December 12, 2013 8:54 AM Subscribe
I want a definitive list of hit songs that were covers or written by other artists. More specifics inside.
posted by overeducated_alligator to Media & Arts (47 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I recently read this article on the A.V. Club
about songwriters who wrote hits for other artists. In the comments section people are adding more that I didn't know about -- for example, Dan Wilson of Semisonic cowrote "Someone Like You," and Barry Gibb wrote "Islands in the Stream."
I've found a few "Top 10"-type lists with examples like "Blinded by the Light" (Springsteen), and "Nothing Compares 2 U" (Prince) -- but those are kind of old news to me. I want more examples, and more obscure ones!
This is the type of thing I'd usually count on Wikipedia to provide, but there isn't a list page I can find for what I'm asking. Is there a truly comprehensive list out there somewhere?