Hit songs often credited to the wrong artist

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Bowieboy, Mar 5, 2017.

  1. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    A friend once told me "Land of 1000 Dances" was his favorite James Brown song. He may have been joking -- I'm not sure.
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  2. Minstrel Boy

    Minstrel Boy Forum Resident

    Don't know if it's a common mistake, but I made it the first time listening to Neil Young's Comes A Time and heard "Lotta Love." I thought wow, I didn't know Neil covered Carole King.
  3. majorlance

    majorlance Forum Resident

    Collingswood, NJ
    Of course I've heard OBA. I was in 7th grade when it came out, and the ripoff was obvious to me even then.
  4. Smith

    Smith Well-Known Member

    "Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress".

    Not CCR.
  5. Zach Johnson

    Zach Johnson Forum Resident

    Toronto, Ontario
    Blue Swede's 'Hooked on a Feeling' credited to Neil Diamond.
  6. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    I don't recall anyone ever thinking the whole song was MJ. Everyone understood he did the chorus but I don't think anyone thought he did the verses as well...
  7. lv70smusic

    lv70smusic Forum Resident

    San Francisco, CA
    Some of these examples are pretty funny since the vocalists sound so different. This reminds me of a sad memory of my childhood: I was actually the correct caller number into a radio station contest. They asked me who sang "Everything Is Beautiful." I knew it was Ray Stevens but my mom kept screaming at me that I was wrong and forced me to say Elvis Presley. (I was 9 at the time.) Needless to say, the deejay sought another caller who then won the contest.
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  8. Harold R

    Harold R Well-Known Member

    Black Is Black by the Los Bravos sounds like Gene Pitney.
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  9. vamborules

    vamborules Forum Resident

    "Lunatic Fringe" by Red Rider. A lot of people at the time thought it was Pink Floyd.
  10. chicofishhead

    chicofishhead Forum Resident

    Chico, California
    It's sad and amazing how many people think "Don't Worry Be Happy" is by Bob Marley. It has almost as many views under on YouTube on uploads credited to Marley, as well as more google search results.
  11. Parachute Woman

    Parachute Woman Forum Resident

    Lots and lots and lots of people think that "Bitch" by Meredith Brooks is by Alanis Morissette. It was credited that way constantly on early '00s download sites.

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  12. egebamyasi

    egebamyasi Forum Resident

    Worcester, MA
    I never thought this but I know people who have
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  13. Miriam

    Miriam Forum Resident

    and Sheryl Crow.
  14. tim_neely

    tim_neely Forum Hall Of Fame

    Central VA
    Another song more frequently misattributed to Neil Diamond is Andy Kim's "Rock Me Gently."
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  15. The Killer

    The Killer Grilled Cheese Consultant

    Bah, I was going to post that one.

    I'm gonna add the video and pretend I mentioned him first anyway.

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  16. Guy Smiley

    Guy Smiley Well-Known Member

    Just yesterday, I was in a record shop and someone was trying to find "Big Bad John" by Johnny Cash. AFAIK, Cash never recorded that (It was Jimmy Dean, the later sausage king).

    At a younger age, I thought Steve Miller's "Swingtown" was a McCartney & Wings song. It sounds like mid-70s Macca. Especially the "Whoa-oh! Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh" part.
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  17. Guy Smiley

    Guy Smiley Well-Known Member

    Wha?? HOW? Sounds nothing like Floyd to me.
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  18. Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly 1964-73 rock's best decade

    "Hair Of The Dog" by Nazareth being called "Son Of A Bitch" by ACDC

    "I Love The Night Life" by Alicia Bridges being credited to Leo Sayer

    "Promises" by Eric Clapton being credited to Kenny Rogers
  19. sakuraba

    sakuraba Forum Resident

    Charleston, SC
    I think this was due to Napster, but there was a bluegrass cover of Gin n Juice by The Gourds that was always mislabeled as Phish.

    "Oh, I love Phish, their cover of Gin n Juice is awesome!"
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  20. PaulKTF

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  21. DTK

    DTK Forum Resident

    I had a date to the Iggy Pop concert who was convinced Real Wild Child (Wild One) was a Billy Idol cover.
    No, I did not go into the fact that Iggy didn't write it either.
  22. DTK

    DTK Forum Resident

    Well, he did cover Carole King on Pocahontas, just slapped some new lyrics onto this...

  23. DetroitDoomsayer

    DetroitDoomsayer Forum Resident

    Detroit, Michigan
    That is weird because the hit cover version is by Nicolette Larson. :winkgrin:
  24. blaken123

    blaken123 Forum Resident

    United States
    "My Sharona" by The Kinks
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  25. Blue Plate Special

    Blue Plate Special Well-Known Member

    Didn't a great many people think that the Hudson Brothers "So You Are a Star" was the Beatles?

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