All of the following songs were big hits in the 1980s, but it wasn’t the first time they were released — they were all cover versions of other artists’ songs. And, in many cases, they surpassed the success of their predecessors. Did you know all of these songs were covers?
1. I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll was originally released in 1975 by the British band the Arrows. After seeing the Arrows perform the song on television while she was touring England with the Runaways, Joan Jett recorded a version in 1979 with Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols. That version was released as the B side to You Don’t Own Me. In 1981, Jett re-recorded I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll with her band, the Blackhearts. The 1981 version hit pop chart pay dirt, spending seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Continue reading