From a Beatles classic to The Clash anthem, these famous songs are actually covers
FANS were surprised this week to hear Ed Sheeran admit that he borrows from other acts.
He is being sued by two artists who say they used part of their song on his hit Shape Of You, which he denies.
But he’s not the only star to take inspiration from others.
Many artists turn lesser-known songs into big hits. Did you know these tracks were covers?
Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
The THE Neighbors star’s song had been recorded three times before becoming an international hit in 1997.
Danish lead singer Lis Sørensen gave it a try, followed by American band Ednaswap and finally Norwegian singer Trine Rein did a version.
Stained Love – Soft Cell
MARC ALMOND heard this forgotten B-side from 1964 by Gloria Jones played in a Northern Soul club and gave it a synth pop sound for his band with David Ball.
It became the biggest hit of 1981 in the UK, selling over a million copies.
Girls just wanna have fun – Cyndi Lauper
THIS ultimate 80s hit made American singer Cyndi Lauper a household name after she became a worldwide hit in 1983.
Yet it was first written and published by the little-known Robert Hazard in 1979, when he wasn’t troubling the charts.
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I will always love you – Whitney Houston
WHEN Dolly Parton heard the opening bars of Whitney Houston’s #1 track in 1992, she said, “It rang, but it didn’t hit because she was talking a little.”
Yet when Whitney reached the chorus, Dolly knew it was a cover of her 1973 song.
Step On – Happy Mondays
WHEN Shaun Ryder sang “He’s gonna step on you again” in 1990, he was repeating the title of John Kongos’ 1971 track.
It turned out to be Madchester’s biggest hit, reaching number five in the UK charts, which was one place below the original Kongos.
Hanging on the Phone – Blondie
JACK LEE, who wrote the punk pop classic for his band The Nerves, easily allowed Blondie to cover Hanging On The Telephone in 1978 because his electricity was about to go out.
It reached number five on the UK charts.
Ray of Light – Madonna
The largely overlooked 1971 self-titled album by UK duo Curtiss Maldoon included a song called Sepheryn, which 27 years later caught the attention of producer William Orbit.
He said it would make a great song for Madonna, who won it a Grammy.
Blue suede shoes – Elvis Presley
MANY of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s best-known songs were actually covers, including this iconic track.
Yet not only did Carl Perkins write it, but it also had greater success. It sold over a million copies for Perkins in 1955.
Twist and Shout – The Beatles
JOHN LENNON and Paul McCartney were one of the most prolific songwriting duos of all time, but the 1963 hit was not one of theirs.
The song flopped when The Top Notes released it in 1961, before doing much better for soul band The Isley Brothers in 1962.
I think we’re alone now – Tiffany
TOMMY James And The Shondells had two US number 1s and several other hit singles, including this one in 1967.
However, it’s the cover version by Tiffany Darwish, which reached number 1 in the UK 20 years later, that gets all the airplay.
I love rock’n’roll – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
AMERICAN glam rocker Alan Merrill wrote and released this rock anthem in 1975 as a B-side for his band The Arrows.
Once Joan Jett got hold of it, the song stayed at the top of the US charts for seven weeks in 1982.