For this playlist, I've selected original versions of songs that you're sure to recognize, but you're probably more familiar with cover versions of all the included tracks. In all cases, the cover versions went on to become much bigger hits than the originals, and most of the originals found here are only known to serious students of popular music.
Each song in this playlist is worth listening to as they all inspired artists to not only remake them, but make them their own, and burn them deeply into popular music history.
What would you add to this list?
Original Songs Surpassed By Covers
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