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You Give Love a Bad Name Original

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In 1986, American songwriter and producer Desmond Child wrote “You Give Love a Bad Name”. It was a song about a woman who jilted her lover. “You Give Love a Bad Name” became Bon Jovi’s first hit. It propelled the band to stardom and gave rise to the “hair metal” scene. However, Child write the “You Give Love a Bad Name” original for Bonnie Tyler. It had different lyrics and a different title, “If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)”. Rather than being a song about a woman leading on a man, this unknown original was about Tyler wanting to swap gender roles with her male lover. Less than three months after the release of “If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)” came the release of “You Give Love a Bad Name”.

Mickey Original

Introduction to the “Mickey” Original

Toni Basil’s “Mickey”, with its cheerleader video clip, is one of the most iconic songs of the 1980s. But the “Mickey” original wasn’t “Mickey” at all. It was “Kitty”, a song performed by English new wave band Racey in 1979.

“Mickey”, or rather “Kitty”, was written by songwriters Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn. The duo wrote a string of hits in the 70s and 80s for performers like The Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Mud, New World, Arrows, Smokie, Tina Turner, and Huey Lewis and the News.

Saving All My Love For You Original

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What’s “Saving All My Love For You” All About?

“Saving All My Love For You” is about a woman in love with a married man. Whitney Houston’s version of this song sold three million copies worldwide. However, 5th Dimension founder and Solid Gold host Marilyn McCoo recorded the “Saving All My Love For You” original in 1978.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun Original


Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” is a 1980s feminist pop anthem accompanied by a Grammy-winning music video. It has close to 40 cover versions, including Weird Al Yankovic’s parody “Girls Just Want to Have Lunch”. But the unknown original version of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” was sung by a man. This put a completely different slant on girls wanting to have “fun”.

The Tide is High Original


American new wave band Blondie released “The Tide is High” in 1980. It was the lead single from Blondie’s fifth studio album Autoamerican, and reached number one in the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand. In 2002 British girl group Atomic Kitten released a poppier cover of “The Tide is High”. This version was also a number one hit. But did you know that Blondie’s version is a cover as well? Jamaican DJ Duke Reid composed “The Tide is High” original song back in the 1930s and in 1967 John Holt arranged it for his group The Paragons.

Bette Davis Eyes Original

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Bette Davis Eyes is a Cover

Kim Carnes’ version of “Bette Davis Eyes” came out in 1981. It was the lead single from Carnes’ sixth studio album Mistaken Identity. The song was US Billboard’s biggest hit in 1981. It also topped the charts in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, South Africa, Spain and Switzerland. In addition, “Bette Davis Eyes” won two Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1982. It was the third-best-selling single of the 1980s, after Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical” and the Diana Ross/Lionel Richie duet “Endless Love”.

But did you know that “Bette Davis Eyes” original version was first recorded back in 1974 by 60s hit singer Jackie DeShannon? It was written and composed by DeShannon and singer-songwriter Donna Weiss for DeShannon’s 1975 album New Arrangement. They came up with the idea to write the song after seeing Bette Davis in the 1942 film Now, Voyager.