How well do you know famous cover songs?

Do you have it covered?

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Cover versions of songs have the ability to transcend genres and generations. Whether a musician wants to pay homage to an artist they admire, or someone wants to go wild by doing a completely different rendition of a classic, we're all about it. 

Many musicians cover tracks during their live shows or even throw them on an album. Sometimes, though, those covers really take off and people forget who actually performed the original version. 

We've put together a quiz that tackles some of the most popular cover tracks from the 1960s until now, as well as a few lesser-known ones from genres all over the map... how much ground can you cover? Find out now!
  1. What iconic Beatles song wasn’t originally recorded by the Beatles?
  2. Who recorded "Respect" before Aretha Franklin?
  3. Which member of the Highwaymen wrote “Me and Bobby McGee,” which Janis Joplin went on to popularize?
  4. Johnny Cash really made "Hurt" his own, but who originally recorded it?
  5. Who has never recorded “I Will Always Love You?”
  6. Who hasn’t covered Bobby Freeman’s “Do You Wanna Dance?”
  7. Which punk famously covered Frank Sinatra’s “My Way?”
  8. What duo covered Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me, Babe?”
  9. What song wasn't covered by Nirvana on the 1994 album MTV Unplugged in New York?
  10. What Misfits track has Metallica not covered?
    Slash Records
  11. Who’s never covered the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun?”
  12. What classic track has Britney Spears not covered on one of her albums?
  13. Which Fleetwood Mac hit did country group The Dixie Chicks score a No. 2 hit with?
    Warner Bros.
  14. Which cover didn’t go No. 1 on the Billboard chart?
  15. Destiny’s Child covered which Bee Gees track on their 2001 album, Survivor?
    Columbia Records

How well do you know famous cover songs?

Your Result...

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Jeffrey 68 months ago
You got 14 out of 15 -------------Looks like you've got it covered!
hamilton 68 months ago
11 out of 15, mostly guesses.
CatMomWanda 68 months ago
10/15. Some of the things done in the 2000's I am not that familiar with.
Barry22 68 months ago
9/15, this was tough, some of these cover versions I've never heard of.
teire 68 months ago
Yikes. That went south pretty quick for me, did not cover myself with glory, that’s for sure.
cperrynaples 68 months ago
11/15! Didn't know some of the later covers! A few notes: [1] On 8. I'm sure more than a few millennials will confuse "It Ain't Me, Babe" with "I Got You, Babe" [Thank goodness Dylan DIDN'T record the latter...LOL!]. [2] Madonna did record "Diamonds" but all us oldsters know that song is associated with Marilyn Monroe. Some of us even know Carol Channing sang it first! [3] Weezer recorded "Africa" in order to make a young fan happy. Even Ringo wanted this to happen!
cperrynaples cperrynaples 68 months ago
PS Did my research and Madonna has NEVER recorded "Diamonds", she only dressed up as Marilyn for "Material Girl"! This is what happens when you let the kids write the quizzes!
cperrynaples cperrynaples 68 months ago
PSS Well, they changed "Diamonds" to "Vogue", so they DO read my posts. Personally, I think Britney doing "Vogue" would not be a bad idea, but they would have to change the shout-outs in the middle!
It Ain't Me Babe I believe was also recorded by THE TURTLES {they recorded it first. Oops!} "Diamonds" I think you are getting mixed up with "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend", which is associated w/Carol channing and Marilyn Monroe.
Obviously, you did not see the original post, because if you had you would have known I was referring to the song from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and not the Rihanna/Sia song! I may not be hip to current music, but I do know the difference between "...A Girl's Best Friend" and "...In The Sky"!
I did see your original post, and I just googled to make sure, that Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend, is from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Diamonds In the sky is the Rianna song. I too, did my research. Could someone please back me up on this, I know I am correct, I have also just gotten through listening Carol Channing sing it, over on You Tube. Speaking of diamonds, what's next cperrynaples, are you going to say that Iron Butterfly did a cover of the Beatles Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds?!?!
Don't get hysterical, the fact was that METV said Madonna recorded DAAGBF, and she didn't! She has sung it in concert and she did dress up for "Material Girl", those are confirmed! Butterfly's cover of LITSWD is fake news, but William Shatner and Elton John DID record that song [thankfully not as a duet...LOL!!].
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