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In popular music , a cover version , remake , cover song , revival , or simply cover , is a new performance or recording by someone other than the original artist or composer of a song. The term "cover" goes back decades when cover version originally described a rival version of a tune recorded to compete with the recently released original version. The Chicago Tribune described the term in "trade jargon meaning to record a tune that looks like a potential hit on someone else's label". Both crossed over to the popular Hit Parade and had numerous hit versions. In fact, one of the principal objects of publishing sheet music was to have a composition performed by as many artists as possible. In previous generations, some artists made very successful careers of presenting revivals or reworkings of once-popular tunes, even out of doing contemporary cover versions of current hits.
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A few months ago, I casually mentioned to a friend that there were so many great reggae versions of popular songs. I boastfully stated that I could probably come up with at least songs. She casually mentioned back that she would like to see such a list. So I began an endeavor of listing these songs. I found that the first 60 or so came very easily. After that, I really had to dig into the recesses of my memory to recollect some of the reggae songs that I grew up with that may have been covers. I got up to 80 or so, then I completely stalled. Thankfully, I had some help from some of the members over at the Trojan records forum to help me reach Take ska music for example.