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Added by Zozoulini on 11 Jul 2009 11:59
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The Greek actress Jeni Karezi performed the song Min Ton Rotas Ton Ourano ('Don't Ask The Sky' in free translation) for the greek movie 'To Nisi Ton Genneon' (The Island Of The Brave') in 1959. Music composed by Manos Hadjidakis, lyrics by Giannis Ioannidis.
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The song All Alone Am I was recorded by Brenda Lee in 1962 and was included in the album with the same title. Lyrics in English by Arthur Altman.
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The song Tango To Evora is included in McKennitt's album The Visit, originally released in 1992.
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Haris Alexiou included the song To Tango Tis Nefelis (Nefeli's Tango) in her album Girizontas Ton Kosmo Live 92-96, released in 1996. The lyrics are written by herself.
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The base for the Scarborough Fair by Simon & Garfunkel is an English folk song dates back to late medieval age. Through the years, the song spread, adapted and written many times.
This arrangement "made famous by Simon & Garfunkel's 'Scarborough Fair/Canticle' originated in the late 20th century. Paul Simon learned it in 1965 in London from Martin Carthy. Then Art Garfunkel set it in counterpoint with "Canticle", a reworking of Simon's 1963 song "The Side of a Hill" with new, anti-war lyrics. It was the lead track of the 1966 album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, and was released as a single after being featured on the soundtrack to The Graduate in 1968. The copyright credited only Simon and Garfunkel as the authors, causing ill-feeling on the part of Carthy, who felt the "traditional" source should have been credited."
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The cover version of the ballad by Queensryche was included in the re-released album of the band Empire, in 2003.
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Calling You is an Academy Award nominated song from the film Bagdad Café and it is included in the soundtrack of the movie, released in 1987.
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The song is recorded with Dion's voice only during live performances and it was included in her live album À L' Olympia (1994) for the first time.
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The song was written and recorded by the spanish band for the album Entre El Cielo Y El Suelo (1986).
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The great soprano from Barcelona interpreted Hijo De La Luna in 1991.
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Crying In The Rain was originally recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1962. Song written by Howard Greenfield and Carole King.
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The Norwegian band released this cover version of Crying In The Rain in 1989 and the song was the first single from the album East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon (1990).
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Gloria Jones was the first singer who recorded Ed Cobb's composition in 1964.
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Soft Cell covered Tainted Love in 1981.
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Cat Stevens wrote and recorded the song in 1967.
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P.P. Arnold covered The First Cut Is The Deepest in the same year.
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Leonard Cohen is the composer of First We Take Manhattan. The song was recorded by Jennifer Warnes in 1987 for her album Famous Blue Raincoat. Guitar played by Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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Leonard Cohen recorded this quite different version of his own song in 1988 and it is available in the album I'm Your Man.

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The single I Drove All Night was released in 1989 and the song is also included in Lauper's third album A Night To Remember (1990).
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"I Drove All Night is a song written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly for Roy Orbison. Orbison first recorded the song in 1987, but his rendition was not released until 1992, after the song had become a top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic for Cyndi Lauper in 1989."
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The Australian band composed and recorded Walking In The Rain in 1978. The song is included in the album Flash And The Pan.
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The song was the third single of Grace Jones from her album Nightclubbing, originally released in 1981.
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Depeche Mode released the single Personal Jesus in 1989. The song was also included in the album Violator which hit the stores in 1990.
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This cover of Depeche Mode's song is included in the album American IV: The Man Comes Around, released in 2002. The producer Rick Rubin "asked Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante to re-work an acoustic version of Martin Gore's song, which featured a simple acoustic riff that stripped down the song to a blues style."
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The song is written by Robert Ponger and Falco himself. Der Kommissar was first realesed in German-speaking countries in 1981.
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The British rock band released the english version of the song Der Kommissar in 1982.
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Raffaele Riefoli (Raf's full name) co-wrote Self Control with Giancarlo Bigazzi and Steve Piccolo. It was released in 1984.
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Laura Branigan released her version of the song Self Control in the same year with Raf and she included it in her album of the same title.
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The artist released Major Tom (Coming Home) in 1983. The german version with the title Major Tom (Völlig losgelöst) was in stores one year earlier.
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Shiny Toy Guns covered Major Tom (Coming Home) for a TV commercial in 2009.
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The first thing I have to write is that I'm not a fan of cover versions. I believe that, in most of the cases, they haven't much to add to the originals, especially if the latter ones are already good and have survived the test of time. As a matter of fact, I'm angry with all the "I want to be a star" singers and bands who are using good old songs because they can't create anything of their own.

As it usually happens, there are exceptions to every rule and I can't forget that good cover songs led me to the very good originals and, why not, good originals to the very good cover versions. Here, I list favourite original songs and the cover versions I love. Some of my criteria for a good cover song: respect for the original, a refreshing touch to the music or even a complete change of music style which gives a different character to the song.

For this list, I used everything youtube has to offer these days with the best possible quality of sound I could find, so I included official videos, live performances and extended versions of the songs with videos created by the users of the site. I avoided remixes. I want to believe that I won't have to delete items from this list, but youtube is youtube...

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Posted: 7 years, 9 months ago at Jul 15 18:18
Soft Cell wasn't the first to do "Tainted Love"... color me clueless. Thanks, I'll be listening to more Gloria Jones in the future :)
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Aug 21 3:03
I agree with Jay toast, amazing what we find out isn't it?
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Jan 9 16:21
I think the biggest surprise covers imho were/are

Status Quo - Rocking All Over The World
Barry Manilow - Mandy

Both are considered to be the artistes classics and their own---but they are covers

Also Natalie Imbruglia's Torn

@Zozoulini - good informative list---I think I will try to compile one

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