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  • Americans Hate Tingle: With the exception of "Annie's Song", none of the singles from Denver's peak in the 1970s succeeded in the U.K. However, British artists who recorded covers had hits with them.
  • Covered Up:
    • "Leavin' on a Jet Plane" was a massive hit for Peter, Paul and Mary. His own original version was recorded for the limited edition John Denver Sings album in 1966.
    • "Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)" was first written and recorded by Nashville singer-songwriter Dick Feller.note 
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    • As noted above, most of his success in the UK came through cover versions of his songs recorded by locals.
  • Ear Worm: Pretty much all but a handful of his songs count.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: "Take Me Home, Country Roads" was a major hit in Japan, and to this day remains a popular choice for movie soundtracks and cover albums. To give a sense of its enduring popularity, in 2014 a stretch of highway in the Fukushima Prefecture was converted into a "singing road" that plays the song's refrain when driven over at sufficient speeds.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The song "Leavin' on a Jet Plane" became this after Denver's tragic death in an airplane crash. Not helped by the lyrics, where Denver says "don't know when I'll be back again" and how much he hates to leave his lover so suddenly.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Having "Take Me Home, Country Roads" become one of the official State Songs of West Virginia in 2014.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In 2005, the song "Rocky Mountain High" was named the second state song of Colorado. Seven years later, marijuana was legalized there, giving the song a whole new meaning to many.
  • Memetic Mutation: In mid-2018, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" rose to internet fame due to certain factors:
    • A cover is used on an important scene in Kingsman: The Golden Circle
    • Another cover of it was used in the reveal trailer for Fallout 76.
    • The release of "Fallen Wings" event in the Japanese and English version of Azur Lane, wherein the Battleship USS West Virginia is a playable shipgirl.
  • Song Association:
    • In one of the most triumphant examples of this trope, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" became an official song of the State of West Virginia. Also, Fallout 76 and a certain Kansen in Azur Lane, as well as a Running Gag with RT Game.
    • Denver actually claims two triumphant examples of this trope, as "Rocky Mountain High" is also an official song of the State of Colorado. Seriously, do you know of any other artists who can lay claim to having two official state songs for two separate states? Yeah, didn't think so.


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