YouTube isn’t just for illegally streaming your favorite shows, folks. A few good years of posts have taken some pop-culture populars from original songs to cover classics. Here are the top ten mainstream mix-ups you should put on repeat:
1. “How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston, cover by Sam Smith
Houston has an amazing voice, but Smith’s emotional remix slows down the 80s jam to a millennium mellow.
2. “Wayfaring Stranger” by Johnny Cash, cover by Ed Sheeran
Put a Brit at the helm of Cash’s drawl, and you get a recreation with haunting harmonies.
3. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses, cover by Postmodern Jukebox
Although it’s a complete remix, Guns N’ Roses would have approved of how this soulful spin gives their tune a jive.
4. “Royals” by Lorde, cover by Pentatonix
Maybe Lorde should hire backup. The quintet pitches a falsetto front that’s hard to quit.
5. “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus, cover by James Arthur
Sans naked Miley, the video seems slow, but Arthur turns the breakup beat into one of heartfelt longing.
6. “Disclosure” by Sam Smith, cover JR Aquino
Covering Smith is the trend thing to do, but to do it well takes raw emotion. Aquino makes the club jam wedding-ready with his simple strums.
7. “Somebody that I Used to Know” by Gotye, cover by Walk off the Earth
You’ve heard of a one-man band, but what about a one-instrument quintet? Watch this group wind up Goyte’s already awesome song one string at a time.
8. “Stay with Me” by Sam Smith, cover by Black Violin
Let the instrumentals take the lead on this one. Although the vocals are great, the violin’s voice steals the stage.
9. “Titanium” by David Guetta, cover by Christina Grimmie
The song’s a little two years ago, but Grimmie’s voice is still stunning. She doesn’t really need props with all the positive comments below the vid, but for what it counts — props.
10. “Look At Me Now” by Chris Brown, cover by Karmin
Karmin raps the way we all wish we could. Just ignore the video eye contact: Her eerie gaze overshadows her killer pipes.
What cover songs are on your repeat?