Gay Icon, Whitney Houston’s cover of I Will Always Love You has been voted the UK’s favourite cover.


Not everybody knows but Whitney’s version of I Will Always Love You was actually written by another gay icon, former cover star of THEGAYUK, Dolly Parton. Less than a third of people polled realised that the song was actually written by Dolly back in the 70s.

In fact the song was a massive hit for Dolly back in 1974 and reached number 1 in the US Country Chart.

Dolly Parton

Almost two years to the day that the song re-charted, Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You has been voted the UK’s favourite cover song.

The Bodyguard hit single was followed closely by Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse’s Valerie and Soft Cell’s Tainted Love.

Surprisingly, 9 out of 10 Brits didn’t realise some of our most iconic songs such as Respect (Aretha Franklin), Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndia Lauper) and It’s Oh So Quiet (Bjork), are in fact covers.

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Before they went on to become radio favourites, each of the below songs were sung by others, which surprised more than 75% of Brits:
1.Hanging on the Telephone – Blondie (95.2% unaware it was a cover)
2.Step on – The Happy Mondays (94.8%)
3.Respect – Aretha Franklin (90.2%)
4.Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper (90%)
5.It’s Oh So Quiet – Bjork (89.2%)
6.Higher Ground – Red Hot Chili Peppers (88.1%)
7.I Fought the Law – The Clash (84.5%)
8.Proud Mary – Ike & Tina Turner (84.3%)
9.Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor (81.7%)
10.Always on my Mind – Elvis (78.6%)

David Bowie’s enigmatic Life on Mars, is the song we would most like to see covered, followed by Somebody to Love, Queen and Hey Jude, The Beatles.

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Madonna’s cover of American Pie is considered the worst cover song of all time followed closely by Britney Spears – I Love Rock’n’Roll and Jessica Simpson – These Boots Are Made for Walking. The over 55s in particular are not a fan of Madonna’s cover, most likely remembering the Don McLean original (1971).

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Shaun Springer, Head of Brand and Sponsorship, for MasterCard UK & Ireland said:

“MasterCard recently partnered with Mark Ronson to produce an official cover track of UpTown Funk with six of our Priceless Surprises fans. This experience inspired us to look back at some of the best musical covers including those from the BRIT Awards.”

To view the official UpTown Funk cover, produced by Mark Ronson and featuring six fans from across the UK visit:

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