By popular demand, AllMusic takes a look at songs made popular by Santana, Natalie Imbruglia, They Might Be Giants, and Brothers both Isley and Righteous, as well as the stories behind the originals.
When most people hear the song “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” they immediately think of Cyndi Lauper’s 1983 version, but what they may not know is that Lauper’s version is actually a cover. The original was by Robert Hazard in 1979, and was written from a male perspective.
Pianist and composer Chad Lawson bridges the divide between younger populations and classical music by reinventing the piano for what he coins “the Spotify generation.” AllMusic’s Lucy Mao spoke with Lawson about his melody-centric composition process and how the meaning of his new EP irreplaceable fell into place.
There are times when a cover outshines the initial version of a song, with a later rendition becoming so popular that people treat it as the original. AllMusic explores the stories behind five famous cover songs, chronicling their journeys from a first recording to a cover hit.
Marshall Crenshaw cracked the Billboard Top 40 only once. The Smithereens reached Casey Kasem’s airspace twice. Neither artist ever scored anything like a monster hit, yet proved to be beloved masters of their craft. Author Daniel de Visé examines the best albums of these two classic artists.