1980’s Classic Songs that were actually cover songs

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Some of the biggest hits of the 1980’s were cover songs of obscure tunes. No kidding. Check these four songs out.

Kim Carnes was generally seen as a country singer. In 1980, she had a number one duet with Kenny Rogers. In 1981, she whipped her way out of this genre with the top song of the year, Bette Davis Eyes, which crossed over to hit #17 on the rock chart.

Little known to most, Bette Davis Eyes was actually a 1974 album track penned and performed by country singer Jackie DeShannon.

Speaking of top songs of the year, Dionne Warwick made a charity tune with her friends Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Gladys Knight. That’s What Friends Are For rushed to number one and became the top song of 1986. Between the four co-stars, they had a total of 33 number…

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