f you anything like me, you enjoy it when your favorite singer or band puts their spin on a popular song by another musician or band. I’ll often get sucked down a YouTube rabbit hole watching either my favorite artists performing covers or artists I’ve never heard of covering one of my favorite songs.
Here are 10 of my favorite covers on YouTube. As always, in no particular order:
10. Father John Misty covers Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs”
Father John Misty does a great job adapting one of my favorite songs into an acoustic version that really brings out the emotion of the song. This cover is what introduced me to Father John Misty’s music, which is awesome as well.
9. Nothing But Thieves cover Gang of Youths’ “What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?”
Nothing But Thieves do a great job of showing their versatility in this cover. They take a harder, more raw approach that sounds amazing. The original song is great on its own and NBT did it justice in this cover.
8. Cody Jinks covers Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”
I never thought “Hey, “Wish You Were Here” would make a great country song!” but here I am. Cody Jinks is beloved by people who like country, but not the mainstream country you here on the radio. His style is much more traditional, and this helps him respectfully tackle this classic while still putting his spin on it.
7. The Regrettes cover Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Soft Shock”
The Regrettes have been open about being fans of and influenced by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. A year ago, they posted this cover of “Soft Shock” and I love it. The instrumental work on this cover is what sets it abort from the original, and it fits excellent alongside Lydia Night’s vocals.
6. Wolf Alice mashes up Charli XCX’s “Boys” with The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry”
This is mostly a punk rock cover of Charli XCX’s pop song “Boys” but Wolf Alice added the bridge from The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry” in there at the end to make it even more impressive. This is creativity at its finest, and I’ve probably listened to this cover over 100 times already.
5. Hozier covers Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name”
I love it when artist tackle songs originally sang by the opposite gender, and Hozier tackles this one perfectly. He slows the song down to add more emotion. Where the original sounds angrier and accusatory, Hozier sounds hurt here, and it gives a whole new meaning to the song.
4. CHVRCHES cover Kendrick Lamar’s “LOVE.”
CHVRCHES are amazing at covers. I could’ve picked any of there vast amount of covers on YouTube and been happy with my decision. I settled on this one because it best showcases their ability to make a song sound like a CHVRCHES song. I also appreciated Martin’s vocals on this cover. He usually sings 1 or 2 songs on every record, but they typically are not singles and don’t get enough love.
3. Bring Me The Horizon covers Billie Eilish’s “when the party’s over”
I clicked on this video expecting a metalcore version of a Billie Eilish song. That would’ve been awesome, but this might be even better. This cover was posted in the lead up to Bring Me The Horizon’s latest album “Amo” in which they explore a variety of different genres that extend well out of their wheelhouse. This cover displays this adventure perfectly, and they cover the song well.
2. Elk Road Ft. Lisa Mitchell mash up Flight Facilities’ “Crave You” with Tame Impala’s “The Less I Know The Better”
This is just plain awesome. Lisa Mitchell’s vocals are hypnotizing, and Elk Road’s production and creativity is excellent. I love both these songs and never imagined they could fit together so well. ABC (as in Australian Broadcast Corporation) does Australian Music Month every November, and I find it to be a great time to discover amazing Australian artists like Elk Road who might not be that popular here in the States.
1. Miguel covers the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Porcelain”
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge Red Hot Chili Peppers fan. This means RHCP covers don’t always appeal to me as I can get a bit attached to the original. Miguel nails this cover though. He made it sound like it was made for him. It’s that beautiful. The RHCP YouTube account even commented with applause on this video.
There you have it. I hope you like these covers as much as I do!
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