5 Hit Songs You Didn’t Know Were Covers

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There’s something that happens to you when you hear a good song. Your heart beats faster, you get goosebumps and your body starts moving. Music is a universal language and these hit songs speak it very well. However, these hit songs are so good that you probably don’t know that they are covers. Here are some of the best cover hit songs of all time.


I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston (originally by Dolly Parton)



It’s hard to believe that one of the world’s biggest hit songs can find itself on a covers list. While Whitney Houston made it a 90’s classic with her otherworldly voice, Dolly Parton sang it first. Hers was a much simpler country version that was released in 1974.


Respect – Aretha Franklin (originally by Otis Redding)



This hit song was originally released by Otis Redding in 1965, and Aretha Franklin did her cover two years later. It became an instant success, and the addition of the phrase R-E-S-P-E-C-T made it an anthem for female empowerment.

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