• RiddimStyle Staff Writer

Ten Songs You Might Not Have Known Were Covers Part 2

Updated: May 25






Here are the last five songs that you probably thought were originals because the covers were so good, they became the best known version of the song.



6. I Will Always Love You

Written and first recorded by country singer Dolly Parton, this became the signature tune for Whitney Huston who owed the song after her version broke big on the Billboard chart. Peaking at number one and spending twenty nine weeks on the Hot 100 in 1992. Very few pop fans knew Dolly Parton's original version of this beautiful song.


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7. 99 Problem

Originally done by Ice T and Too Live Crew member Marquis, 99 Problem came from hanging out in studio in Miami when Marquis uttered the infamous words in conversation about woman issues.The rest is history as Ice T got the brilliant idea to put the phase into a song. Years later producer. Rick Rubin introduced the song to Jay Z, with a banging new beat Hova added his lyrical magic and produced one of the defining songs form the Jay Z discography.


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8. Too Experienced

This songs comes from one of the greatest compilation albums in Jamaica's music history. The song Too Experienced, the album Bob Andy's Songbook. This studio One classic was covered by the "Canary" Barringnton Levy and effectively claimed the song as his own.


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9. Dreamland

We know this song as a Wailers classic, with Bunny Wailer on lead vocals. Bunny Wailer redid the song for his seminal album Black Heart Man and many fans still believed it was written by Bunny Wailer and was covered by many artists including Marcia Griffiths .

This one will come as a shocker to most reggae fans as the original recording was a r&b song done by a groups called El Tempos and was originally titled My Dream Island.


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10. Mr Telephone Man

Written by singer/producer, Ray Parker Jr for Jamaican Jr Tucker the song was on Tucker's Geffen Record's eponymous debut album in 1983. However the song became a monster hit for r&b Group, New Edition in 1984. The song reached number12 and stayed for 16 weeks on the Hot 100 Billboard charts. While Jr Tucker vocal performance is brilliant, the production value fo the New Edition's version mile ahead of the original.


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