See some of the most famous:
Famous Cover: “No Me Ames”, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony (1999)
Original: “Non Amarmi” , Aleandro Baldi and Francesca Alotta (1992)
The song was written by blind singer Aleandro Baldi and won “New Proposal” category at 42nd Sanremo Music Festival. Lopez and Anthony recorded also a Salsa version of the song
Famous Cover: “You don’t have to say you love me” Dusty Springfield (1966)
Original: "Io che non vivo (senza te)” Pino Donaggio (1965)
Song was in competition at 15th edition of the Sanremo Festival. Dusty Springfield was in the audience and, even if she did not understand the lyrics of the song, she was moved to tears and recorded an english version.
Famous Cover: “Gloria” Laura Braningan (1982)
Original: “Gloria” Umberto Tozzi (1979)
Co written by Tozzi and Giancarlo Bigazzi, the song was a huge hit in Italy, Switzerland and Spain.
Laura Braningan initially wanted to keep the original romantic lyrics and name it “Mario”, but she then chose to change the whole meaning of the song. Her cover was included in “Flashdance”
Famous Cover: “Self Control” Laura Braningan (1984)
Original: “Self Control” Raf (1984)
The song was co written by Raf with Giancarlo Bigazzi and Steve Piccolo and was originally in english, so it was not changed. Bigazzi had also co-written “Gloria” a few years before, another song that was covered by Laura. In total she covered another 2 italian songs from Bigazzi (“Ti Amo”, and “Mama”). I actually like Raf's version better.
Sources: No me ames, Non Amarmi, You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, Io che non vivo, Gloria 1 2 Self Control 1 2
ONTD, do you know any songs from international artists that became famous with an english cover?