8 famous rock songs that are actually covers

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We all have definitely heard these songs before did you know they're actually cover songs? Check out these 8 famous cover songs that sounds even better than the originals.

Led Zeppelin - Dazed and Confused

Jim McCartney of The Yardbirds was the one who came up with the idea to cover Jake Holmes' Dazed and Confused. Jimmy Page liked the idea so much, he combined it with his own riffs. When Page founded Led Zeppelin after the breakup of The Yardbirds, they recorded the track for their debut album.

Jimi Hendrix Experience - Hey Joe

This song plays on The Sound all the time, but did you know that the original author is actually Billy Roberts? Although many have claimed that this is a traditional song, the first commercial recording was performed by The Leaves in 1965.

The Beatles - Twist & Shout

First recorded by The Top Notes in 1961, the song was written by Bert Berns and Phil Medley. However, it was The Beatles who made the song famous.

The Clash - I Fought The Law

This song made famous by the English punk band is actually a cover. The original performers were The Crickets, written by Sonny Curtis. Even so, The Clash took in most of the inspiration from The Bobby Fuller Four's version of the song.

The Allman Brothers Band - You Don't Love Me

You can't deny that The Allman Brothers Band's 20 minute version of You Don't Love Me is one hell of a track. The original song is actually a blues song, first recorded by Willie Cobs which is based on famous blues musician Bo Diddley's earlier version. 

Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded by the Light

If you didn't already know, the original song is by Bruce Springsteen from his debut album - Greetings From Ashbury Park, N.J.. 3 years after the song was released, Manfred Mann's Earth Band performed a cover of it and got it to number 1 on the charts!

Creedence Clearwater Revival - I Heard It Through the Grapevine 

This song goes way back to 1967. First recorded by Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield, the song was covered plenty of times, one of the better-known cover was by Marvin Gaye. But of course, no cover can beat Creedence Clearwater Revival's 11-minute version!

Deep Purple - Hush

Deep Purple covered this song 1 year after it's release for their debut album Shades of Deep Purple. The original song was written by Joe South for Billy Joe Royal.