The unknown originals.

Some of the best selling singles of all time weren’t actually the original versions. Below are some of these originals, funny enough many of the cover versions are better.

In the Army now.

We all know Status Quo’s version but the original was from 2 Dutch brothers.


Nothing compares 2 u.

Who can forget Sinead O’Connor’s powerful version of this song and the iconic image of her teary face, but it was Prince who wrote it and first released it.

I’m a believer.

The Monkeys had a massive hit with this one, it became their signature tune in fact. But it was no other then Neil Diamond who wrote it and recorded it first.

Blinded by the Light.

Who can forget Manfred Mann’s Rock anthem ‘Blinded by the Light’ well Bruce Springsteen certainly won’t because it made him a bucket loads of money.He had recorder it on the album “Asbury Park”

Tainted Love

When you think of the ultimate 80’s anthem then “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell springs to mind immediately. However this gem was written and composed by Ed Cobb, formerly of American group the Four Preps, and performed by Gloria Jones in 1964.

The Harlem Shuffle

It is very rare that the Rolling Stones cover a song but they did cover “Harlem Shuffle”The original single written by  and originally recorded by the duo Bob & Earl in 1963.The original single, co-arranged by Barry White and Gene Page, peaked at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #36 on the Cash Box chart. The record was a commercial failure when first released in the UK in 1963.


A bit more recent tune made famous by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson but the original was from the Indie Pop ensemble “the Zutons”

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

The song that introduced us to that colourful and quirky character Cyndi Lauper.But it was written by Robert Hazard.

Well this is weird…Somehow hearing a guy singing a song about girls just wanting to have fun makes the tune take on the creepy subtext of a guy at a bar giving you unwanted (and inaccurate) lady advice. But that’s exactly what Robert Hazard did in 1979. Cyndi made some minor lyrical changes to accommodate the female perspective, transforming the tune entirely.

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