4 Kinks Songs Covered by Van Halen, the Pretenders & Others That Became Hits

Ray Davies, the frontman of The Kinks, wrote countless iconic songs during the band's 3-decade career.

Hits like "You Really Got Me" and "Waterloo Sunset" cemented their place in rock history.

Ray Davies' talent extended beyond The Kinks. Several of his songs became hits for other artists. Let’s explore them in this web story-

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Herman's Hermits covered it around the same time, scoring a bigger hit in the US with a #5 peak on the Billboard Hot 100. 

“Dandy” by Herman's Hermits (1966)

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This song was covered by Van Halen for their 1978 debut album and became their first Hot 100 hit, peaking at #36.

“You Really Got Me” by Van Halen (1978)

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Their debut single, a jangly rendition of The Kinks' "Stop Your Sobbing" (originally a doo-wop track), became a UK hit (#34).

“Stop Your Sobbing” by The Pretenders (1979)

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Another Kinks rocker, "All Day and All of the Night" (1964), got a harder-edged cover by UK punk band The Stranglers in 1987.

"All Day and All of the Night" by The Stranglers (1987)

The Kinks' influence goes beyond their own hits! Read this article to discover surprising covers by artists across genres and delve into the band's musical legacy.

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