It isn’t unusual for an artist to re-record another musician’s song to include on their record. However, these are usually just bonus tracks that are put on an album as an extra for fans or as a dedication to a band or singer who is particularly important to the artist. In some cases though, an album will include a cover that goes on to be a huge hit, proving to be even better than the original. In these instances, fans may not even realize that the hit song they are listening to is actually an old recycled tune.
Jimi Hendrix’s release of “All Along The Watchtower” proved to be a huge success even though it was actually a cover of a Bob Dylan song. The cover was so good that even Dylan admitted it was better than his original version and he now plays it the Hendrix way in concert.
Tiffany went to the top of the charts around the world for several weeks after releasing “I Think We’re Alone Now”, a song that almost everyone knows and can sing along to. Yet it wasn’t an original song as it was released almost 15 years earlier by Tommy James and the Shondells.