Feeling Torn? Here Are More Hit Songs That Were Actually Covers

Nothing’s fine, I’m torn.

Recently, Twitter had a revelation that threw users into a tailspin. Turns out that most of the Twitterverse had no idea that ‘90s hit “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia is a cover.

Scott Cutler and Anne Preven originally wrote it in 1993 and then it was first recorded that same year in Danish by singer Lis Sørensen, entitled “Brændt” (“Burned”). Two years later the rock band Ednaswap recorded it again, but this time in English and called it “Torn.”

Imbruglia took hold of “Torn” in 1997 and created the definitive version of the song that we all know today.

If you didn’t already know this, you probably feel all out of faith, lying naked on the floor. But you’re a little late, you’ve already been torn with tons of hits that you didn’t know were covers. Check them out below and see that the perfect sky is torn.

1. “Gloria” Laura Branigan

This ‘80s hit that everyone in the heckin’ world knows started its life as a 1979 Italian love song by Umberto Tozzi and Giancarlo Bigazzi.

2. “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Rock ‘n’ roll was already in full swing by the time Joan Jett’s solo career launched in the ‘80s. So you can bet your jukebox dimes that someone else wrote it first. It was originally by The Arrows in 1975, and Jett hardly changed a thing in either version she recorded—she recorded the hit you know today with the Blackhearts after trying it out with the Sex Pistols.

3. “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper’s signature girl power hit was, surprisingly, penned by a man. Robert Hazard dashed off a demo of the song in 1979 but it wasn’t until Lauper voiced it in 1983 that the world noticed. She didn’t do much to the lyrics other than change the odd pronoun. Kind of badass how she made it her own—take that, patriarchy.


4. “Whatta Man” Salt ‘N’ Pepa

It wasn’t a party in the ‘90s if this wasn’t playing on your cassette player. However, the song was originally written by Dave Crawford in 1968 and sung by Linda Lyndell.



5. “Hound Dog” Elvis Presley

Nobody can help but swoon to Elvis’ charm, but longtime fans know that he lifted most of his songs from other people. “Hound Dog” was originally written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and sung by the one and only Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton in 1953.


6. “It’s My Life” No Doubt

Gwen Stefani does an amazing job with this song, but it was originally by a British band called Talk Talk in 1984.

7. “Jersey Girl” Bruce Springsteen

Springsteen actually got this song from his buddy Tom Waits. Waits wrote it in 1980 for his wife and Springsteen released his version in 1983. The two sung it together live in ’81.

8. “My Prerogative” Britney Spears

In 1988, future Mr. Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, recorded a perfect reflection of ‘80s pop music with copious synth and saxophones. Spears, who also covered “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” updated the song to capture the late ‘90s with sound effects and flashy backing vocals. Still, it’s the same song.

9. “Same Ol’ Mistakes” Rihanna

Rihanna is a pop star with edge. So it’s no surprise that she would cover a song by rock band Tame Impala. Released in 2015, it was originally titled “New Person, Same Mistakes,” but Rihanna made it her own in 2016 and Tame Impala enjoyed it.


10. “Hanging On The Telephone” Blondie

Before power punk babe Debbie Harry made it famous, The Nerves performed “Hanging On The Telephone” in 1976. Two years later Blondie brought the song into the world of punk rock.