"New Girl" (from the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater soundtrack) is not by Suicide Machines, but rather by the similarly-named band Suicidal Tendencies. Both groups are of the hardcore punk genre and thus are easily confused.
"New Disease" is not by Disturbed. It's by Spineshank.
"Normal Days" (not "Making My Mind Up From What You've Heard") is not by Chevelle. It just sounds like it. It's by Nonpoint.
"Northern Lights" is not by 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. Another thing to add is that Annie Haslam uses English pronunciations in words like "can't" and "pass" (similar to the "Cool Kids" misattribution from above) which are not the way the two women from ABBA pronounce.
"Nothing Left To Lose" is not by Coldplay. It's by Mat Kearney, again. you're not the only one who's confused.
Also not helped by the fact that, during the verses, his voice sounds a bit like that of Adam Duritz from Counting Crows.
"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.
Vincent Price did not do the opening narration for Iron Maiden's "Number of the Beast". It was done by Barry Clayton. When Bruce Dickinson asked Price to do the narration, the actor demanded to be paid an insane sum (about 25 thousand pounds). Not to mention that Price was busy narrating Michael Jackson's "Thriller" at the time.
Then again, if you saw that Family Guy episode that the band and song was mentioned in (when Palpatine requested it at a bar), maybe you might recognize their name, but not immediately identify the song.
And he didn't remix the Titanic 1997 theme either, nor did DJ Sakin & Friends (who remade the Braveheart theme, also composed by James Horner), that was done by Mythos 'n DJ Cosmo as "Heart of the Ocean".
"Ordinary World" isn't by Journey or Scorpions, but by Duran Duran. The 2000s trance cover is not by Ian van Dahl or Lasgo, but by Aurora featuring Naimee Coleman.
Rammstein didn't compose "Otherworld" from Final Fantasy X either. That was Uematsu showing that he is a fan of metal. Uematsu composed the song and it was performed (or at least sung) by Bill Muir. So either way, no Rammstein input there (and they didn't cover the song either, as some have claimed). Baffling, since Rammstein don't even sing in English.
Mars & Mystre never remixed System F(Ferry Corsten)'s "Out of the Blue", nor did they produce a song called "Melodic Ambient Breakbeat". The former is Mars & Mystre's own "Electric Blue", which somewhat resembles "Out of the Blue", while the latter is the self-titled single of Gouryella, a supergroup of Ferry Corsten and DJ Tiesto.
The 1990 industrial song "Overkill" that samples a documentary of the Rosenbergs' electric chair execution is not by Front 242; it's by Front Line Assembly.
"Over You" is not by Justin Timberlake, but by relatively obscure British R&B artist Justin Osuji (known mononymously as Justin), three years before Timberlake went solo.
Pachelbel's Canon is not by Mozart; it was written by a fellow named Johann Pachelbel. It's called "Pachelbel's Canon" for a reason. And, while it is in D, it certainly isn't in minor (although it does sound interesting that way). Yes, it really was tagged as such on a file-sharing network.
"Plastic Love" is not by Ayumi Hamasaki, Puffy AmiYumi, or Utada Hikaru; it's by Mariya Takeuchi. Not to mention it came out a decade before any of the former three artists began their musical careers.
Freaky Chakra's "Platform" was not on the Fight Club soundtrack.
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.
Nor is Jean-Michel Jarre the original artist behind "Popcorn". For that matter, neither are Hot Butter.
Despite being commonly ascribed to Saint Francis of Assisi, the prayer "Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace", later set to music by notable musicians and commonly titled as "Prayer of Saint Francis", is not written by him, as no evidence of the song appearing in Francis' writings could be found; the prayer's earliest known appearance was in 1912. The Franciscan Order sort-of disassociated themselves from the prayer, and one church historian remarked that the prayer, while noble in its sentiments, sounded a bit too uncharacteristic for Saint Francis to have written by way of its self-oriented tone.
For the record, he did however write "Canticle of the Sun", but the erroneous association with the peace prayer remains.
Sash! had nothing to do with Tina Cousins' "Pray", though it sounds like "Stay" and she collaborated with him on "Mysterious Times" and "Just Around The Hill". It was written and produced by the team of Mark Topham, Karl Twigg, and Pete Waterman.
"Praying to the Beat" isn't by Gary Numan; it's by Re-Flex. You're thinking of "Praying to the Aliens".
Spin Doctors never recorded a song titled "Pretty Baby". It's actually "Roll to Me" by Del Amitri.
"Primadonna," commonly mis-titled "Primadonna Girls," is by Marina Diamandis, not Katy Perry. You might be confusing it with "California Gurls," which is by Katy Perry.
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.
"Prom Night" is not by Rebecca Black. The actual artist is unknown, but Black claims it is not her song.
The '60s garage-rock hit "Psychotic Reaction" isn't by The Yardbirds; it's by One-Hit Wonder the Count Five. Kind of an understandable mistake, particularly because the fast "freakout" sections of the song were clearly modeled after the ending of The Yardbirds' version of "I'm A Man".
The 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 andRefrain 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".
"Punk Rock Girl" is not by the Dead Kennedys, but by the Dead Milkmen.
Yellowcard never covered that song. You're probably looking for Diesel Boy.
Neither Burl Ives nor Johnny Cash performed "(The) Purple People Eater"; that was the only hit for novelty-singer and actor Sheb Wooley.
The original and best-known version of "The Pushbike Song" is not by Mungo Jerry, but by Australian one hit wonders The Mixtures. It's not hard to see why this one took hold, as the arrangement pushes it close to being a Suspiciously Similar Song to Mungo Jerry's "In The Summertime". A much later line-up of Mungo Jerry did eventually record a cover version, but it's comparatively obscure.
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 Lil Jon's... distinctive rapping style is parodied perfectly. On the other hand, the singer identifies himself as D'Mite in the opening lines.
"Real Gone Kid" is not by Prefab Sprout, but rather by Deacon Blue. Same with "Dignity". Not to mention Wendy Smith from Prefab Sprout has a more helium-sounding voice when compared to Lorraine McIntosh.
Billy Idol never covered Johnny O'Keefe's "Real Wild Child (Wild One)" - that was Iggy Pop.
"The Reason", not "The Reason is You", is not by Simple Plan or Maroon 5. It's by Hoobastank.
"Redbone" is not by Macy Gray. While you'd be forgiven for thinking the vocalist is female, it's actually performed by a man; Childish Gambino.
The instrumental metal song "Redneck Stomp" is not by Godsmack. It's by Obituary, whose death metal sound is nothing like the alt-metal/hard rock of Godsmack. The fact that it sounds a lot like "Vampires" (which actually is an instrumental by Godsmack) doesn't help matters.
Chicane did not have any songs on the Red Planet soundtrack. The offending song is "Dante's Eternal Flame" by Graeme Revell and Melissa Kaplan.
That reggae cover of Neil Diamond's "Red Red Wine" is not by Bob Marley. That was UB40. Marley had been dead for a year when the UB40 version was recorded, and for seven years by the time it actually became a #1 hit stateside. Furthermore, Marley didn't even drink alcohol.
To complicate matters, some people who are aware that UB40's cover is based on an earlier Jamaican version think that Marley did that one. It was Tony Tribe.
"Reincarnate" is not by Breaking Benjamin, but rather Motionless In White. Chris Cerulli does sound an awful lot like Ben Burnley in this song, its chorus indeed resembles that of "I Will Not Bow", and it even borrows the "lie down sore and sick" line from "The Diary of Jane". It's possible it was an homage, as both bands are from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area (MIW from Scranton, BB from Wilkes-Barre).
"Release Me" was by Engelbert Humperdinck, not Tom Jones.
"Remember The Name" and "Where'd You Go" are often misattributed to Linkin Park. They're actually by Fort Minor, the hip-hop side project of Linkin's Mike Shinoda.
"Renegade Soundwave" is not by BT, but by the band Renegade Soundwave.
Neither Aviators nor Owl City covered the Pet Shop Boys song "Rent", that was Matt Mancid & Color Theory. Additionally, the backing vocalist on this cover is not Lights, but Heather Alden of Faded Paper Figures.
"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 once again Iyaz.
"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 90s, 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.
Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam never covered Kenny Loggins' "Return to Pooh Corner".
The techno-house song "Revolution" is not by (DJ) Sasha, but by Tall Sasha. Even iTunes got this wrong.
"Rhythm of the Night" is not by Gloria Estefan. It is by DeBarge. Also not to be confused with the Eurodance hit of the same name by Corona.
The vocalist on Corona's "The Rhythm of the Night" was not Rozalla or Sandra Chambers, but Giovanna Bersola AKA Jenny B.
"Ride My Bike"(no relation to Queen's "Bicycle Race") is not by Aleph, Ken Laszlo, or Mike Mareen, but by a relatively obscure fellow Italo Disco artist, (Christian) Nóvé.
"Right Here", i.e. the R&B girl group song that samples Michael Jackson's "Human Nature", is not by TLC; it's by SWV.
"Right Here Waiting" isn't by Bryan Adams; it's by Richard Marx.
"Right Now", not "Kick Me When I'm High", is not by Sum 41. It's by SR-71.
Katy Perry isn't in Flo Rida's "Right Round". That's a not-yet-famous Kesha (who did not want to be credited in the song).
"Ring Ding Ding", despite being a remix of the so-called "Annoying Thing" soundnote "2Taktare.MP3" by Daniel Malmedahl is not by Crazy Frog. It's by a Captain Ersatz called "Pondlife". To make matters worse, it came on the same label the Crazy Frog was on in the UK.
In the case of Madonna and Kylie, Monroe was dead for decades when those covers were released. In fact, when Monroe died, Madonna was a toddler and Kylie hadn't even been born yet!
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.
Basshunter did not remix Darude's "Sandstorm", that was a fan-made megamix of it and Lock n' Load's "Blow Your Mind".
Neither Butthole Surfers nor Metallica performed "Satan", that was Orbital. The spoken word intro was, however, sampled from BHS's "Sweat Loaf", and Metallica's Kirk Hammett contributed to the remix on the Spawn soundtrack.
That text to speech voice in Benny Benassi's song "Satisfaction" is not Stephen Hawking. It's a Macintosh text-to-speech voice.
"Saturday Nite" (not to be confused with Whigfield's "Saturday Night") is not by Marvin Gaye, but by the British funk group The Brand New Heavies, 15 years after Gaye's death. It does, however, sample elements of "Got to Give It Up".
U2 had nothing to do with "Save Me" (the theme from Smallville). That was Remy Zero.
"Sausalito Summernight" was not performed by The Steve Miller Band. It was actually performed by a Dutch band named Diesel.
Neither 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. (DJ) Keoki didn't cover it either; that was either Ravelab or Mythos 'n DJ Cosmo. And the 2006 dance cover is not by Cascada or Dyce, but by Novaspace.
And PSB did not remix New Order's "True Faith". The stylistic similarity comes from the fact that both remixer Shep Pettibone and original producer Stephen Hague also produced for PSB around the same time.
"Send My Love", the reggae-rap cover of Stevie Wonder's "Send One Your Love", is not by Max-A-Million, but by the Born Jamericans. Conversely, the similarly styled cover of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" is not by the Born Jamericans, but Max-A-Million. The latter cover is also often misattributed to Shaggy.
"Sex and Candy" is not by Nirvana or Matchbox 20. It's by Marcy Playground. In fact, Kurt Cobain was dead when the song came out!
"Shake It" was not done by Fall Out Boy, the All-American Rejects or Boys Like Girls. That would be Metro Station.
"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, by the way, is NOT called "Take It All Away."
Don't forget, neither song was out before Kurt Cobain killed himself.
"Sheila" was not done by 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.
"She's On Fire", from Scarface (1983), is not by The Pointer Sisters. It's by Amy Holland. Likewise, the singer of "Scarface (Push it to the Limit)" is not Huey Lewis, Kenny Loggins, or Michael Sembello, but Paul Engemann.
"Shut Up (and Sleep with Me)" is not by E-Rotic, but by Sin with Sebastian.
"Signs" is not by The Doors, and its title is not "Long Haired Freaky People". It's by the Five Man Electrical Band. (Tesla didn't do it first).
"Silent Lucidity" is not by Pink Floyd; it's by Queensrÿche, similarities to "Comfortably Numb" notwithstanding.
Master Blaster did not cover Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone", though they produced a completely different song of the same name. The dance cover is by The Real Booty Babes.
"Sing Hallelujah" is not by Black Box, but by Dr. Alban.
"Sister Seagull" was not by Jethro Tull. That was Be Bop Deluxe.
The 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.
A song claiming to be an unreleased Radiohead demo from the 90s titled "Putting Ketchup in the Fridge" surfaced on the Internet in 2011. There were even news articles written about the "leaked" song... which turned out to be a 2001 song called "Sit Still" by obscure Canadian singer-songwriter Christopher Stoba, who retired from music to run a bakery.
"Six White Horses" is not a song by Johnny Cash. It's his brother Tommy. Admittedly, they do sound an awful lot alike.
Erasure did not cover Jigsaw's "Sky High", that was Newton, AKA Billy Myers, not to be confused with Billie Myers (of "Kiss the Rain" fame).
September never covered Bronski Beat's "Smalltown Boy". That version was by Kate Ryan. September did, however, interpolate the main riff of "Smalltown Boy" in "Cry For You"(mentioned below).
Bob Marley never recorded "Smoke Two Joints". It was recorded by The Toyes before Sublime covered it up. Bob Marley died a few years before the song was written.
Alice Cooper did not perform the original "Smokin' in the Boys' Room" (which Mötley Crüe later Covered Up). That was Brownsville Station.
"Snortin' Whiskey" is not by Kiss. It's by Pat Travers.
"Woman from Tokyo" is also not from Kiss. That was by Deep Purple.
"Some Body" (two words, begins with the lyric "If I could see your face") is not by Salt Ashes, but by Jonna Lee (ionnalee). Salt Ashes' "Somebody" (one word) is different, though stylistically similar.
"Somebody to Love" is not by Janis Joplin. It's by Jefferson Airplane.
"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.
"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).
The Ramones did not cover "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". That was Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.
"Somebody Told Me" is not by Fall Out Boy, it is by The Killers.
But "Can't Deny My Love" is by Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, and not Alphaville.
Rick Astley never sang "Something About You". That song is by Level 42, who sound nothing like him.
"Song 2" (not "Woo-Hoo!") is not by Gorillaz. It's by Blur, and came out four years before the former's first album (and one before they even formed). Damon Albarn sings for both bands, so confusion can come from that.
"A Song Long Ago" is not by Kristine, the Greek synthwave artist, but by Anders Enger Jensen featuring Kristine Froberg, who are both Norwegian. One may confuse it with the Greek Kristine's "Summer Long Gone".
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.
On the subject of Julian Lennon, "Saltwater" (not related to the Chicane song) is not a long lost Beatles song, and the George Harrison-style guitar solo was played by Steve Hunter.
"Spanish Stroll" can easily be attributed to Lou Reed or the Velvet Underground. It was done by Mink DeVille.
Ferry Corsten did not remix Tiesto's "Sparkles" or "Nyana". The former was remixed by both Airscape and Transa, whose styles were similar to Ferry's at the time, while the latter mislabeling is an original song by Ferry titled "Sweet Sorrow".
"Spend My Time Losing You" is not by Annie, but by fellow Norwegian diva Maya Vik.
"Spill The Wine" is not a Rolling Stones song. It's by Eric Burdon and War.
The Doors also 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.
"Starchild" was not by Dune, but by a group called Starchild, some time after Dune had broken up.
the trance track "Starlight" that sounds similar to System F's aforementioned "Out of the Blue" is not by Ferry Corsten or any of his aliases, but by Rocco & Heist. Corsten did, however, remix an unrelated song also titled "Starlight" by Desiderio.
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.)
Shaggy did not cover Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs' "Stay", that was Dreamhouse.
The rap version of The Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" is not by Snap!, but by N-Trance. Same goes for "Turn Up The Power", whose title may be confused with Snap!'s unrelated "The Power".
The song "Steal Away" was never recorded by Michael McDonald, Christopher Cross, Rupert Holmes, or any of the other well-known yacht rockers. That was one-hit wonder Robbie DuPree. The song's keyboard line is suspiciously similar to "What A Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers (which did have Michael McDonald on lead vocals)
"Still Of The Night" (not "In the Still Of The Night") is not by Led Zeppelin, but by Whitesnake, if anyone ignores the 1980s production of the song. The fact that David Coverdale channels Robert Plant so much in the song has led Plant to sarcastically refer to Coverdale as "David Cover Version". Also, Led Zeppelin had been dissolved by seven years the time "Still Of The Night" came out.
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).
Neither Marky Mark nor Will Smith performed the rap in Black Box's "Strike It Up". That was either Oscar Pabon (in the album version) or Leo Bennett "Stepz" Thompson (in the video and remix). Doesn't help that Thompson bore a fair resemblance to Smith during his Fresh Prince years.
"Stroboid Over" is not by The KLF, Snap!, or Technotronic, but by Formicula 4. To further add to the confusion, D. Droit, the rapper in the vocal version, was a member of a group called Technotropic.
"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.)
"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.
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.
"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".
"Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" is not by Culture Club or Madonna. It's by the Eurythymics.
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 80s band called Giuffria. To be fair, Bob Kulick, the producer and one of the musicians who played on that song, was a member of KISS for a while.
"That's What Friends Do" is not by REO Speedwagon or Spin Doctors.
The "Symphony No. 7" you're thinking of most likely is not by Mozart, but by Beethoven.
"Synthicide" is not by Berlin, The Go-Go's, Kim Wilde, Missing Persons, or Nena. It's by SSQ, the backing band of Stacey Q. And Roxi Drive didn't do it first.
The 1980s version of "Tainted Love" is not by The Cure, The Clash, Midnight Oil, Depeche Mode, The Eurythmics, INXS, The Ramones, Culture Club, or Billy Idol. That's by Soft Cell.
Bad Religion never covered "Tainted Love". That would be Shades Apart.
And the original version was not by Gloria Gaynor or The Supremes, but Gloria Jones.
Likewise, Gym Class Heroes didn't do "Breakfast in America." They only sampled it up for "Cupid's Chokehold." That cover itself is often misattributed to Fall Out Boy. Patrick Stump does sing the chorus to that but it's not FOB's song.
Apoptygma Berzerk never covered A Ha's "Take on Me", that was Anglo-Norwegian group A1. APB did record a similarly-styled cover of Peter Schilling's aforementioned "Major Tom", though.
LMFAO and Rihanna did not make "Take Over Control". That would be Afrojack and Eva Simons.
Speaking of bubblegum dance, "Tarzan and Jane" isn't by Aqua, it's by Toy-box. Yes, we know they sound almost exactly alike; trust us, it's not Aqua - really.
Some people even believe Toy-box performed "Barbie Girl". Now that WAS Aqua.
"Take The Bullets Away" is not by Skillet, but by fellow Christian rock band We as Human.
"Tango Japan" is not by Murray Head (although it kind of sounds like "One Night in Bangkok"), Yellow Magic Orchestra, Alphaville(you're thinking of "Big in Japan"), or My Mine(who did "Hypnotic Tango"). It's by Belgian New Beat artist Al Onzo.
"Techno-Syndrome" from the first Mortal Kombat movie is not by KMFDM or 2 Unlimited. That was The Immortals.
Kirsty MacColl never recorded the folk song known as "Tell Me Ma" or "Belle of Belfast City". The version commonly misattributed to her is by Sham Rock and the vocalist is Anne Barrett, who sounds nothing like her.
The 1991 song "Temptation" is not by Shannon or Lisa Stansfield. It's by One-Hit Wonder Corina.
"Tequila" (of Pee Wee fame) is not a Ritchie Valens song. It's by the Champs. Probably because it is a Spanish-titled song whose name sounds somewhat like "La Bamba"
That ska version of the Tetris theme is not by The Toasters or Mr. Bungle. To make things even more confusing, there are several different ska versions of the theme; one's by Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, the other is by Melting Pot.
"That's Not My Name" is not by Avril Lavigne, it just sounds like it. It's by the Ting Tings.
Which makes the title kind of ironic, now that you mention it.
This also makes one wonder how anyone could confuse the two, since they sound nothing alike and have completely different (and very noticeable) accents (Avril Lavigne is Canadian, the Ting Tings are British). Maybe someone just thought the rhythm sounded vaguely similar to Avril's "Girlfriend" though?
The memetic "The Chicken Wing Song" had this happen three times. Originally by an unknown artist, the song went through so much Memetic Mutation and poor crediting that said unknown artist may never be fully found. To summarize;
The first real version of it by an artist that can be traced back is a remix by a user named leonkrpd, who uploaded the song to YouTube, consisting of the tune repeated to a beat, with a final variation at the very end without any backing audio. The artist notably refuses to mention just who he's remixing the song from, which doesn't quite help the unknown artist out.
The remix of the version of it without backing audio by leonkrpd became a meme on—of all things—Flipnote Hatena, the online sharing service for the Nintendo DSi's Flipnote Studio around 2011; with no mention of the original artist nor leonkrpd, since Flipnote Hatena didn't have a description system, and the original creator of the Flipnote that spread it made no mention of either of the artists. The song was also higher-pitched and at a higher tempo in this version, making use of Flipnote Hatena's own speed changing system. Upon Flipnote Hatena shutting down, it more or less went dormant...
Until late 2020, where it saw a resurgence on TikTok due to a cover by one Ricky Desktop, and found itself attributed to him, completely separate from the original artist, leonkrpd, and Flipnote Hatena. To date, the original artist has not yet been properly traced back, because nobody can actually tell just who the original artist is after the long chain of mis-attribution the jingle went through. Ouch.
"The Dragon Flies" is not by Darude or Armin Van Buuren. It's by Vensun (David Vendetta + Sylvia Tosun).
"The First Night" is not by Mýa, but by Monica. Mýa's "My First Night With You", released the same year, is a completely different song.
"The Launch" is not by DJ Dean, but by DJ Jean(using the French pronunciation).
Raffi never performed "The Lollipop Tree" or "Two Little Trains"; those were by Burl Ives. Roger Miller's "Old Toy Trains", which Raffi covered on his Christmas album, is completely different from the latter. Conversely, Ives never covered Malvina Reynolds' "Morningtown Ride", but Raffi did.
"The Longest Time" is not by the Carpenters, but by Billy Joel. Karen Carpenter died a year before the song came out. Not to mention the song featured entirely male vocals.
"The Only Way Is Up" is not by Yazoo(known as Yaz in the US), but by Yazz(two z's) & The Plastic Population.
The Pointer Sisters had nothing to do with the soundtrack of The Terminator. Said songs were by the Fake Band Tahnee Cain and The Tryanglz, though one of them, "Burning in the Third Degree", is similar to the Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited". As for the main theme and underscore, that was not by Vangelis(you're thinking of the Blade Runner soundtrack), but Brad Fiedel.
"There She Goes" isn't by Third Eye Blind. It's by The La's.
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.
"Thor (The Thundergod)" is not by Sonata Arctica, but by obscure Swedish band Zonata. Their similar names, combined with the fact that Zonata never really hit it big as a band, are responsible for the confusion.
"A Thousand Miles" is by Vanessa Carlton, not Michelle Branch; and "Everywhere" is by Michelle, not Vanessa. Yes, people tend to get these two confused...
This video resulted in a somewhat odd case of this trope. It's a fanmade music video for "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri that for some reason pairs the song with footage from Taylor Swift music videos. Although the uploader herself averts this trope, as in the description she credits Perri and clarifies that she never intended to imply Swift was the artist, some people who saw the video assumed the latter was the performer anyway. One such person was this SoundCloud user, who not only credited the song to Swift but also mistitled it "I Have Died Everyday Waiting for You" and when informed the song was not by Swift responded "yeah it is. look on YouTube".
"Through it All" is not a Linkin Park song. It's by From Ashes to New. The rap/lead singer combo would already be enough to get any song labeled a Linkin Park song, but given they have soundalikes to both Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington, it makes it especially confusing.
"Virgin Superstar" isn't VNV either. That was And One.
"Trebles" (the one that goes "trebles tatatatatata") is not by East West Rockers. It's by M Brother.
The song "Troublemaker" note Not the one by Weezer is not by Maroon 5. It's by Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida. It does bear a strong resemblance to Maroon 5's "Misery," so this is why people have been confusing it.
The song "True" (famously featured in Sixteen Candles, and later sampled by PM Dawn on "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss") is not by Tears For Fears, and it's not by Anson Williams of Happy Days either. It's by Spandau Ballet, seriously. Roland Orzabal and Tony Hadley sound quite a bit alike, though.
The vocalist on the bootleg mashup "True Love Never Dies on the Airwaves" by Rank 1 was not Kylie Minogue, but Claire from Steps. The original singer of "True Love Never Dies" was Donna Williams.
The synthpop duo Iris do not have a song called "Trust". The song title is "Iris", while the artist is TR/ST. Doesn't help that it stylistically sounds alot like Iris the band.
"Tubthumping" is not by Smash Mouth, but Chumbawamba (not "Chumbawumba").
"Undercover Angel" is not a Donny Osmond song. It's by One-Hit Wonder Alan O'Day.
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.
"Vanna, Pick Me a Letter" is not by Cheech and Chong. Its by Dr. Dave (apparently doing a Cheech Marin impression).
"Vilify" is not by Disturbed, but by David Draiman's side-project group Device.
"Vodka Fisa", the 2004 Speedy Techno Remake of "Korobeiniki" AKA the Tetris theme, is not by Basshunter, but by the Italian One-Book Author Lesi Ortestral. Basshunter did later produce his own rendition of "Korobeiniki" titled "Plane to Spain".
"Voices" (not "Cries in the Dark") isn't a song by Maaya Sakamoto. It's by Akino Arai. The confusion possibly comes from the fact that it was composed by Yoko Kanno, who frequently works with Sakamoto.
"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.
"Voices" (not "Four Voices") is not a Beatles song, nor is it even by Electric Light Orchestra. It's by Cheap Trick.
"Waiting For A Star To Fall" is not a Starship song. It's by Boy Meets Girl.
"Waking Up in Vegas" was not by Ke$ha either, it was by Katy Perry, a year before anyone heard of Ke$ha.
"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.
"Walking on Sunshine" is not by The Pointer Sisters or Carly Simon. It's by Katrina & the Waves.
For whatever reason, many websites falsely attribute the ED song to Dragon Half, "Watashi no Tamagoyaki", to Mikuni Shimokawa, even though she wasn't even active at the time the series was made. It's actually sung by Mink's seiyuu, Kotono Mitsuishi.
"Water Music" is not by Mozart or Bach, but by George Frederic Handel. Same for the Sarabande from his Keyboard Suite in D Minor. (Bach's Sarabande, from the Cello Suites, is completely different)
"We Are Family" is not by Cher, The Supremes, The Pointer Sisters, or The Emotions, but by Sister Sledge. Likewise, "He's The Greatest Dancer" is not by Supremes alumna Diana Ross, though it is similar to "Upside Down".
Cannibal Corpse and GWAR never teamed up to make a song called "We Are Your Enemy"; the song was done by Dying Fetus, alone.
"We Are Young" is not by Queen or even Tracy Chapman; 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.
"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).
"We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" is not by Michael Jackson, but by Jermaine Stewart, not to be confused with Jermaine Jackson, Michael's brother.
"Welcome to the Jungle" and "Paradise City" are not by AC/DC. "Sweet Child o' Mine" is not by Aerosmith. "November Rain" is not by Jon Bon Jovi. Hasn't anyone heard ofGuns N' Roses???
"We'll Figure It Out," the theme song to Lizzie McGuire is not sung by Hilary Duff, nor is it sung by Hallie Todd, who plays Lizzie's mother. It is sung by session singer Angie Jaree.
Another Lizzie song misattributed to Duff is the version of "The Tide is High" that Lizzie lip-syncs to in her bedroom at the start of The Lizzie McGuire Movie, which is actually performed by Atomic Kitten.
The song "When The Lights Go Out" wasn't done by The Backstreet Boys or *NSYNC, it was done by British boy band Five.
"When The Rain Came Down" is not a duet between Kate Bush and Annie Lennox. It is by Happy Rhodes.
That techno rap song with the woman singing "I wanna see you sweat" is not by C+C Music Factory. It's "What Time Is Love?" by The KLF. You might be confusing it for their song "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)".
Chvrches didn't perform "When We're Dancing", that was Swedish synthwave artist The Secret Chord, featuring Ida Trosell on vocals.
"When Will I See You Again" is the best Diana Ross and The Supremes song Diana and the gals never sang. It's actually by The Three Degrees.
Marilyn Manson & Rob Zombie never got together to make "When Worlds Collide", nor did either of them do it alone. It's a song by Powerman 5000, whose lead singer is Rob Zombie's brother.
"Wherever You Will Go" is The Calling, not Creed. This was parodied on a MA Dtv sketch (see the "Higher"/"With Arms Wide Open" entry above).
Many think "Which Backstreet Boy Is Gay?", a parody of that band's "I Want It That Way", was done by "Weird Al" Yankovic. It was actually done by the morning crew of a Portland, Oregon based radio station. Al was bothered by this misattribution to such an extent he later recorded his own legitimate parody of "I Want It That Way", "eBay", to help alleviate some of the confusion.
Neither Guns N' Roses nor Axl Rose covered "White Christmas".
"White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)" is not by Grandmaster Flash, but by Melle Mel, a former member of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five. It doesn't help that originally the record label, Sugar Hill Records, perpetuated the confusion by crediting the single to Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel, despite Grandmaster Flash not being present on the song at all. That said, the Duran Duran cover of the song did feature guest appearances from both Melle Mel and Grandmaster Flash.
"Wires" — it's by Athlete. Not Coldplay. it is. Honest.
"Wish You Were Here" (not the Pink Floyd one, or the Cary August one, or the Avril Lavigne one, or the Incubus one, this one's different) is by neither Within Temptation nor Nightwish. It's actually by Blackmore's Night covering Rednex.
"Work It"(the mid-late '90s tech-house track that samples the beat of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean") is not by Daft Punk, but by DJ Funk.
"World in Fascination" is not by The Human League, although the singer sounds similar to Phil Oakey, and the title may be confused with "(Keep Feeling) Fascination". It's by a much more obscure One-Hit Wonder synthpop duo called Machine in Motion. And it's not by Depeche Mode either, you're thinking of "World in My Eyes".
The 1990s version of "Would I Lie To You?" is not a collaboration of Boy George and Smokey Robinson, or even Aaron Neville and Smokey Robinson; it's actually by the One-Hit Wonder duo Charles & Eddie.
It also did not originate from DJ Cammy's "Celebrate the Summer". It was sampled for that song.
Still on the topic of Strawberry Shortcake, Nothing Lasts Forever is from the show PB&J Otter and is sung by the titular otters and their friend Munchy Beaver. Strawberry Shortcake only got misattributed thanks to the work of a troll.
"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".)
"You Are The One", the 1992 Latin freestyle song, is not by Stevie B, but by TKA. Conversely, "I Wanna Be the One" is not by TKA, but by Stevie B. Stevie's 2006 song also titled "You Are The One" is completely different from the TKA song.
"You Say" is not by Adele. It's by Christian artist Lauren Daigle.
"You Sexy Thing" (not "I Believe In Miracles") is not by Barry White, Tom Jones or Rick James. It was Hot Chocolate.
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 Eiffel 65 did not cover the song. That was Sally Can Dance.
Edsel Dope does sound pretty similar to Manson, though. It doesn't help that both bands perform Industrial Metal.
"You to Me Are Everything" is not by Barry White, but 70s soul group The Real Thing.
Lasgo do not have a song titled "You'll Never See Me Again". That's "Cry for You" by September, which has no relation to Lasgo's similarly titled "Cry 4 You". The song is also commonly misattributed to Cascada.
Neither Everything But the Girl nor Dido sang "You're Not Alone" or "Miracle", those are by Olive. Ditto the dance cover of 10cc's "I'm Not In Love".
"You're a Woman (I'm a Man)" by Bad Boys Blue is misattributed to Modern Talking due to its resemblance to "You're My Heart, You're My Soul". Even the titles are similar!
"Your Loving Arms" (not "Put Your Loving Arms Around Me") is not by Amber, but by Billie Ray Martin.
"Your Woman" (not "I Could Never be Your Woman") is not by Gorillaz. It's by One-Hit Wonder White Town, and predates the former's formation by a year.
"Zavedi" is not a t. A. T. u. song. That would be MakSim, then known as Maxi-M. (A more understandable mistake for fans outside Russia, since MakSim, while a pop star in her own right there, never really tried to pursue an international following.)
t.A.T.u. is sometimes confused with TEMA, which was initially a "bootleg"/rip-off of the duo. It doesn't help that TEMA were involved with Ivan Shapovalov, either. Oh, and there's also that Rammstein song, "Moskau", which people are adamant is sung by Yulia Volkova - it's not. The singer is Viktoria Fersh.
t.A.T.u also never recorded the Russian folk song "Kalinka" but obscure German girl group Yamboo did.
That Legend Of Zelda-inspired song (which, by the way, is simply titled "Zelda", not "Link! He Come to Town!" or even "The Legend of Zelda Theme" or "The Zelda Song") 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, on their self-titled album. The duo later metamorphosed into Bluegrazer, whereupon they released a song called "The Rabbit Joint." Some amount of confusion is understandable, as Pleiman's voice partially resembles Serj Tankian's.
On the Lovelineradio show, SOAD's Shavo Odadjian and John Dolmayan confirmed they never performed the song.
"Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" was never sung by Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio. It actually comes from the movie Song of the South and was sung by James Baskett, who played Uncle Remus in that movie.
"Zwischen uns" is not by Rammstein, but by fellow Neue Deutsche Härte band Eisbrecher.