Sources: Wall St Cheat Sheet – By Michelle Regaldo | All Things Michael
Song covers can be tricky, as there are always those who naysay making any changes to classic tracks. Still, there are a select few covers that managed to become as popular as the originals, with both versions hitting the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Here are 9 songs that reached No. 1 by two different artists.
1. “Go Away Little Girl,” Steve Lawrence
Cover: Donny Osmond
Lawrence released the second recording of this song (the first was recorded by Bobby Vee) in late 1962. The single reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1963 and remained at the top of the charts for two weeks.
While there have been many covers of the song after Lawrence’s version, Osmond’s is the only other take on the track to also reach No. 1. The cover topped the charts in 1971, maintaining the top spot for three weeks and making “Go Away Little Girl” the first song to become a No. 1 hit single on the Hot 100 by two different artists.
2. “I’ll Be There,” The Jackson 5
Cover: Mariah Carey
The soul song was originally released as the first single from the vocal quintet’s Third Album in 1970. The track ended up becoming The Jackson 5’s fourth No. 1 hit in a row and their final No. 1 as a group. It also became the group’s most successful track ever released, with 6.1 million copies worldwide.
Carey’s cover was recorded during her appearance on MTV Unplugged in 1992. The song was a last-minute addition to her setlist and was performed as a romantic duet, with Carey singing Michael Jackson’s lines and R&B singer Trey Lorenz singing Jermaine Jackson’s lines. The duet version ended up becoming so popular, that her label, Columbia Records, decided to release it as a single off her EP, MTV Unplugged, even though that wasn’t their original plan. The track became her sixth No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining there for two weeks, and also became her biggest hit outside North America at the time.
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