ON Easter Sunday, rock band Switchfoot was in Manila for a concert. I’m a fan of the band but what got to me more was not the fact that I had totally no idea they were doing a show here. If I recall it correctly, someone posted a video of the band performing the song Only Hope with the caption: Switchfoot with their cover of Only Hope.
Of course, I found it a bit amusing since Only Hope is a song written and performed by Switchfoot in 1999 before it was featured in the film A Walk To Remember in 2002 featuring Mandy Moore doing her cover of the ballad. I’m sure, as cool as they are, this isn’t really an issue with the band. But it’s still a funny story.
I posted my thoughts about it online and friends who knew the same thing about the song shared their sentiments, plus other songs too, that they thought people were attributing wrongly as originals.
Some of the songs brought up: I Will Be Here is not by Gary Valenciano but by Stephen Curtis Chapman, and Hinahanap-Kita is not by Daniel Padilla but by rock band Rivermaya (although for the latter, I’m quite positive, is a rare case—let’s hope so!).
So I did a little research and for trivia’s sake, will try to bring up some songs that were huge in the late ‘90s-2000s and were actually cover songs.
If I Were A Boy by Beyoncé. This 2008 hit from her album I Am… Sasha Fierce was a song written and recorded by artist BC Jean. BC Jean’s version, though, was cut by her label as the company felt it was a weak song. Beyoncé’s team picked it up and the rest was history.
Lovesong by 311. This one is arguable since the original track was popular. Originally by The Cure, it reached number two in the U.S. Modern Rock Charts when it was released in 1989. But covered by 311 for the film 50 First Dates in 2004, the American rockers’ version reached the number one spot of the same chart, thus considered as the most successful cover of the song.
I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll by Britney Spears. Now before I get punished for considering Britney’s take in 2002 as the most popular version, it is quite common knowledge that the rock anthem was popularized by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in 1982. But, did you know that Joan Jett just covered the song written originally by the band Arrows in 1975?
Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega. Technically, this wasn’t a full cover. This song topped the charts back in 1999. Apparently, the music with the same title was originally recorded and composed by Cuban Dámaso Pérez Prado in 1949. But Bega added his lyrics to the music for his radio-friendly hit. There was a dispute between Prado and Bega that ultimately ended with the Federal Court of Justice of Germany deciding both were to be acknowledged as co-songwriters for Bega’s version.
Torn by Natalie Imbruglia. This heart-wrenching pop ballad covered by a number of artists as well was most-popularized by the Australian singer-songwriter in 1997. The song launched Imbruglia to international recognition. Originally though, the song was written by American alternative rock band Ednaswap from its self-titled debut album released 1995. In 2011, Imbruglia’s Torn was the most played song on Australian radio (since 1990) played 300,500 times since 1998, an average of 75 a day, based on data compiled by the Australian Performing Rights Association.
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