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I Will Always Love You: One of the biggest break-up songs of all-time was originally performed by...

"I Will Always Love You" first appeared on Dolly Parton's thirteenth solo album in 1974, becoming a number one country hit for Dolly. While her version is fantastic, the song wouldn't be legendary without the remake by Whitney Houston in 1992. LeAnn Rimes
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All Along the Watchtower: ""There must be some way out of here" said the joker to the thief..." was originally penned by...

One of the most covered songs of all-time, "All Along the Watchtower" was written and recorded by Bob Dylan in 1967.
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Lean On Me: "Lean on me, when you're not strong And I'll be your friend I'll help you carry on" was first sung by...

Long before two dance versions of this friendship anthem were released, Bill Withers brought down the house with it in 1972. It became one of only nine songs to reach number 1 when performed by two different artists when Club Nouveau remade it in 1987.
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You Really Got Me: The words "Girl, you really got me goin You got me so I don't know what Im doin" were originally part of a rock hit by...

"You Really Got Me" was the breakthrough hit for the Kinks during the British invasion of 1964. It later became a major hit for Van Halen, who had a penchant for choosing great cover songs including their electric version of "Pretty Woman" and quirky take
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Respect: "R-E-S-P-E-C-T Find out what it means to me" first entered pop culture history when it was performed by...

Otis Redding wrote and recorded the first version of "Respect" in 1965, which was followed shortly in 1967 by the massively popular Aretha Franklin version. While they share many of the same lyrics, the two versions sound very different and tell two entir
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Blue Suede Shoes: The first man to tell us all not to step on his blue suede shoes was...

This major Elvis Presley hit was written and performed originally by Carl Perkins in 1955. Johnny Cash is said to have inspired the idea for Perkins, whose version was nowhere near as well-known as the Elvis Presley rendition which came out only a year la
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You've Got A Friend: The inspiring words "You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am, I'll come running to see you again'" were first sung by...

Written and recorded by Carole King in 1971, "You've Got A Friend" became a major hit for James Taylor in the very same year.
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Mad World: The haunting melody "all around me are familiar faces Worn out places, worn out faces" was first sung by...

"Mad World" is the original creation of the members of '80s act Tears for Fears. While it wasn't a huge hit in America, the somber remake by Gary Jules released in 2001 certainly was. It is known for appearing in the movie Donnie Darko and in the video ga
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Summertime Blues: This artist was the first to sing that "there ain't no cure for the summertime blues"

Eddie Cochran co-wrote this rockabilly classic with - of all people - his manager! It was later turned rock by The Who and country by Alan Jackson, but the original stands over all the rest.
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Hallelujah: "I've heard there was a secret chord that David played, and it pleased the Lord, but you don't really care for music, do you?" was first asked by...

This graceful 1964 ballad wasn't one of Leonard Cohen's notable songs until it was revamped by John Cale and ultimately made famous by Jeff Buckley.
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The First Cut is the Deepest: "I would have given you all of my heart But there's someone who's torn it apart" was written and sung by...

"The First Cut is the Deepest" is a 1967 Cat Stevens original, though it was first performed by P.P. Arnold that same year. The song has actually been a hit for four artists, including Rod Stewart and Sheryl Crow, but never for Cat Stevens.
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Blinded By the Light: "Blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night" was written and recorded by...

"Blinded by the Light" is one of the largest commercial non-successes for the Boss. His release of the song in 1973 didn't even make a dent, but when Manfred Mann's Earth Band released the song it went all the way up to number 1!
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