Five songs written by Katy Perry and recorded by someone else

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Keep your thing in your pants and your heart on your sleeve -- Katy Perry does not hook up!
She rose to fame by kissing girls and liking it, and she kept her fame by spraying whipped cream out of her bra. Beyond the novelty, Katy Perry (due tonight at the 1STBANK Center) is an accomplished songwriter who shares a writing credit on hits like "Teenage Dream" and "Firework." And she also has an entire back catalog of songs that haven't been released, including "I Do Not Hook Up "-- a watered down version of which Kelly Clarkson went on to record. Listen to Perry's version and a few others below.

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Kelly Clarkson - "I Do Not Hook Up"

Ah, yes, "I Do Not Hook Up." This is probably the most well-known Perry-penned song on this list, and with good reason. Kelly Clarkson took the song, made it her own and almost took it to the top of the charts. It would have probably stood a better chance at number one if Clarkson hadn't taken out the best line in the whole song -- "So if you want me, I don't come cheap/Keep your thing in your pants, your heart on your sleeve" -- and made it decidedly a little less Katy Perry, who named the original just "Hook Up." The Disneyfied version: "Keep your hand in my hand, your heart on your sleeve."

Katy's version:
Kelly's version:

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Jessie James - "The Girl Next Door"

This is the best Katy Perry song that wasn't. This one has Katy singing about her rising fame. Which made sense, because when the song leaked, she had just released "Waking Up in Vegas." What's odd here is hearing Jessie James sing the song -- the lyrics just don't make sense with her chirping them because, well, have you heard of Jessie James? Precisely. What's more, Katy's version was only a demo, and it trumps the one by Jessie James, who added flair here and there and called it good. Wrong.

Katy's version:
Jessie's version:

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Selena Gomez & The Scene - "Rock God"

Here's another example of having another singer take on a song that only makes sense when Katy Perry sings it. This one was written with religious metaphors, undoubtedly inspired by Perry's upbringing in a devoutly Christian household. It falls flat, mostly because Selena just doesn't have the same breadth of religious experience to back up lyrics like "Father, I'm torn and I'm selling my soul/To the rhythm, the beat, and the bass." Bless her, Father, for she has not sinned.

Katy's version:
Selena's version:

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Kelly Clarkson - "Long Shot"

Gotta hand it to Clarkson: Of all the re-recorded versions of Katy Perry demos, this one takes the cake for differing so much from the original. No, the lyrics are not changed, but the production is drastically different. We actually prefer Kelly's version here -- not for it's more polished sound, but for substituting the awkward guitar plucks in the original for something with more oomph, riffs that come from a guitar that is actually plugged in.

Katy's version:
Kelly's version:

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Jessie James - "Bullet"

Katy's demo for "Bullet" hasn't leaked, but the song is confirmed (like all of the others on this list) by ASCAP to have been co-written by Perry. We're willing to bet Katy's version doesn't have the same country twang James' does, and it probably has more grit to it -- since Katy's early stuff had a rougher edge than the more polished sound of her more recent songs like "Hot N Cold." Unlike Kelly Clarkson with "I Do Not Hook Up," though, Jessie James keeps all of Katy's semi-cliched tongue-in-cheek lyrics intact on her version of "Bullet": "Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?"

Jessie's version:

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19 comments
Shayne Barrett
Shayne Barrett

The article is about songs and music, not battle Crap. :P

Brandon Harrison
Brandon Harrison

Anytime Katy Perry wants to battle rap, she can call me.

Jones Smith
Jones Smith

Wait your making them sound like criminals apparently they bought the songs from Katy Perry. Keep in mind Kelly Clarkson was coming out of American Idol with nosing writing experience. And Jessie James, well I don't know what's her story.

Jones Smith
Jones Smith

I feel like putting Katy Perry's version of the song go first makes it seem like was to first to sing it and then you play the other one and initially you think "it's the beat, she copied the version I just heard...". I don't really expect people to understand but I just think this is deliberately put there to get a reaction from people (as if he/she was right). Also I want proof a s to where you got your videos and info. For we I know it could be a cover like James Blunt did to Katy Perry's 'California Gurls'.

sweetlooweeze
sweetlooweeze

I like Jessie James' version of Katy's songs. She rocks!

Chicken Parma
Chicken Parma

This feature should have also contained a foot note" "5 Songs Recorded by Katy Perry and Written by Someone Else"... they might end up being her 5 biggest hit songs (I read somewhere she had very little to do with the writing on the Teenage Dream album)

Mark
Mark

Yeah, sorry, but Kelly's IDNHU is so good that it doesn't need a dick reference like everything Slutty Perry does.

kitiwiti
kitiwiti

kelly has a clearer generic voice and the poppy hackneyed melody fits her more. wasnt a great song so no big loss for katy.  in the second song, however, kelly did Long Shot justice.

re jessie james... shes good technically but she tries too hard to sound like a watered down christina+shakira hybrid... which gives her w/ no personality, really.

the selena version failed because it was sung too high and sugary. even if we all know those disney teens are trollops in disguise -- the voice just sounds way too innocent for a rock track Rock God.

Jess
Jess

Okay, I like Katy Perry and everything Teenage Dream is a great song.... but she sounds awful on almost all of these. Especially on the demo for "Long Shot."

Furthermore, Jessie James may not be anywhere near as famous as Kelly Clarkson, but she's decently known. And she's not a bad singer. (The song she is singing is awful... both of them).

Troy Eklum
Troy Eklum

Oh my god this all sucks, these are not songs but lyrical and rhythmic abortions from the perverted merger between crappy wanna-be-damaged-slut songwriting and crappy wanna-be-pop-princesss screeching.

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Joe
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She actually wrote all of them on teenage dream, however the big hits she had quite a few co writers as well. The funny thing is though is that the songs which have meaning and emotion (pearl, not like the movies) are the ones that she wrote completely herself.

Puppetbox
Puppetbox

Good point. A quick search shows that Ted Bruner was a writer on most of these and has worked with all those other artists...so they weren't really Perry's songs but Bruner's that he shopped around.

Marc
Marc

True!! K.Perry is embarrassing as a singer. Though she has catchy songs.  Kelly's songs by Katy Perry were the least interesting. 

King Douche
King Douche

Plus, she cheated on Sandra Bullock which makes me like her even less.

Joe
Joe

It doesn't sound like either of those comparisons...Care to give any examples from the lyrics?

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