Although we may have our specific tastes and genres when it comes to music, we can’t deny that we have some guilty pleasures that we act like we’re too good for. I moved past that stage long ago and now shamelessly enjoy pop music and the like. I also enjoy all of the fantastic covers of great songs that you can find on YouTube. Be it low-key YouTube artists or popstars covering other pop songs, there’s a neverending list of great covers. Here are some of my favorite that isn’t Boyce Avenue.
Angel Garcia- Drops of Jupiter (Train)
There isn’t much info on Angel Garcia but he used to post a lot of covers of various songs across all genres several years ago. These aren’t high-quality productions as Mr. Garcia seems to just do this as more of a hobby than anything else. He has several cover videos that include The Fray, Bruno Mars, and John Mayer. – Check out his channel.
Josh Turner- Under The Boardwalk (The Drifters)
Josh Turner is a musician based out of Brooklyn, NY, and like the last entry, he used to post many cover songs. His sound is very folksy but also very soft and pleasant. His cover of Under the Boardwalk by The Drifters is very relaxing if you ignore the sound of the wind and ocean in the background. – Check out his channel.
Christian Francisco- Constant Headache (Joyce Manor)
Some of the best cover songs are done as one-offs by random users who just want a chance to sing their favorite song by their famous band and that’s it. That’s what this video is. Joyce Manor is one of my favorite bands right now and it’s hard to come by a good, soft cover of a song that’s meant to be a lot heavier.
James Butterworth- My Heart is the Worst Kind of Weapon (Fall Out Boy)
This is an oldie but goodie. James Butterworth lends his soft, flowy voice to an already acoustic song that was originally sung in a much more aggressive tone by Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy. This has long been one of my favorite songs ever by FOB and like the last one, there are very few people who can cover an aggressive song in a softer way and still sound good.
Leroy Sanchez- Havana (Camila Cabello)
Leroy Sanchez is an artist from Spain who now currently lives in Los Angeles. Although he has his own original material after finding success on YouTube, his main recognition comes from his amazing covers. Leroy is my absolute favorite YouTube cover artist because of his amazing talent and voice control on songs that are sung by artists with very powerful voices. This cover of Camila Cabello’s Havana has a Spanish twist and it works incredibly. Other noteworthy covers that he’s done include Ed Sheeran, Sia, Sam Smith and many more. – Check out his channel.
ZAYN- Me, Myself and I (Beyoncé)
Zayn Malik has an amazing voice with an incredible range. His cover of the Beyoncé classic, Me, Myself and I, is a testament to his talent. Also, I admire when an artist can cover a song written for the opposite sex and still have it sound genuine and amazing.
Childish Gambino- So Into You (Tamia)
The original song, So Into You by Tamia takes me back to simpler times and it holds a special place in my heart. That’s why when I heard Childish Gambino’s cover done on Australian Radio Station Alt-J’s show. The station has a tradition of having a popular artist come into the studio to perform their own hits as well as cover a song that they enjoy.
Mac DeMarco- The Sweater Song (Weezer)
Lastly, I can’t forget my boy Mac Demarco covering Weezer’s hit Sweater Song for The Onion’s AV Club. Mac throws in his own quirky twist and pulls off this song in a loose and almost sloppy way that somehow still sounds good. Forgive me for not finding the original video but I think it was removed…
What are your favorite song covers that you’ve heard or seen on YouTube? Let us know in the comments below.
Aaron is an aficionado of pizza, beer and anything nerd related. He has very strong opinions on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is becoming increasingly frustrated with the DC Universe.