Here we address some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) about unknown original song versions and their more popular covers. If your question hasn’t been answered, feel free to get in contact or comment below. Unknown Original FAQs will be updated from time to time based on the questions submitted.
What is an unknown original version of a song?
They are both versions of the same song, but what we mean by an unknown original is a song that has been eclipsed by its cover version. This doesn’t mean that the cover is better than the original, just that it is more well-known. To clarify, we go into more depth about what constitutes an unknown original here.
What is an original version of a song?
An original version is the first known recorded and commercial release of a song. Read more about original song versions here.
What is a cover version of a song?
A cover is a new production and recording of an earlier version of a song. Learn more about covers here.
Is a remix a cover?
No, a remix is the original recording of a song with (sometimes drastic) changes, whereas a cover is a re-recording by another artist. We go into more detail about the difference between covers and remixes here.
Is a sample a cover?
No, a sample is the reuse of a portion (or sample) of a sound recording in another recording. A sample can be a rhythm, melody, speech or some other sound, for instance. It is never an entire song, but a cover is. A sample may be taken from the original version of the song, but a cover is always a new recording.