This 1997 hit by Australian singer/actress Natalie Imbruglia was so heartfelt and emotional, it was assumed “Torn” was ripped right from her soul. Some twenty years later, the Twitterverse was shaken with the news that, not only is this song a remake, but it’s a remake of a remake of a remake.
See, in 1993, West Coast alt-rockers Ednaswap wrote the song, but Sørensen, a Danish singer, was the first to record it. She translated the song into Danish and renamed Brændt (‘Burnt’ in English). The instrumentation sounds similar to the hit version, but the vocals are far from Imbruglia-esque.
Next up, it was Ednaswap's turn to tear up Torn with their own grungy version recorded in 1995.
Finally in 1997, four years after its original conception, a hit song was born and sold more than 4 million copies worldwide and one million copies in the United Kingdom alone.