies. By all accounts Rebel's nastiest work is for real.
* There's also Travis Mayer's "The Devil Went To Jamaica" which is misattributed to both David Allen Coe and of course Music/WeirdAlYankovic.
* In a very understandable example, many remixes by Music/TheOrb are falsely attributed to Music/{{Orbital}}. Not only do both bands have similar names and play similar styles of music, but early on in The Orb's career, they remixed songs and referred to them as the "Orbital Mix." They have since stopped doing this to try to minimize confusion, but it's still confusing when one realizes a majority of "Orbital mixes" have nothing to do with the group named Orbital.
* Happy Rhodes is a singer / songwriter / instrumentalist. She gets mistaken for Music/KateBush. And [[Music/{{Eurythmics}} Annie Lennox]]. And ''duets'' between Kate Bush and Annie Lennox. She has a four-octave vocal range!
* Music/{{Weezer}} never covered N.W.A.'s "Boyz-n-the Hood", that was Dynamite Hack.
** Similarly, "[[TropeName The Grunge Song]]" is also not by Weezer, but by the Canadian comedy trio Radio Free Vestibule (who later changed their name to The Vestibules). The song was also popularly covered by Music/TheAustinLoungeLizards.
** And they did not write ''Teenage Dirtbag''. That's by Music/{{Wheatus}}. They just play it live sometimes.
** Music/SonicYouth never did an acoustic cover of "Undone (The Sweater Song)": That actually ''was'' Weezer, playing the song on a radio show. What probably throws people off is that they invited their friend Timothy 'Speed' Levitch to recite poetry over instrumental sections for this version.
** Ibold Train's "A Song About You", The Arena Drive's "The Fall", and Self's "Paint By Numbers" (often also [[RefrainFromAssuming labeled "Ex-Girlfriend"]]) are other examples of songs that have gotten misattributed to Weezer. Funnily enough, the Ibold Train song is also sometimes misattributed to Ozma, a band whose songs have also been misattributed to Weezer.
** They also never released a cover of "Video Killed the Radio Star;" that was Music/{{The Presidents Of The United States Of America}}.
** "I Suck" is not by Weezer either; it's by Music/MarkRonson, although it features frontman Rivers Cuomo as the lead singer.
* Christian Alvestam did not get back to Music/ScarSymmetry. He formed a band called Solution .45 who's music happens to sound similar to theirs. It doesn't help that all the rest of his bands either don't sound like them or are so unknown nobody has heard their music.
* Much 90s hip hop is mistaken as being by ''Music/TwoLiveCrew''. For example, "Shake That Ass Bitch" (Splack Pack), "Da Dip" (Freak Nasty), and "Too Much Booty in the Pants" (Soundmaster T).
* Pretty much every bubblegum dance song in the world has been attributed to Aqua at some point. Dance Dance Revolution fans are more likely to attribute all bubblegum dance to Smile.DK instead.
* The ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series has many of its vocal themes performed by the rock band Crush 40 (the group's guitarist, Jun Senoue, is one of the series' main composers). Because of this, some songs that are done by different performers (such as both versions of "It Doesn't Matter" or "Escape from the City") are sometimes mistakenly credited to them. "This Machine" from ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' has also been credited to Crush 40, even though it doesn't sound anything like them. It's Music/JulienK.
* Music/BoardsOfCanada get a lot of these, many of which turn out to be amateur electronic musicians hoping to get their music heard by having the BOC name attached to it. The most infamous of these is [[http://www.brainchops.net/2010/10/boards-of-canada-chameleon-2010-single.html Skeptical's "Chameleon"]], which was fraudulently released under the Boards Of Canada name on itunes, though of course Warp Records got it pulled five days later.
* To be honest, Boards Of Canada are not the first group that come to mind when considering the acronym [[Music/BlueOysterCult BOC]]
* not every Latin-infused rock song with electric guitars is by Music/{{Santana}}.
* UsefulNotes/HenryVIII of England is the [[IncrediblyLamePun king of this trope]] and possible UrExample. Henry VIII didn't write ''nearly'' as many songs and tunes as have been ascribed to him. He was a notable musician and composer of his time, and while a lot of this notability did stem from him being one of the most influential and recognisable English kings, he did write some songs and tunes that were well-regarded on their own merits. But not every Tudorbethan or late medieval ditty whose author is uncertain can actually be attributed to him, even though that is exactly what people have been doing ever since he was ''crowned''. Best known examples are "Greensleeves" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", both of which music historians are now pretty sure he didnít write.
* On radio stations and music channels like MTV, many songs by the punk/post-punk group [=fIREHOSE=] were often mistakenly attributed to the glam/hair metal band Firehouse. The confusion here stemmed more from their similar band names, as they sounded quite unlike each other. In fact, even on Youtube, [=fIREHOSE=] music videos are uploaded by the Firehouse VEVO channel.
* Music/DickDale did not make every 60's instrumental SurfRock hit. He did cover many of them, though.
* Music/{{Jamiroquai}}'s first few songs, indeed a significant chunk of their output, have been mistaken for Stevie Wonder's work by people not paying sufficient attention.
* Due to some stylistic and lyric similarities, people tend to confuse Music/LanaDelRey and Music/{{Lorde}} with each other. Same goes for Music/JessieJ and Music/KatyPerry.
* [[SpeedyTechnoRemake Freeform/happy hardcore remixes]] from the 2000's are often misattributed to the Norwegian duo Nightcore, and many even misapply their name as a (sub)genre.
* Music/{{Aqua}} and Toy-Box songs are frequently mistaken for being by the other group. To be somewhat fair, they are both eurodance-bands featuring a high-pitched female lead singer and a deep-voiced male co-singer.
* Not every symphonic power metal band is Music/{{Nightwish}}, Music/WithinTemptation, or Music/{{Epica}}. Songs from the genre or similar sounding genres will often be mistaken for being by either three.
* Not every bluegrass song is by Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, or Ralph Stanley. And if you hear a female vocal on a bluegrass song, it won't always be Music/AlisonKraussAndUnionStation.
* Name any hit Camouflage have ever had. It ''will'' be misattributed to Music/DepecheMode because the two groups sound so similar. See "Love Is A Shield" and "The Great Commandment" below.
* not every rock song with horns is done by {{Music/Chicago}}.
* Music/ZaraLarsson's music is often misattributed to Music/{{Rihanna}} due to the similar vocal styles. For starters, Rihanna is black while Larsson is white. Likewise, MNEK, her collaborator on "Never Forget You", is often mistaken to be Music/TheWeeknd.
* {{Industrial}} group Project Pitchfork's early-mid '90s songs may be mistaken for Music/SkinnyPuppy, due to their similar vocal style at the time.
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[[folder:Commonly Mistaken Musical Works, # to M]]
* "1000 Nights and One" is not by Dune. It's by East Beat Syndicate. Likewise, "Love Transmission" is not by Captain Jack.
* "3 A.M." is not by the Music/GooGooDolls, and "Slide" is not by Music/MatchboxTwenty. (Two songs that sound completely the same by two groups who were popular at the same time.)
* The 1981 song "'65 Love Affair" sounds a lot like Music/BillyJoel's or Hall & Oates' output around the same time, but is actually by Paul Davis.
* "7 Years" is not by Jason Mraz, but by Danish band Lukas Graham. The song even mentions his name in it.
* "88 Lines About 44 Women" was not done by Music/TheyMightBeGiants. It was released by a band called The Nails. TMBG has a number of songs [[http://www.tmbg.org/band-info/faq/#q51 misattributed to them]].
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bi5PBI4wuE 99 Red Balloons]]" was not covered by AFI, NOFX or Reel Big Fish. The version that you heard was actually covered by 7 Seconds (on the album "Walk Together"). The other well known cover, which was featured on Gran Turismo 3 is by Goldfinger, not the aforementioned bands. The original, of course, was done by Nena (''not'' Nina Hagen or Music/{{Bjork}}).
* Binary Finary's ''19XX'' (originally 1998, then 1999) was remixed by Gouryella (Ferry Corsten and DJ Tiesto), not Veracocha (Ferry Corsten and Vincent de Moor). Some CD compilations actually mislabeled it this way.
* Rick Springfield did not sing "867-5309/Jenny", nor did Huey Lewis and the News. It's by Tommy Tutone (who were a band, [[IAmNotShazam not a solo artist]]).
** Blink-182 never covered "867-5309". That was Less Than Jake or Bracket.
* "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)" isn't by Music/ThreeDoorsDown, Matchbox Twenty, blink-182, Music/ThirdEyeBlind, Simple Plan, or Bowling for Soup, it's actually by the band Nine Days.
* "Addicted" was not by Three Doors Down, Hinder, or Music/FallOutBoy. It was by Saving Abel.
* Nor did they perform "Headstrong"; you're thinking of Trapt.
** Also, "Headstrong" is not by Music/LinkinPark (there is a version floating around where the lead vocals are identical to those of Chester Bennington) or Music/PapaRoach (it sounds roughly similar to "Last Resort". Music/AshleyTisdale also has a song by this title, but it's not related to the Trapt song either.
* "Addicted to Love" is not by Music/HueyLewisAndTheNews. It's by Music/RobertPalmer.
* "Adiemus" isn't by Music/{{Enya}} or Enigma; it's written by Karl Jenkins, and performed by a group named, appropriately enough, Adiemus. (Jenkins also wrote the music from the De Beers Diamonds ads, incidentally.)
* Music/{{Paramore}} does not have a song called "Again". That's by Music/{{Flyleaf}}.
* Music/MichaelBolton did not cover Music/MarvinGaye's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", that was Music/MichaelMcDonald.
* "The Alabama Song" is NOT by Music/TheDoors nor written by Jim Morrison. It is written by Morrison's favourite playwright, Creator/BertoltBrecht, and composer Music/KurtWeill for the opera Theatre/TheRiseAndFallOfTheCityOfMahagony''.
* "A Little Bit of Ecstasy" is not by Planet Soul, K5, or Amber. It's by Jocelyn Enriquez. Amber, despite her similar voice, had a very different music style than Jocelyn; the former was {{Europop}}, while the latter was Freestyle.
* "All About That Bass" is not by Music/{{Beyonce}} or Music/{{Rihanna}}. It's by Music/MeghanTrainor. Same deal with "Lips are Movin'", "Dear Future Husband", "Like I'm Gonna Lose You", "No", and any other song that Meghan Trainor sang.
* "All For You" is not a Blues Traveler song, nor is it a Music/CountingCrows song, but a Sister Hazel song.
** John Popper, Blues Traveler's lead singer, is quite annoyed by this misconception, enough so that he wrote something of an answer song called "Just For Me" that includes the lyrics "Just another I-IV-V" (common pop chord progression) and "Oh wait, that's right, no it wasn't me, I didn't do it / Say what you will, but you can't blame a thing on me". Subtle, but awesome.
* "All I Need is a Miracle" is not by Music/TheCars or Music/ThePolice, but by Mike + The Mechanics.
* "All My Life" is not by Boyz II Men. It's by K-Ci & [=JoJo=].
** "Back at One" is also not by Boyz II Men. It's by Brian [=McKnight=], with a cover by Mark Wills.
* "All Out of Love" is not by REO Speedwagon. It's by Air Supply.
* That song "All You Wanted" that ends with [[RefrainFromAssuming that ends "When you're gone"]] is by Michelle Branch. "When You're Gone" by Music/AvrilLavigne is a completely different song.
* The songs "Almost", "The Girl All the Bad Guys Want", and the punk cover of "...Baby One More Time" are not by Simple Plan. They are all by Bowling for Soup. People seem to confuse Simple Plan with Bowling for Soup.
* Lasgo did not cover Music/{{Heart}}'s "Alone", that was DHT. Lasgo did produce an original song titled "Alone" that is completely different from the Heart song.
* "Alone Again, Naturally" is not Music/PaulMcCartney. It's Gilbert O'Sullivan.
* "A Love Like This" is not by Music/{{Roxette}} or Music/AceOfBase. It's by Pandora, AKA Anneli Magnusson, who is also a {{Europop}} artist from Sweden.
* Music/TheByrds didn't reunite to record "American Girl"; that's TomPetty and the Heartbreakers. Though, to make it confusing, Roger [=McGuinn=] ''did'' record a cover of it.
* "Another Saturday Night" is not an Andy Gibb song; the version you're hearing is Cat Stevens [[CoveredUp covering up]] Music/SamCooke. By extension, it's also not an early [[Music/TheBeeGees Bee Gees]] song, either.
* Music/JimiHendrix did not originally sing "American Woman". That was the Guess Who (No relation to Music/TheWho). There are people who think it was Lenny Kravitz, but that's [[CoveredUp another trope.]]
* Music/NineInchNails never did a song called "Angel". That's by Vinyl Sun.
* Another song called "Angel" is often purported to be by Music/TypeONegative. While it has a similar style to Type O, it's not them; it's another GothicMetal band named Tears of Passion.
** Sadly, the only reason why anyone has heard of Tears of Passion is because of the misattribution.
** Type O Negative never covered "Possession" by Music/SarahMcLachlan, either. That was Mad Machinery.
* "Apologize" isn't by Music/ThreeDaysGrace. It's by Music/OneRepublic.
* "Are You Gonna Go My Way" sounds a lot like ZZ Top. It's not. It's actually by Lenny Kravitz.
* The nu-Italo dance song "Around The World" with the refrain "Wanna fly with you 'round the world" is not by Whigfield, Nathalie, or Dhany. It's by More.
* "Around the World (La La La La La)" is not by Music/ATeens, but by the similarly named German {{Europop}} group ATC (A Touch of Class).
* "As Time Goes By" is not by Music/ColePorter. It was written by the comparatively obscure Herman Hupfeld.
* The vocalist of Chicane's "Autumn Tactics" was not Beth Orton, but a [[EarlyBirdCameo pre-fame]] Justine Suissa, who was later the main vocalist for Oceanlab and also sang on Music/ArminVanBuuren's "Burned With Desire" and "Wall of Sound".
* "At Seventeen" is not by Music/JanisJoplin. It's by Janis ''Ian''. In fact, Joplin was ''dead'' for five years when Ian recorded it.
* "Awake" is not by Music/{{Disturbed}}, Static-X and Music/{{Slipknot}} working together; it was solely done by The Clay People.
* The trance song "Awakening" was not by Cygnus X, but by Rank 1 long after CX disbanded, although it is similar to R1's remix of CX's "Superstring".
* The trance group Ayla never produced a song titled "Ayla Part 3", that's "Escape" by fellow German trance act Kay Cee.
** Ayla also did not produce "Apollo 1999", that was ''a song titled'' "Ayla" (different from the group's self titled song) by Mp3.com artist Electicus, pastiching the group Ayla's signature style.
* "Baby Come Back" is not by Hall & Oates. It's not by Little River Band either. It's by Player.
* "Baby Got Back" is not by Music/MCHammer or Music/BoyzIIMen. It's by Msic/SirMixALot.
** "I'm Too Sexy" isn't an MC Hammer song either. It's by Right Said Fred.
** The Bee Gees never covered this song.
* Music/MrBungle never did a version of Music/BritneySpears' "Baby One More Time", nor did Music/MikePatton cover it as a solo artist. That rendition is actually by The Ping Pang Band. The confusion apparently started with the Ping Pang Band version being uploaded to an ftp site that was otherwise dedicated to bootlegs of Mr. Bungle and related projects - The Ping Pang Band have absolutely no connection to Mr Bungle or any other Mike Patton affiliated project, though the vocals on their cover were clearly an AffectionateParody of Patton.
** Neither did Weezer have a cover of it, that would be Travis.
* [=UB40=] are probably best-known for their reggae {{cover|edUp}}s of classic songs, but such a cover of "[[Music/PeterFrampton Baby, I Love Your Way]]" was done by the relatively-obscure Big Mountain, who came out during [=UB40=]'s heyday.
* "Back at One" is not by 98 Degrees, Music/RKelly, or Music/{{Westlife}}. It's by Brian [=McKnight=].
* "Back Here" is not by the Music/BackstreetBoys, it's by BBMak.
** "Let's Go All The Way" is not by the Backstreet Boys either, but by OneHitWonder contemporaries React, though it does resemble "Everybody".
* "Bad Girlfriend" is not by Music/{{Nickelback}}. It's by longtime labelmates Theory of a Deadman. It does sound a little like "Animals," though.
* "Bad of the Heart" is not by Music/GeorgeMichael, but by George ''Lamond''.
* "Bad Thing" is not by Music/BadCompany; it's by Cry of Love.
* "BadToTheBone" is not by Music/ZZTop. It's George Thorogood. Also, it's not by Music/BoDiddley, either. The song's guitar riff was borrowed from "I'm a Man," which is over twenty years older. George Thorogood acknowledged this by having Bo Diddley appear in the video.
* There's a [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer/{{Music}} strange misconception in some corners of the Internet]], shared by a [[http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Ballroom-Blitz-lyrics-Blue-Oyster-Cult/6F0B4EAD534CAA4648256E6700094C2C surprising number of lyrics archives]], that the Music/BlueOysterCult recorded "Ballroom Blitz". The fact that British glam-rockers the Music/TheSweet recorded this and had the hit single does not stop it being attributed to the BOC. Nor does the fact it was written by another songwriting team [[note]]Chinn and Chapman[[/note]] stop it being credited to Eric Bloom and Donald Roeser. OK, it ''sounds'' like something the BOC might have recorded or at least covered live - but they've never been anywhere near it. Consider the opening lyrics:
-->Are you ready, Steve? Aha.
-->Andy? Yeah! Mick? OK.
-->Alright, fellas, let's '''Go!'''!
** Strange for a band whose members are called Eric, Buck, Allen, Albert and Joey. Steve, Andy and Mick are, in reality, the first names of the Sweet.
** "Ballroom Blitz" was never recorded by Music/{{ACDC}}, either.
*** Nor was it ever recorded by The Misfits.
*** Confusion possibly due to the fact that it was notably covered by chameleonlike Swiss band Krokus, who often resembled (some might say copied) AC/DC.
*** The original was not by Music/{{Queen}} either, nor was it written for/about ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''.
* "Balls to the Wall" is not an Music/{{ACDC}} song, nor is it a Music/QuietRiot song. The song is by 80's metal band, Music/{{Accept}}.
* The Rock cover of "Barbie Girl" with male vocals is not by Music/MxPx, The Offspring, Zebrahead, Lagwagon, Blink-182, or Music/GoodCharlotte. It's by Home Grown.
* "Battlefield" is not by Music/LeonaLewis or Music/MaryJBlige, but by Music/JordinSparks.
* "Beachball" is not by Rozalla. It was produced by Nalin & Kane, and sung by Shondell Mims.
* "Beautiful Day" is not by Music/{{Coldplay}}, but by Music/{{U2}}.
* "Be OK" is not by Music/SaraBareilles, but by Music/IngridMichaelson. The two have collaborated, but not on this song.
* "The Best Thing" is not by Music/JimmyEatWorld. It's actually by Music/RelientK.
* "The Boys Are Back in Town" is by {{Music/Thin Lizzy}}, not {{Music/Bad Company}}.
* Music/CurtisMayfield did not sing a song called "Diamond In The Back". William [=DeVaughn=] sung the song and its ''actual'' name is "Be Thankful For What You Got". The "Diamond in the Back" name is a Ludacris song that samples it.
* "Bette Davis Eyes" is not by Rod Stewart. The [[CoveredUp version you're familiar with]] is by Kim Carnes (from an album called ''Mistaken Identity'', appropriately enough).
** It's not Bonnie Tyler either, so don't confuse "Total Eclipse of the Heart" with Stewart or Carnes.
** Interestingly, the theme song to the Creator/MichaelCrichton movie ''Film/{{Looker}}'' is frequently misattributed to Carnes. Itís actually by Sue Saad.
*** Actually, itís only a partial misattribution. Carnes did a cover of "Looker" on her ''Voyeur'' album, but people mistakenly attribute her song for being the original theme. Itís not.
* "Best Friend" and "Tarzan and Jane" are not by Aqua. They're by Toy-Box. For a matter of fact, the two bands often get mistaken for each other.
* "Better Days (And the Bottom Drops Out)" (not [[RefrainFromAssuming "I've Seen Better Days"]]) by Citizen King is often mistakenly attributed to Music/{{Sublime}}, Music/{{Everclear}}, Citizen Cope or Music/SugarRay due to stylistic similarities.
* "Better Place" is not by Music/ThreeDaysGrace. It's by Saint Asonia, fronted by former 3DG frontman Adam Gontier.
* "Better Now" is not a Music/DavidBowie song; it's by Collective Soul.
* "Big Bad John" was not by Music/JohnnyCash. That was Jimmy Dean.
** Have you ever had Johnny Cash sausage?
* A few people actually believed, in the beginning, that Creator/JimParsons sang the theme song to ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. It was written and performed by the Music/BarenakedLadies.
* No, "Big Girls Don't Cry" is not by Music/ChristinaAguilera or Music/GwenStefani, but by [[Music/TheBlackEyedPeas Fergie]].
* "Bitch" (the 1997 hit, not Music/TheRollingStones' song) was not sung by Music/AlanisMorissette. That was Meredith Brooks.
** It's not by Music/SherylCrow, either.
* "Bitchin' Camaro" is not by Music/DeadKennedys, it's by The Dead ''Milkmen.''
* "Bitter Sweet Symphony" is not by The Verve Pipe, Coldplay, Radiohead or Oasis, but Music/TheVerve.
** Brian Vander Ark, the lead singer of the Verve Pipe, [[LampshadeHanging lampshades this trope]] on his Twitter profile, to the point that he sang a karaoke version of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28nDn0b1Vuo Bittersweet Symphony]]" in September 2015.
** Music/{{Coldplay}} later subverted this trope in 2005, when they and the Verve's lead singer, Richard Ashcroft, covered "Bitter Sweet Symphony" at the Live 8 festival.
** Oh, and by the way, "The Freshmen" is not by The Verve, either.
** "The Drugs Don't Work" by Music/TheVerve is also commonly mislabeled as being by Radiohead.
* Gene Pitney never sang "Black Is Black." Los Bravos did.
* that acoustic version of Music/{{Radiohead}}'s "Blow Out" you may have found online doesn't feature Music/ThePixies (who had broken up not long before Radiohead's ''Music/PabloHoney'' came out anyway). It's Thom Yorke being backed up by Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of The ''Posies'' live in studio for a Canadian radio broadcast. Presumably this misattribution started with someone mishearing the DJ who lists off the names of the performers afterwards.
* Music/MarilynManson never covered Music/NewOrder's "Blue Monday". That was Orgy.
** Helps that the song was featured on the ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'' soundtrack along with Marilyn Manson's cover of "Tainted Love".
* The '70s version of "Black Betty" was not by Music/LynyrdSkynyrd or Music/ZZTop, but rather by Ram Jam.
* The song "Black Hole Sun" by Music/{{Soundgarden}} has nothing to do with the band Music/ButtholeSurfers, except for kinda having the same initials(?).
* Not every song on the TheBobAndTomShow is by Heywood Banks or Rodney Carrington.
** Nor is every song performed by Bob or Tom (or Chick or Kristi)...
* "Block Rockin' Beats" isn't by Music/TheProdigy. It's by Music/TheChemicalBrothers.
* "Blood in my Eyes" was not by Music/OzzyOsbourne, Music/LimpBizkit, Music/{{Disturbed}}, or Godsmack; that was a group called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgNQj_PXn8o Dimestore Hoods]].
* "Blood Is Pumpin'" is not by Warp Brothers, Aquagen, or Darude, but by Voodoo & Serrano.
* Cradle of Filth never did a Bloody Tears Cover. It's by Naoto Shibata PROJECT.
* the Blue Man Group did not do "Blue (Da Ba Dee)", that was Eiffel 65, who couldn't be any more different from Blue Man Group.
* "Bodies" ([[RefrainFromAssuming not "Let The Bodies Hit The Floor"]]) was not by System of a Down, Sum 41, Daughtry, Rob Zombie, Godsmack, Disturbed, Slipknot, or Korn, but by Drowning Pool. In Zombie's case, this is because the song sounds similar to "Dragula."
* Music/TheBeeGees did not sing "Boogie Wonderland", that was Music/EarthWindAndFire featuring Music/TheEmotions.
* "Boom Boom Boom" is not by Reel 2 Real, it's by The Outhere Brothers.
* Those who've heard "Born Free" in the Chevy Silverado commercials might believe that Music/BobSeger lent another of his songs to the automaker after the success of "Like a Rock". In reality, it was recorded by Music/KidRock.
* The Music/VillagePeople or Music/BoneyM never recorded "Born to be Alive" either; that was Patrick Hernandez.
* "Born to Be Wild" is not by Music/TheRollingStones or AC/DC. It's by Music/{{Steppenwolf}}.
** First of all, the song was popular years before AC/DC became superstars. Secondly, considering that John Kay's voice sounds like neither Bon Scott's nor Brian Johnson's high-pitched voices, you can figure that out for yourself.
*** Krokus may have covered it, but AC/DC did not.
*** Oh and also, this song was also not done by Music/BillyIdol, Music/TheDoors or Music/ZZTop. It's still Steppenwolf, Sheesh.
* Rod Stewart did not sing "Brother Louie." That was Stories, covering a song by Hot Chocolate.
* Alice Cooper did not sing "Burn in Hell", not "Abandoned Lands", It's by Twisted Sister.
* Similarly, the theme from ''Film/ChariotsOfFire'' is not by Yanni, but rather fellow Greek composer ''Vangelis.''
* Music/RageAgainstTheMachine did not do the DGenerationX theme "Break It Down", that was the Chris Warren Band.
** Ditto with Triple H's old theme ''My Time.''
* "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is not by Matchbox 20, the Wallflowers, Everclear, Gin Blossoms, Oasis, or the Ramones, but rather by a band called Deep Blue Something. (And the song has nothing to do with "Moon River", the actual theme from the movie)
* "Bring Me to Life" is not by Paramore. It's by Evanescence.
** A LOT of people also seem to believe Linkin Park took part in the song. They did not. The male vocals were provided by Paul [=McCoy=] of 12 Stones, who sounds somewhat like Mike Shinoda. Nor did they remix it.
*** Fewer people seem to think that it was Papa Roach singing the male vocals instead.
* "Broken" isn't a collaboration between Music/{{Nickelback}} and Music/{{Evanescence}}. It's by Music/{{Seether}} and Evanescence's lead singer Amy Lee.
** "Nobody's Home" ([[RefrainFromAssuming not "Broken Inside"]]) was not by Evanescence either, it was by Music/AvrilLavigne, although Evanescence's Ben Moody co-wrote it.
* Music/PeterGabriel did not make (or cover) the song "Broken Wings" (the one that goes "Take these broken wings and learn to fly again, learn to live so free..."); that was Mr. Mister, whose vocalist sounds somewhat like Gabriel. Same deal with "Kyrie."
* "Brown Eyed Girl" is not by the Rolling Stones. It's by Van Morrison.
** And neither Sex Pistols, Green Day, or blink-182 covered "Brown Eyed Girl". That was a band called Lagwagon.
* Music/{{KMFDM}} did not cover Music/{{Ministry}}'s "Burning Inside", that was either Static X (male vocals) or Death Ride 69 (female vocals).
* "Butterfly" from Dance Dance Revolution is not by Aqua, but rather by a Swedish group called Smile.dk.
** Although Aqua did a song called "Bumblebees", the song with the lyrics "Sweet little bumblebee, I know what you want from me" is not by them, but Bambee, another Danish bubblegum dance group.
** It's also, oddly, sometimes misattributed to Music/AyumiHamasaki, who records exclusively in her native Japanese.
* The rap-rock track "Butterfly" [[RefrainFromAssuming (not "Come My Lady")]] is not by Limp Bizkit, but by Crazy Town.
* "Buzzin' (I Feel Like Money), mostly known for the song's subtitle, is not by Jason Derulo, Trey Songz, New Boyz, or Chingy. It's by rapper Mann. Mann did have another song called "Text" that featured Jason Derulo.
* The 1990's Eurodance song "Call Me" (not to be confused with the 1980 Blondie song or the 2007 Kandystand song) is not by Culture Beat, but by Le Click.
* There is no Music/{{Rasputina}} song called "Call Me Alice" or "Life 101:" the band is Call Me Alice, that was a fan-made megamix of it and Lock n' Load's song is "Life 101" from their album "2000."
* "Candy Girl" was not performed by the Music/TheJacksonFive. That was New Edition.
** If you listen carefully, you can clearly hear an 80's beat on the song.
* ''Music/CarminaBurana'' never had anything to do with Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart. They were written as poems centuries before his time, and set to music by Carl Orff a century after his time.
** Nor, obviously, did Music/RichardWagner compose the most famous part of that symphony, "O Fortuna."
* "Carry on Wayward Son" is not by Boston, That was Kansas.
** "Dust In The Wind" is not by Boston either, by the way.
* So that synth-heavy new wave song "Cars" (not "[[RefrainFromAssuming Here In My Car]]") must be the theme song of Music/TheCars, right? Wrong. It's by Music/GaryNuman.
** As for its cover, that was by Fear Factory, not Marilyn Manson.
** Conversely, the new wave song "Shake it Up" is not by Gary Numan, but by The Cars.
* "Castles in the Sky" was not by DHT, but by fellow Belgian [[{{Europop}} Euro]]{{trance}} group Ian van Dahl, before DHT was even founded.
* "Castle on the Hill" is not by Music/TheFray, but by Music/EdSheeran. "You Found Me" is not by Sheeran, but by The Fray.
* "Catch Me (I'm Falling)" is not Music/GloriaEstefan, but Music/PrettyPoison. And "I Can't Wait" is by Nu Shooz.
* "Catch the Wind" is by Music/{{Donovan}}, not Bob Dylan, although there are videos all over Youtube claiming otherwise. The confusion seems to be because the song is very much in Dylan's early folk style. In fact, almost all of Donovan's songs sounded like that (he was dubbed "The British Bob Dylan" by the press), but he's mainly known today for 'Season of The Witch," a somewhat out-of-character psychedelic rock song.
* "Cat's in the Cradle" is not by Music/CatStevens. It's by Music/HarryChapin. The fact that the two sound a ''lot'' alike, in addition to the fact that Stevens has a compilation album called ''Cat's Cradle'', doesn't help matters.
** And the lyrics of the song come from a poem written by Sandy Chapin, his wife.
*** Skid Row, Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses, or Kid Rock never covered "Cat's in the Cradle". That cover was by Ugly Kid Joe.
*** And "Cat's in the Kettle" was not done by "Weird Al" Yankovic. It was a parody by Bob Rivers.
*** Speaking of Cat Stevens -- "American Pie" is also not by Cat Stevens, Music/BobDylan or Harry Chapin. That's DonMcLean.
* Music/{{Metallica}} never did a version of "Carol of The Bells". [[RefrainFromAssuming It wasn't called "Carol of The Bells", either]], it was called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?MHioIlbnS_A Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24]]". The song was made famous by Music/TransSiberianOrchestra, but it was written by the progressive/power metal that spawned TSO, {{Music/Savatage}}.
* Metallica didn't do "Cemetery Gates," either. That would be Music/{{Pantera}}.
* "Centerfold" is not by Music/AvengedSevenfold. It's by the J. Geils Band.
* "Chandelier" is not by Music/{{Rihanna}}. It's by Music/{{Sia}}.
* "Cherry Pie" is not by Music/DefLeppard, Poison or Whitesnake. It's by Music/{{Warrant}}.
* The "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5umEUBDXfU0 Children's Orchestra fail]]" going round the Internet has nothing to do with children, Swedish or otherwise. It was played by an orchestra, however: the Portsmouth Sinfonia, a crowning example of "SoBadItsGood." (Here's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpJ6anurfuw the complete version of their rendition]].)
* "Cinnamon Girl" is not by Music/TomPetty (who is featured nowhere on the track, not even background vocals). That would be Music/NeilYoung, with backing band Crazy Horse.
* "Click Click Boom", "Ladies and Gentlemen", and "Your Disease" are not by P.O.D., but by Saliva. "Youth Of The Nation," "Boom," and "Alive" aren't Saliva, but P.O.D.
* Music/{{Coldplay}} had nothing to do with "Closer To Love"; it's by Mat Kearney.
* "Closing Time" (not "[[RefrainFromAssuming Take Me Home]]") is not Music/GreenDay, 3 Doors Down, Matchbox 20, or Music/{{Weezer}}. It's Semisonic.
** Parodied in the movie ''Film/FriendsWithBenefits''; the song is originally thought by Music/JustinTimberlake's character to be by Music/ThirdEyeBlind, and Creator/MilaKunis' character objects. Semisonic receives their credit at the end.
* "C'mon n' Ride It (The Train)" is not by Tag Team or 69 Boyz, but by Quad City DJs. 69 Boyz did have a song called "Da Train", but it's otherwise unrelated to the Quad City song.
* "Cocaine" is not by Music/ZZTop. That was Music/EricClapton.
** Actually, this one is an odd triangular interaction of this trope and CoveredUp. The original version of "Cocaine" is by JJ Cale (the same is true of "After Midnight"), and is itself frequently thought to be either by ZZ Top (more understandable than with the Clapton version, given the gritty twang of JJ's voice), an alternate version by Clapton himself, or a cover of the Clapton version.
* "Coco Jamboo" is not by Inner Circle or Fun Factory. It's the [[OneHitWonder lone American hit]] of Mr. President.
* "Cold Rock the Mic" is not by Music/TheChemicalBrothers, but by Music/ApolloFourForty.
* Trent Reznor and Roger Waters have never collaborated, on a live version of "Comfortably Numb" or any other project. If you find a song on a [=P2P=] network labelled as this, it's typically just Music/PinkFloyd's own live version from ''Delicate Sound of Thunder'', which neither Reznor nor Waters appears on (though Waters did co-write the song and might legitimately show up in the credits for that reason). In fact, the melody on the verses of that version, which is quite different from that of the original studio recording, is a version Waters has never played on, with or without Pink Floyd.
* "Come On Eileen" is not by The Clash, Men At Work, or The Cure. It's by Music/DexysMidnightRunners.
** There's also a ska-punk cover of the song that's commonly mislabeled as being by No Doubt or Reel Big Fish, it's actually by Save Ferris (yes, as in Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff).
* "Commercial" isn't by Creator/CheechAndChong. It's Spanky & Our Gang, and it predates C&C by several years.
* "Confident" is not by Music/NellyFurtado, but by Music/DemiLovato.
* "Constant Craving" is not by Music/{{Eurythmics}} or Music/AnnieLennox. It's by kd lang.
* "Control", the song used for Reptile's theme in the first ''Film/MortalKombat'' film, is not by Music/{{KMFDM}} or Music/{{Ministry}}. It's by Music/JunoReactor and Music/TraciLords.
* "Cool Kids" is not by Music/EllieGoulding, but by Music/{{Echosmith}}.
* "Copacetic" isn't by Nirvana, and that's not its name (nor is it "And You Don't" or "Born to be Down"). It's called "Bound for the Floor," and it's by Local H.
* One of the oddest misattribution seen on filesharing systems is Rednex's "Cotton Eye Joe" listed as being by ''Music/{{Primus}}''. The male vocalist in Rednex arguably sounds slightly similar to Les Claypool (they both have western country voices), but otherwise, completely different styles of music.
* "Could Have Been Me" isn't by Queen. It's by the Struts, a band often considered somewhat of a spiritual successor to Queen, and was recorded ''more than twenty years after Freddie Mercury's death''. It doesn't help that frontman Luke Spiller looks quite a bit like Freddie Mercury.
* The cover of "Crash" by The Primitives that was used in the film Film/MrBeansHoliday wasn't done by Music/Sum41. It was by Matt Willis, formerly of the band Music/{{Busted}}.
* "Crazy Bitch" is not by Music/ChuckBerry or Hinder. It's by Music/{{Buckcherry}}, whose name is a {{spoonerism}} of Chuck Berry's.
* "Crazy Train" is not by Black Sabbath. It's an Music/OzzyOsbourne solo recording.
** Similar confusion with "Bark at the Moon"
* Lifehouse never recorded a song called "Crazy for this Girl". It was actually by Evan & Jaron, and was popular shortly before Lifehouse even scored their first hit.
* "Creep", (not to be confused with the Music/{{Radiohead}} one; and [[RefrainFromAssuming this isn't called "Half the Man I Used to Be"]]) isn't by Music/{{Nirvana}}; it was Music/StoneTemplePilots.
* On a related note, the acoustic version of the Music/{{Radiohead}} song "Creep" is not by Music/{{Muse}}. It's still Radiohead.
** However, there is an acoustic version performed by Music/{{Korn}} on their "Unplugged" album.
* "Crossfire" is not by Music/TheKillers. It's a solo recording by Brandon Flowers, their lead singer.
* Music/TheSistersOfMercy did not do "Cry Little Sister". That was Gerard [=McMann=].
* "Crying in the Club" is not by Music/AlessiaCara; it's by Music/CamilaCabello, formerly of Music/FifthHarmony.
* "Cumbersome" ([[RefrainFromAssuming not "I Have Become" or "Too Heavy, Too Light"]]) is not by Music/StoneTemplePilots, but by their labelmates Seven Mary Three.
* For some reason people think "Cum On Feel the Noize" is from Music/TwistedSister, but the more frequently-heard version is actually Music/QuietRiot, both [[CoveredUp covering up]] Slade.
* "Da Dip" isn't by 2 Live Crew or 69 Boyz, and it also isn't called "When I Dip" either. It is in fact by a little-known Atlanta rapper named Freak Nasty.
* "Dancing In The Moonlight" isn't by Van Morrison or Elvis Costello, but King Harvest covering Boffalongo. The fact that Van Morrison has an entirely different hit song called "Moondance" may add to the confusion there.
* "Dangerous" is not a collaboration between the Music/ScissorSisters and Music/{{Weezer}}. It's by Big Data and Joywave.
* "Da Turdy Point Buck" is not by Music/DaYoopers. It's by Bananas at Large, a Wisconsin group. You're probably thinking of "Second Week of Deer Camp", which ''is'' by Da Yoopers.
* You may understandably mistake "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ_zdAZ1XVM Day After Day]]" as a latter-era [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] song. It isn't; it's actually by one of their Apple Records labelmates, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_After_Day_(song) Badfinger]] (Wiki/TheOtherWiki link goes to the article about the song), though George Harrison did produce and play some of the guitar bits on the song.
** "Come And Get It", by the same band, is also widely misattributed as a Beatles song. It doesn't help that Music/PaulMcCartney actually wrote it, and that a demo version appears on one of Music/TheBeatlesAnthology compilation albums.
** The members of the Beatles all individually worked with Badfinger at one point or another (either writing songs, producing, or occasionally playing instruments). The two bands were actually pretty good friends and had a similar style, so it makes sense that they are confused. It doesn't help matters that Badfinger is virtually unknown in the US (the only hit they had in the US was a cover not performed by them). They were better known in the UK though so it's less common for them to be mistaken for the Beatles there.
* "Dam Dadi Doo" is not by Eiffel 65. It's by Fantasy Project.
* "Dancing on Nails" is not by Music/AskingAlexandria, but by We Are Harlot, the side band of AA's Danny Worsnop.
* "Dancing with an Angel" is not by Culture Beat or Kim Sanders. It's by Double You featuring Sandy Chambers.
* "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes" is not by Music/AFlockOfSeagulls, Music/TheCars, Cutting Crew, or Music/TearsForFears, but by Music/{{Ultravox}}.
* "Dazzy Duks" is not by Tag Team, but by Deuce, although one of the remixes of "Whoomp! (There It Is)" sampled it.
* "Dead Man's Curve" is not by Music/TheBeachBoys, although Music/BrianWilson did co-write it. The song was actually done by their friendly early-'60s rivals, Music/JanAndDean.
* The song "Deadly Sleep" isn't by Music/IronMaiden, but by the lesser known Music/IronSavior. If this song doesn't sound familiar, you may know it as [[RefrainFromAssuming "Take Me Home"]].
* The album ''Deep Forest'' is not by Enigma, either; it's by a group named... you guessed it... Deep Forest. (And Deep Forest and Enigma have never collaborated, either, despite what many people think.)
* The English version of "Der Kommissar" is not by the Music/TalkingHeads, but by {{one hit wonder}}s After the Fire.
* "Detachable Penis" isn't by The Music/FlamingLips, Nada Surf, Music/TheDeadMilkmen, Music/TheCramps, Music/{{Primus}}, or The Music/ButtholeSurfers. It's by Music/KingMissile.
* "Diamonds" is not by Music/{{Prince}} and/or Music/SheilaE. It's by Music/HerbAlpert featuring Music/JanetJackson.
* That Soulja Boy diss called "Die Already" that surfaced the web is not by Music/{{Eminem}}. It's actually rapper Nasty, who sounds a lot like Em.
* The ''VideoGame/DieHardTrilogy2VivaLasVegas'' soundtrack is not by Music/JunkieXL. It's by Music/{{BT}}. Misattribution may occur due to some songs' similarities with "Def Beat" and other signature JXL songs.
* "Die Motherf**ker Die" is not by Drowning Pool, it's by Dope.
* "Die Trying" is not by Music/LinkinPark or Music/ThreeDaysGrace. It's by Art of Dying. It doesn't help in the former case that it sounds a lot like "From The Inside", and in the latter case that Adam Gontier's cousin Cale is the band's bassist.
* "Discord" is not a song by Music/TheLivingTombstone [[SpeedyTechnoRemake redone]] by Eurobeat Brony trying to piggyback on its huge popularity. Eurobeat's version is the original that was CoveredUp by Tombstone.
* "DJ Girl" is not by Angelina, but by the similarly-named OneHitWonder Katalina.
* "Dr. Feelgood" was not by Guns N' Roses. It was Music/MotleyCrue.
* "Do I Wanna Know?" despite having an EpicRiff and sounding like a visceral love song is not Music/TheBlackKeys work. It's actually by a British viral band called Music/ArcticMonkeys.
* "Domino" is not by Music/KatyPerry but by Jessie J.
* "Dona Nobis Pacem" is not a Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart song.
* The [[TrapMusic trap]] song "Don't Let Me Down" is not by Music/{{Sia}}. It's by Music/TheChainsmokers featuring Music/{{Daya}}.
** "Don't Kill My Vibe" is not by Sia either. It's by Music/{{Sigrid}}.
* The theme song for ''Doom 3'' is not by Tool. It's by Tweaker.
* "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" is not by Music/TheBeachBoys. It's by Manfred Mann.
* Creator/DavidWise did not compose ''Donkey Kong Land 2'''s soundtrack. It was GrantKirkhope who composed it. He went on to compose ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'', ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'', ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' and ''-Tooie'', and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64''.
* Music/NickCave and Enya didn't cover Music/BlueOysterCult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper"; that was Ville Valo of HIM and Finnish vocalist Sanna-June Hyde.
* "Don't Fence Me In" is not a traditional cowboy song. It's a [[StealthParody parody]] by Cole Porter.
* The acid house track "Don't Laugh" is not by Music/DaftPunk. It's by Winx, AKA Josh Wink of "Higher State of Consciousness" fame.
* Neither Music/DonnaSummer nor Music/DianaRoss sang the disco version of "Don't Leave Me This Way", that was Thelma Houston (not to be confused with ''Whitney'' Houston).
* "Don't Matter" ([[RefrainFromAssuming not "Nobody Wanna See Us Together"]]) is not by Music/SeanKingston, Music/JaySean, or Music/{{Iyaz}}, but by Music/{{Akon}}.
* Music/FleetwoodMac's "Don't Stop" was misattributed to Music/CatStevens on this very wiki's EarWorm page. Tropers are not immune!
** On this wiki's TropeNamers page, "Runaway Train," actually by Music/SoulAsylum, was misattributed to Music/SkidRow.
*** "Runaway Train" is also frequently attributed to Music/TomPetty. Adding to the confusion is completely different song released in 1987 called "Runaway Trains".
*** It's not by Music/BonJovi either.
* "Don't Stop (Color on the Walls)" is not by Music/FitzAndTheTantrums, but by Music/FosterThePeople.
* "Don't Stop Believin'" is not by Music/DianaRoss. It's by Music/{{Journey}}.
* "Don't Pull Your Love" is by Hamilton, Joe Frank, & Reynolds. NOT Music/ElvisPresley. And on a similar note, "Lonely This Christmas" is not by Elvis either. It is by British glam rock band Mud, with lead singer Les Gray doing an impression of Presley.
* "Don't You (Forget About Me)", the theme song from ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'', is not by Music/{{Sting}} or Music/ThePolice, but by Music/SimpleMinds.
** It'ss not by Tears for Fears either.
** It's also not by Billy Idol, though he did release a relatively little-known cover of it on his ''Greatest Hits'' album.
** It's also not by the Human League -- you're probably thinking of "Don't You Want Me."
** And it isn't by David Bowie, either.
* "Down with the Sickness" is not by Linkin Park or System of a Down. It's by Music/{{Disturbed}}.
* "The Dream" isn't by Music/{{Thursday}}; it's by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gCr72oy8Bc Open Hand]]. And neither is "This Sadness Alone" (which doesn't even sound anything like Thursday). That one's by Reach the Sky.
* "Dream On" was not performed by Music/LedZeppelin. That was Music/{{Aerosmith}}. It just sounds like "Stairway to Heaven", but that's not Zeppelin.
* "Dream Police" is not by Aerosmith. It is by Music/CheapTrick. The confusion is probably due to Aerosmith's similarly-named song "Dream On," and the fact that "Dream Police" was included on ''VideoGame/GuitarHero: Aerosmith.''
** Similar confusion with Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever", which was also included on ''VideoGame/GuitarHero: Aerosmith''.
* "Dreamin' of That Angel" is not by 3 Doors Down, Nickelback, or Matchbox 20. It's by Unconditional Life.
* The 2001 trance track "Dreamland" is not by Music/ArminVanBuuren, but by Nu NRG. One may confuse it with "Future Fun Land", which Armin released under his Perpetuous Dreamer alias in 1999.
* "Edelweiss" is not an Austrian folk song. It's from ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'' by Creator/RodgersAndHammerstein.
** It's ''become'' an Austrian standard though - ''The Sound Of Music'' isn't actually that popular there, but they know what the tourists expect...
** Likewise, "Do Re Mi" was not a folk song or composed by Music/TheShermanBrothers, although it resembles "It's a Small World". Confusion may also result from both ''The Sound of Music'' and ''Film/MaryPoppins'' starring Creator/JulieAndrews.
* "Eighth World Wonder" is not by Vanessa Carlton. It's by Kimberley Locke.
* "El Caballo de Troya" is by TierraSanta, not MagoDeOz.
* "Empty Frames" is not by Creator/NeYo, bur rather by Davon Farris. Can't blame those who uploaded the song on YouTube and [=P2P=] networks though, as Davon's voice sounds kinda' similar to Ne-Yo's.
** Ne-Yo has since addressed this discrepancy in a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YwR4HbCyrM short video promoting Farris]].
* "Epic" ([[RefrainFromAssuming not "You Want It All" or "What Is It?"]]) is not by the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers. It's by Music/FaithNoMore. For starters, Mike Patton doesn't sound ''that'' much like Anthony Kiedis. Though he may be trying, and the song is kind of a parody of them (the video sure as hell is), so we can see where you would make that mistake.
* Many people misattribute Boney M's song "El Lute" to Music/{{ABBA}}, because of its (probably intentional) similarity to "Fernando" and "Chiquitita".
** Errr... ''Fernando'', by Music/{{Abba}}, was shamelessly ripped off by British group The Brotherhood of Man (like ABBA, Eurovision winners), a band marketed as an Abba clone. TBOM's "Angelo" is so suspiciously similar to "Fernando", it is often mis-attributed to ABBA, whilest "Fernando" is also mis-attributed to TBOM. It gets confusing, especially as other TBOM songs - especially "Figaro" - are also suspiciously ABBA-like.
** Ditto for "Rasputin", which has also been misattributed to fellow German disco act Music/DschinghisKhan. This is possibly because of Website/{{YTMND}} where "Rasputin" is the AlternateUniverse equivalent of the "Moskau" meme.
** Also "Seven Tears" is not by Boney M. It's The Goombay Dance Band, a similar manufactured outfit and case of {{Follow the Leader}}. Both bands were faux-Caribbean reggae-disco outfits, similarly both formed by white West German musicians (Frank Farian - Boney M, Oliver Bendt - Goombay Dance Band). Both sang on their band's tracks. The difference was while Bendt was the face of the band, Farian had a black dancer - Bobby Farrell mime to Farian's vocals. Goombay's other songs are often mistaken as Boney M's.
* "Elephant" is not a long-lost [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] demo sung by Music/JohnLennon. It's by Music/TameImpala.
* "Elmo's Got a Gun" is not by "Weird Al" Yankovic. That was Tommy & Rumble.
* Timo Maas never covered "Enjoy the Silence"; he merely remixed the Music/DepecheMode original.
** Like wise for "Doom's Night" by Azzido da Bass.
** The same goes for Linkin Park. The song was remixed by Mike Shinoda in 2001.
* "Enola Gay" is not by Music/TheCars, Music/TheCure, or Music/TheKinks. It's by Music/OrchestralManoeuvresInTheDark.
* Music/{{Nirvana}} never covered "Enter Sandman" by Music/{{Metallica}}. The song is actually "Suck My Dog's Dick" by Music/WesleyWillis.
* "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" is not by Jimmy Buffett, but Rupert Holmes. It doesn't help that Buffett's best known song, "Margaritaville," is also about a cocktail
* "Eskimo" ([[RefrainFromAssuming not "I'm The Only Gay Eskimo"]]) isn't Tenacious D., Ween, Weird Al or Stephen Lynch, but instead Corky and the Juice Pigs.
** Another song commonly mistaken for Tenacious D (or sometimes, bizarrely Music/AliceInChains) is "Chewbacca" by Supernova, best known for its use in ''Film/{{Clerks}}''.
* Cascada's "Evacuate The Dancefloor" has a rapping part ''NOT'' performed by Eminem or Pitbull, it is performed by German rapper Carlprit, who sounds like a hybrid of the two.
* "Even Flow" is not by Music/{{Godsmack}}. It's by Music/PearlJam.
* "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" is not by Music/GunsNRoses, but by Music/{{Poison}}, similarities to "Patience" notwithstanding.
* The Music/PetShopBoys do not have a song titled "Every Time I See You Falling". That's "Bizarre Love Triangle" by Music/NewOrder. And Music/{{Orbital}} never covered or remixed it.
* "Everything You Want" is not by 3 Doors Down. It's by Vertical Horizon, and was popular shortly before "Kryptonite" was.
* Music/{{Eminem}} does not have a song called "Everywhere I Go". That's by Hollywood Undead. The song isn't about Charlie Sheen either.
* "Ex's & Oh's" (the 2015 alternative #1 turned pop #10, not Atreyu's 2006 song) is not by Music/AmyWinehouse, Music/MeghanTrainor, Music/{{Sia}}, or Music/{{Duffy}}. It's by OneHitWonder Elle King, the daughter of actor Rob Schneider. In the case of Winehouse, she had been ''dead'' for four years by the time the song was recorded.
* "Eye of the Tiger" is not by Music/{{Journey}}. It is by Survivor. People have made this mistake because Survivor's lead singer Dave Bickler (who was later replaced by the late Jimi Jamison) sounds a lot like Steve Perry.
* "Fable" ([[RefrainFromAssuming not "Tell Me a Fable"]]) is not an early Ayla song; it's by Robert Miles of "Children" fame.
* Hey, Music/{{Emo}} kids! "Falling For You" is actually by Student Rick, not Something Corporate (amazingly enough, there's even a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETO239yM6zA fan-made video]] with the exact misattribution).
** And it isn't by Finch, Music/TakingBackSunday, The Starting Line, or whatever PopPunk band existed in 2002 either.
* "Father" is not by Music/{{Slipknot}}, but actually by Lollipop Lust Kill.
* Children Of Bodom did not cover Music/IronMaiden's "Fear of the Dark." That was Italian melodic black metal band Graveworm.
** And neither did Music/{{Nightwish}}. That was Sturm und Drang (who, despite their name, are a Finnish band with a Swedish singer).
* "The Fear That Gave Me Wings" is not by Music/BringMeTheHorizon but by a more obscure, American {{Metalcore}} band called Glory of This. BMTH themselves never claimed authorship of the song, but do supposedly play it live once in a while after dispelling the rumor.
* "Feelin' Alright" is not by Music/RayCharles; who you're hearing is Joe Cocker [[CoveredUp covering up]] Traffic. Charles never covered the song, either.
* Sarah Brightman did not sing the theme to ''Film/TheFifthElement''. She also never collaborated with Enigma.
* Music/LessThanJake never covered the Proclaimers' "500 Miles". It was actually Down by Law.
** That same cover is also not by Music/MxPx (who, to confuse things a bit, DID later cover "500 Miles", minus the F-bomb in the Down by Law cover.)
* "Fight Song" (as in the 2015 pop hit, not Music/MarilynManson's "''The'' Fight Song") is not by Katy Perry, Sara Bareilles, Pink. or Kelly Clarkson. It's by little-known singer/songwriter Rachel Platten. At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the use of music by both Platten and Perry in the campaign led many people, and even some media organizations to misattributing the former's biggest hit to the latter. A similar misconception happens with her follow up "Stand By You", although not to the same extent.
* "The Final Countdown" was not performed by Queen, Van Halen, Journey, or Styx, but by Europe.
** Music/ChildrenOfBodom never did a cover of Europe's "The Final Countdown". Depending on the version you've heard, it was either Norther or Dispatched.
* Nightwish never had a non-lyrical song called "A Final Dream". That's Music/TransSiberianOrchestra. Seriously, you need a behind-the-ear amplifier or something.
* Music/UtadaHikaru never recorded an English version of her song "First Love". It's a cover by Jessa Zaragoza.
* [[Music/{{Eurythmics}} Annie Lennox]] never sang "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face". That version was by Joanna Law.
* "Flagpole Sitta" (not [[RefrainFromAssuming "I'm Not Sick But I'm Not Well"]]) isn't by Lit, Blink-182, or Music/GreenDay. It's by Music/HarveyDanger.
* "Flavor of the Weak" is not by New Found Glory, All-American Rejects or Bowling for Soup, it's by American Hi-Fi.
** "The Breakup Song" is also not by Bowling for Soup, but by American Hi-Fi.
* "Fly" (the 1997 hit) was not done by Music/{{Sublime}}. Sugar Ray did it.
** Likewise, "Hooch" is not by Sublime or Sugar Ray either. It's by a band called Everything (not to be confused with Everything ''but the Girl'').
* [[Music/{{Tiesto}} DJ Tiësto]] never made a song called "Fly Away", that was fellow Dutchman Vincent de Moor.
* Music/UtadaHikaru did not sing the ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' version of "Fly Me to the Moon", that was done by Belgian singer Helena Noguerra.
* DJ Sammy did not do the SpeedyTechnoRemake of the Olsen Brothers' "Fly on the Wings of Love", that was by XTM & DJ Chuckie, although they are also from Spain.
* TheBeatles' "The Fool On The Hill" was not the theme to the ABC 1969 dramedy ''Room 222.'' People think that because Music/SergioMendes did a cover of the song and their arrangement sounds similar to the ''Room 222'' theme (composed by Jerry Goldsmith) which was affected in 7/4 time.
* "Foreplay/Long Time" was not by Music/{{Rush}}, but by Music/{{Boston}}.
* "Forget Me Nots" ([[{{Sampling}} the basis for]] ''Film/MenInBlack'''s title song by Creator/WillSmith) is not by Music/JanetJackson. It's by Patrice Rushen.
* the original version of "Fortunate Son" ([[RefrainFromAssuming not "It Ain't Me")]] is not by Music/BobSeger. It's Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival from their album ''Music/WillyAndThePoorBoys''. (Seger did cover the song live, though, and his version (included on the ''Like a Rock'' album) often gets airplay on classic rock stations.)
** Conversely, "Old Time Rock & Roll" ''is'' Bob Seger, not CCR. Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry or Little Richard didn't do it either. Another "CCR song" that actually isn't is the 1971 Canadian hit "Jodie", by Joey Gregorash.
* "Freak of the Week" (not "Can You Make Me a Promise") is not by Third Eye Blind, Green Day or Matchbox 20. It's Marvelous 3.
* "Freestyler" is not by The Freestylers. It's by Bomfunk MC's.
* "The Freshmen", not "We Were Merely Freshmen", is not by Third Eye Blind or Music/Matchbox20, but by The Verve Pipe.
** This confusion may be due to 3EB's similar sounding "Slow Motion".
*** Likewise, "Two Princes" (Not "If You Want To Be My Baby") is also not by Third Eye Blind. It's by Spin Doctors. This confusion may be due to the similar sounding "Semi-Charmed Life", which is not by Matchbox Twenty, by the way.
* Music/BobDylan never covered "Friday" by Music/RebeccaBlack, nor did Black cover the song from Dylan. It was by a singer named Mike Bauer who intentionally covered the song to sound like Dylan.
* "Fuck the World" is not by Music/{{Slipknot}} either, but by Music/InsaneClownPosse.
** Although Slipknot does have a song that is [[RefrainFromAssuming mistakenly called "Fuck the World"]] which is properly titled "Surfacing".
* "Funk Phenomena"([[RefrainFromAssuming not "The Funk Phenomenon"]]) is not by Music/FatBoySlim or Music/DaftPunk. It's by Armand van Helden. And The Crystal Method did not remix or cover it; that version may have been a fan mix.
* "Funky Town" is not by Blondie, nor was it a Donna Summer song. It's by Lipps Inc.
** And INXS never covered it. That was Pseudo Echo, who, like INXS, were Australian.
* "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" is not by ZZ Top, It's by Timbuk3.
** Neither is "Keep Your Hands To Yourself;" that was the Georgia Satellites.
** Or ''Tuff Enuff," which was by the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
* Music/TupacShakur did not sing "Gangsta's Paradise". That was Music/{{Coolio}}.
* "Genius of Love" is not by Music/CocteauTwins, but by Music/TomTomClub.
* "Gerbil" was not sung by Jack Black. That was Stephen Lynch.
* Slight variation involving mistaken movie soundtracks: Yes, there is such thing as an Music/AvrilLavigne song called "Give You What You Like". it is ''not'' part of the soundtrack to ''Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey'', but it is the theme song to Creator/{{Lifetime}} original movie ''Babysitter's Black Book''.
* that [[TheCoverChangesTheMeaning hilariously ironic cover]] of "Gin and Juice" was not performed by Music/{{Phish}}, OAR, Blues Traveler or Rodney Carrington. It was The Gourds.
* Music/IggyPop didn't do "A Girl Like You" -- that was Music/EdwynCollins, the former singer for 80's indie heroes Orange Juice. Mind, his vocal style on that particular song is similar enough that All Music Guide called it an "Iggy Pop tribute", it was his only U.S. hit, and the fact that Iggy Pop's ''Music/LustForLife'' ended up having a sudden resurgence in popularity the next year due to it's use in ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}'' may have had something to do with it as well. The song occasionally gets credited to Urge Overkill and David Bowie too.
* "Girls on Film" is not by Music/TheKinks, but by Music/DuranDuran.
* "Girls on the Dance Floor" is not by LMFAO. It's Far East Movement.
* "Give a Little Bit" is not by Music/REOSpeedwagon. That was Music/{{Supertramp}}.
** Some think it's Music/TheGooGooDolls, but that's [[CoveredUp a separate trope]].
** Similar confusion with "Breakfast in America" or "The Logical Song."
** Likewise, Gym Class Heroes didn't do [[Music/BreakfastInAmerica "Breakfast in America."]] They only [[SampledUp sampled it up]] for "Cupid's Chokehold."
* "Glad You Came" was not by Music/OneDirection, but by Music/TheWanted. Likewise, "What Makes You Beautiful" is not by The Wanted, but by One Direction.
* "Glory of Love" is not by Music/Chicago or Music/PhilCollins. That was a solo hit from Chicago's lead singer Peter Cetera.
* "Gollum's Song" from ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Two Towers]]'' is not sung by Music/{{Bjork}}. It's Emiliana Torrini. Yes, she sounds a '''lot''' like Björk. Yes, this is deliberate: The song was originally intended to be performed by Björk and accordingly written in her style, but she had to decline the offer because of her pregnancy. It doesn't help that the end credits as seen in the theatrical version of the film actually did mistakenly list Björk as the performer, which was subsequently corrected for the DVD release and soundtrack album.
* "Good Grief" (that rap-rock song starting with the line "Good morning Vietnam") was not by Rage Against The Machine. It's by Music/UrbanDanceSquad. Really. (And for that matter, UDS inspired RATM, not the other way around!)
* "Good Life", from ''Film/TheFateOfTheFurious'', is not by Music/JayZ & Music/{{Rihanna}}, but by Music/GEazy & Music/{{Kehlani}}.
* The late '60s hit "Good Morning Starshine" (originally written for the musical ''Theatre/{{Hair}}'') isn't by John Denver, nor is it Donovan; it's by [[OnlyOneName Oliver]].
* An example of a misattributed album: "Good Vibrations" by Music/TheBeachBoys is '''not''' on the album ''Music/PetSounds''. Yes, it was recorded during the sessions for that album, but it was intended for ''Music/{{Smile}}'', which was shelved, and the song was eventually put on the album ''Music/SmileySmile''.
* "Gotta Tell You" is not by Music/{{TLC}} or Music/{{Britney Spears}}. It's by Irish OneHitWonder Samantha Mumba.
* A song leaked on the Internet some time ago called "Grape Jelly" and it was credited to Music/LinkinPark. It's not by them. It's by Dry Cell.
** Music/LinkinPark didn't perform "Hey Bartender" or "I Just Want Your Company". That's "[[RefrainFromAssuming Bartender]]" by Music/HedPE.
* The vocal remake of "Grazing in the Grass" isn't by the Fifth Dimension. It's by the Friends of Distinction.
* "The Great Commandment" is not by Music/DepecheMode. It's by Camouflage.
* The theme from ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' is not by Music/DannyElfman. (That was released before his first actual film score, for ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'') It was actually composed by the late Music/JerryGoldsmith.
* "Greyhound" is not by Music/{{Avicii}}, but by Music/SwedishHouseMafia.
* "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" is not by Diana Ross, but by Spiller featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
* "Happy Together" was not performed by Music/TheBeatles. That was Music/TheTurtles.
* "Homegrown Hawaiian" was not by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, but by Sean Na'auao, six years after Kamakawiwo'ole's death.
* Music/ChristinaAguilera did not sing "Heart Attack" or the RewrittenPopVersion of "LetItGo" from ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. Both were by Music/DemiLovato.
* "Heart of Asia", the trance remake of the theme to ''Film/MerryChristmasMrLawrence'', is not by Binary Finary, but by Watergate. This confusion may be because the Rising Sun mix has a synth hook similar to BF's "1998".
* The '80s power ballad "Heaven" is not by Music/EricClapton. It's by Music/BryanAdams. Clapton's 1991 song "Tears in Heaven" has no relation.
* "Heaven Is a Halfpipe" [[RefrainFromAssuming (not "If I die before I wake" or "In heaven I can skate")]] is not by POD, but OPM.
* "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" is not by Wilson Phillips, Tiffany, The Go-Go's or Music/CyndiLauper. It's by Belinda Carlisle, who is the lead singer of The Go-Go's.
* Avicii did not produce a progressive house song named "Hello Miami". That song is by Disfunktion, and it's real title is "Galette (Original Mix)".
* "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh" is not by Music/SpikeJones, Music/TomLehrer or Creator/AdamSandler. It's by Creator/AllanSherman. The confusion arose because it is sung to the tune of "The Dance of the Hours" by Amilcare Ponchielli, which Jones and the City Slickers also used.
* "Here I Go Again" is not by Van Halen or Sammy Hagar. It's by Music/{{Whitesnake}}.
* The {{Europop}} song "Here I Go Again" is not by Sash! and/or Tina Cousins, but by E-Type.
* "Her Diamonds" is not a Matchbox Twenty song; it's a solo piece by their lead singer Rob Thomas.
** It's been said that radio stations had calls for "that new Matchbox Twenty song" when another solo recording by Thomas, "Lonely No More", received regular airplay.
* Contrary to what you may have read e. g. in some film credits, "Here Comes the Bride" is not a traditional folk tune, but was written by Music/RichardWagner for his opera ''Theatre/{{Lohengrin}}''.
* The tune of "Hernando's Hideaway" is not the most traditional of tangos. It's from ''Theatre/ThePajamaGame''.
* "Hero" (the 2001 Latin-pop ballad) is not by Marc Anthony, but Enrique Iglesias.
* "Hero" (the 2002 rock hit) was not performed by {{Nickelback}}. It was performed by Chad Kroeger (of Nickelback, just not for this song) and Saliva's Josey Scott.
* "Hey Jealousy" is not by the Goo Goo Dolls, Candlebox or Music/FaithNoMore. It's by the Gin Blossoms.
* "High Dive" (not "Someone Else's Song") is not by Music/{{Train}}, but by Andrew [=McMahon=] in the Wilderness.
* "Higher" and "With Arms Wide Open" are not by Pearl Jam. They're both by Creed. It's pretty easy to mix it up because of the [[{{Yarling}} vocal style.]] This was parodied on a Mad TV sketch.
* "The Hippy Hippy Shake" suffers from this in both its original recording and as a cover. The former is by Chan Romero, not Ritchie Valens, and while Music/TheBeatles did cover the song, they are more often mistaken for the Swinging Blue Jeans.
* Music/DestinysChild did not sing "Hit Em Up Style" ([[RefrainFromAssuming not "Hey Ladies"]]). That was Music/BluCantrell.
* "Hold the Line" (not [[RefrainFromAssuming "Love Isn't Always on Time"]]) was not performed by Foreigner. That was Toto.
* "Hold My Breath" is not by Music/NewOrder; it was by Holy Ghost! while New Order was broken up.
* "Holiday Road" was not performed by Kenny Loggins. That was Lindsay Buckingham.
** Likewise, Kenny Loggins didn't sing "The Heat is On". That was Glenn Frey.
* "Hollywise" ([[RefrainFromAssuming not "Superman is Killing Himself Tonight"]]) is not by Music/Blink182, Music/GreenDay, or Music/TheKillers, but by a rather obscure band called Blacktop Manhattan.
* "Hopeless" is not by Music/AlanisMorissette. It's by Music/DionneFarris.
* "A Horse with No Name" isn't by Music/NeilYoung; it's by the band Music/{{America}} (coincidentally, it replaced Young's "Heart of Gold" on top of the charts). The confusion is understandable, since they were deliberately imitating Young's style.
** "Sister Golden Hair" and "Ventura Highway" aren't Young's works either.
* "Hot Child in the City" is not by Music/PatBenatar. That was Nick Gilder.
* "House of the Rising Sun" was not done by Music/TheRollingStones or Music/TheDoors. The most famous version was done by the Animals, though it's [[OlderThanTheyThink much older]], with a recording even done by Music/{{Leadbelly}}, and Music/BobDylan did a version on his first album. There was also a rather strange version by Jim Nabors.
** Music/PinkFloyd never covered the song either. That was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frijid_Pink Frijid Pink.]]
* "How Do You Talk to an Angel?" is not by Bryan Adams. It's by the cast of The Heights, a TV show similar to Glee.
* The credits version of "How Far I'll Go" from ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' is not sung by Music/{{Rihanna}}, Music/{{Sia}}, Music/{{Daya}}, Music/MeghanTrainor, Music/ArianaGrande, or Music/DemiLovato. It's by Italo-Canadian singer Music/AlessiaCara.
* "How to Save A Life" is not by Music/FiveForFighting, but by Music/TheFray. Conversely, "Slice" (not "Slice of American Pie") is not The Fray, but Five for Fighting.
* "The Humpty Dance" is not by Music/MCHammer, Music/SirMixALot, Music/TwoLiveCrew, or Music/PublicEnemy. It's by Music/DigitalUnderground. And while Music/TupacShakur was briefly a member of Digital Underground, he did not appear on "The Humpty Dance".
* "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Rio" are not by Music/MenAtWork. They're both by Music/DuranDuran.
* "Hysteria" and "Uprising" are not by Music/GreenDay, but by Music/{{Muse}}.
* Ozzy Osbourne did not sing "I Am Santa Claus". That was a parody by Bob Rivers.
** Ozzy did make a cameo in the music video though.
** This isn't a Weird Al song either.
* "I Can Dream About You" is not by Hall & Oates; it's by Dan Hartman. In this case, the confusion is somewhat understandable, as Hartman had originally written the song with them in mind; they declined to record it because they had just finished their new album, so Hartman decided to record it himself.
* "I Can't Drive 55" and "I've Done Everything for You" are not Music/VanHalen songs, but Sammy Hagar solo recordings.
** Van Halen also had nothing to do with David Lee Roth's "California Girls" cover, or "Just Like Paradise."
* The freestyle song "I Can't Get You Out of My Mind" is not by Rockell, but by Lil' Suzy.
* The happy hardcore song "I Can't Stop Raving" was not by DJ Liquid, but Dune.
* "I Feel Love" is not by Diana Ross, but by Music/DonnaSummer. Conversely, "I'm Comin' Out" is not Donna Summer, but Diana Ross.
* "I Need to Know" is not by Ricky Martin. It's by Mark Anthony.
* "I See Stars" is not by Ian van Dahl, but by Australian OneHitWonder Robin Fox.
* "I Try" is not by Music/{{TLC}}, but by Music/MacyGray.
* "Ice Ice Baby" is not by Music/IceCube, Music/{{Eminem}}, Music/LimpBizkit or Music/{{Korn}}. It's by Music/VanillaIce. If you're wondering how it could possibly be mistaken for Korn and/or Limp Bizkit, Vanilla Ice did a RapMetal [[RearrangeTheSong remake of the song]] in 1998, giving it the new title "Too Cold": This version had some stylistic similarities to Korn, and the RecordProducer for the album was Ross Robinson, who also frequently worked with Korn.
* Music/{{U2}} never performed a song called "I Don't Want to Fall in Love with You". In fact, that song is actually "Wicked Game" by Music/ChrisIsaak.
* "I Don't Want to Wait", the theme from "Dawson's Creek", is not by Dido. It's by Paula Cole.
* "If I Die Young" (not [[RefrainFromAssuming "Bed of Roses"]]) is not by Music/TaylorSwift. It's by Music/TheBandPerry.
* "If I Only Were A Goth" is not by Voltaire. It is by [=ThouShaltNot=].
* The Ramones never covered "I Fought the Law". That was the Music/DeadKennedys.
** And that "original" version by Music/TheClash that every one seems to be covering is actually a cover of the Bobby Fuller Four... which was [[CoveredUp itself]] a cover of the original recording by the Crickets.
* "If U Seek Amy" is not by Music/AmyWinehouse. It's by Music/BritneySpears.
* "If You Could Only See" was by Tonic, not Music/FooFighters or Sister Hazel.
* Music/GloriaEstefan never sang "If You Leave Me Now". It was produced by Stevie B. and originally sung by Filipina OneHitWonder Jaya, then covered by Stevie B. himself as a duet with Alexia Phillips, who should not be confused with the Eurodance vocalist Alexia.
* "If You Let Me Go" ([[RefrainFromAssuming not "Rescue Me"]]) is not by Music/{{Grimes}} or Music/{{CHVRCHES}}, but by Salt Ashes.
* "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" was not by Music/ThePolice, but is a Sting solo work.
* "I Just Called to Say I Love You" is not by Music/LionelRichie. It is by Music/StevieWonder.
* "If You're Not the One" is not by Music/SavageGarden or either of the individual members. It's by Music/DanielBedingfield (Natasha's older brother).
* "(I Just) Died In Your Arms" was not by Journey, Foreigner, Eddie Money, Meat Loaf, or The Police. It's Cutting Crew. And the freestyle cover was not by Johnny O., TKA, George Lamond, Collage, or Stevie B., but by the Canadian group Intonation featuring Joée (Joseph [=DeSimone=]).
* "I Knew You Were Trouble" is not by Music/{{Lostprophets}}. It's by Music/TaylorSwift.[[note]]This misattribution was the result of a particularly sneaky {{troll}} who released the song back as a single on Spotify. Except the cover attributed it to Lostprophets, who by that time had broken up due to its lead singer Ian Watkins being outed as a pedophile, and the cover of the song featuring a screenshot of the Canadian cartoon ''WesternAnimation/ScaredySquirrel'', bizarrely enough. In fact, on this very wiki, pages were constantly edited to attribute the song to Lostprophets.[[/note]]
* "I Live for the Sun" isn't by Music/TheBeachBoys,[[note]]although Murry Wilson did produce the record[[/note]] or even Music/JanAndDean. It's by a group called the Sunrays.
* "I Love College" is by Asher Roth, not Eminem.
* "I Love Rock N' Roll" is not by Pat Benatar, but by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and they didn't perform the original version either, ''that'' was The Arrows.
** AC/DC also had nothing to do with "Bad Reputation"; this would be confusion with Thin Lizzy. There is a Thin Lizzy song by the same title. It is a completely different song than the Joan Jett song.
** Speaking of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, "Bad Reputation" is also not by Pat Benatar.
* Although most people know that "Music/{{Imagine}}" is not a Beatles song, despite Music/JohnLennon having been a Beatle, even it isn't immune from being attributed as "a Beatles song". The song was a hit a year after the Beatles broke up. The same thing has happened with "Mother" when referring to the namesake of the ''VideoGame/{{Mother}}'' video game series.
* Music/TheCure didn't record "I Melt with You" (not "[[RefrainFromAssuming I'll Stop the World and Melt with You]]"), but Modern English did.
* "I'm Falling Even More in Love with You" is not by Creed, Three Doors Down, or The Calling, but by Lifehouse, and is called "Hanging By A Moment".
** Likewise, "Wherever You Will Go" is also not Creed. It's The Calling.
* "In a Dream" is not by Cynthia, but by Rockell (not to be confused with Rock''w''ell). Conversely, "Thinking About You" is not by Rockell, but by Cynthia.
* "In a Gadda Da Vida" was not performed by Steppenwolf or The Doors. That was Iron Butterfly.
* "In De Ghetto" is not by Reel 2 Real, Dr. Alban, or Beenie Man, but by David Morales & The Bad Yard Club.
* Music/RichardWagner did not compose "In the Hall of the Mountain King"; that's from ''Theatre/PeerGynt'' by Edvard Grieg.
** And somewhat related, the techno remix of "In the Hall of the Mountain King"-- which is actually titled "Razzia" by an artist simply known as "M"-- has absolutely nothing to do with Inspector Gadget, despite often being titled as such on file-sharing sites.
*** Though the theme from Series/InspectorGadget is in fact based on the Grieg.
* Many people think that the Temptations do "In the Still of the Night", which is actually by The Five Satins, about ten years before the Temptations' heyday. The Platters never performed it either, although they did cover Creator/ColePorter's 1937 song of the same name, which is completely different.
* "In the Summertime" was by Mungo Jerry, not Bob Dylan. And Shaggy didn't do it first.
** To make things more confusing, Dylan wrote and recorded a different song called "In The Summertime" from his 1981 album ''Music/ShotOfLove'', then a few years later recorded a CoverVersion of the Mungo Jerry song that didn't get released, but has been bootlegged.
* "In The Year 2525" is not by Simon and Garfunkel. It's by Zager and Evans.
* "I Ran Over The Taco Bell Dog" is the hardest song to find a real artist. The song has been misattributed to "Weird Al" Yankovic, Adam Sandler, Robin Williams, Cheech & Chong, Afroman, South Park Mexican, Chingo Bling, Bob & Tom, & Andrew & Anthony! The real artists are Tim (Scott) & Mark (Derringer) who hosted a radio show years ago.
* Johnny Cash did not cover "I Ran (So Far Away)" by A Flock of Seagulls. It was done by an amateur musician who was deliberately rendering the song InTheStyleOf Cash.
* "I Remember You", not "Remember Yesterday", is not by Warrant. It's by Skid Row.
* "Iron Man" is not by Iron Maiden or Music/IronButterfly, but by Music/BlackSabbath from their album ''Music/{{Paranoid}}''.
** Iron Maiden wasn't even around at the time "Iron Man" was a hit.
* "I Saw the Light" isn't by Music/CaroleKing; it's Todd Rundgren singing falsetto! Yes, his voice was really that high in the '70s.
* "I Swear" is not by Boyz II Men, it's by All 4 One. The original was performed by country artist John Michael Montgomery. All 4 One also covered Montgomery's "I Can Love You Like That" (which is still not Boyz II Men).
* "It Must Have Been Love", from "Pretty Woman", is not by Wilson Phillips. It's by Roxette.
** Also, Cyndi Lauper never sang "Listen to Your Heart". That was also Roxette.
*** By the way, the popular 2005 cover is not by Kelly Clarkson. It's by Edmee from D.H.T.
* The Industrial cover of The Divinyls' "I Touch Myself" is usually attributed to Jack Off Jill. It was in fact by The Genitorturers.
** the original was not by Blondie, Eurythmics, or Pink, by the way. In fact, this song came out long before Pink ever started making music.
* "Superman (It's Not Easy)" is not by Train or Coldplay, it's by Five For Fighting (who a lot of people also mistake to be a group)
* Neither BryanAdams nor MichaelMcDonald sang "I've Been Thinkin' About You". It's by Londonbeat.
* "I Wanna Be Somebody" is not by Music/QuietRiot, but by Music/{{WASP}}
* "I Wanna Sex You Up" is not by Tony! Toni! Tone!. It's by Color Me Badd.
* "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" were not sung by Creator/ShirleyTemple. They were sung by Gayla Peevey and Jimmy Boyd, respectively.
* "I Want to Know What Love Is" is not by Journey. It's by Foreigner.
* The late '80s song "I Want You" is not by Music/{{Madonna}}, it's by Shana, who also should not be confused with Shannon.
* The disco song "I Want Your Love" is not by Music/SisterSledge, but by Music/{{Chic}}.
* "I Will Survive" is widely miscredited to Music/DonnaSummer, though it's actually by Gloria Gaynor.
** Music/BadReligion never recorded a ska-punk cover of this song. It's actually by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP1A3gixJmc Snuff]].
* "I Won't Grow Up" is not from the 1953 Disney film of ''Disney/PeterPan'', but the 1954 [[Theatre/PeterPan Broadway musical]].
* "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" is not by Music/FallOutBoy. It's by Music/PanicAtTheDisco. "Thnks fr th mmrs" is not by Panic! at the Disco; it's by Fall Out Boy.
* ''Is She Really Going Out With Him?'' and ''Steppin' Out'' are not Billy Joel songs. They're actually by Music/JoeJackson, the former from his album ''Music/LookSharp'' and the latter from ''Night and Day''.
* Haddaway did not sing "Is This Love?", that was Jesse Lee Davis. Yes, the title sounds like "What Is Love?", but otherwise there's no relation.
* "It's Gotta Be You" is not by Music/{{NSYNC}}, but by the Music/BackstreetBoys. The similarly titled *NSYNC song "It's Gonna Be Me" is completely different.
* "It's Over Now" is not by Music/WhitneyHouston. It's by Deborah Cox. Conversely, "It's Not Right (But it's Okay)" is not Cox, but Houston.
* Music/FrankSinatra never sang "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year", that was Music/AndyWilliams.
* ''It Was Always You'' is not by Phil Collins or Genesis. It is sung by Maroon 5. Collins and Maroon 5 both have had hits called "One More Night", however.
* The Beastie Boys had nothing to do with Music/RunDMC's "It's Tricky" from ''Music/RaisingHell''.
* "I've Been Thinking About You" is not by Music/RickAstley, but by Londonbeat. And the female vocalist on the duet remake is not [[Music/KylieMinogue Kylie or Dannii Minogue]], but Damae of Fragma fame.
* "Jerk it Out" (of [=iPod=] commercial fame) is not by Music/DuranDuran, but by Music/{{Caesars}} -- long after Duran Duran's heyday.
* "Jerusalem" is not by Music/BobDylan. It's by a sound-alike named Dan Bern (see the Stealers Wheel example).
* "Jessie" by Joshua Kadison sounds so much like Elton John that radio stations running contests to "call in when we play an Elton song to win Elton tickets" were flooded with calls every time it played.
* "Jingle Hells Bells" is not by AC/DC or Weird Al, but by Bob Rivers.
* "The Joker" is not by Music/TomPetty & the Heartbreakers, but by the Music/SteveMillerBand.
* Creator/RachaelLeighCook and company did not do the vocals on the songs from ''Film/JosieAndThePussycats''; they only did the acting. Kay Hanley from Letters to Cleo did.
* "Jump Around" was not by Cypress Hill or Kris Kross, but it was by House of Pain. It was, however, based somewhat on Kris Kross's "Jump.", and was also produced by DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill.
** "What It's Like" is not by Sublime, it's by House of Pain frontman Everlast. In fact, Brad Nowell was ''dead'' when it was recorded.
* The Judds never recorded "Men", that was The Forester Sisters, and neither one of those two groups did "Leave The Pieces", that song was done by The Wreckers.
* "Just When I Needed You Most" was not by Christopher Cross, but by Randy van Warmer. The song does bear a resemblance to Cross' main hit, "Sailing."
* Music/PhilCollins had absolutely nothing to do with later covers of his band Music/{{Genesis}}' song "Keep It Dark"; those would be World Trade (whose lead singer ''vaguely'' sounds like Collins) and Collins' son Simon (who sounds ''exactly'' like Collins).
* "Keep Pushin'" ([[RefrainFromAssuming not "Keep On Pushin'"]]) is not by Todd Terry or Nightcrawlers, but by Boris Dlugosch Presents Booom!. You're probably confusing it with "Keep on Jumpin'" or "Push The Feeling On".
* "Kids in America" is not by Blondie, Nena, The Bangles, or The Go-Go's. It's by Kim Wilde.
* "Kill You Now" is not by Amon Tobin. It's by Doctor Mario ([[VideoGame/DrMario no relation]]), and is actually titled "[=Beg4life=]".
* "Kissing in the Rain" on the soundtrack for ''Film/GreatExpectations'' is neither written nor sung by Music/ToriAmos, though she did contribute to other songs in the film. This track is written by Patrick Doyle with vocals by Miriam Stockley.
* "Kiss Me" is not by The Cranberries, The Cardigans, Katie Melua or Avril Lavigne. It's by Music/SixpenceNoneTheRicher, three years before "Complicated" became popular.
** Though Avril ''did'' cover it at one point...
* "Kiss the Rain" is not by [[Music/{{Yazoo}} Alison Moyet]], but by Billie Myers.
* The trance remix of the Vengaboys' "Kiss (When the Sun Don't Shine)" is not by DJ Tiesto, Ferry Corsten, Gouryella, or Rank 1, but by Airscape.
* Music/PinkFloyd never covered [[Music/BobDylan "Knocking On Heaven's Door"]]. Close, though -- it's a cover Roger Waters did for a film soundtrack.
* Music/DonnaSummer did not sing "Knock on Wood", that was OneHitWonder Amii Stewart [[CoveredUp covering up]] Eddie Floyd.
** Nor did Donna Summer record "Ring My Bell"; that's fellow OneHitWonder Anita Ward.
* "Kryptonite", [[RefrainFromAssuming not "Superman"]] or "If I Go Crazy", is not by Creed. That was 3 Doors Down.
** 3 Doors Down's "Here Without You" was not by Matchbox 20, by the way.
* "Kung Fu Fighting" isn't by the Bee Gees, Hot Chocolate, the Music/FooFighters, Music/JimiHendrix, KC and the Sunshine Band, or Village People. It was by OneHitWonder Carl Douglas.
* Don't believe [=P2P=] networks when they tell you that "The Lady In Red" was done by Music/PhilCollins. It's a Chris de Burgh song. And Collins never covered it. Stevie Wonder never sang it either, you're thinking of "I Just Called to Say I Love You", which wasWoman in Red".
** Other people think Roy Orbison sang it. The best guess would probably be Chris Isaak as the artist.
* The Pointer Sisters never sang "Lady Marmalade", it was by Labelle, the OneHitWonder side group of Patti Labelle (the ''Moulin Rouge'' version did not come first).
* No "La Isla Bonita" ([[RefrainFromAssuming not "Spanish Lullaby"]]) is not by Gloria Estefan. It's by Music/{{Madonna}}.
* "Land of the Living" is not by Taylor Dayne, Nicki French, or Bonnie Tyler, but by Kristine W. Conversely, Kristine W. never covered Dayne's "Tell It to My Heart", that was Kelly Llorenna of N-Trance.
* "Last Saskatchewan Pirate" is ''not'' by Captain Tractor. He just did a cover. [[CoveredUp A cover that's more popular than the original.]] The original's by Music/TheArrogantWorms, by the way.
* "Lately" is not by Music/{{Brandy}} and/or Music/{{Monica}}. It's by the OneHitWonder girl group Divine (not to be confused with the '80s drag queen).
* "Lean on Me" isn't by Al Green, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye or James Taylor; it's by Bill Withers or [[CoveredUp Club Nouveau]].
* "Le Disko" (not "Supersonic Overdrive") is not by Music/{{Gorillaz}}. It's by Shiny Toy Guns.
* "Lemon Tree" isn't by Music/{{Oasis}} or Music/TheBeatles. It's by Fool's Garden. This is especially problematic because the lead singer's voice doesn't sound anything like Liam Gallagher's signature PerishingAltRockVoice, and that the Beatles were long defunct (with John Lennon long dead) at the time it came out.
* Music/TheBeatles are no strangers to having other artists' songs being misattributed to them, but you'd think they'd avoid this problem the other way around, right? Not exactly. Take [[Music/LetItBe "Let It Be"]] for example. Some people think that it's a John Lennon solo song - even though it's sung by Music/PaulMcCartney. Lennon didn't even have a hand in writing it, although he got a co-writer credit for contractual reasons.
* "Let it Whip" (not to be confused with Music/{{Devo}}'s "Whip It") is not by The Gap Band, but by The ''Dazz'' Band.
* "Let Me Be Your Fantasy" is not by N-Trance; it's by Baby D. It does sound alot like N-Trance's "Set You Free", released the same year (1992), and the groups had similar-sounding vocalists, plus Ashley Jade covered both songs in 2005.
* "Let Me Let Go" is not by Music/MichaelJackson. It's by an obscure white guy named Jason Malachi, who happens to sound ''exactly'' like him.
* Neither Creator/AdamSandler, Music/ThreeEleven, Music/{{NOFX}}, Pennywise, Music/{{Blink 182}} not Music/ReelBigFish ever recorded "Let's Go Smoke Some Pot". It was by Dash Rip Rock.
* "Let the Music Play" is not by Music/LisaStansfield, Music/GloriaEstefan, or Music/{{Madonna}}. It's by Shannon. And no, Jordin Sparks didn't do it first.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n03a7cLf0M "Lies"]] was not by the Beatles. It was by OneHitWonder group The Knickerbockers. Perhaps one of the earliest mistaken songs.
** Although to be fair, "Lies" was deliberately a Beatles soundalike. The Knickerbockers lead singer imitated John Lennon's voice while singing, right down to using a slight Liverpool accent to sing with, even thought they were Americans. Their earlier songs were very derivative of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.
* Also from the original Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era LP, "A Public Execution" by Mouse & The Traps sounds like a less eloquent imitation of "[[Music/BobDylan Like a Rolling Stone]]".
* "Life in the Fast Lane" is by The Eagles, not ZZ Top.
* "Life Is a Highway" (as in the original song, not the Rascal Flatts cover) was not recorded by Tom Petty, but rather by Tom Cochrane (another case where the singers sound so dissimilar that no-one familiar with both would make the mistake).
* You may have downloaded "Light My Fire by The Doors and Jimmy [sic] Hendrix" from your favorite [=P2P=] service in the late 90s. First of all, Robby Krieger's Spanish guitar doesn't sound remotely like Jimi's work. In addition, Music/TheDoors and Music/JimiHendrix never officially collaborated. (There's a bootleg recording of Jimi jamming with several musicians. Some believe a drunken, belligerent Morrison appears, but evidence is sketchy.)
* Music/{{Kesha}} did not sing the chorus in Far East Movement's "Like a G6". Neither did Music/LadyGaga or Music/KatyPerry. That was Dev.
* "Like Wow!" is not by Nelly Furtado, but by Leslie Sharp (sister of Nick from the Backstreet Boys and Aaron Carter) who tragically passed away in 2012. The title does echo that of her debut album ''Whoa, Nelly!'', though.
* that ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''-inspired song ("Link, he come to town") was never performed by Music/SystemOfADown. (It is not by Mr. Bungle either.) That version is by Joe Pleiman and Jesse Spence, who were members of a musical duo named [[http://www.myspace.com/therabbitjoint The Rabbit Joint]]. The song appeared on an album ''also'' called [[SelfTitledAlbum "The Rabbit Joint,"]] and the duo later metamorphosed into Bluegrazer, whereupon they released a ''song'' called "The Rabbit Joint." Some amount of confusion is understandable, as Pleiman's voice partially resembles Serj Tankian's. Continuing to claim that Tankian is in some way responsible for a Zelda cover, however, is ''not permissible.''
* "Lips of an Angel" is not by Nickelback or Avenged Sevenfold, but by Hinder. People who remember that "Far Away" was a hit for Nickelback at the exact same time that "Lips of an Angel" was popular tend to avoid making that mistake. If you're scratching your head as to how anyone could confuse it with Avenged Sevenfold, it should be noted that Austin Winkler and M. Shadows sound similar.
* Music/{{Cascada}} did not cover "Listen To Your Heart" by Music/{{Roxette}}. [=DHT=] did. This was actually before anyone knew who Cascada even were.
* "Little Fluffy Clouds" is by Music/TheOrb, not Orbital. And Prodigy did not remix Orbital's "Halcyon"; that is actually the original mix, as opposed to the "& On & On" album version.
* The hit version of "Little Honda" wasn't by The Beach Boys, but by The Hondells.
** This one's a little tricky, because the Beach Boys did record their own version of the song (which was written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love) on the ''All Summer Long'' album.
* Music/GeorgeStrait is not the singer of "A Little More Country Than That." That's Easton Corbin, and it came out ''long'' after Strait's heyday.
* "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena" wasn't by The Beach Boys. That was Jan and Dean.
** The Beach Boys did do a cover of "Little Old Lady" on one of their live albums (although the Jan and Dean version is the one you're more likely to hear on the radio).
* "Little Red Corvette" is not by Music/MichaelJackson, but by Music/{{Prince}}.
* Music/PaulMcCartney was a Beatle, but "Live and Let Die" is him with Music/{{Wings}}. As are "Band on the Run", "Jet," and every other song [=McCartney=] sang with Wings.
** Though "Coming Up" isn't a Wings song; that was [=McCartney=] going solo. An early live version ''was'' recorded with Wings, however. Still not the Beatles, however.
* "Live Tonight" is not by Music/SherylCrow, but by '''C'''heryl '''Cole'''.
* The 1974 cover of "The Loco-Motion" (originally sung by Little Eva) is not by the Beach Boys. That would be Grand Funk Railroad.
* Music/LedZeppelin did not sing "Lonely is the Night". That was Music/BillySquier. It does sound a lot like "Nobody's Fault But Mine" and "Good Times, Bad Times".
* "Lonely No More" is not by matchbox twenty; it's from Rob Thomas's solo album, again (not the same album, though).
* Music/TheHollies' "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" sometimes gets mistaken for a Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival song. Which is pretty understandable because [[BlackSheepHit it sounds nothing like the kind of material The Hollies are known for]], and was deliberately written as a CCR homage.
** It's also been misattributed to Mitch Ryder, due to Ryder's similarly-titled "Devil with a Blue Dress On".
** The Hollies seem particularly susceptible to this trope:
*** That's not Music/TheBeatles doing "Dear Eloise".
*** That's not Air Supply doing "The Air That I Breathe".
*** That's not The Seekers doing "Carrie Ann".
*** That's not Music/TheByrds doing "Sandy".
*** That's not a pre-prog Music/{{Yes}} doing "On a Carousel".
* "Loser" not "[[RefrainFromAssuming I'm a Loser Baby, So Why Don't You Kill Me]]" is not by Weezer. It's by Beck.
** There's a Big Beat-style remix of "Loser" that's been credited to Music/FatboySlim - it isn't his work, though no evidence of who actually ''did'' do it has turned up.
* "Lost On You" is not by Gwen Stefani or No Doubt. It's by LP.
* Music/{{Nightwish}} do not have a song called "Lothlórien". That's by Music/{{Enya}}.
* "Lovefool" not "Say That You Love Me" is not by No Doubt. It's by the Cardigans. It peaked on the charts shortly after "Don't Speak".
* The hit version of "Love Hurts" was not done by Music/{{Aerosmith}}. It's by Nazareth. [[note]]It does sound a lot like Steven Tyler, though.[[/note]] And "Hair of the Dog" (not [[RefrainFromAssuming "Son of a Bitch"]]) isn't performed by Bob Seger, Music/{{ACDC}}, John Fogerty or Music/ZZTop (and it's still not Aerosmith). It's also by Nazareth.
* "Love in America" is not by Hot Chelle Rae, but by JTX.
* "Love is a Shield" is not by Music/DepecheMode (hard as that may be to believe). Also by Camouflage.
* "Love Spy" is not by Trans-X, although it does sound similar to "Living on Video". It's by German [[ItaloDisco Eurodisco]] artist Mike Mareen.
* TomPetty doesn't have a song called "Low" (or [[RefrainFromAssuming "Like Being Stoned"]] for that matter), that was Cracker. The confusion presumably stems from the song having sort of a similar rhythm to "Mary Jane's Last Dance". The confusion has apparently become [[http://300songs.com/2010/08/10/24-low-cracker-musings-on-why-hits-are-written-fast-big-dipper-was-slow-kol-and-our-special-ops-pigeons/ a big pet peeve]] of Cracker vocalist David Lowery.
* The female cover of Ready for the World's "Love You Down" was not by Music/{{Brandy}}, 702, or Mya, but by INOJ.
* "Love You More" is not by Opus III or Kirsty Hawkshaw. It's by Sunscreem. And the trance cover is not by Ayla, but Rollergirl.
* "Low Rider" is not performed by ZZ Top. That was War, an artist who couldn't be any more different.
** Although if you listened to "La Grange" ([[RefrainFromAssuming you might be mistaken]] on the title) by ZZ Top, there are a few similarities, especially with both artists' signature deep voices.
* Lene Lovich was a kooky dark-haired singer with an impressive vocal range and off-the-wall repertoire. Her biggest hit ''Lucky Number'' has been mistaken for a work by Kate Bush.
* Music/{{Shakira}} did not sing "Machine", that was Music/MisterWives, likely imitating her signature style.
* Music/{{REM}} never did the ''Film/DonnieDarko'' cover of Music/TearsForFears' "Mad World"; that was Gary Jules.
* "Made in the USA" is not a Music/MileyCyrus song, despite the similarities with "Party in the USA". It's by Music/DemiLovato.
* "Magic", the one featured in "Happy Gilmore", is not by Queen or Freddie Mercury. It's by Pilot.
** Some people also think "Come on Eileen" is by Queen, but it's actually Dexy's Midnight Runners.
* Music/FatboySlim never remixed Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride", although he did remix a completely unrelated song of the same title by Mighty Dub Katz (which was an earlier alias of him). And Crystal Method didn't remix Steppenwolf either. That remix is by Philip Steir.
** The original song had also been mislabeled multiple times as being by [[TheSeventies 70s]] bands like Jefferson Airplane and Led Zeppelin.
* "Major Tom (Coming Home)" is not by Music/TheKinks. It's by Music/PeterSchilling. As for the 2009 cover featured in a Lincoln commercial, that was not Music/{{Ladytron}}, but Music/ShinyToyGuns.
* Despite being a top search on Youtube, "Make This Place Your Home" by Mumford and Sons doesn't exist. The song that goes "No you're not alone, I'm gonna make this place your home" is NOT by Mumford and Sons, The Decemberists, nor pretty much any other folk-rock band. It's called "Home" and it's by Series/AmericanIdol winner Phillip Phillips.
** And "Ho Hey" isn't a Mumford and Sons song either. That's The Lumineers. And let's not get started on "The A Team" by Ed Sheeran.
* "Man on the Moon" isn't Soul Asylum. It's REM.
* Pink Floyd, Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper and Megadeth have nothing to do with ''Music/MasterOfPuppets''! Believe me, you're thinking of Music/{{Metallica}}!
** Not sure if Music/IronMaiden actually covered it, I think that's a misattributted cover.
* "Maracaibo" is not by Creator/RaffaellaCarra; it's by Lou Colombo. It doesn't help that their voices are similar and that the song style could be easily attributed to Raffaella's repertoire.
* "Mary's Got a Baby" is not by Shaggy. It's by Maxi Priest featuring Beenie Man.
* "Me and Mrs. Jones" was not done by Music/OtisRedding, Music/BarryWhite, Teddy Pendergrass, or Music/MarvinGaye; that's Billy Paul.
* Music/{{Caramell}} did not do "Me and My Lover", that was Special D.
* Music/SkinnyPuppy's Ogre did not collaborate with {{KMFDM}} on "Mercy" from ''Symbols''. He did, however, contribute to the following album track "Torture".
* Google, "Merry Freaking Christmas" and approximately 70% of the hits will credit the song to Relient K. Relient K did not cover the rather "blue" Christmas tune, which includes, among other things, the singer getting in the bathroom with his sister-in-law to have sex, and the sound of her orgasm. Considering they are a Christian punk band, this would be very unlike them. the band in question is called "FRICKIN' A".
* the Black Keys never had a song called "Mess Around." That song is by Cage the Elephant. However, the album it is on was produced by Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach.
* "The Middle" is not by blink-182, it's by Jimmy Eat World.
* "Misery" ([[RefrainFromAssuming not "Put Me Out of my Misery"]]) is not by Music/{{Pink}}, but by Music/GwenStefani.
* "Missing" is not by Des'ree. It's by Everything But the Girl. And the trance remix was not by Paul Oakenfold, but by either Todd Terry or Chris & James.
* The Real [=McCoy=] did not produce "More and More", that was Captain Hollywood Project. And "Mr. Vain"? That was Culture Beat.
* "More Than a Feeling" isn't by Foreigner. It's by Music/{{Boston}}.
* "More Today Than Yesterday" was not an early Music/{{Chicago}} hit; it was actually done by OneHitWonder group the Spiral Starecase.
* Rihanna did not sing the chorus in Nicki Minaj's "Moment 4 Life."
** Likewise, Rihanna didn't sing the chorus in Dr. Dre's "I Need a Doctor". That was Skylar Grey, who also appeared in Diddy-Dirty Money's "Coming Home".
* DHT did not cover Music/MikeOldfield & Maggie Reilly's "Moonlight Shadow", that was Groove Coverage.
* Music/{{Area 11}} did not perform [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzeeV_Dl9gw "MoonQuest: An Epic Journey"]]. That was a LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} original song, although since Sparkles* (their singer) provided the vocals for both this is a bit more understandable.
* Music/TheDoors never did "Mother." It was made by Danzig, nearly two decades after Jim Morrison died.
* "Mother Mother" was not by Music/AlanisMorissette, but by Tracy Bonham.
** Similarly, "Zombie" (not In Your Head) is by The Cranberries, not Alanis Morissette.
* "Mr. Jones" is not done by Music/VanMorrison, but by Music/CountingCrows. It is often mistaken as so because "sha-la-la-la-la-la" is in both this song and Van Morrison's SignatureSong "Brown Eyed Girl."
* "Mr. Roboto" was not by Music/{{Queen}}, but by Music/{{Styx}}.
* "Mrs. Robinson" is not Music/TheBeatles. It's Music/SimonAndGarfunkel.
** And that cover you hear on the radio sometimes is not Music/TheClash, Music/{{Cake}}, Music/TheRamones, Music/{{Weezer}} or Pennywise, but The Lemonheads.
* "Mushroom Cult" is not a Music/SystemOfADown song. It is a Music/DogFashionDisco song, featuring Serj Tankian of SOAD.
* Music/DaftPunk had nothing to do with Music/{{Madonna}}'s ''Music'' album or single. It was produced by fellow French electronic dance musician Mirwais.
* "My Boy Lollipop" isn't by Brenda Lee, but rather early reggae singer Millie Small.
* "My Demons" is not by Music/BreakingBenjamin, but rather by Music/{{Starset}}.
* "My House" (the song that says, "It's my house and I think it's time to get out" in the chorus) isn't by Paramore. It's by PVRIS.
* "My Sacrifice" and "One Last Breath" are not by Nickelback. They're both by Creed.
* "My Own Worst Enemy" ([[RefrainFromAssuming not "Sleeping With My Clothes On" or "And Your Gone"]]) is not by Green Day, blink-182, or Social Distortion. It's by Lit.
* "My Sharona" is not by Music/TheClash, but by Music/TheKnack. Possibly mistaken because "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" sounds vaguely like it (although "My Sharona" is significantly more upbeat), or because the band names are somewhat similar sounding.
** It isn't by Music/TheKinks, Music/TheRamones, or Music/{{Poison}} either.
* "My Way" (not to be confused with the Music/FrankSinatra or Music/LimpBizkit hits) is not a new Music/SouljaBoy single. It's by Fetty Wap.
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[[folder:Commonly Mistaken Musical Works, N to Z]]
* "Need You Now" is not by Taylor Swift. It's by Lady Antebellum. In fact, part of the song is sung by a ''man.''
* Even for Puccini's greatest interpreter, there was one tenor who '''''never''''' sang "Nessun dorma" -- Enrico Caruso.
* "Never Gonna Leave This Bed" is not by Music/FiveForFighting. It's by Music/{{Maroon 5}}.
* "Nobody" is not by Music/SystemOfADown. It's by Music/{{Skindred}}.
* "Nobody Does it Better" (the theme from ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', not to be confused with the Music/ArianaGrande song) was not by Music/DustySpringfield, but by Music/CarlySimon.
* Music/EnriqueIglesias did not sing "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely", that was Music/RickyMartin.
* Neither "No Surprise" nor "If You Only Knew" are by Music/{{Nickelback}}. The former is by Music/{{Daughtry}}, the latter by Music/{{Shinedown}}.
* "No More Words" is not by Music/TheBangles or Music/TheGoGos, but by Music/{{Berlin}}. Likewise, "Take My Breath Away" is commonly misattributed to Music/{{Heart}}.
* "Normal Days" (not "Making My Mind Up From What You've Heard") is not by Chevelle. It just sounds like it. It's by Nonpoint.
* "Northern Lights" is not by Music/{{ABBA}}, that is by British classical fusion group Renaissance. Admittedly, they didn't have the usual orchestral backing on that one, and the synths did sound a bit ABBA-esque.
* "Nothing Left To Lose" is not by Music/{{Coldplay}}. It's by Mat Kearney, again. you're not the only one who's confused.
** Also not helped by the fact that, during the verses, his voice sounds a bit like that of Adam Duritz from Music/CountingCrows.
* "Now That I Found You" is not by Lil' Suzy, although the singer sounds just like her. It's by the obscure Canadian dance trio YBZ.
* "Now We Are Free" from the film ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' is not composed by Enya, but by Music/HansZimmer, Lisa Gerrard (who wrote the lyrics and also sings it) & Klaus Badelt.
* Creator/VincentPrice did not do the opening narration for Music/IronMaiden's "Number of the Beast". It was done by Barry Clayton. When Music/BruceDickinson asked Price to do the narration, the actor demanded to be paid an insane sum (about 25 thousand pounds).
* "Obsession" is not by The Human League (even though it sounds EXACTLY like them). It's by fellow '80s synthpop band Animotion, [[CoveredUp covering Michael des Barre & Holly Knight]].
* "Oh, Pretty Woman" isn't by Elvis Presley. That was Music/RoyOrbison.
* "Oh Sheila" isn't by Music/{{Prince}}. It's by Ready for the World.
* "Omen III" (not "Do What You Want" or "Show You Where") is not by 2 Unlimited. It's by Magic Affair.
* "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" is not by Poison. It's by Great White.
* "One", not "One is the Loneliest Number", is not by The Beatles, nor is it a Sesame Street song. The version you're thinking of is by Music/ThreeDogNight.
** Which is a case of CoveredUp, the song was orginally performed (and written) by Music/HarryNilsson.
* "One Bad Apple" is not by the Jackson Five, it's by The Osmonds.
* "One of Us" (not "[[RefrainFromAssuming What If God Was One of Us]]") is not by Music/{{Garbage}}, but by Music/JoanOsborne. The Eurodance remake is not by Motiv-8, Gina G., La Bouche, or Le Click, but Outta Control, a Canadian act fronted by Barry Harris of '80s synthpop OneHitWonder Kon Kan.
* The '80s synthpop song "Only You" is not by Music/{{Erasure}}, but by Music/{{Yazoo}}, Vince Clarke's pre-Erasure duo with Alison Moyet.
* Music/{{Cher}} did not sing the mid-late '90s dance songs "One More Try" or "Stronger", those were by Kristine W.
* "On The Dark Side" is not by Bruce Springsteen. It's by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band.
** Then again, if you saw that Family Guy episode that the band was mentioned in, maybe you might recognize their name, but not immediately identify the song.
* Tiesto did not remix the ThemeTune of ''Film/AClockworkOrange'', that's "The Orange Theme" by Cygnus X (Moonman's Orange Juice Mix). And he didn't remix the ''VideoGame/{{Titanic 1997}}'' theme either, nor did DJ Sakin & Friends (who remade the ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' theme, also composed by James Horner), that was done by Mythos 'n DJ Cosmo as "Heart of the Ocean".
* Rammstein didn't compose "Otherworld" from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' either. That was Uematsu showing that he is a fan of metal. Uematsu composed the song and it was performed (or at least sung) by Bill Muir. So either way, no Rammstein input there (and they didn't cover the song either, as some have claimed). Baffling, since Rammstein ''don't even sing in English''.
* "Our House" isn't by Music/TalkingHeads, it's by Madness.
** And if you thought it was by [[Music/CrosbyStillsNashAndYoung Crosby Stills & Nash]], you're right, but that's [[SimilarlyNamedWorks a completely different song]].
* "Out in the Fields" is not by Music/BillyIdol or [[Music/{{Eagles}} Don Henley]], but by [[Music/ThinLizzy Gary Moore & Phil Lynott]].
* Mars & Mystre never remixed System F(Ferry Corsten)'s "Out of the Blue", nor did they produce a song called "Melodic Ambient Breakbeat". The former is Mars & Mystre's own "Electric Blue", which somewhat resembles "Out of the Blue", while the latter is the self-titled single of Gouryella, a supergroup of Ferry Corsten and DJ Tiesto.
* The 1990 industrial song "Overkill" that samples a documentary of the Rosenbergs' electric chair execution is not by Music/Front242; it's by Music/FrontLineAssembly.
* PachelbelsCanon is not by Mozart; it was written by a fellow named Johann Pachelbel. It's called "''Pachelbel''[='=]s Canon" for a reason. And, while it is in D, it certainly isn't in minor (although it does [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix-PGAScSMQ sound interesting that way]]). Yes, it really was tagged as such on a file-sharing network.
* "Pain" is not by Music/{{Slipknot}}; it's by Music/{{Soulfly}}.
* "Painted Ladies" was not by America; it was by Ian Thomas (brother of Dave Thomas of Series/{{SCTV}} fame).
* Music/WithinTemptation never did a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black." It's by Music/InkubusSukkubus.
** Music/JudasPriest never covered it either. That was their guitarist, Glenn Tipton, in a solo career.
* Music/{{Kesha}} did not sing [[RefrainFromAssuming "Palms to the Sky"]], that was "Radioactive" by Music/RitaOra.
* "Panda" is not a song by Atlanta-born rapper Future, it's the BreakthroughHit from Desiigner.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvbXLadY-ag Partenaire Particulier]]" isn't an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indochine_(band) Indochine]] song but is the SignatureSong of a more obscure French band named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partenaire_Particulier named like the song]].
* Rank 1 did not produce a song called "Paradise Of Love", that was a pastiche of them by an unknown artist, which was also sometimes mislabeled as R1's "Such Is Life".
* "Perfect Melody" is not by Ace of Base or Basic Element, but by Solid Base.
* "Physical" was not by Music/{{Madonna}}, but by Olivia Newton-John, three years before Madonna became popular.
** "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Time After Time" are also not by Madonna. Both are by Music/CyndiLauper.
** "Baby Love" was also not Madonna, but Regina (doing her darndest to ''sound'' just like Madonna).
** And Madonna ''did'' sing part of "Sidewalk Talk", but it's not a Madonna song; that one's credited to Jellybean (a.k.a. John Benitez) and the main female vocalist is Catherine Buchanan.
* A track called "Pick up the Phone" used to be passed around as being by Good Charlotte, but it was actually a song called "Take it" by Pipe.
* The original version of the Eurodance song "Piece of Heaven" that was CoveredUp by Akira(whose version itself is often misattributed to Music/{{Cascada}}) was not by Alice Deejay, but by A7.
* The "Pirate Rap" from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is not by Tony Yayo. It's by Freshco.
* Freaky Chakra's "Platform" was not on the ''Film/FightClub'' soundtrack.
* "Play That Funky Music" was not by Music/JamesBrown, Music/GeorgeClinton or KC & the Sunshine Band. It was by Wild Cherry.
* "Plush" isn't a Music/PearlJam song; It's Stone Temple Pilots.
* "The Politics of Dancing" is not by Music/DepecheMode, no matter how much the singer is trying to sound like Dave Gahan. That's Re-Flex.
* "Pocketful of Sunshine" aka "the song Emma Stone sings in Easy E" is not by Mandy Moore, it is by Natasha Bedingfield (although Moore had a hit song called "In My Pocket").
* "Pop Muzik" is not by Music/MenWithoutHats. It's the [[OneHitWonder sole hit]] of English {{New Wave| Music}} artist M, AKA Robin Scott, and was released in 1979, [[OlderThanTheyThink a year before MWH's first EP]].
* Gershon Kingsley's "Popcorn" was not covered by Music/{{Kraftwerk}}. That version is by M&H Band, which in turn is based on Hot Butter's [[CoveredUp cover-up]] of the song. The M&H version is also often misattributed to Music/JeanMichelJarre, who in fact did a much earlier cover of the song under the alias Popcorn Orchestra.
** Nor is Music/JeanMichelJarre the original artist behind "Popcorn". For that matter, neither are Hot Butter.
* "Possum Kingdom" ([[RefrainFromAssuming not "So Help Me, Jesus" or "Do You Wanna Die?" or "I'm Not Gonna Lie"]]) is not by Music/TheSmashingPumpkins or Music/{{Everclear}}. It's by Toadies.
* Spin Doctors never recorded a song titled "Pretty Baby". It's actually "Roll to Me" by Del Amitri.
* "Primadonna," commonly mis-titled "Primadonna Girls," is by Music/MarinaAndTheDiamonds, not Music/KatyPerry. You might be confusing it with "California Gurls," which ''is'' by Katy Perry.
* Music/UtadaHikaru didn't sing "Anime/PrincessMononoke's Main Theme", either. Vocals are provided by Yoshikazu Mera (Japanese version) or Sasha Lezard (English version).
** For the record, Yoshikazu Mera is a man. Yeah.
* "Prom Night" is not by Rebecca Black. The actual artist is unknown, but [[WordOfGod Black]] claims it is not her song.
* the '60s garage-rock hit "Psychotic Reaction" isn't by Music/TheYardbirds; it's by the Count Five. Kind of an understandable mistake, particularly because the fast "freakout" sections of the song were clearly modeled after the ending of The Yardbirds' version of "I'm A Man".
* The Music/ButtholeSurfers didn't perform "Pure Morning", that was Placebo. The song's drum loop and psychedelic guitar effects must remind some of The Music/ButtholeSurfers' BlackSheepHit "Pepper". This is often both a case of this trope ''and'' RefrainFromAssuming, because when it's attributed this way it tends to also be mistakenly referred to as "Friend With Weed" or "A Friend in Need".
* "Put Your Records On" is not by Music/AmyWinehouse; it's by Corinne Bailey Rae.
* The ''VideoGame/QuakeII'' soundtrack is not by Music/NineInchNails, despite him scoring [[VideoGame/{{Quake}} the first game]]. It's by Sonic Mayhem.
* "Raided" is not by Music/JanetJackson. It was recorded by Salt Ashes in 2015, well after Janet had faded from the public spotlight.
* "Rain" ([[RefrainFromAssuming not "Rain Like This"]]) is not by Music/{{Shinedown}}, but by Music/{{Creed}}.
* "Rather Be" ([[RefrainFromAssuming not "No Place I'd Rather Be"]]) is not by Music/{{Adele}} or Music/{{Rihanna}}, and "Rockabye" is not by Music/{{Sia}} or Music/{{Shakira}}. Both are by Music/CleanBandit; the former featuring Jess Glynne, the latter featuring Music/SeanPaul and Anne-Marie.
* that "Read a Book" rap is not by Lil Jon; it's by Bomani "D'Mite" Armah. It's an easy mistake to make, though, given that his... distinctive rapping style is parodied perfectly.
* "Reach Out" is not by Music/BritneySpears. It's by Music/HilaryDuff. She ''does'' sound an awful lot like Britney in this song, though.
* "Reach Out and Touch Me" is not by Katalina or Lil' Suzy, but by Angelina.
* "Read My Mind" is not by Music/{{U2}}, but by The Killers.
* "Ready" is not by Rihanna, Music/BritneySpears, or Music/LadyGaga. It's by Kirsten Collins.
* "The Reason", not "The Reason is You", is not by Simple Plan or Maroon 5. It's by Hoobastank.
* No, "Redbone" is not by Macy Gray. It's by Childish Gambino.
* the instrumental metal song "Redneck Stomp" is not by Godsmack. It's by Obituary, whose death metal sound is nothing like the alt-metal/hard rock of Godsmack. The fact that it sounds a lot like "Vampires" (which actually ''is'' an instrumental by Godsmack) doesn't help matters.
* Chicane did not have any songs on the ''Film/RedPlanet'' soundtrack. The offending song is "Dante's Eternal Flame" by Graeme Revell and Melissa Kaplan.
* that reggae cover of Neil Diamond's "Red Red Wine" is not by Music/BobMarley. That was [=UB40=].
** Marley never covered this song, either. In fact, he had been dead for a year when the [=UB40=] version was recorded, and for ''seven'' years by the time it actually became a #1 hit stateside. Furthermore, Marley didn't even ''drink'' alcohol.
* "Reincarnate" is not by Music/BreakingBenjamin, but rather Music/MotionlessInWhite. Chris Cerulli ''does'' sound an awful lot like Ben Burnley in this song, its chorus indeed resembles that of "I Will Not Bow", and it even borrows the "lie down sore and sick" line from "The Diary of Jane". It's possible it was an homage, as both bands are from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area (MIW from Scranton, BB from Wilkes-Barre).
* "Release Me" was by Engelbert Humperdinck, not Music/TomJones.
* "Remember The Name" and "Where'd You Go" are often misattributed to Linkin Park. They're actually by Fort Minor, the hip-hop side project of Linkin's Mike Shinoda.
* "Renegade Soundwave" is not by BT, but by the band Renegade Soundwave.
* "Renegades" is by X Ambassadors, ''not'' Music/ImagineDragons.
* "Replay" (not "[[RefrainFromAssuming A Melody in My Head]]") is not by Sean Kingston, but by Iyaz (although Kingston appeared in one of the remixes), an apprentice of Kingston.
** "Solo" is also believed to be a Sean Kingston song, although it's once again Iyaz.
* "Rescue Me" by Fontella Bass frequently gets misattributed to Music/ArethaFranklin due to being in a gospel-influenced R&B style similar to Franklin's signature sound. Martha and the Vandellas is also a popular wrong guess.
** Although, Aretha did parody the song in the 90's, as "Deliver Me", for a Pizza Hut Commercial.
** Aretha also did not sing "It's Raining Men". That was the Weather Girls, neither of which was Franklin.
** Aretha Franklin also didn't cover Music/BruceSpringsteen's "Pink Cadillac"; that was Natalie Cole. Understandable, since Cole kind of sounds like Franklin in the song, and the song itself was given a ShoutOut by Franklin in her song "Freeway of Love" (not to mention an ''actual'' pink Cadillac appears in the video for said song).
** Neither Aretha, the Staple Singers, Johnnie Taylor nor the Pointer Sisters ever recorded "Mr. Big Stuff", which was actually by Jean Knight.
* Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam never covered Kenny Loggins' "Return to Pooh Corner".
* The techno-house song "Revolution" is not by (DJ) Sasha, but by Tall Sasha. Even [=iTunes=] got this wrong.
* "Rhythm of the Night" is not by Gloria Estefan. It is by DeBarge. Also not to be confused with the Eurodance hit of the same name by Corona.
* The vocalist on Corona's "The Rhythm of the Night" was not Rozalla, but Sandy Chambers.
* "Right Here Waiting" isn't by Bryan Adams; it's by Richard Marx.
* "Right Now", not "Kick Me When I'm High", is not by Sum 41. It's by SR-71.
* Music/KatyPerry isn't in Flo Rida's "Right Round". That's a not-yet-famous Music/{{Kesha}} (who did not want to be credited in the song).
* No, "Rise Up" (as in, the 2016 song featured in ''Film/TheBirthOfANation2016'' and turned talent show staple) is not by Music/{{Adele}}. It's by Music/AndraDay.
* That fun bouncy tropical-sounding song "Rock & Roll" with the chorus "If he wanna rock, he rocks/If he wanna roll, he rolls" isn't by Jason Mraz. It's by Eric Hutchinson.
** "Come On Get Higher" is not Jason Mraz either; it's Matt Nathanson.
** "Keep Your Head Up" is once again not Jason Mraz but Andy Grammer. The same thing can be said for Grammer's most recent hit "Honey I'm Good"
* the mid-2000's electro-dance song "Rock" is not by Music/DaftPunk. It's by MYC, a collaboration between Cyrus Sadeghi-Wafa and Music/{{Cascada}} producers DJ Manian & Yanou.
* "Rock and Roll Lifestyle" is not by Lou Reed. It's by Cake. And despite what you may think, it isn't CoveredUp, either, despite many people who swear they first heard it in the early 1980s.
* "Rock Me Gently" isn't by Neil Diamond; that was Andy Kim.
** "Nice to Be with You" isn't Neil Diamond either; it's by Gallery.
* the 80's version of "Rock On" is not by Billy Idol. It's by Michael Damian.
** Likewise the original was not by David Bowie, but rather by David ''Essex.''
* "Rock the Casbah" is not by Music/EarthWindAndFire. It's by Music/TheClash.
* "Rock You Like A Hurricane" is not by Judas Priest, Foreigner, Def Leppard or Whitesnake, but by the Scorpions.
* "The Rockafeller Skank" is not by Music/TheChemicalBrothers, and its title is not "Funk Soul Brother". It's by Music/FatboySlim.
* "Room to Breathe" is not by Music/BringMeTheHorizon or Music/AskingAlexandria. It's You Me at Six.
* Music/CannibalCorpse never did a cover of Music/{{Sepultura}}'s song "Roots Bloody Roots." That was done by an unknown band called Razor (and not the Canadian thrash metal band Razor either)
* "Round and Round" is not by Music/MotleyCrue. It's by Ratt.
** Keep in mind, Ratt, Ugly Kid Joe, and Vince Neil are not Music/MotleyCrue, though the latter ''is'' the Crue's lead singer.
* "Rubber Ball" is not by Music/BuddyHolly. It was recorded by Bobby Vee two years after Holly's death.
* "Rubber Bullets" is not by Music/TheBeachBoys, but by 10cc.
* For some reason, a lot of people believe "Ruby Tuesday" is by The Beatles. It's actually by Music/TheRollingStones from their album ''Music/BetweenTheButtons''.
* The 1985 synthpop song "Running" is not by The Human League, but by Music/InformationSociety with [[ThePeteBest Murat Konar]] [[StepUpToTheMicrophone on vocals]].
* "Running Free" is not by Alice Cooper, but by Iron Maiden.
* Transa did not remix Chicane's "Saltwater", that was Tomski. And the vocalist is not Music/{{Enya}}, but her sister, [[Music/{{Clannad}} Moya (Máire) Brennan.]]
* "Santa Baby" was not sung by Marilyn Monroe. That was Eartha Kitt, Music/KylieMinogue or Music/{{Madonna}}.
** In the case of Madonna and Kylie, Monroe was ''dead for decades'' when those covers were released.
* Defunct filesharing program Audiogalaxy used to list band's most downloaded songs on their system: The number one most downloaded "Devo" song by far? "Safety Dance", which is in fact by Men Without Hats.
** It's also commonly mislabeled as being by Men At Work.
** Speaking of Men Without Hats, INXS didn't do "Pop Goes the World," either.
* "Missing You" is not Bryan Adams. That was John Waite.
** "When I See You Smile" is also not by Bryan Adams. That was Bad English, a group fronted by John Waite.
* Basshunter did not remix Darude's "Sandstorm", that was a fan-made megamix of it and Lock n' Load's "Blow Your Mind".
* Music/{{U2}} had nothing to do with "Save Me" (the theme from LiveActionTV/{{Smallville}}). That was Remy Zero.
* "Sausalito Summernight" was not performed by The Steve Miller Band. It was actually performed by a Dutch band named Diesel.
* "School's Out (for Summer)" is not by Kiss, Music/TwistedSister, Music/PinkFloyd, or Music/TheRamones. That was Music/AliceCooper.
** Kiss have played the song once during a sound check, though.
** A cover attributed to Music/{{Megadeth}} has also surfaced online, but it's really by that group's frontman Dave Mustaine.
* "Scooby Snacks" isn't by the Music/BloodhoundGang. It's by the Music/FunLovinCriminals.
* "Scorched Blood" is not by Music/SkinnyPuppy or Ogre/[=OhGr=], but by Xorcist.
* "Scotty Doesn't Know" (the song from Film/EuroTrip) isn't by Music/{{Sum 41}}. It's by Lustra. And it's not by Creator/MattDamon; he simply lip-syncs the song in the movie.
* "Self Control" is not by Music/GloriaEstefan, but by Music/LauraBranigan [[CoveredUp covering Raf]].
* Neither the Music/PetShopBoys nor Music/{{Erasure}} covered Real Life's "Send Me an Angel". It's still Real Life. Probably misattributed because the 1989 remix resembles the PSB's style. (DJ) Keoki didn't cover it either; that version was by Ravelab. And the 2006 dance cover is not by Cascada or Dyce, but by Novaspace.
** And PSB did not remix Music/NewOrder's "True Faith". It was produced and remixed by Shep Pettibone, who also did some productions with PSB.
* "Send Me On My Way" is by Music/RustedRoot not Music/TalkingHeads
* "You Gotta Be" (not [[RefrainFromAssuming "Love Will Save the Day"]]) isn't a Music/TracyChapman song. That would be Des'ree.
* "Sex and Candy" is not by Music/{{Nirvana}}, It's by Marcy Playground.
** In fact, Kurt Cobain was dead when the song came out!
* "She's a Beauty" is not by Music/RickAstley. It's by The Tubes.
* "She Blinded Me with Science" is not by Music/PhilCollins, Howard Jones, Music/MenAtWork, or Music/{{Sting}}. It's by OneHitWonder Music/ThomasDolby.
* "She Hates Me" is not by Nirvana, Nickelback or P.O.D. It's by Puddle of Mudd.
** Likewise is the case with "Blurry." (which isn't LimpBizkit either)
*** Which, by the way, is NOT called "Take It All Away."
** Don't forget, neither song was out before Kurt Cobain killed himself.
* "Sheila" was not done by Music/BuddyHolly. It's by Tommy Roe.
** Roe's song was recorded three years after Holly's death, and was an intentional pastiche of "Peggy Sue". But younger listeners who encounter it on oldies radio can't be expected to know that.
* "She Wants You" is not by Music/BritneySpears, but by Creator/BilliePiper.
* Third Eye Blind don't have a song called "She Likes Me for Me". That would be Blessid Union of Souls. And that is its subtitle; its proper title is "Hey Leonardo."
* "She's So High" is not by Everclear. It's by Tal Bachman, the son of the Guess Who's Randy Bachman.
* "Shine" and "December" are neither by Music/CountingCrows nor the Black Crowes. They're both by Music/CollectiveSoul.
* Daft Punk never recorded a song called "Shiny Disco Balls". You want Who Da Funk for that.
* "Shout" was not done by Music/DepecheMode. It's by Tears For Fears. Depeche Mode has, however, a song named ''Shout'', that's ''completely'' different of the Tears For Fears song.
* "Shake It" was not done by the All-American Rejects or Boys Like Girls. That would be Metro Station.
* Music/{{Sia}} did not sing "Sharks in the Swimming Pool", that was Tennessean {{indie pop}} artist Clairity.
* "Show Me" is not by Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Shana, or Cynthia. It was by The Cover Girls, at least three years before the latter two artists debuted.
* "Show Me Love" (the 1993 HouseMusic hit) is not by [=CeCe=] Peniston, but by Robin S. (not to be confused with Music/{{Robyn}}, who had a hit also called "Show Me Love" in 1997)
* "Shut up and Dance" is not Music/OneDirection; it's Music/WalkTheMoon.
* "Signs" is not by Music/TheDoors, and its title is not "Long Haired Freaky People". It's by the Five Man Electrical Band. (Tesla didn't do it first).
* "Silent Lucidity" is not by Music/PinkFloyd; it's by Music/{{Queensryche}}.
* Master Blaster did not cover Music/KellyClarkson's "Since U Been Gone", though they produced a completely different song of the same name. The dance cover is by The Real Booty Babes.
* "Sing Hallelujah" is not by Black Box, but by Dr. Alban.
* "Sister Seagull" was not by Jethro Tull. That was Be Bop Deluxe.
* the WesternAnimation/HeyArnold crew did not get Music/FrankSinatra to do Dino Spumoni's singing voice. He was in the last years of his life at that point, and he probably wouldn't have sounded like Dino did.
* Music/{{Erasure}} did not cover Jigsaw's "Sky High", that was Newton, AKA Billy Myers, not to be confused with ''Billie'' Myers (of "Kiss the Rain" fame).
* Music/BobMarley never recorded "Smoke Two Joints". It was recorded by The Toyes before Music/{{Sublime}} covered it up. Bob Marley had been dead for a few years before the song was written.
* Alice Cooper did not perform the original "Smokin' in the Boys' Room" (which Music/MotleyCrue later CoveredUp). That was Brownsville Station.
** Motley Crue didn't perform it first.
* Music/LinkinPark never covered Music/MichaelJackson's "Smooth Criminal", that was Music/AlienAntFarm.
* "Snortin' Whiskey" is not by Kiss. It's by Pat Travers.
** "Woman from Tokyo" is also not from Kiss. That was by Deep Purple.
* "Somebody to Love" is not by Janis Joplin. It's by Jefferson Airplane.
* "Somebody's Watching Me" is not by Music/MichaelJackson, but by Rockwell; though Jackson did sing the chorus.
** The actual verses of the song sound nothing like Michael Jackson, though.
* "Somebody That I Used To Know" is not by [[Music/ThePolice Sting]], it's Music/{{Gotye}} (similarities to "Can't Stand Losing You" and "King of Pain" notwithstanding).
** It's also not a Music/PeterGabriel song.
* The Ramones did not cover "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". That was Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.
* "Somebody Told Me" is not by Fallout Boy, it is by The Killers.
** But "Can't Deny My Love" is by the ex-Killers Brandon Flowers, and not the new track by Alphaville.
* Rick Astley never sang "Something About You". That song is by Level 42, who sound nothing like him.
* "Song 2" (not "Woo-Hoo!") is not by Music/{{Gorillaz}}. It's by Music/{{Blur}}. Damon Albarn sings for both bands, so confusion can come from that.
* "Space Oddity" (not [[RefrainFromAssuming "Ground Control to Major Tom"]], not to be confused with the '80s AnswerSong "Major Tom" by Peter Schilling) is not a [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] song with Music/JohnLennon on vocals. That was Music/DavidBowie on ''Music/SpaceOddity''.
** Same case with "Changes".
** On the subject of John Lennon, he did not sing "Valotte," "Too Late for Goodbyes," or any other song off his son Julian's album ''Valotte'', which was released nearly four years after his death.
* "Spanish Stroll" can easily be attributed to Lou Reed or the Velvet Underground. It was done by Mink DeVille.
* Ferry Corsten did not remix Tiesto's "Sparkles" or "Nyana". The former was remixed by both Airscape and Transa, whose styles were similar to Ferry's at the time, while the latter mislabeling is an original song by Ferry titled "Sweet Sorrow".
* "Spend My Time Losing You" is not by Annie, but by fellow Norwegian diva Maya Vik.
* Music/BowlingForSoup did not write or perform that song "Stacy's Mom". That would be dueling artist and OneHitWonder Music/FountainsOfWayne.
** [[HilariousInHindsight Except now they have]]. May soon become a retroactive case of CoveredUp.
* Music/JimiHendrix did not cover Music/LedZeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven". That version was by Music/FrankZappa on ''Music/TheBestBandYouNeverHeardInYourLife''.
** Especially as, you know, Hendrix was ''dead'' when "Stairway" was first recorded, let alone covered.
** And Music/{{Apocalyptica}} did not make a string version of the song. That was by the Music/VitaminStringQuartet
** Music/TheDoors also never covered [[Music/LedZeppelin "Stairway To Heaven"]] - it would have been impossible for them to do so with Jim Morrison on vocals anyway, since he died several months before the original song was even released ([[HesJustHiding Unless...]]). What you're actually hearing is a tribute band called The Australian Doors Show, who were one of many artists who performed the song InTheStyleOf another artist for the tv show ''The Money or the Gun''.
* "Stand By Me" is not by Music/OtisRedding, but Ben E. King. (Redding did cover the song three years later.)
** Music/TheBeatles, however, never covered "Stand By Me." That would be solo Music/JohnLennon.
* "Starchild" was not by Dune, but by a group called Starchild, some time after Dune had broken up.
* the trance track "Starlight" that sounds similar to System F's aforementioned "Out of the Blue" is not by Music/FerryCorsten or any of [[IHaveManyNames his aliases]], but by Rocco & Heist. Corsten did, however, remix an unrelated song [[NamesTheSame also titled "Starlight"]] by Desiderio.
* Corey Vidal did not sing, or write, the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk5_OSsawz4 Star Wars (John Williams is The Man)]]" video that made him famous. He was lip-synching to the work of a comedy/''a cappella'' group, [[http://www.moosebutter.com Moosebutter]]. (To be fair, Moosebutter were quite obscure before Corey's video went viral and tripled their publicity.)
* Shaggy did not cover Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs' "Stay", that was Dreamhouse.
* the rap version of Music/TheBeeGees' "Stayin' Alive" is not by Snap!, but by N-Trance.
* The song "Steal Away" was never recorded by Michael [=McDonald=], Christopher Cross, Rupert Holmes, or any of the other well-known yacht rockers. That was one-hit wonder Robbie [=DuPree=]. The song's keyboard line is [[SuspiciouslySiimilarSong suspiciously similar to]] "What A Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers (which did have Michael [=McDonald=] on lead vocals)
* Music/SteelyDan did ''not'' do "Still The One". The very idea they would ever do something that optimistic is ''laughable''. The song is actually by Orleans (off [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waking_and_Dreaming this]] album. Yes, they are all wearing pants).
* "Stickwitu" is not by Music/MariahCarey. It's by Music/ThePussycatDolls.
* "Stitches" is not by Music/EdSheeran. It's Music/ShawnMendes.
* "Stuck in the Middle With You" is not by Music/BobDylan. It's by Stealers Wheel, though Joe Egan's vocal performance borrows from Dylan's style. (Music/GerryRafferty did not sing this song, but he was a member of Stealers Wheel and co-wrote the song.)
* "Stylophonia" is not by 2 Unlimited or 2 Bad Mice. It's by [[OneBookAuthor one-track wonders]] Two Little Boys.
* the Eurodance song "Sugar Daddy" was not by The Real [=McCoy=], but by the Bingo Boys (not to be confused with the later Vengaboys).
* "Sultans of Swing" is not by Bob Dylan, either. That's by Music/DireStraits from their debut ''[[Music/DireStraitsAlbum Dire Straits]]''.
** Likewise, Dire Straits' "Walk of Life" is not sung by Bruce Springsteen.
** Not to mention, "Money for Nothing" from ''Music/BrothersInArms''.
* "Summer of '69" isn't a Bruce Springsteen song. It's by Bryan Adams (who sounds ''nothing'' like Springsteen, singing-wise, making this one of the least understandable examples on this page).
** Springsteen hasn't covered it either, though he ''did'' cover Adams' "Cuts Like a Knife".
** Green Day never covered "Summer of '69" either. That was Music/MxPx.
* "Super Freak" is by Music/RickJames. NOT Music/JamesBrown!
** Oh, and by the way, it's not by Music/MCHammer either. He just [[SampledUp Sampled it Up]].
* Back to the Five For Fighting song, another song called "Superman" of ''VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater'' fame isn't by Music/LessThanJake. It's by Goldfinger.
* "Supernatural" was not by Music/MariahCarey or Music/SClub7, but by Wild Orchid, [[BreakupBreakout the girl group that Fergie was in prior to joining]] Music/TheBlackEyedPeas.
* "Surf City" wasn't by The Beach Boys. That was, once again, by Jan and Dean. Confusion is particularly understandable here, given that The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson co-wrote the song and sang backup vocals on it.
* The 1964 hit "Suspicion" isn't by Music/ElvisPresley, but by OneHitWonder Terry Stafford.
** This song kind of straddles the line between this and CoveredUp. Elvis himself ''did'' record it first, for his 1962 album ''Pot Luck with Elvis''. However, Stafford's cover was the actual hit, and the one that's most commonly head on oldies radio.
*** The label that produced it hired Stafford for being an Elvis sound-alike. Reportedly, it fooled Grace Presley herself.
* "Sussudio" (not "[[{{Mondegreen}} She'll Sue You]]") is not by Music/{{Prince}}, but by Music/PhilCollins, although he admitted it was inspired by Prince songs such as "1999".
* "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" is not by Culture Club or Music/{{Madonna}}. It's by the Eurythymics.
* "Sweet Surrender" is not by Music/{{kd lang}} or Music/CelineDion. It's by Music/SarahMcLachlan.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'':
** Music/VanHalen did not do the song "Sweet Victory". Neither did Music/{{KISS}}, Music/{{Queen}}, or Music/{{Journey}}. The song is by David Glen Eisley, a member of a one-hit wonder 80's band called Giuffria. To be fair, Bob Kulick, the producer and one of the musicians who played on that song, was a member of KISS for a while.
** "That's What Friends Do" is not by REO Speedwagon or Spin Doctors.
* The "Symphony No. 7" you're thinking of most likely is not by Mozart, but by [[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven]].
* The 1980s version of "Tainted Love" is not by The Cure, The Clash, Midnight Oil, Marilyn Manson (who did cover it), Depeche Mode, The Eurythymics, INXS, Faith No More, Queen, The Ramones, Culture Club, Blue Oyster Cult, or Billy Idol. That's by Soft Cell.
** Bad Religion never covered "Tainted Love". That would be Shades Apart.
** And the original version was not by Gloria Gaynor or The Supremes, but Gloria Jones.
* Music/TheKinks never produced a song called "[[RefrainFromAssuming Take a Look at My Girlfriend]]". That's "Breakfast in America" by fellow Brit rock band Music/{{Supertramp}}.
* LMFAO and Rihanna did not make "Take Over Control". That would be Afrojack and Eva Simons.
* Speaking of bubblegum dance, "Tarzan and Jane" isn't by Aqua, it's by Toy-box. Yes, we know they sound almost exactly alike; trust us, it's not Aqua - really.
** Some people even believe Toy-box performed "Barbie Girl". Now that WAS Aqua.
* "Techno-Syndrome" from the first ''Film/MortalKombat'' movie is not by Music/{{KMFDM}} or 2 Unlimited. That was The Immortals.
* Music/KirstyMaccoll never recorded the folk song known as "Tell Me Ma" or "Belle of Belfast City". The version commonly misattributed to her is by Sham Rock and the vocalist is Anne Barrett, who sounds nothing like her.
* The 1991 song "Temptation" is not by Shannon or Lisa Stansfield. It's by OneHitWonder Corina.
* "Tequila" (of Pee Wee fame) is not a Ritchie Valens song. It's by the Champs. Probably because it is a Spanish-titled song whose name sounds somewhat like "La Bamba"
* Music/AphexTwin has never produced a Tetris remix. In general, he gets so many remixes or vaguely techno-sounding tracks attributed to him that Richard D. James once jokingly claimed his double album ''Drukqs'' consisted entirely of songs he downloaded from the internet that had been mislabeled as Aphex Twin. See also Glorious Subversion, below.
** One particular song attributed to Aphex Twin has been labelled "outside (kick ass violin solo)". This is actually "To Forgive But Not Forget (Lim'chol V'lo Lishkoach)" by a band called Outside.
* that ska version of the Tetris theme is not by The Toasters or Mr. Bungle. To make things even more confusing, there are several different ska versions of the theme; one's by Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, the other is by Melting Pot.
* "That's Not My Name" is not by Avril Lavigne, it just sounds like it. It's by the Ting Tings.
** Which makes the title kind of ironic, now that you mention it.
** This also makes one wonder how anyone could confuse the two, since they sound nothing alike and have completely different (and very noticeable) accents (Avril Lavigne is Canadian, the Ting Tings are British). Maybe someone just thought the rhythm sounded vaguely similar to Avril's "Girlfriend" though?
* "The Child (Inside)" is not by Music/TheCranberries. It's by South African OneHitWonders Qkumba Zoo.
** "U" is not a Cranberries song either, nor was it produced or remixed by Music/DavidGuetta. It's by Gareth Emery featuring Bo Bruce.
* "The Dragon Flies" is not by Darude or Music/ArminVanBuuren. It's by Vensun (David Vendetta + Sylvia Tosun).
* "The Launch" is not by DJ Dean, but by DJ ''Jean''(using the French pronunciation).
* "The Longest Time" is not by the Music/{{Carpenters}}, but by Music/BillyJoel. Karen Carpenter died a year before the song came out.
* "The Power" is not by Music/TheNotoriousBIG, but by Snap!.
* "The Prize" and "Back in the Day" are not by Oscillator X, but by Information Society. Conversely, "Singularity" and "Every Moment" are not by Information Society, but by Oscillator X.
* "The Promise" is not by Music/TheHumanLeague, but by When in Rome.
* "The Roof is On Fire" is not by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, but by Rock Master Scott & The Dynamic Three.
* Music/NellyFurtado did not sing "The Sweet Escape", that was Music/GwenStefani.
* "There She Goes" isn't by Third Eye Blind. It's by Music/TheLas. And Sixpence None the Richer didn't do it first.
* "There You Go" was not by Music/DestinysChild, Music/EnVogue, Music/LilKim, or Music/BluCantrell. It was by a pre-fame Music/{{Pink}}, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness imitating black contemporary R&B at the time]].
* "This Beat is Hot" is not by Music/TheKLF, Music/MCHammer, C&C Music Factory or Snap!. It's by B.G. The Prince of Rap.
* Music/TomWaits and Peter Murphy never did an AntiChristmasSong duet entitled "This Holiday Season" (not [[RefrainFromAssuming "Christmas Sucks"]]) - it's by Porn Orchard and features deliberate (and good) impressions of both.
* While Nat King Cole recorded a number of ChristmasSongs, "This Time of Year" is not one of them. That one is actually by Brook Benton.
* "Thor (The Thundergod)" is not by Music/SonataArctica, but by obscure Swedish band Zonata. Their similar names, combined with the fact that Zonata never really hit it big as a band, are responsible for the confusion.
* "A Thousand Miles" is by Vanessa Carlton, not Michelle Branch; and "Everywhere" is by Michelle, not Vanessa. Yes, people tend to get these two confused...
* "Through it All" is ''not'' a Music/LinkinPark song. It's by Music/FromAshesToNew. The rap/lead singer combo would already be enough to get any song labeled a Linkin Park song, but given they have soundalikes to both Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington, it makes it especially confusing.
* When asked to name their favorite song by Gordon Lightfoot, a disturbing number of people will answer, "Time In a Bottle." That was Jim Croce.
* ''Ticking In My Head (Got No Time)'' '''sounds''' like it might have been a song by Music/ThePolice, but no: it's actually by Music/JoeJackson.
* "Time of the Season" is not by Music/TheBeatles. It's by the Zombies.
* Raekwon did not sing "Tipsy". It's by the similarly-named one-hit wonder star J-Kwon.
* Enya didn't have anything to do with the soundtracks of ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' or ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}},'' though James Horner was consciously aping her style in places.
* "Toast and Marmalade for Tea" wasn't by Music/TheBeeGees, but by Tin Tin (although Maurice Gibb ''did'' produce the single and play bass on it).
** Speaking of Marmalade, the song "Reflections of My Life" by The Marmalade is not called [[RefrainFromAssuming "All My Sorrows"]] and is also not by the Bee Gees.
* "To Be With You" is not by Foreigner or Tesla. It's by Mr. Big.
* "Toca Me" (and by extension the vocal mashup "Toca's Miracle") is not by Paul van Dyk. It's by Fragma. "Welcome to the Dance" is also not by PVD, but by Des Mitchell.
* Ne-Yo didn't sing "Together". That was Lee Carr.
* "Tom's Diner" is not by Dido. It's actually by Suzanne Vega (nearly a decade before Dido's first album), with the most well known version being a remix by DNA.
* "Torn" (not "I'm All Out of Faith") is not by Music/AlanisMorissette, Music/SaintEtienne, Music/NoDoubt, Music/TheCardigans, or Music/SixpenceNoneTheRicher; it's by Music/NatalieImbruglia [[CoveredUp covering up Ednaswap]].
* Music/JulianaHatfield did not record a song called "Tortured". Canadian singer Annette Ducharme did.
* "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is not by Music/TinaTurner, Music/BetteMidler, Music/KimCarnes, Music/TaylorDayne, or Music/PatBenatar. The original is by Bonnie Tyler, while the '90s cover is by Nicki French.
* The "Toy Symphony" is not by Music/JosephHaydn, but by Leopold Mozart, father of Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart.
* Music/VNVNation did not do "Tragic Hero;" that was Music/FunkerVogt.
* "Trebles" (the one that goes "trebles tatatatatata") is not by East West Rockers. It's by MBrother.
* The song "Troublemaker" [[note]]Not the one by Music/{{Weezer}}[[/note]] is not by Maroon 5. It's by Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida. It does bear a strong resemblance to Maroon 5's "Misery," so this is why people have been confusing it.
* The song "True" (famously featured in ''Film/SixteenCandles'', and later sampled by Music/PMDawn on "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss") is not by Tears For Fears. It's by Spandau Ballet. seriously. Roland Orzabal and Tony Hadley sound quite a bit alike, though.
* The vocalist on the bootleg mashup "True Love Never Dies on the Airwaves" by Rank 1 was not Kylie Minogue, but Claire from The Steps. The original singer of "True Love Never Dies" was Donna Williams.
* "Tubthumping" is not by Film/SmashMouth, but Chumbawamba.
** Of course if you know that the song [[RefrainFromAssuming really is called "Tubthumping" and not "I Get Knocked Down"]], you might already know who really performed it.
* "Turn Me Out" is not by Music/ArethaFranklin, but by Praxis (later Soul Brothers) featuring Kathy Brown, although it is a SuspiciouslySimilarSong to "R.E.S.P.E.C.T.".
* "Turn off the Light" is not by Music/{{Rihanna}}. It's by Music/NellyFurtado, and was released in 2000, 3 years before Rihanna's musical debut.
* "Turn Up the Radio" was not by Def Leppard. It's by Autograph.
* "The Twist" and "Let's Twist Again" are not by Music/ChuckBerry, but by Chubby Checker.
* "Two of Hearts" is not by Music/KylieMinogue. It's by Stacey Q. And the 2000's cover is not by Sally Shapiro, but by Annie.
* Sarina Paris did not sing "Two Times", that was Ann Lee, AKA Annerley Gordon.
* Music/CelineDion did not sing "Un-Break My Heart", that was Music/ToniBraxton.
* Music/MarilynManson didn't put out a song titled "Uprising". That's actually Muse. If you're wondering how in the world anyone could make that mistake, the intros to "Uprising" and "The Beautiful People" are kinda similar.
* "Vanna, Pick Me a Letter" is not by Creator/CheechAndChong. Itís by Dr. Dave (apparently doing a Cheech Marin impression).
* "Vehicle" is not by {{Music/Chicago}}; it's by the Ides of March.
* {{Music/Reel Big Fish}} never covered "Video Killed the Radio Star", but {{Music/The Presidents of the United States of America}} did.
* "Vilify" is not by Disturbed, but by David Draiman's side-project group Device.
* "Voices" (not [[RefrainFromAssuming "Cries in the Dark"]]) isn't a song by Maaya Sakamoto. It's by Akino Arai. Possibly the confusion comes from the fact that it was composed by Yoko Kanwho frequently works with Sakamoto.
* "Voices" (Music/RandyOrton's theme song) was not by Rev Theory, but by Rich Luzzi (Rev Theory's lead singer). No other member of the band was credited on the song.
** However, a WWE.com article about the best heavy metal theme songs did credit "Voices" to Rev Theory.
* The song "Wake Me" is not a bootleg Music/AliceInChains demo. It's by Grey Daze, [[Music/LinkinPark Chester Bennington's]] old band.
* "Wake Up" is not by Music/{{Kesha}}, and definitely not by Music/TheCorrs. It's Creator/HilaryDuff.
** "Waking Up in Vegas" was not by Ke$ha either, it was by Music/KatyPerry, a year before anyone heard of Ke$ha.
* "Walking in Memphis" is not by Music/BillyJoel. It's not by Michael [=McDonald=] either, nor is it by Bruce Springsteen or Michael Bolton. It's by Marc Cohn. Or Lonestar, depending on the version you're hearing.
* "Walking on Sunshine" is not by The Pointer Sisters or Carly Simon. It's by Katrina & the Waves.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwdbXJfeOXk "Wardens"]] was written neither by LetsPlay/HatFilms nor the [[https://myspace.com/tinboxboys Tin Box Boys]]. Alex "Smiffy" Smith, who was in both the gaming group and bluegrass band, simply recorded the song as a rough demo on his own.
* "Warm Leatherette" is not by Music/ThrobbingGristle. It's by The Normal, AKA Daniel Miller.
* "The Warrior" is not by Heart, Pat Benatar, or Joan Jett. It's by Scandal (not to be confused with the Japanese Music/{{Scandal}}).
** Speaking of Scandal, the singer is Patti Smyth, NOT Music/PattiSmith.
* The country song "Wanted" is not by Music/RascalFlatts or Music/{{Lonestar}}, but by Hunter Hayes.
* "We Are Family" is not by Music/TheSupremes or Music/TheEmotions, but by Music/SisterSledge.
* Music/CannibalCorpse and GWAR never teamed up to make a song called "We Are Your Enemy"; the song was done by Dying Fetus, alone.
* "We Are Young" is not by Music/{{Queen}} or even Music/TracyChapman; it's by fun., and was made 20 years after Freddie Mercury died. Same goes for "Some Nights" (not [[RefrainFromAssuming "What Do I Stand For"]]), and possibly the ''Some Nights'' album as a whole.
* "We Built This City" is not by Music/{{Journey}}, Music/REOSpeedwagon, or Air Supply. It's by [[Music/JeffersonStarship Starship]] (yes, ''Jefferson'' Starship, though they recorded it after taking the "Jefferson" out of their title).
* "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" is not by Michael Jackson, but by Jermaine Stewart, not to be confused with Jermaine Jackson, Michael's brother.
* "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Paradise City" are not by AC/DC. "Sweet Child o' Mine" is not by Aerosmith. "November Rain" is not by Jon Bon Jovi. [[SarcasmMode Hasn't anyone heard of]] Music/GunsNRoses???
* Neither "We're Not Gonna Take It" nor "I Wanna Rock" were by Music/MotleyCrue, nor were either by Music/QuietRiot. They're both by Music/TwistedSister.
* "What a Wonderful World" is not by Music/RayCharles or Music/BobDylan. It's by Music/LouisArmstrong.
** Music/TheRamones did not cover "What a Wonderful World", but Joey Ramone did.
* "What I Like About You" is NOT by The Ramones or The Kinks (neither is "Talking in Your Sleep"). It's by The Romantics.
** The Romantics aren't even close to those two bands. The Kinks are classic rock. The Ramones are punk. The Romantics are pop-rock.
* "What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)" isn't by Music/DuranDuran or Music/DepecheMode, but by Information Society.
* "When I'm Gone (Sadie)" is not by Music/PuddleOfMudd, but by No Address.
* The song "When The Lights Go Out" wasn't done by The BackstreetBoys or Music/{{NSYNC}}, it was done by British boy band Five.
* "When The Rain Came Down" is not a duet between Music/KateBush and Annie Lennox. It is by Happy Rhodes.
* "When Will I See You Again" is the best Diana Ross and The Supremes song Diana and the gals never sang. It's actually by The Three Degrees.
* Marilyn Manson & Rob Zombie never got together to make "When Worlds Collide". It's a song by Powerman 5000.
* "Where Do You Go?" is not by Haddaway. It's by No Mercy.
* "Wherever You Will Go" is The Calling, not Creed. This was parodied on a Series/MADtv sketch (see the "Higher"/"With Arms Wide Open" entry above).
* Many think "Which Backstreet Boy Is Gay?", a parody of [[Music/BackstreetBoys that band's]] "I Want It That Way", was done by "Weird Al" Yankovic. It was actually done by the morning crew of a Portland, Oregon based radio station. Al was bothered by this misattribution to such an extent he later recorded his own legitimate parody of "I Want It That Way", "[=eBay=]", to help alleviate some of the confusion.
* Neither Guns N' Roses nor Axl Rose covered "White Christmas".
* "White Horse" is not by Music/TheGapBand or Music/TalkingHeads. It's by Laid Back.
* * "White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)" is not by Grandmaster Flash, but by Melle Mel, a former member of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five. It doesn't help that originally the record label, Sugar Hill Records, perpetuated the confusion by crediting the single to Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel, despite Grandmaster Flash not being present on the song at all. That said, the Music/DuranDuran cover of The song did feature guest appearances from both Melle Mel and Grandmaster Flash.
* "White Rabbit" (not the Music/JeffersonAirplane song, the one that goes "your magic white rabbit...") is not by Music/BulletForMyValentine, but by Egypt Central.
* "Who Can It Be Now?" is not by Music/ThePolice. It's by Music/MenAtWork.
* "Who Do You Love", from the Samuel Adams commercials, is not by Steppenwolf or The Who. It's by George Thorogood covering Music/BoDiddley.
* Shaggy did not sing "Who Let the Dogs Out". That's by the Baha Men.
** Likewise, "I Like to Move It" is not by Shaggy, the Baha Men, or Reel Big Fish. It's by Reel 2 Real. And it was not created specifically for ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}''
*** "Boom Shaka Laka", from "Dumb & Dumber", is also not sung by Shaggy. It's by Apache Indian.
* "Wild Thing" is not by the Kinks, but Music/TheTroggs.
* "Wires" -- it's by Athlete. Not Coldplay. it is. Honest.
* "Wish You Were Here" (not the Pink Floyd one, or the Avril Lavigne one, or the Incubus one, this one's different) is by neither Within Temptation nor Nightwish. It's actually by the Swedish band Rednex, or Blackmore's Night.
* Shockingly, that lounge-style cover of "Wonderwall" making the rounds ''isn't'' by Richard Cheese, but instead, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy1ueZf1WMQ the Mike Flowers Pops Orchestra]]. It actually came out around the same time as the original.
** Music/PaulAnka did another lounge-style version.
* Robert Miles never produced a trance version of the theme from ''Series/TheXFiles'', that was DJ Dado.
* The trance song "Xpander" is not by Sash!, but by Sasha. Similar names, but very different subgenres.
* The '90s R&B song "Yesterday"(no relation to Music/TheBeatles) is not by Deborah Cox, but by Debelah Morgan.
* [[WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"]] was not sung by Creator/BorisKarloff, but rather by Creator/ThurlRavenscroft (of "Tony the Tiger" fame), [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060345/fullcredits who was not credited]]. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You%27re_A_Mean_One_Mr._Grinch Really.]]
* "[[TastesLikeDiabetes The Cuppycake Song]]" of YTMND fame was not sung by StrawberryShortcake; it was sung by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12Z6pWhM6TA Amy Castle]].
** It also did not originate from DJ Cammy's "Celebrate the Summer". It was sampled for that song.
* "You're The Best" from ''Film/TheKarateKid'' is not by Survivor. It's by Joe Esposito of Brooklyn Dreams. (Survivor does sing the "official" theme to the movie, "The Moment of Truth".)
* Music/{{U2}} did not sing the [[TheNineties late '90s]] PowerPop song "You Get What You Give" ([[RefrainFromAssuming not "You've Got The Music In You]]). That was actually the New Radicals. (Though according to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, the Edge was pretty jealous that he didn't come up with it first.)
* "You're the Inspiration" is not REO Speedwagon. It's by Chicago.
* "Your Love" (not "I Don't Want To Lose Your Love Tonight") is not by The Police, It's by The Outfield. And the breakbeat remix is not by DJ Icey, but by DJ X.
* "You Belong With Me" is not by Music/{{Paramore}}. It's by Music/TaylorSwift.
* "You Sexy Thing" (not "[[RefrainFromAssuming I Believe In Miracles]]") is not by Barry White, Tom Jones or Rick James. It was Hot Chocolate.
* Music/MarilynManson did not do a cover of "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)". That was Dope. Also, the original was not by Billy Idol (it was by Dead or Alive).
** And Music/Eiffel65 did not cover the song. That was Sally Can Dance.
** Edsel Dope does sound pretty similar to Manson, though. It doesn't help that both bands perform IndustrialMetal.
* Lasgo do not have a song titled "[[RefrainFromAssuming You'll Never See Me Again]]". That's "Cry for You" by September, which has no relation to Lasgo's similarly titled "Cry '''4''' You". The song is also commonly misattributed to Cascada.
* Neither Everything But the Girl nor Dido sang "You're Not Alone" or "Miracle", those are by Olive.
* "Your Loving Arms" (not "Put Your Loving Arms Around Me") is not by Amber, but by Billie Ray Martin.
* "Youth of the Nation" is not by Music/TearsForFears. It's by Music/{{POD}}.
* "Zavedi" is not a [[Music/{{Tatu}} t. A. T. u.]] song. That would be [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MakSim MakSim]], then known as Maxi-M. (A more understandable mistake for fans outside Russia, since [=MakSim=], while a pop star in her own right there, never really tried to pursue an international following.)
* "Zwischen uns" is not by Music/{{Rammstein}}, but by fellow Neue Deutsche Härte band Eisbrecher.
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* "Girls" is not by the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers. It's by Tricky, though Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis and former guitarist John Frusciante appear uncredited on the track.
* "Emotions In Motion" or "Stay The Night" are not by Music/TheCars. They are solo recordings by the band's lead singers, Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr, respectively.
* The songs "Blame It On The Boogie" and "Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)" are commonly attributed to Michael Jackson...who does sing on them, but they are by his band The Jacksons and not part of his solo work.
* The remix of the Pacman theme that's often credited to Music/AphexTwin? It was released by Power Pill... seems like a case of this trope, right? Except that Power Pill is a pseudonym of Richard D. James-- who's better known as Aphex Twin!
* Paul Young's song "Everytime You Go Away" can easily be mistaken for a Hall & Oates song. However, Daryl Hall did write the song for Hall & Oates and their original version does appear on their album ''Voices''. Hall & Oates never released their version as a single while Paul Young's cover was, causing Young's version to [[CoveredUp overshadow the original]], while being occasionally misattributed to Hall & Oates.
* Most people know "Dancing With Myself" as a Billy Idol song. This recording was originally released by Idol's band Generation X, making this seem like a case of Misattributed Song... but subverted in that Billy Idol was one of only two members of Gen X to have played on the actual song!
** And indeed, a couple months after the release of Generation X's recording, Idol recorded his own solo version of the song as his first solo single.
* "Careless Whisper" was never intended to be a Wham! song but was a solo recording by Wham! member George Michael. Andrew Ridgeley did not perform on the track (although Ridgeley co-wrote it). ''However'', it was officially released (and reached # 1) in the USA as being by "Wham! featuring George Michael" because [[ExecutiveMeddling the record label said so]], so anyone claiming the song was a Wham! song are technically sort of right in an odd, unfair way.
* "All The Young Dudes" by Mott The Hoople is constantly misatributed to Music/DavidBowie. He wrote it, sang the chorus and recorded his own version, so they are right, FromACertainPointOfView.
* It's easy to think that "Music Sounds Better with You" by the one-off group Stardust is by Music/DaftPunk. And for good reason, since Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter was part of the group.
* Robin Gibb's track "Toys" has been credited to Music/TheBeeGees.... which is technically correct. While sourced from Robin's solo album 'Walls Have Eyes,' the track was not only written by all three brothers, but features Maurice and Barry on backing vocals.
** Robin's brother Andy has had nearly all of his songs misattributed to the Bee Gees as well.
** "Emotion" is by Samantha Sang, but the Bee Gees wrote it, produced it, sang back-up, and eventually recorded their own version.
*** Similar confusion with Yvonne Elliman's hit version of "If I Can't Have You".
* "Mexicali Blues", which appears on the Music/TheGratefulDead's highly popular greatest hits album ''Skeletons from the Closet'' is actually a song from guitarist Bob Weir's solo album, ''Ace''. That makes the previously obscure song's appearance on the compilation strange, right? Well, in actuality, almost every member of the Grateful Dead c. 1972 perform backup duties on every song on ''Ace'', thereby making the song and album basically by the Grateful Dead!
* Everybody knows Music/MickJagger is the lead singer of Music/TheRollingStones, but "Just Another Night" is him going solo.
* "Caroline, No" is technically not a Beach Boys song: it was originally issued as a Brian Wilson solo single (no other Beach Boys appear on the single, but most of the group's regular backing session musicians do), and made the pop charts in 1966 properly credited to only him. However, after its single release, it appeared on the band's seminal ''Music/PetSounds'' record (and the endless compilations released afterwards) credited to the band. Its come to the point where its now more often considered a Beach Boys song than a Wilson solo effort.
* "Smooth" is not by Matchbox Twenty, but rather Santana featuring Matchbox Twenty lead singer Rob Thomas.
** Rob Thomas has a VERY distinctive voice, so this would be a very easy mistake to make. Most people probably assumed Matchbox 20 was either trying something different, or had a guest guitarist for one song. Rob wasn't really known as a solo artist yet when that song came out. Additionally, Santana's guitar sound and style is one of the most iconic and recognizable in the world.
* "American Girls" is not by Music/{{Weezer}}, but by Homie - a short-lived side-project of Weezer's Rivers Cuomo. While mainly the work of Rivers Cuomo, Matt Sharp, and a bunch of non-Weezer affiliated musicians, the rest of the ''Blue Album''/''Pinkerton'' era band made minor contributions to the studio recording: Pat Wilson played a short drum part that was looped throughout the song, and Brian Bell contributed backing vocals.
* The Music/{{Sparklehorse}} version of [[Music/PinkFloyd "Wish You Were Here"]] tends to be credited to Music/{{Radiohead}}. However, there's a grain of truth to this - Thom Yorke contributed some literally phoned-in backing vocals.
* Neither "Life's Been Good" nor "Rocky Mountain Way" are by Music/{{Eagles}}. They're both solo efforts by their guitarist and occasional lead singer Joe Walsh. ("Life's Been Good" does feature vocal and instrumental backing by the rest of the Eagles, however, and a live version was included on the ''Eagles Live'' album.)
* "Together in Electric Dreams" is often credited to The Human League - in fact it's a collaboration between their lead singer Phil Oakey and composer-producer Giorgio Moroder. To be fair, though, the track is very strongly styled to sound like the group (female backing vocals and all), it does actually appear on their greatest hits album, and is regularly covered by them in concert... in effect it ''is'' a Human League song now, even if the original hit version wasn't.
** Similarly, "Rush Rush" from ''Film/Scarface1983'' and ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' is not by Music/{{Blondie}}, but Debbie Harry collaborating with Moroder.
* "Bother" is another case of a song originally by a solo performer being absorbed into their band's catalog: It first appeared on the ''Film/SpiderMan1'' soundtrack credited solely to Corey Taylor, as he wrote and performed the song entirely by himself. However, the same version of the song was re-released on the SelfTitledAlbum by his band Stone Sour, and it was also released as a single under the Stone Sour name. It's also not uncommon for any of Stone Sour's songs to be misattributed to [[Music/{{Slipknot}} Taylor's more famous band]].
* "Battlesong" is sometimes credited to {{Music/Gorillaz}}, when it's really by Deltron 3030. However, there's a reason the song sounds somewhat similar to early Gorillaz: Two of the main members of Deltron 3030 are Dan the Automator, who produced the self-titled Gorillaz album, and Music/DelTheFunkyHomosapien, who appeared on the Gorillaz songs "Clint Eastwood" and "Rock The House" from ''[[Music/GorillazAlbum Gorillaz]]''. Actually, the strangest thing about this misattribution is that there are two Deltron 3030 songs that also feature Damon Albarn ("Time Keeps On Slippin'" and "What Is This Loneliness?"), so it would be a bit more logical to associate either of ''those'' songs with Gorillaz instead.
* "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere" is popularly attributed to Creator/JimmyBuffett, which is easy to understand since its his style of song and he ''does'' appear and sing on the song about halfway through. But it actually Creator/AlanJackson's song... not that Jackson really minds if Buffett plays it at Parrothead concerts.
* "Uptown Funk" is officially a Mark Ronson song, but almost everyone outside the UK, and especially in the U.S., associates it first and foremost, with Bruno Mars. Because Mars is a global pop superstar whereas Ronson is almost completely unknown outside his home country, plus the fact that it was sang entirely by Mars while Ronson only did production work, this misperception was inevitable.
** For the same reason, "Valerie" ([[CoveredUp originally by]] Music/TheZutons) is widely considered to be an Music/AmyWinehouse song.
* As badly misattributed as "Uptown Funk" tends to be, it's nothing compared to "The Hanging Tree" from ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart1''. This song's official lead artist is film composer James Newton Howard who is almost completely obscure to the general public, whereas its featured vocalist is [[Creator/JenniferLawrence one of the most widely recognized personalities in the world.]] Even ''Billboard'' magazine themselves wrote an article about Jennifer Lawrence getting a top 40 hit and relegated James Newton Howard to a footnote (in contrast, they never tried to downplay Ronson to the same extent).
* "Latch" is officially a song by Disclosure, but it only became a hit in the U.S. because its vocals were provided by the fast-rising Music/SamSmith. As a result, the duo remains quite obscure there despite the song's success, which is more attributed to Smith. The funny thing is, "Latch" isn't even their most well-known song in their native UK (that honor goes to "White Noise").
* Music/{{Lorde}}:
** "Easy (Switch Screens)" is a song by Son Lux featuring Music/{{Lorde}} on vocals. Search results show that from the listener's point of view, it is Lorde's song first and foremost. Aside from the obvious discrepancy in the two artists' fame and commercial success, this is not helped by the fact that it became a staple of her live performances.
** Lorde did this again with the aforementioned Disclosure. Much like what happened to "Latch", "Magnets" is widely seen as Lorde's song rather than theirs. It was to the point where it actually got airplay on alternative radio (despite it being an EDM song) solely because of Lorde's vocals.
* Music/CalvinHarris is by no means obscure in the U.S., but his hit song "I Need Your Love" became a hit because it had Music/EllieGoulding on vocals. As such, it is viewed as being Goulding's song more than Harris's. It's associated with Goulding enough that it also appeared as a bonus track to her album ''Halcyon'', though the track-listing on the back cover makes sure to credit the song to "Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding". The same is true with the next Harris/Goulding collaboration "Outside."
* "In a Broken Dream" is usually credited to Music/RodStewart, when in reality it's by the obscure Australian band Python Lee Jackson. Stewart recorded the lead vocals because the band's lead singer, Dave Bentley, didn't feel like singing it.
* "Where Are Ü Now" isn't a song by Music/JustinBieber. It's a song from Jack Ü (an ElectronicMusic duo consisting of Music/{{Skrillex}} and Diplo) with Bieber on vocals. It's so associated with Bieber that he actually put it on his album ''Purpose'' despite not being the lead. Several other songs that Bieber was the featured artist on, including "Let Me Love You" by DJ Snake and "Cold Water" by Music/MajorLazer.
* Music/EllieGoulding does not have a song titled "[[RefrainFromAssuming Where Are You Now]]". The song is "Faded" by Alan Walker, with Iselin Solheim on vocals.
* "Locked Away" is not by Music/{{Maroon5}}. It is by little-known reggae duo R. City, although Adam Levine sings the chorus. The same confusion applies to "Stereo Hearts" by Music/GymClassHeroes.
* "Go Alone" is not by Music/AvengedSevenfold. It's by little-known band Hell or Highwater, but M. Shadows does provide vocals.
* "[[WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut Hell Isn't Good]]" was '''not done by Metallica.''' That's [[Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone DVDA]] you're hearing. It was eventually revealed that James Hetfield made an uncredited appearance on the song, however.
* "The Neverending Story" (the theme to to the film) isn't by Kajagoogoo, it's a solo song by their lead singer Limahl. However after Limahl rejoined the band they added it to their live set due to popular demand. And the Music/PetShopBoys did not cover it, that was DJ AC/DC (not to be confused with Music/{{AC DC}}).
* "I Don't Care" is not a song by Music/ThreeDaysGrace. It's by Music/{{Apocalyptica}} with then-frontman Adam Gontier on vocals.
** Similarly, "I'm Not Jesus" (sung by Corey Taylor) is neither by Slipknot nor Stone Sour, nor is "End of Me" (sung by Gavin Rossdale) by Bush, nor is "Not Strong Enough" (sung by Brent Smith and later re-recorded by Doug Robb) by Shinedown or Hoobastank.
* "Tonight is the Night" was not produced by La Bouche. It was by Le Click featuring La Bouche vocalist Melanie Thornton, but it eventually appeared on La Bouche's GreatestHitsAlbum.
* Mark De Gli Antoni's "Mermaid" circulates online as a Music/SoulCoughing rarity, sometimes also mislabeled as "Tell The Mermaid": Mark De Gli Antoni was a member of Soul Coughing, contributing keyboards and {{Sampling}}, and it's one of several songs on his solo album ''Horse Tricks'' that are effectively performed by Soul Coughing [[TheBandMinusTheFace minus vocalist/guitarist Mike Doughty]]. A further Soul Coughing connection is that the band would sometimes play the song as an "intro" to their live performances.
* "Sex Drive" was not originally a Music/DeadOrAlive song, despite appearing on their ''Nukelopatra'' album; it was a collaboration between the Belgian Eurodance group Glam and DOA singer Pete Burns.
* The song known as "Music/Eiffel65 - Discovery Channel" is actually a remix of Music/TheBloodhoundGang's "Bad Touch"... by Eiffel 65.
* Yes, Nick "Chicane" Bracegirdle did remix Tomski's "14 Hours to Save The Earth", but under the alias Rebel Transcanner.
* "Higher and Higher" was not by Alice Deejay, but a solo effort by their main producer, DJ Juergen.
* Music/LedZeppelin didn't cover "Sea of Love". That was the Honeydrippers, a side project of Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.
* The 2004 metal hit "Save Me" is not by Music/{{Pantera}} but by Damageplan, the side band of Dimebag Darrell before he was killed on stage.
* "Lazaretto" is not by Music/TheWhiteStripes. It's a Music/JackWhite solo song.
* "Boatman" is not by Music/VNVNation, but by Mono Inc. featuring VNV frontman Ronan Harris.
* Music/{{Delerium}} did not cover Music/{{Madonna}}'s "Justify My Love", that was Music/FrontLineAssembly, which Delerium is a side project of, featuring Kristy Thirsk, a regular featured vocalist with the latter project.
* A famous cover of "Dream A Little Dream Of Me" featuring Cass Elliott on lead vocals is often attributed to her group Music/TheMamasAndThePapas, but it was actually performed solo by Elliot. However, the song - regardless of it being a solo track - appeared on the band's final album, 1968's ''The Papas & The Mamas'' in addition to Elliot's solo debut album (released later that year) and many of the band's greatest hits records.
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