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by Karissa Perry

Photography courtesy of @prachatai on Creative Commons on Flickr

As a musician, covering someone else’s music can be a huge risk. The rendition could be too experimental, lack originality – or even be more of a commercial success than the original. The music industry is by far one of the toughest and sometimes it takes a certain voice or interpretation to take a song to a whole other level. Click here for a list of songs that make you forget (or possibly find out for the first time) that they’re covers.

“Valerie” by Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse (originally recorded by The Zutons)

“Skinny Love” by Birdy (originally recorded by Bon Iver)

“Killing Me Softly With His Song” by the Fugees (originally recorded by Lori Lieberman)

“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper (originally recorded by Robert Hazard)

“I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (originally recorded by Robert Hazard)

“Mad World” by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules (originally recorded by Tears for Fears)

“Don’t Stop Believin’” by the Glee Cast (originally recorded by by Journey)

“Respect” by Aretha Franklin (originally recorded by Otis Redding)

“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston (originally recorded by Dolly Parton)

“Torn” by Natalia Imbruglia (originally recorded by Lis Sørensen)

“Make You Feel My Love” by Adele (originally recorded by Bob Dylan)

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