Did you know these ’90’s hits were covers?

I didn’t know that Natalie Imbruglia’s hit Torn was a cover until this morning. It doesn’t surprise me, though. Growing up in the 1990’s, I remember that many songs that were hits were covers (as in being sung by another artist before), or had been written by someone else.

How many of these do you know that were covers?

All 4 One: I swear

This All – 4 – One hit was an R’n’B rendition of a country hit originally sung by John Michael Montgomery in 1993, while All – 4 – One did it the following year. The song is written by Gary Baker and Frank J Myers.

Daryl Braithwaite: Horses

This song is as Aussie as Vegemite! Or wait, no it’s not, actually.  The former singer of Sherbet did covered this song in 1991. The song was originally recorded in 1989 by Rickie Lee Jones. It was written by Rickie Lee Jones and Walter Baker.

Nothing Compares 2 U: Sinead O’Connor

Does everyone know this song was originally by Prince?

Baby Give It Up – Cut’n’Move

This cover from the Danish dance pop group in 1993 is my favourite. It was originally done by disco group KC and the Sunshine Band in 1982. Written by frontman, Harry Casey.

Without You – Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey was massive when I was a kid. I had a video of one of her live performances and used to (try) and sing along to it every time I watched it. This song was originally released by Harry Nilsson in 1971. It was written by Pete Ham and Tom Evans. (Sorry can’t embed the video at the moment. For some reason it always embeds the Cut’n’Move one).


What covers do you remember from the ’90’s? Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below.

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By Sara Harnetty

I'm a student. Interested in current events, music and various issues.

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