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Misattributed Song
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 Signature Style, all songs in that apparent genre or style 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 Fan Dumb for both bands.

See also Refrain from Assuming and Covered Up. All Animation Is Disney for a similar trope in a different medium (and both are subtropes of Small Reference Pools).


Examples:

Commonly Mistaken Artists
  • Not every classical piece is Mozart or Tchaikovsky. (It's all right to love Russian composers, but don't misattribute songs to them as in Lady in the Dark.)
    • No, none of the many Lutheran chorale melodies attributed to 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 is NOT by Bach. It is, in fact, by Christian Petzold, an obscure contemporary of Bach.
    • And Maria Callas had never sung Queen of the Night's aria. This is performed by Lucia Popp.
  • Mushroom Cult is not a System of a Down song. It is a Dog Fashion Disco song, featuring Serj Tankian of SOAD.
  • P2P services and yacht rock. It seems as if Chicago, Boston, Styx, Journey and REO Speedwagon 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.
  • No, not every parody song is by "Weird Al" Yankovic. (Bob Rivers and Richard Cheese are prime candidates; if it's country, Cledus T. Judd is most likely the actual performer.) Al addresses it in his FAQ.
    • "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 Ray Stevens (particularly with country-esque comedy songs). Interestingly, so is Dr Demento, 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.
  • 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.
  • No, not every Funk/Disco song is by Kool and the Gang.
  • On file sharing services, just about any Europop-sounding song with female harmony vocals will be attributed to 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 Angelo to Fernando, for example.
    • Another song wrongly attributed to ABBA is "Always Have, Always Will"- by Ace Of Base, 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.
  • No, 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.
  • No, the soundtrack from The Rutles movies are not bootleg "lost" Beatles albums, though they are often labeled as such. The Lennon/McCartney songwriting credits come from the Rutles songs being overly close to the real thing... but they're still not the real thing.
  • No, not all vaguely Celtic rock music is by Great Big Sea, Flogging Molly, or Dropkick Murphys, 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 often called "Drink and Fight" which tends to provoke arguments in the comments about just who made it anyway every time it's posted on YouTube with a different name and attribution. (For the record, it's "Irish Drinking Song" by ska punk band Buck-O-Nine.)
  • Many Motown/Doo Wop/Oldies R&B songs have been misattributed to either the Temptations, the Four Tops, or Marvin Gaye.
  • No, not every reggae song is by Bob Marley. This seems to be a problem on YouTube.
    • Most notorious example of this is the song "Bad Boys" (of 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.
  • No, 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.
  • No, Sepultura never recorded with Luciano Pavarotti. That cover was made by a parody band, JBO.
  • For a time Devo seemed to get pretty much any synth-heavy Eighties One-Hit Wonder attached to them.
  • There's a ton of songs circulating in P2P networks that have been attributed to Metallica. 99% of the time, they have nothing to do with Metallica, like in the case of (a cover of) the Imperial March.
  • No, 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 Touhou theme? Could be IOSYS, yes. Could also be Cool&Create, Innocent Key, Silver Forest, or any number of other Touhou doujin-music circles.
  • No, not every vaguely nu-metalish song with a hint of rapping and/or electronica belongs to Linkin Park.
  • Yes, David Allan Coe 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 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 Poe's Law 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 Weird Al Yankovic.
  • In a very understandable example, many remixes by The Orb are falsely attributed to 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 Kate Bush. And Annie Lennox. And duets between Kate Bush and Annie Lennox. She has a four-octave vocal range!
  • No, Weezer never covered N.W.A.'s "Boyz-n-the Hood", that was Dynamite Hack.
    • Similarly, "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 The Austin Lounge Lizards.
    • And they did not write Teenage Dirtbag. That's by Wheatus. They just play it live sometimes.
    • Sonic Youth 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 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 The Presidents Of The United States Of America.
  • No, Christian Alvestam did not get back to Scar Symmetry. 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 2LiveCrew. 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 Sonic the Hedgehog 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 "It Doesn't Matter" or "Escape from the City") are sometimes mistakenly credited to them.
    • "This Machine" from Sonic Heroes has also been credited to Crush 40, even though it doesn't sound anything like them. It's Julien K.
  • Boards of Canada 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 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 BOC
  • No, not every Latin-infused rock song with electric guitars is by Santana.
  • Henry VIII of England is the king of this trope and possible Ur Example. No, 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 no, 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 didn’t write.
  • 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 Richard Wagner for his opera Lohengrin.
  • 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.

Commonly Mistaken Musical Works
  • 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 American Idol winner Phillip Phillips.
    • And no, neither is "Ho Hey." That's The Lumineers. And let's not get started on "The A Team" by Ed Sheeran.
  • The Cure didn't sing "I Melt with You" (not "I'll Stop the World and Melt with You"), but Modern English did.
  • The country song "Wanted" is not by Rascal Flatts or Lonestar, but by Hunter Hayes. He sounds quite a bit like the singer from Rascal Flatts though
  • 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.
  • No, "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).
  • No, that Zelda-inspired song ("Link, he come to town") was never performed by System of a Down. (It is not by Mr. Bungle either) That version is by Joe Pleiman and Jesse Spence, who were members of a musical duo named The Rabbit Joint. The song appeared on an album also called "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. Continuing to claim that Serj Tankian is in some way responsible for a Zelda cover, however, is not permissible.
  • No, "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)" isn't by Three Doors Down, Matchbox Twenty, blink-182, Third Eye Blind, Simple Plan, or Bowling for Soup, it's actually by the band Nine Days.
  • No, "Addicted" was not by Three Doors Down, nor was it by Hinder. It was by Saving Abel.
    • None of the above bands sang "Headstrong" either, but that was by Trapt.
      • Also, "Headstrong" is not by Linkin Park, and Ashley Tisdale never covered it either!
  • No, "Adiemus" isn't by 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.)
  • No, Paramore does not have a song called "Again". That's by Flyleaf.
  • No, George Strait is not the singer of "A Little More Country Than That." That's Easton Corbin.
  • No, "All For You" is not a Blues Traveler song, nor is it a Counting Crows song, but a Sister Hazel song.
    • This misconception regarding Blues Traveler is and was so prevalent that Popper 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.
  • No, that song "All You Wanted" that ends with that ends "When you're gone" is by Michelle Branch. "When You're Gone" by Avril Lavigne is a completely different song.
  • No, "Alone Again, Naturally" is not Paul McCartney. It's Gilbert O'Sullivan.
  • No, The Byrds didn't reunite to record "American Girl"; that's Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Though, to make it confusing, Roger McGuinn did record a cover of it.
  • No, "Another Saturday Night" is not an Andy Gibb song; the version you're hearing is Cat Stevens covering up Sam Cooke. By extension, it's also not an early Bee Gees song, either.
  • No, "School's Out (for Summer)" is not by Kiss, Twisted Sister, Pink Floyd, or The Ramones. That was Alice Cooper.
    • Kiss have played the song once during a sound check, though.
  • No, The Ramones never covered "I Fought the Law". That was the Dead Kennedys.
    • And that "original" version by The Clash that every one seems to be covering is actually a cover of the Bobby Fuller Four... which was itself a cover of the original recording by the Crickets.
  • No, Jimi Hendrix did not originally sing "American Woman". That was the Guess Who (No relation to The Who). There are people who think it was Lenny Kravitz, but that's another trope.
  • No, Nine Inch Nails never did a song called "Angel". That's by Vinyl Sun.
  • Another song called "Angel" is often purported to be by Type O Negative. While it has a similar style to Type O, it's not them; it's another Gothic Metal band named Tears of Passion.
    • Sadly, the only reason why anyone has heard of Tears of Passion is because of the Misattributed Song.
    • Type O Negative never covered "Possession" by Sarah McLachlan, either. That was Mad Machinery.
  • No, "Big Bad John" was not by Johnny Cash. That was Jimmy Dean.
    • Have you ever had Johnny Cash sausage?
  • No, "As Time Goes By" is not by Cole Porter. It was written by the comparatively obscure Herman Hupfeld.
  • No, Michelle Branch never sang a song called "A Thousand Miles", but that was Vanessa Carlton.
  • No, the vocalist of Chicane's "Autumn Tactics" was not Beth Orton, but Justine Suissa (main singer of Ocean Lab, and Armin van Buuren's "Burned With Desire").
  • No, "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.
  • No, "Awake" is not by Disturbed, Static-X and Slipknot working together; it was solely done by The Clay People.
  • No, the trance group Ayla did not do an "Ayla Part 3", that's Kay Cee's "Escape".
  • No, "Baby Come Back" is not by Hall & Oates. It's not by Little River Band either. It's by Player.
    • The Bee Gees never covered this song.
  • Mr Bungle never did a version of Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time", nor did Mike Patton 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 Affectionate Parody of Patton.
  • UB40 are probably best-known for their reggae covers of classic songs, but such a cover of "Baby, I Love Your Way" was done by the relatively-obscure Big Mountain, who came out during UB40's heyday.
  • No, "Hot Child in the City" is not by Pat Benatar. That was Nick Gilder.
  • No, "Bad To The Bone" is not by ZZ Top. It's George Thorogood.
    • Also, it's not by Bo Diddley, either. The song's guitar riff was borrowed from "I'm a Man," which is over twenty years older. George Thoroughgood acknowledged this by having Bo Diddley appear in he video.
  • No, "Ballroom Blitz" is not by AC/DC. It was originally written by Sweet and has been since been performed by several other bands, none of which are AC/DC.
    • Nor are any of them 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.
    • No, the original was not by Queen either, nor was it written for/about The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • No, the Rock cover of "Barbie Girl" with male vocals is not by Mx Px, The Offspring, Zebrahead, Lagwagon, Blink-182, or Good Charlotte. It's by Home Grown.
  • No, "Bette Davis Eyes" is not by Rod Stewart. The 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 Michael Crichton movie Looker is frequently misattributed to Carnes. It’s actually by Sue Saad.
      • Actually, it’s 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. It’s not.
  • No, "Better Now" is not a David Bowie song; it's by Collective Soul.
  • No, "How Do You Talk to an Angel" is not by Bryan Adams. It's by The Heights (A TV show similar to Glee).
  • No, "You're the Inspiration" is not REO Speedwagon. It's by Chicago.
  • "Born to Be Wild" is not by The Rolling Stones or AC/DC. It's by 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 Billy Idol, The Doors or ZZ Top. It's still Steppenwolf, Sheesh.
  • "Better Days (And the Bottom Drops Out)" by Citizen King is often mistakenly attributed to Sublime or Sugar Ray due to stylistic similarities.
  • A few people actually believed, in the beginning, that Jim Parsons sang the theme song to The Big Bang Theory. It was written and performed by the Barenaked Ladies.
  • No, Marilyn Manson never covered New Order's "Blue Monday". That was Orgy.
    • Helps that the song was featured on the Not Another Teen Movie soundtrack along with Marilyn Manson's cover of "Tainted Love".
  • No, "Bitch" (not the Rolling Stones song) was not sung by Alanis Morissette. That was Meredith Brooks.
  • No, the '70s remake of Leadbelly's "Black Betty" was not by Lynyrd Skynyrd or ZZ Top, but rather by Ram Jam.
  • No, the song "Black Hole Sun" by Soundgarden has nothing to do with the band Butthole Surfers, except for kinda having the same initials(?).
  • No, not every song on the The Bob & Tom Show is by Heywood Banks or Rodney Carrington.
    • Nor is every song performed by Bob or Tom (or Chick or Kristi)...
  • No, "Blood in my Eyes" was not by Ozzy Osbourne, Limp Bizkit, Disturbed, or Godsmack; that was a group called Dimestore Hoods.
  • No, 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.
  • No, Cradle of Filth never did a Bloody Tears Cover. It's by Naoto Shibata PROJECT.
  • No, the Blue Man Group did not do "Blue (Da ba dee)", that was Eiffel 65.
    • Blue Man Group and Eiffel 65 have completely different styles, so you should not confuse them.
  • "Are You Gonna Go My Way" sounds a lot like ZZ Top. It's not. It's actually by Lenny Kravitz.
  • No, "Bodies" (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."
  • No, Enya had nothing to do with the soundtrack of Braveheart.
  • Similarly, the theme from Chariots of Fire is not by Yanni, but Vangelis
  • No, Rage Against the Machine did not do the D-Generation X theme "Break It Down", that was the Chris Warren Band.
    • Ditto with Triple H's old theme My Time.
  • No, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is not by the Matchbox 20, Gin Blossoms, Oasis, or the Ramones, but rather by a band called Deep Blue Something.
  • No, "Brown Eyed Girl" is not by the Rolling Stones. It's by Van Morrison.
  • No, "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 Ayumi Hamasaki.
  • The rap-rock track "Butterfly" (not "Come My Lady") is not by Limp Bizkit, but by Crazy Town.
  • Speaking of bubblegum dance, no, "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.
  • No, Carmina Burana never had anything to do with Mozart. They were written as poems centuries before his time, and set to music by Carl Orff a century after his time.
    • Nor, obviously, did Richard Wagner compose the most famous part of that symphony, "O Fortuna."
  • No, "Read My Mind" is not by U2, but by The Killers.
  • So that synth-heavy new wave song "Cars" (not "Here In My Car") must be the theme song of the Cars, right? Wrong. It's by Gary Numan.
    • As for its cover, that was by Fear Factory, not Marilyn Manson.
  • No, "Cat's in the Cradle" is not by Cat Stevens. It's by Harry Chapin. 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.
      • No, 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 — no, "American Pie" is also not by Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan or Harry Chapin. That's Don McLean.
  • "Lean on Me" isn't by Al Green, Marvin Gaye or James Taylor; it's by Bill Withers.
    • The Temptations and Within Temptation never covered it either; that was Club Nouveau.
  • No, Metallica never did a version of "Carol of The Bells". It wasn't called "Carol of The Bells", either, it was called "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24". The song was made famous by Trans-SiberianOrchestra, but it was written by the progressive/power metal that spawned TSO, Savatage.
  • No, the "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 "So Bad, It's Good." (Here's the complete version of their rendition.)
  • No, "Cinnamon Girl" is not by Tom Petty (who is featured nowhere on the track, not even background vocals). That would be Neil Young, with backing band Crazy Horse.
  • No, Coldplay had nothing to do with "Closer To Love"; it's by Mat Kearney.
  • No, "Closing Time" (not "Take Me Home") is not Green Day, 3 Doors Down, Matchbox 20, or Weezer. It's Semisonic.
    • Parodied in the movie Friends with Benefits; the song is originally thought by Justin Timberlake's character to be by Third Eye Blind, and Mila Kunis' character objects. Semisonic receives their credit at the end.
  • "Cocaine" is not by ZZ Top. That was Eric Clapton.
    • Actually, this one is an odd triangular interaction of this trope and Covered Up. 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.
  • No, 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 Pink Floyd'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.
  • No, "Come On Eileen" is not by The Clash or The Cure. It's by Dexy's Midnight Runners.
    • There's also a 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 Ferris Buellers Day Off).
  • No, "Commercial" isn't by Cheech And Chong. It's Spanky & Our Gang, and it predates C&C by several years.
  • No, "Copacetic" isn't by Nirvana, and that's not its name. It's called "Bound for the Floor," and it's by Local H.
    • No, it's not called "And You Don't" or "Born to be Down," either.
  • No, 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 Chris Isaak.
  • One of the oddest misattribution seen on filesharing systems is Rednex's "Cotton Eye Joe" listed as being by 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.
  • 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.
  • No, "Creep", (not to be confused with the Radiohead one; and no, this isn't called "Half the Man I Used to Be") isn't by Nirvana; it was Stone Temple Pilots.
  • On a related note, the acoustic version of the Radiohead song "Creep" is not by Muse. It's still Radiohead.
    • However, there is an acoustic version performed by Korn on their "Unplugged" album.
  • No, "Crossfire" is not by The Killers. It's a solo recording by Brandon Flowers, their lead singer.
  • No, Kesha did not sing the chorus in Far East Movement's "Like a G6". Neither did Lady Gaga or Katy Perry. That was Dev.
  • No, The Sisters Of Mercy did not do "Cry Little Sister". That was Gerard McMann.
  • For some reason people think "Cum On Feel the Noise" is from Twisted Sister, it's actually Quiet Riot covering up Slade.
  • No, "Dancing In The Moonlight" isn't by Van Morrison or Elvis Costello, but King Harvest. The fact that Van Morrison has an entirely different hit song called "Moondance" may add to the confusion there.
  • No, "Da Turdy Point Buck" is not by Da Yoopers. 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 "Day After Day" as a latter-era Beatles song. It isn't; it's actually by one of their Apple Records labelmates, Badfinger (Other Wiki 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 Paul McCartney actually wrote it, and that a demo version appears on one of The Beatles' Anthology compilation albums.
  • No, "Dead Man's Curve" is not by The Beach Boys, although Brian Wilson did co-write it. The song was actually done by their friendly early-'60s rivals, Jan And Dean.
  • No, the song "Deadly Sleep" isn't by Iron Maiden, but by the lesser known Iron Savior. If this song doesn't sound familiar, you may know it as "Take Me Home".
  • No, the album Deep Forest is not by Enigma, either; it's by a group named... you guessed it... Deep Forest. (And no, Deep Forest and Enigma have never collaborated, either, despite what many people think.)
  • No, "Detachable Penis" isn't by The Flaming Lips, Nada Surf, The Dead Milkmen, The Cramps, Primus, or The Butthole Surfers. It's by King Missile.
  • No, that Soulja Boy diss called "Die Already" that surfaced the web is not by Eminem. It's actually rapper Nasty, who sounds a lot like Em.
  • No, "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" is not by The Beach Boys. It's by Manfred Mann.
  • No, David Wise did not compose Donkey Kong Land 2's soundtrack. It was Grant Kirkhope who composed it. He went on to compose Golden Eye 1997, Perfect Dark, BanjoKazooie (and Tooie) and Donkey Kong 64.
  • No, "Don't Fence Me In" is not a traditional cowboy song. It's a parody by Cole Porter.
  • Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" was misattributed to Cat Stevens on this very wiki's Ear Worm page. Tropers are not immune!
    • On this wiki's Trope Namers page, "Runaway Train," actually by Soul Asylum, was misattributed to Skid Row.
      • "Runaway Train" is also frequently attributed to Tom Petty. Adding to the confusion is completely different song released in 1987 called "Runaway Trains".
  • "Don't Pull Your Love" is by Hamilton, Joe Frank, & Reynolds. NOT Elvis Presley.
    • "Oh, Pretty Woman" isn't by Elvis either. That was Roy Orbison.
  • No, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" is not by Bob Marley, but by the similarly-named Bobby McFerrin. This is especially egregious as Bob Marley was dead when "Don't Worry, Be Happy" was recorded.
  • No, "Dream On" was not performed by Led Zeppelin. That was Aerosmith. It just sounds like "Stairway to Heaven", but that's not Zeppelin.
  • No, "Dream Police" is not by Aerosmith. It is by Cheap Trick. The confusion is probably due to Aerosmith's similarly-named song "Dream On," and the fact that "Dream Police" was included on Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.
    • Similar confusion with Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever", which was also included on Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.
  • No, "Dreamin' of That Angel" is not by 3 Doors Down, Nickelback, or Matchbox 20. It's by Unconditional Life.
  • No, "Edelweiss" is not an Austrian folk song. It's from The Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
    • It's become an Austrian standard though - The Sound Of Music isn't actually that popular there, but they know what the tourists expect...
  • No, "Epic" (not "You Want It All") is not by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It's by Faith No More. 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.
  • No, "88 Lines About 44 Women" was not done by They Might Be Giants. It was released by a band called The Nails. TMBG has a number of songs misattributed to them.
  • No, "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 has covered "Cuts Like a Knife".
  • "El Caballo de Troya" is by Tierra Santa, not Mago De Oz.
  • Many people misattribute the Boney M's song "El Lute" to ABBA, because of its (probably intentional) similarity to "Fernando" and "Chiquitita".
    • Errr... Fernando, by Abba, was shamelessly ripped off by British group The Brotherhood of Man, 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 Dschinghis Khan. This is possibly because of YTMND where "Rasputin" is the Alternate Universe equivalent of the "Moskau" meme.
  • Timo Maas never covered "Enjoy the Silence"; he merely remixed the Depeche Mode 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.
  • Nirvana never covered "Enter Sandman" by Metallica. The song is actually "Suck My Dog's Dick" by Wesley Willis.
  • No, "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" is not by Jimmy Buffett, but Rupert Holmes.
  • No, "Eskimo" (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 is "Chewbacca" by Supernova, best known for it's use in Clerks.
  • No, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" is not by Guns N' Roses, but by Poison.
  • No, "Eye of the Tiger" is not by Journey. It is by Survivor. People have made this mistake because Survivor's lead singer Dave Bickler sounds a lot like Steve Perry.
    • Last I can remember, Michael Jackson did not sing it, and neither did Pink Floyd. The internet will slap any artist name on any work. Jeez.
  • No, "Father" is not by Slipknot, but actually by Lollipop Lust Kill.
  • No, Children Of Bodom did not cover Iron Maiden's "Fear Of The Dark." That was Italian melodic black metal band Graveworm.
  • No, "The Fear That Gave Me Wings" is not by Bring Me The Horizon 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.
  • No, "Feelin' Alright" is not by Ray Charles; who you're hearing is Joe Cocker covering up Traffic. Charles never covered the song, either.
  • No, Sarah Brightman did not sing the theme to The Fifth Element. She also never collaborated with Enigma.
  • No, Less Than Jake never covered the Proclaimers' "500 Miles". It was actually Down by Law.
    • That same cover is also not by Mx Px (who, to confuse things a bit, DID later cover "500 Miles", minus the F-bomb in the Down by Law cover.)
  • No, "The Final Countdown" was not performed by Queen, Van Halen, Journey, or Styx, but by Europe.
    • No, Children of Bodom never did a cover of Europe's "The Final Countdown". Depending on the version you've heard, it was either Norther or Dispatched.
  • No, Nightwish never had a non-lyrical song called "A final dream". That's Trans-siberian Orchestra. Seriously, you need a behind-the-ear amplifier or something.
  • No, Utada Hikaru never recorded an English version of her song "First Love". It's a cover by Jessa Zaragoza.
  • No, "Flagpole Sitta" (not "I'm Not Sick But I'm Not Well") isn't by Lit, Blink-182, The Brian Jonestown Massacre or Green Day. It's by Harvey Danger.
  • No, "Flavor of the Weak" is not by New Found Glory, All-American Rejects or Bowling for Soup, it's by American Hi-Fi.
  • No, Utada Hikaru did not sing the Bayonetta version of "Fly Me to the Moon", that was done by Belgian singer Helena Noguerra.
  • No, DJ Sammy did not do the Speedy Techno Remake of the Olsen Brothers' "Fly on the Wings of Love", that was by XTM & DJ Chuckie, although they are also from Spain.
  • No, "Foreplay/Long Time" was not by Rush, but by Boston.
  • No, the original version of "Fortunate Son" (not "It Ain't Me") is not by Bob Seger. It's Creedence Clearwater Revival. (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.
  • No, Bob Dylan never covered "Friday" by Rebecca Black, 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.
  • No, "Fuck the World" is not by Slipknot either, but by Insane Clown Posse.
  • No, The Crystal Method did not remix/cover Armand Van Helden's "Funk Phenomena"(not "The Funk Phenomenon"). That version may have been a fan mix.
  • No, that hilariously ironic cover of "Gin and Juice" was not performed by Phish, OAR, Blues Traveler or Rodney Carrington. It was The Gourds.
  • No, Iggy Pop didn't do "A Girl Like You" — that was Edwyn Collins, 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 "Lust For Life" ended up having a sudden resurgence in popularity the next year due to it's use in Trainspotting may have had something to do with it as well. The song occasionally gets credited to Urge Overkill and David Bowie too.
  • No, "Give a Little Bit" is not by REO Speedwagon. That was Supertramp.
    • Some think it's The Goo Goo Dolls, but that's a separate trope.
    • Similar confusion with "Breakfast in America" or "The Logical Song."
    • Likewise, Gym Class Heroes didn't do "Breakfast in America." They only sampled it up for "Cupid's Chokehold."
  • No, "Glad You Came" was not by One Direction, but by The Wanted. Likewise, "What Makes You Beautiful" is not by The Wanted, but by One Direction.
  • No, "Glory of Love" is not by Music/Chicago or Phil Collins. That was a solo hit from Chicago's lead singer Peter Cetera.
  • No, "Gollum's Song" from The Two Towers is not sung by Björk. It's Emiliana Torrini. Yes, she sounds a lot like Björk. Yes, this is deliberate.
  • No, "Good Grief" (that rap-rock song starting with the line "Good morning Vietnam") was not by Rage Against The Machine. It's by Urban Dance Squad. Really. (And for that matter, UDS inspired RATM, not the other way around!)
  • No, the late '60s hit "Good Morning Starshine" (originally written for the musical Hair) isn't by John Denver, nor is it Donovan; it's by Oliver.
  • An example of a misattributed album: "Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys is not on the album Pet Sounds. Yes, it was recorded during the sessions for that album, but it was intended for Smile, which was shelved, and the song was eventually put on the album Smiley Smile.
  • No, the vocal remake of "Grazing in the Grass" isn't by the Fifth Dimension. It's by the Friends of Distinction.
  • No, "The Great Commandment" is not by Depeche Mode. It's by Camouflage.
  • No, the theme from Gremlins is not by Danny Elfman. (That was released before his first actual film score, for Pee-wee's Big Adventure) It was actually composed by the late Jerry Goldsmith.
  • No, "Happy Together" was not performed by The Beatles. That was The Turtles.
  • No, "Heaven is a Halfpipe" (not "If I die before I wake" or "In heaven I can skate") is not by POD, but OPM.
  • No, "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh" is not by Spike Jones. It's by Allan Sherman.
  • No, "Carry on Wayward Son" is not by Boston, That was Kansas.
    • "Dust In The Wind" is not by Boston either, by the way.
  • No, "3 A.M." is not by the Goo Goo Dolls, and "Slide" is not by Matchbox 20. (Two songs that sound completely the same by two groups who were popular at the same time.)
  • No, "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.
  • No, the tune of "Hernando's Hideaway" is not the most traditional of tangos. It's from The Pajama Game.
  • No, "Hero" was not performed by Nickelback. It was performed by Chad Kroeger (of Nickelback, just not for this song) and Saliva's Josey Scott.
  • No, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" is not by Fall Out Boy. It's by Panic! at the Disco. No, "Thnks fr th mmrs" is not by Panic! at the Disco; it's by Fall Out Boy.
  • "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. Hasn't anyone heard of Guns N' Roses???
  • "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 vocal style. This was parodied on a Mad TV sketch.
  • No, "Hold the Line" (no, not "Love Isn't Always on Time") was not performed by Foreigner. That was Toto.
  • No, "A Horse with No Name" isn't by Neil Young; it's by the band America. The confusion is understandable, since they were deliberately imitating Young's style.
    • "Sister Golden Hair" and "Ventura Highway" aren't Young's works either.
  • No, "House of the Rising Sun" was not done by the Rolling Stones. The most famous version was done by the Animals, though it's much older, with a recording even done by Leadbelly, and Bob Dylan did a version on his first album. There was also a rather strange version by Jim Nabors.
  • No, "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Rio" are not by Men At Work. They're both by Duran Duran.
  • No, "What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)" isn't by Duran Duran, but by Information Society.
  • No, the happy hardcore song "I Can't Stop Raving" was not by DJ Liquid, but Dune.
  • No, "If I Only Were A Goth" is not by Voltaire. It is by ThouShaltNot.
  • No, "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" was not by The Police, but is a Sting solo work.
  • No, "(I Just) Died In Your Arms" was not by Journey, Foreigner, Eddie Money, Meat Loaf, or The Police. It's Cutting Crew.
  • No, "I Love Rock N' Roll" is not by Pat Benatar, but by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and no, they didn't perform the original version either, that was The Arrows.
    • AC/DC also had nothing to do with this song; 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.
  • No, "I Saw the Light" isn't by Carole King; it's Todd Rundgren singing falsetto!
    • No, his voice was really that high in the '70's.
  • The Industrial cover of The Divinyls' "I Touch Myself" is usually attributed to Jack Off Jill. It was in fact by The Genitorturers.
    • No, the original was not by Blondie, Eurythmics, or Pink, by the way.
  • No, "Imagine" is not a Beatles song, despite John Lennon having been a Beatle. The song was a hit a year after the Beatles broke up.
    • However, almost everyone knows that "Imagine" is Lennon alone and not the Beatles.
  • "I Can't Drive 55" and "I've Done Everything for You" are not Van Halen 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."
  • No, Richard Wagner did not compose "In the Hall of the Mountain King"; that's from Peer Gynt 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.
  • 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.
  • "I Love College" is by Asher Roth, not Eminem.
  • No, "If I Die Young" (not "Bed of Roses") is not by Taylor Swift. It's by The Band Perry.
  • No, "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...
  • No, "Like Wow!" is not by Nelly Furtado, but by Leslie Sharp (sister of Nick from the Backstreet Boys) who tragically passed away earlier this year.
  • No, "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)
  • No, "Iron Man" is not by Iron Maiden or Iron Butterfly, but by Black Sabbath.
    • Iron Maiden wasn't even around at the time "Iron Man" was a hit.
  • No, "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" was not sung by Shirley Temple. It was sung by Gayla Peevey.
  • No, "In The Summertime" was by Mungo Jerry, not Bob Dylan. And no, Shaggy didn't do it first.
    • To make things more confusing, Dylan wrote and recorded a different song called "In The Summertime" in 1981, then a few years later recorded a Cover Version of the Mungo Jerry song that didn't get released, but has been bootlegged.
  • No, "Crazy Train" is not by Black Sabbath. It's an Ozzy Osbourne solo recording.
    • Similar confusion with "Bark at the Moon"
  • No, "More Than a Feeling" isn't by Foreigner. It's by Boston.
  • No, "Jerusalem" is not by Bob Dylan. 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.
  • No, "The Joker" is not by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, but by the Steve Miller Band.
  • No, Rachael Leigh Cook and company did not do the vocals on the songs from Josie and the Pussycats. Kay Hanley from Letters to Cleo did.
  • No, "Jump Around" was not by Cypress Hill, Limp Bizkit or Kris Kross, but it was by House of Pain. It was, however, based somewhat on Kris Kross's "Jump."
    • No, "What It's Like" is not by Sublime, it's by House of Pain frontman Everlast.
  • No, "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."
  • No, Phil Collins had absolutely nothing to do with later covers of his band 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).
  • No, "Kill You Now" is not by Amon Tobin. It's by Doctor Mario (no relation), and is actually titled "Beg4life".
  • No, "Kissing in the Rain" on the soundtrack for Great Expectations is neither written nor sung by Tori Amos, though she did contribute to other songs in the film. This track is written by Patrick Doyle with vocals by Miriam Stockley.
  • No, "Kung Fu Fighting" isn't by the Bee Gees, Hot Chocolate, the Foo Fighters, Jimi Hendrix, KC and the Sunshine Band, or Village People. It was Carl Douglas.
  • The Village People never recorded "Born to be Alive" either; that was Patrick Hernandez.
  • Don't believe P 2 P networks when they tell you that "The Lady In Red" was done by Phil Collins. It's a Chris de Burgh song. And no, Collins never covered it. Stevie Wonder never sang it either, you're thinking of "Woman 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, a group fronted by a woman named Patti.
  • No, "Last Saskatchewan Pirate" is not by Captain Tractor. He just did a cover. A cover that's more popular than the original. The original's by The Arrogant Worms, by the way.
  • No, "Lemon Tree" isn't by Oasis. It's by Fool's Garden.
    • The lead singer's voice doesn't sound anything like Liam Gallagher's, so why are you confused?
  • Some people think that the Beatles' "Let It Be" is a John Lennon solo song - even though it's sung by Paul McCartney. Lennon didn't even have a hand in writing it, although he got a co-writer credit for contractual reasons.
  • No, "Lies" was not by the Beatles. It was The Knickerbockers. Perhaps one of the earliest mistaken songs.
    • 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 "Like a Rolling Stone".
  • No, "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).
  • "Little Fluffy Clouds" is by The Orb, not Orbital. And Prodigy did not remix Orbital's "Halcyon"; that is actually the original mix, as opposed to the "& On & On" album version.
  • No, "Little Old Lady from Pasadena" wasn't by The Beach Boys. That was also 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).
  • Paul McCartney was a Beatle, but "Live and Let Die" is him with 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.
  • No, "Lonely No More" is not by matchbox twenty; it's from Rob Thomas's solo album, again (not the same album, though).
  • The Hollies' "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" sometimes gets mistaken for a Creedence Clearwater Revival song. Which is pretty understandable because 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:
      • No, that's not The Beatles doing "Dear Eloise".
      • No, that's not Air Supply doing "The Air That I Breathe".
      • No, that's not The Seekers doing "Carrie Ann".
      • No, that's not The Byrds doing "Sandy".
      • No, that's not a pre-prog Yes doing "On a Carousel".
  • No, "Love Hurts" was not done by Aerosmith. It's by Nazareth. note  And no, "Hair of the Dog" (not "Son of a Bitch") isn't performed by Bob Seger, John Fogarty or ZZ Top (and it's still not Aerosmith). It's also by Nazareth.
  • No, "Love is a Shield" is not by Depeche Mode (hard as that may be to believe). Also by Camouflage.
  • Tom Petty doesn't have a song called "Low" (or "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 a big pet peeve of Cracker vocalist David Lowery.
  • No, "Low Rider" is not performed by ZZ Top. That was War (who were very different from ZZ Top).
    • Although if you listened to "La Grange" (You might be mistaken on the title) by ZZ Top, there are a few similarities.
  • No, REM never covered Tears For Fears' "Mad World"; that was Gary Jules.
  • No, Fatboy Slim 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 no, 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 70s bands like Jefferson Airplane and Led Zeppelin.
  • No, "Me and Mrs. Jones" was not done by Otis Redding, Barry White, Teddy Pendergrass, or Marvin Gaye; that's Billy Paul.
  • No, "More Today Than Yesterday" was not an early Chicago hit; it was actually done by One-Hit Wonder group the Spiral Starecase.
  • No, "Mother Mother" was not by Alanis Morissette, but by Tracy Bonham.
    • Similarly, "Zombie" (not In Your Head) is by The Cranberries, not Alanis Morissette.
  • No, "Mr. Jones" is not done by Van Morrison, but by Counting Crows. It is often mistaken as so because "sha-la-la-la-la-la" is in both this song and Van Morrison's Signature Song "Brown Eyed Girl."
  • No, "Mr. Roboto" was not by Queen, but by Styx.
  • No, "Mrs. Robinson" is not The Beatles. It's Simon & Garfunkel.
  • "My Boy Lollipop" isn't Brenda Lee, but rather Millie.
  • No, "My Own Worst Enemy" (not "Sleeping With My Clothes On" or "And Your Gone") is not by Green Day, blink-182, or Social Distortion. It's by Lit.
  • No, "My Sharona" is not by The Clash, but by The Knack. 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.
  • No, "Northern Lights" is not by 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.
  • No, Ne-Yo didn't sing "Together". That was Lee Carr.
  • No, "Nobody" is not by System of a Down. It's by Skindred.
  • No, "Nothing Left To Lose" is not by Coldplay. It's by Mat Kearney, again. No, 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 Counting Crows.
  • No, "Kiss Me" is not by The Cranberries or Avril Lavigne. It's by Sixpence None the Richer, three years before "Complicated" became popular.
    • Though Avril did cover it at one point...
  • No, "Now We Are Free" from the film Gladiator is not composed by Enya, but by Hans Zimmer, Lisa Gerrard (who wrote the lyrics and also sings it) & Klaus Badelt.
  • No, "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.
  • Rammstein didn't compose "Otherworld" from Final Fantasy X either. That was Uematsu showing that he is a fan of metal.
    • To be precise, Uematsu composed the song and it was performed (or at least sung) by Bill Muir. So either way, no Rammstein input there (and no, they didn't cover the song either, as some have claimed).
  • No, Tiesto did not remix the Theme Tune of A Clockwork Orange, that's "The Orange Theme" by Cygnus X (Moonman's Orange Juice Mix). And he didn't remix the Titanic 1997 theme either, that was done by Mythos 'n DJ Cosmo as "Heart of the Ocean".
  • No, "Our House" isn't by Talking Heads, it's by Madness.
  • No, Ozzy Osbourne did not sing "I Am Santa Claus". That was a parody by Bob Rivers.
    • No, This isn't a Weird Al song either.
  • No, Pachelbel's Canon is not by Mozart; it was written by a fellow named Johann Pachelbel. And, while it is in D, it certainly isn't in minor (although it does sound interesting that way). Yes, it really was tagged as such on a file-sharing network.
  • No, "Pain" is not by Slipknot; it's by Soulfly.
  • No, "Painted Ladies" was not by America; it was by Ian Thomas (brother of Dave Thomas of SCTV fame).
  • No, "Physical" was not by Madonna, but by Olivia Newton-John, three years before Madonna became popular.
    • "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" is also not by Madonna. It's by Cyndi Lauper.
    • "Time after Time" is not Madonna either. Once again, it's Cyndi Lauper.
    • “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).
    • "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" isn't Madonna either; it's the Eurythmics.
  • 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.
  • No, Freaky Chakra's "Platform" was not on the Fight Club soundtrack.
  • No, "Play That Funky Music" was not by James Brown, George Clinton or Music/KC & the Sunshine Band. It was by Wild Cherry.
  • No, The Butthole Surfers didn't perform "Pure Morning", that was Placebo. The song's drum loop and psychedelic guitar effects must remind some of The Butthole Surfers' Black Sheep Hit "Pepper". This is often both a case of this trope and Refrain from Assuming, because when it's attributed this way it tends to also be mistakenly referred to as "Friend With Weed" or "A Friend in Need".
  • No, "The Politics of Dancing" is not by Depeche Mode, no matter how much the singer is trying to sound like Dave Gahan. That's Re-Flex.
  • No, Gershon Kingsley's "Popcorn" was not covered by Kraftwerk. That version is by M&H Band, which in turn is based on Hot Butter's cover-up of the song. The M&H version is also often misattributed to Jean Michel Jarre, who in fact did a much earlier cover of the song under the alias Popcorn Orchestra.
  • No, "Possum Kingdom" (not "So Help Me, Jesus" or "Do You Wanna Die?" or "I'm Not Gonna Lie") is not by The Smashing Pumpkins or Everclear. It's by Toadies.
  • No, Utada Hikaru didn't sing "Princess Mononoke'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.
  • No, "Prom Night" is not by Rebecca Black. The actual artist is unknown, but Black claims it is not her song.
  • No, the '60s garage-rock hit "Psychotic Reaction" isn't by The Yardbirds; 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".
  • No, 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.
  • No, "Reach Out" is not by Britney Spears. It's by Hilary Duff. She does sound an awful lot like Britney in this song, though.
  • No, "Ready" is not by Rihanna, Britney Spears, or Lady Gaga. It's by Kirsten Collins.
  • No, Chicane did not have any songs on the Red Planet soundtrack. The offending song is "Dante's Eternal Flame" by Graeme Revell and Melissa Kaplan.
  • No, that reggae cover of Neil Diamond's "Red Red Wine" is not by Bob Marley. That was UB 40.
    • Marley never covered this song, either. In fact, he was dead when the UB 40 version was recorded, and it took even longer to become popular.
  • "Rescue Me" by Fontella Bass frequently gets misattributed to Aretha Franklin 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 Bruce Springsteen'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 Shout-Out 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.
  • No, "Right Here Waiting" isn't by Bryan Adams; it's by Richard Marx.
  • No, Katy Perry isn't in Flo Rida's "Right Round". That's a not-yet-famous Ke$ha (who did not want to be credited in the song).
  • No, Green Day never covered "Summer of '69". That was Mx Px.
  • No, 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.
    • No, "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.
  • No, "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.
  • No, "Rock You Like A Hurricane" is not by Judas Priest, Foreigner, Def Leppard or Whitesnake, but by the Scorpions.
  • No, Cannibal Corpse never did a cover of Sepultura's song "Roots Bloody Roots." That was done by an unknown band called Razor (and not the Canadian thrash metal band Razor either)
  • No, "Santa Baby" was not sung by Marilyn Monroe. That was Eartha Kitt.
    • Marilyn also didn't sing Madonna's version.
  • 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.
  • No, "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.
  • The Beastie Boys had nothing to do with Run-D.M.C's "It's Tricky".
  • No, Basshunter did not remix Darude's "Sandstorm", that was a fan-made megamix of it and Lock n' Load's "Blow Your Mind".
  • "Sausalito Summernight" was not performed by The Steve Miller Band. It was actually performed by a Dutch band named Diesel.
  • No, "Scotty Doesn't Know" (the song from Euro Trip) isn't by Sum 41. It's by Lustra. And no, it's not by Matt Damon; he simply lip-syncs the song in the movie.
  • No, neither the Pet Shop Boys nor 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.
    • And PSB did not remix New Order's "True Faith". It was produced and remixed by Shep Pettibone, who also did some productions with PSB.
  • No, "Set the World on Fire" is not a new Tracy Chapman song (sorry!). The guy who sings it just sounds (at the beginning, at least) a little like Tracy did when she first started singing (her voice doesn't even sound like that anymore!).
  • No, "Sheila" was not done by Buddy Holly. 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.
  • No, "Shout" was not done by Depeche Mode. It's by Tears For Fears. Depeche Mode has, however, a song named Shout, that's completely different of the Tears For Fears song.
  • No, "Shake It" was not done by the All-American Rejects or Boys Like Girls. That would be Metro Station.
  • No, "Sister Seagull" was not by Jethro Tull. That was Be Bop Deluxe.
  • No, "Lips of an Angel" is not by Nickelback or Avenged Sevenfold, but by Hinder.
    • If you knew that "Far Away" was a hit for Nickelback at the exact same time that "Lips of an Angel" was popular, chances are you wouldn't make that mistake.
  • No, the Hey Arnold! crew did not get Frank Sinatra 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.
  • No, Bob Marley, Bruno Mars, nor Ziggy Marley, never recorded "Smoke Two Joints". It was recorded by The Toyes before a successful Sublime cover. Bob Marley had been dead for a few years before the song was written
  • No, "Somebody's Watching Me" is not by Michael Jackson, but by Rockwell; though Jackson did sing the chorus.
    • The actual verses of the song sound nothing like Michael Jackson, though.
  • No, "Somebody That I Used To Know" is not by Sting, it's Gotye (similarities to "Can't Stand Losing You" and "King of Pain" notwithstanding).
  • No, neither John Lennon nor The Beatles sang "Space Oddity" (not "Ground Control to Major Tom", not to be confused with the '80s Answer Song "Major Tom" by Peter Schilling). That was David Bowie.
    • 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.
  • No, Jimi Hendrix did not cover Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven". That version was by Frank Zappa.
    • Especially as, you know, Hendrix was dead when "Stairway" was first recorded, let alone covered.
    • And no, Apocalyptica did not make a string version of the song. That was by the Vitamin String Quartet
  • No, Bowling for Soup did not write or perform that song "Stacy's Mom". That would be dueling artist Fountains of Wayne.
  • No, "Bad Girlfriend" is not by Nickelback. It's by Theory of a Deadman. It does sound a little like "Animals," though.
  • No, Corey Vidal did not sing, or write, the "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, Moosebutter. (To be fair, Moosebutter were quite obscure before Corey's video went viral and tripled their publicity.)
  • No, Steely Dan 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 this album. Yes, they are all wearing pants).
  • "Stuck in the Middle With You" is not by Bob Dylan. It's by Stealers Wheel, though Joe Egan's vocal performance borrows from Dylan's style. (Gerry Rafferty did not sing this song, but he was a member of Stealers Wheel and co-wrote the song.)
  • No, "Sultans of Swing" is not by Bob Dylan, either. That's by Dire Straits.
    • Likewise, Dire Straits' "Walk of Life" is not sung by Bruce Springsteen.
    • Not to mention, "Money for Nothing".
  • No, "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.
  • No, "Elmo's Got a Gun" is not by "Weird Al" Yankovic. That was Tommy & Rumble.
  • No, the 1964 hit "Suspicion" isn't by Elvis Presley, but by Terry Stafford.
    • This song kind of straddles the line between this and Covered Up. 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.
  • No, "I Swear" is not by Boyz II Men, it's by All 4 One. The original was performed by country artist John Michael Montgomery.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • No, Van Halen did not do the song "Sweet Victory". Neither did KISS, Queen, or 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 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.
  • No, 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".
  • The original version of "Teenage Dirtbag" is not by Weezer, but by Wheatus. Weezer did eventually cover the song during several festival shows in 2011.
  • Aphex Twin 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.
  • No, 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.
  • No, "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?
  • Tom Waits and Peter Murphy never did an Anti Christmas Song duet entitled "This Holiday Season" (not "Christmas Sucks") - it's by Porn Orchard and features deliberate (and good) impressions of both.
  • No, Weezer did not cover "Baby One More Time". That would be Travis.
    • Same goes for Mr. Bungle (or Mike Patton as a solo artist) - that cover is by The Ping Pang Band. This apparently stemmed from their version being uploaded to a Mr. Bungle ftp, although their vocalist was also pretty clearly doing a Patton impression for the song.
  • While Nat King Cole recorded a number of Christmas Songs, "This Time of Year" is not one of them. That one is actually by Brook Benton.
  • No, Enya didn't have anything to do with the Titanic soundtrack, though James Horner was consciously aping her style in places.
  • No, "Toast and Marmalade for Tea" wasn't by The Bee Gees, but by Tin Tin (although Maurice Gibb did produce the single and play bass on it).
  • No, "Trebles" (the one that goes "trebles tatatatatata") is not by East West Rockers. It's by M Brother.
  • The song "True" (famously featured in Sixteen Candles, and later sampled by PM Dawn on "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss") is not by Tears For Fears. It's by Spandau Ballet. No, seriously. Roland Orzabal and Tony Hadley sound quite a bit alike, though.
    • "Don't You (Forget About Me)" from The Breakfast Club is not by Tears for Fears either... it's Simple Minds.
      • 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."
  • 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.
  • No, "Tubthumping" is not by Smash Mouth, but Chumbawamba.
  • No, Alice Cooper did not perform the original "Smokin' in the Boys' Room" (which Mötley Crüe later Covered Up). That was Brownsville Station.
    • No, Motley Crue didn't perform it first.
  • No, Marilyn Manson 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.
  • No, “Vanna, Pick Me a Letter” is not by Cheech And Chong. It’s by Dr. Dave (apparently doing a Cheech Marin impression).
  • No, "Kryptonite", 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.
  • "Running Free" is not by Alice Cooper, but by Iron Maiden.
  • No, "Voices" (not "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 Kanno, who frequently works with Sakamoto.
  • No, "Voices" (Randy Orton'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.
  • "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 Mexicans, Chingo Bling, Bob & Tom, & Andrew & Anthony! The real artists are Tim (Scott) & Mark (Derringer) who hosted a radio show years ago.
  • No, the song "Wake Me" is not a bootleg Alice in Chains demo. It's by Grey Daze, Chester Bennington's old band.
  • No, "Walking in Memphis" is not by Billy Joel. 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.
  • No, "The Warrior" is not by Heart, Pat Benatar, or Joan Jett. It's by Scandal.
  • Neither "We're Not Gonna Take It" nor "I Wanna Rock" were by Mötley Crüe, nor were either by Quiet Riot. They're both by Twisted Sister.
  • No, "What I Like About You" is NOT by The Ramones or The Kinks. 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.
  • No, Cannibal Corpse and GWAR never teamed up to make a song called "We Are Your Enemy"; the song was done by Dying Fetus, alone.
  • No, "When I'm Gone (Sadie)" is not by Puddle of Mudd, but by No Address
  • No, "When The Rain Came Down" is not a duet between Kate Bush and Annie Lennox. It is by Happy Rhodes.
  • No, "Sex and Candy" is not by Nirvana, It's by Marcy Playground.
    • In fact, Kurt Cobain was dead when the song came out!
  • No, "Lovefool" not "Say That You Love Me" is not by No Doubt. It's by the Cardigans.
  • "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.
  • No, Marilyn Manson & Rob Zombie never got together to make "When Worlds Collide". It's a song by Powerman 5000.
  • No, "Candy Girl" was not performed by the Jackson Five. That was New Edition.
    • You can clearly hear an 80's beat on the song. Just listen carefully.
  • No, "Wild Thing" is not by the Kinks, but the Troggs.
  • "Wires" — it's by Athlete. Not Coldplay. No, it is. Honest.
  • No, "Loser" not "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 Fatboy Slim - it isn't his work, though no evidence of who actually did do it has turned up.
  • Shockingly, that lounge-style cover of "Wonderwall" making the rounds isn't by Richard Cheese, but instead, the Mike Flowers Pops Orchestra. It actually came out around the same time as the original.
    • Paul Anka did another lounge-style version.
  • No, "You Sexy Thing" (not "I Believe In Miracles") is not by Barry White, Tom Jones or Rick James. It was Hot Chocolate.
  • "Super Freak" is by Rick James. NOT James Brown!
  • Google, "Merry Freaking Christmas" and approximately 70% of the hits will credit the song to Relient K. No, 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. No, the band in question is called "FRICKIN' A".
  • No, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" was not sung by Boris Karloff. It was sung by Thurl "Tony the Tiger" Ravenscroft, who was not credited. Really.
  • No, "You're My Honeybunch" of YTMND fame was not sung by Strawberry Shortcake; it was sung by Amy Castle.
    • It also did not originate from DJ Cammy's "Celebrate the Summer". It was sampled for that song.
  • No, "You're The Best" from The Karate Kid 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".)
  • No, U2 did not sing the late '90s Power Pop song "You Get What You Give" (not "You've Got The Music In You). That was actually the New Radicals. (Though according to The Other Wiki, the Edge was pretty jealous that he didn't come up with it first.)
  • No, Marilyn Manson 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 no, Eiffel 65 did not cover the song (although nobody would pay attention if they did). That was Sally Can Dance.
    • Edsel Dope does sound pretty similar to Manson, though. It doesn't help that both bands perform Industrial Metal.
  • No, "Replay"(not "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 really Iyaz.
  • No, Nick Cave and Enya didn't cover Blue Öyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper"; that was Ville Valo of HIM and Finnish vocalist Sanna-June Hyde.
  • No, "Renegade Soundwave" is not by BT, but by the band Renegade Soundwave.
  • No, "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 Limp Bizkit either)
      • Which, by the way, is NOT called "Take It All Away."
    • Don't forget, neither song was out before Kurt Cobain killed himself.
  • No, "I Wanna Be Somebody" is not by Quiet Riot, but by WASP
  • No, "In a Gadda Da Vida" was not performed by Steppenwolf or The Doors. That was Iron Butterfly.
  • No, "Turn Up the Radio" was not by Def Leppard. It's by Autograph.
  • No, "Girls On the Dance Floor" is not by LMFAO. It's Far East Movement.
  • No, "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" is not by Culture Club or Madonna. It's by the Eurythymics.
  • No, "Die Trying" is not by Linkin Park. It's by Art of Dying.
    • No, it's not by Three Days Grace, but there is a connection; Adam Gontier's cousin Cale is the band's bassist.
  • No, "Rock and Roll Lifestyle" is not by Lou Reed. It's by Cake. And despite what you may think, it isn't Covered Up, either, despite many people who swear they first heard it in the early 1980s.
  • No, Within Temptation never did a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black." It's by Inkubus Sukkubus.
  • For the last time, "Hell Isn't Good" was not done by Metallica! That's DVDA you're hearing. It was eventually revealed that James Hetfield made an uncredited appearance on the song, however.
  • No, that acoustic version of Radiohead's "Blow Out" you may have found online doesn't feature The Pixies (who had broken up not long before Radiohead's Pablo Honey 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.
  • No, Pink Floyd never covered "Knocking On Heaven's Door". Close though - it's a cover Roger Waters did for a film soundtrack.
  • "Catch the Wind" is by 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.
  • No, 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)".
  • No, Alice Cooper did not sing "Burn in Hell", not "Abandoned Lands", It's by Twisted Sister.
  • No, LMFAO and Rihanna did not make "Take Over Control". That would be Afrojack and Eva Simons.
  • No, "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 Three Dog Night.
    • Which is a case of Covered Up, the song was orginally performed (and written) by Harry Nilsson.
  • No, "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.
  • For some reason, a lot of people believe "Ruby Tuesday" is by The Beatles. It's actually by The Rolling Stones.
  • No, "Symphony No. 7" is not by Mozart, but by Beethoven.
  • No, "Who Do You Love", from the Samuel Adams commercials, is not by Steppenwolf or The Who. It's by George Thorogood.
  • No, "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.
  • No, "Heaven is a Place on Earth" is not by Wilson Phillips, Tiffany, The Go-Go's or Cyndi Lauper. It's by Belinda Carlisle, who is the lead singer of The Go-Go's.
  • No, "Kids in America" is not by Blondie, Nena, or The Go-Go's. It's by Kim Wilde.
  • No, "Need You Now" is not by Taylor Swift. It's by Lady Antebellum.
    • You didn't notice the male vocals in the song?
  • No, "Love in America" is not by Hot Chelle Rae, but by JTX.
  • No, "Your Love" (not "I Don't Want To Lose Your Love Tonight") is not by The Police, It's by The Outfield.
  • No, 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 In The Style Of Cash.
  • No, "Dr. Feelgood" was not by Guns N' Roses. It was Motley Crue.
  • No, "Snortin' Whiskey" is not by Kiss. It's by Pat Travers.
    • "Woman from Tokyo" is also not from Kiss. That was by Deep Purple.
  • No, "Life in the Fast Lane" is by The Eagles, not ZZ Top.
  • No, "Gerbil" was not sung by Jack Black. That was Stephen Lynch.
  • "Cumbersome" (not "I Have Become" or "Too Heavy, Too Light") is by Seven Mary Three. Not Stone Temple Pilots.
  • And in turn, "Plush" isn't a Pearl Jam song; that one IS done by Stone Temple Pilots.
  • No, "Round and Round" is not by Motley Crue. It's by Ratt.
    • Keep in mind, Ratt, Ugly Kid Joe, and Vince Neil are not Motley Crue.
  • "The Locomotion" is not by the Beach Boys. That would be Grank Funk Railroad.
  • "Here I Go Again" is not by Van Halen or Sammy Hagar. It's by Whitesnake.
  • "Walking on Sunshine" is not by The Pointer Sisters or Carly Simon. It's by Katrina & the Waves.
  • No, Pink Floyd, Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper and Megadeth have nothing to do with "Master of Puppets"! Believe me, you're thinking of Metallica!
    • Not sure if Iron Maiden actually covered it, I think that's a misattributted cover.
  • No, "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.
  • "Balls to the Wall" is not an AC/DC song, nor is it a Quiet Riot song. The song is by 80's metal band, Accept.
  • "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. Nor did they remix it.
  • No, Eminem does not have a song called "Everywhere I Go". That's by Hollywood Undead. The song isn't about Charlie Sheen either.
  • No, "Fly" was not done by Sublime. Sugar Ray did it.
    • Likewise, "Hooch" is not by Sublime either. It's by a band called Everything.
  • No, VNV Nation did not do "Tragic Hero"; that was Funker Vogt.
  • No, Donna Summer did not sing "Knock on Wood", that was Amii Stewart covering up Eddie Floyd.
    • Nor did Donna Summer record "Ring My Bell"; that's Anita Ward.
  • No, Three Days Grace did not do "I Don't Care". While Adam Gontier did provide the vocals for the song, it is by Apocalyptica.
    • Similarly, "I'm Not Jesus" is neither by Slipknot nor Stone Sour, nor is "End of Me" by Bush, nor is "Not Strong Enough" by Shinedown or Hoobastank.
  • No, "To Be With You" is not by Foreigner or Tesla. It's by Mr. Big.
  • No, "Lay It On The Line" is not by Def Leppard. It's by Triumph.
  • "Sussudio" (not "She'll Sue You") is not by Prince, but by Phil Collins, although he admitted it was inspired by Prince songs such as "1999".
  • "There She Goes" isn't by Third Eye Blind. It's by The La's.
  • No, "Cherry Pie" is not by Def Leppard, Poison or Whitesnake. It's by Warrant.
    • The beginning of the song can make you deaf, though.
  • No, "The Freshmen", not "We Were Merely Freshmen", is not by Third Eye Blind, but by The Verve Pipe.
    • This confusion may be due to the 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.
  • "Bitter Sweet Symphony" is not by The Verve Pipe, Coldplay, Radiohead or Oasis, but The Verve.
    • Oh, and by the way, "The Freshmen" is not by The Verve, either.
    • "The Drugs Don't Work" by The Verve is also commonly mislabeled as being by Radiohead.
  • No, Rick Springfield did not sing "867-5309/Jenny", nor did Huey Lewis and the News. It's by Tommy Tutone (who were a band, not a solo artist).
  • "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" is not by Poison. It's by Great White.
  • "Funky Town" is not by Blondie, nor was it a Donna Summer song. It's by Lipps Inc.
    • And no, INXS never covered it. That was Pseudo Echo, who, like INXS, were Australian.
  • No, "In The Year 2525" is not by Simon and Garfunkel. It's by Zager and Evans.
  • "Dona Nobis Pacem" is not a Mozart song.
  • No, Linkin Park never covered Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal", that was Alien Ant Farm.
  • No, "If You Could Only See" was by Tonic, not Foo Fighters or Sister Hazel.
  • No, "I Don't Want to Wait", the theme from "Dawson's Creek", is not by Dido. It's by Paula Cole.
  • No, "I Wanna Sex You Up" is not by Tony Toni Tone. It's by Color Me Badd.
  • No, "The Twist" and "Let's Twist Again" are not by Chuck Berry, but by Chubby Checker.
  • No, "What a Wonderful World" is not by Ray Charles or Bob Dylan. It's by Louis Armstrong.
  • "I Will Survive" is widely miscredited to Donna Summer, though it's actually by Gloria Gaynor. Even Grooveshark miscredits this song as Aretha Franklin and Gloria Estefan.
  • No, 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."
  • No, "Everything You Want" is not by 3 Doors Down. It's by Vertical Horizon, and was popular shortly before "Kryptonite" was.
  • No, "She's So High" is not by Everclear. It's by Tal Bachman, the son of the Guess Who's Randy Bachman.
  • No, "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.
  • No, "Somebody to Love" is not by Janis Joplin. It's by Jefferson Airplane.
  • No, "Flavor of the Weak" and "The Breakup Song" are not by Bowling for Soup. They're both by American Hi-Fi.
  • No, "The Middle" is not by blink-182, it's by Jimmy Eat World.
  • No, Neither Sex Pistols, Green Day, or blink-182 covered "Brown Eyed Girl". That was a band called Lagwagon.
  • No, "My Sacrifice" and "One Last Breath" are not by Nickelback. They're both by Creed.
  • No, the Hawaiian medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "What A Wonderful World" is not by Bob Marley. 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.
  • No, "Hey Jealousy" is not by the Goo Goo Dolls or Faith No More. It's by the Gin Blossoms.
  • No, blink-182 never covered "867-5309". That was Less Than Jake.
  • No, "The Reason", not "The Reason is You", is not by Simple Plan or Maroon 5. It's by Hoobastank.
  • No, 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.
  • No, "Wake Up" is not by Ke$ha, and definitely not by The Corrs. It's Hilary Duff.
  • "Shine" and "December" are neither by Counting Crows nor the Black Crowes. They're both by Collective Soul.
  • "Song 2" (not "Woo-Hoo!") is not by Gorillaz. It's by blur. Damon Albarn sings for both bands, so confusion can come from that.
  • No, "We Are Young" is not by Queen; it's by fun., and was made 20 years after Freddie Mercury died. Same goes for "Some Nights" (not "What Do I Stand For"), and possibly the Some Nights album as a whole.
  • Back to the Five For Fighting song, another song called "Superman" of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater fame isn't by Less Than Jake. It's by Goldfinger.
  • No, "Right Now", not "Kick Me When I'm High", is not by Sum 41. It's by SR-71.
  • No, The Ramones did not cover "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". That was Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.
  • No, The Ramones did not cover "What a Wonderful World", but Joey Ramone did.
  • No, "The Best Thing" is not by Jimmy Eat World. It's actually by Relient K.
  • No, "I Want to Know What Love Is" is not by Journey. It's by Foreigner.
  • No, "Obsession" is not by The Human League (even though it sounds EXACTLY like them). It's by fellow '80s synthpop band Animotion, covering Michael des Barre & Holly Knight.
  • No, "Hero" is not by Marc Anthony, but Enrique Iglesias.
  • No, "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.
  • No, Bad Religion never covered "Tainted Love". That would be Shades Apart.
    • Bad Religion never covered Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" either.
  • No, Rick Astley never sang "Something About You". That song is by Level 42.
  • No, "All Out of Love" is not by REO Speedwagon. It's by Air Supply.
  • No, "We Built This City" is not by Journey, REO Speedwagon, or Air Supply. It's by Starship (yes, Jefferson Starship, though they recorded it after taking the "Jefferson" out of their title).
  • No, "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 D.H.T.
  • No, "Partenaire Particulier" isn't an Indochine song but is the Signature Song of a more obscure French band named named like the song.
  • The techno-house song "Revolution" is not by (DJ) Sasha, but by Tall Sasha. Even iTunes got this wrong.
  • No, "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.
  • No, "Let Me Let Go" is not by Michael Jackson. It's by an obscure white guy named Jason Malachi, who happens to sound exactly like him.
  • No, the theme song for Doom 3 is not by Tool. It's by Tweaker.
  • A song leaked on the internet some time ago called "Grape Jelly" and it was credited to Linkin Park. It's not by them. It's by Dry Cell.
  • "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.
  • "Wherever You Will Go" is The Calling, not Creed. This was parodied on a MADtv sketch.
  • No, "Bitchin' Camaro" is not by The Dead Kennedys, it's by The Dead Milkmen.
  • No, neither Guns N' Roses nor Axl Rose covered "White Christmas".
  • No, "Down with the Sickness" is not by System of a Down. It's by Disturbed.
  • No, "Die Motherf**ker Die" is not by Drowning Pool, it's by Dope.
  • No, "One Bad Apple" is not by the Jackson Five, it's by The Osmonds.
  • No, "I Remember You", not "Remember Yesterday", is not by Warrant. It's by Skid Row.
  • Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam never covered Kenny Loggins' "Return to Pooh Corner"
  • No, "All My Life" is not by Boyz II Men. It's by K-Ci & Jo Jo.
    • "Back at One" is also not by Boyz II Men. It's by Brian McKnight, with a cover by Mark Wills.
  • No, "Tom's Diner" is not by Dido. It's actually by Suzanne Vega, with the most well known version being a remix by DNA.
  • No, "Domino" is not by Katy Perry but by Jessie J.
  • No, "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.
  • No, "Tequila" (of Pee Wee fame) is not a Ritchie Valens song. It's by the Champs.
  • No, 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. It's by Reel 2 Real. And no, it was not created specifically for Madagascar
      • "Boom Shaka Laka",from "Dumb & Dumber", is also not sung by Shaggy. It's by Apache Indian.
  • There is no Rasputina song called "Call Me Alice" or "Life 101:" the band is Call Me Alice, the s, that was a fan-made megamix of it and Lock n' Load's ong is "Life 101" from their album "2000."
  • No, JulianaHatfield did not record a song called "Tortured". Canadian singer Annette Ducharme did.
  • No, Led Zeppelin did not sing "Lonely is the Night". That was Billy Squier. It does sound a lot like "Nobody's Fault But Mine" and "Good Times, Bad Times".
  • The recent song "Troublemaker" 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.
  • "Man on the Moon" isn't Soul Asylum. It's REM.
  • No, "Eighth World Wonder" is not by Vanessa Carlton. It's by Kimberley Locke.
  • No, "Primadonna," commonly mis-titled "Primadonna Girls," is by Marina And The Diamonds, not Katy Perry. You might be confusing it with "California Gurls," which is by Katy Perry.
  • Many think "Which Backstreet Boy Is Gay?" (A parody of "I Want It That Way".) Was done by Weird Al. It was actually done by the morning crew of a Portland, Oregon based radio station.
    • Weird Al however did do a parody of "I Want It That Way" called "Ebay".
  • No, there is not a song called "Diamond in the Back" by Curtis Mayfield. There is however a song called "Be Thankful for What You Got" by William De Vaughn. The "Diamond in the Back" name is a Ludacris song that samples it.
  • 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.
  • The song "When The Lights Go Out" wasn't done by The Backstreet Boys or **NSYNC, it was done by British boy band Five.
  • No, 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.
  • No, Strawberry Shortcake did not do "The Cuppycake Song", it was Amy Castle.
  • 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.
  • Lene Lovich was a kooky dark-haired singer with an impressive vocal range and off-the-wall repertoire. Her single Lucky Number has been mistaken for a work by Kate Bush.
  • "The Alabama Song" is NOT by The Doors nor written by Jim Morrison. It is written by Morrison's favourite playwright, Berthold Brecht, and is from opera "Rise and Fall of the City Mahagonny".
  • Even for Puccini's greatest interpreter, there was one tenor who never sang "Nessun dorma" — Enrico Caruso.
  • No, The Doors never covered "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 (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 In The Style Of another artist for the tv show The Money or the Gun.
  • Hey, Emo kids! "Falling For You" is actually by Student Rick, not Something Corporate (amazingly enough, there's even a fan-made video with the exact misattribution).
  • No, "The Dream" isn't by Thursday; it's by Open Hand. And neither is "This Sadness Alone" (which doesn't even sound anything like Thursday). That one's by Reach the Sky.

Glorious Subversions
  • No, "Emotions In Motion" or "Stay The Night" are not by The Cars. 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 Aphex Twin? 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!
  • 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 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 David Bowie. He wrote it, sang the chorus and recorded his own version, so they are right, From a Certain Point of View
  • It's easy to think that "Music Sounds Better With You" by the one-off artist Stardust is by Daft Punk. And for good reason, since Stardust is a pseudonym for Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter.
  • Robin Gibb's track "Toys" has been credited to the Bee Gees.... 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"
  • "Dream A Little Dream Of Me" is often attributed to The Mamas & The Papas, but its actually performed solo by group member Cass 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.
  • "Mexicali Blues", which appears on the Grateful Dead'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 Mick Jagger is the lead singer of The Rolling Stones, 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 Pet Sounds 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.
  • "American Girls" is not by Weezer, but by Homie - a short-lived side-project of Weezer's Rivers Cuomo. Matt Sharp was also featured on the studio version of the song, which means that half of the original lineup of Weezer were involved.
  • The Sparklehorse version of "Wish You Were Here" tends to be credited to 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 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.
  • "Bother" is another case of a song originally by a solo performer being absorbed into their band's catalog: It first appeared on the Spiderman 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 Self-Titled Album by his band Stone Sour, and it was also released as a single under the Stone Sour name.

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