- Covered Up: "Superstar" by Sonic Youth, arguably.
- Definitely an example for the Carpenters' version- the original was written by Leon Russell and popularized by Delaney and Bonnie.
- Also "Sing", originally written for Sesame Street.
- Their Signature Song, "Close to You", was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David about seven years earlier and recorded by several other artists before they grabbed it and made it their own.
- Many songs written (or co-written) by Paul Williams were popularized by the Carpenters in their heyday, including "We've Only Just Begun" and "Rainy Days and Mondays".
- Ear Worm
- Tear Jerker: "Rainy Day and Mondays". "Superstar", "I Need to Be in Love".
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