YouTube sensations are on the rise and everyone seems to be taking full advantage of the platform – as they should! YouTube was created to showcase ordinary people with extraordinary talent in an effort to build up the audience needed for success. We now live in the digital age of beauty gurus, vloggers, fashionistas, and my personal favorite, YouTube cover artists! Although the great amount of talent spread across the site made it difficult to narrow it down, here are the top 6 song covers on YouTube.
Classic harmony meets burlesque in this beautifully orchestrated symphony. Postmodern Jukebox never fails to alter each song to make it their own. Not only that, but they have also coordinated their setting, as well as their image, with their music to create a melody perfectly fitting their slogan of ‘pop music in a time machine.’ Am I listening to Meghan Trainor’s song that was released just last year, or an old school vintage tune? Lesson learned: Putting a touch of your own personality into your work can really set you apart from the rest. I guess my second grade teacher and Barney the dinosaur were right all along!
Olly Murs has always been my go-to for some buoyant music, and with this song in particular being number one on my ‘Kitchen Dance Music’ playlist, I didn’t think I was capable of enjoying this tune being sung by anyone else. My initial thought when listening to this song for the first time was, “I did it! I found Olly Murs 2.0!” However, Dean Raven challenges this song, transforming the original melody into one that is soothing, yet captivating. Somehow, he managed to create a tune that can best be described as an upbeat lullaby, and that must not have been easy!
If you haven’t heard this song before, I’m not sure what rock you’ve been living under. “Hey There Delilah,” sung by the Plain White T’s, is known for its catchy chorus and emotionally lyrical verses. When I think about how this song is sung, I envision John Mayer’s tracks in that it is almost like talking in a melodic tune. Brilliant, beautiful, and very difficult to master. However, Criswell managed to do an amazing job and in such a graceful manner, I might add.
Bob Marley is one of the greatest people to fully embrace the act of being free and he had a way of sending off this ‘feel-good’ vibe through his music. Melissa Eureka’s cover of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” fully captures that exact message. As she sways along to her own sound, closing her eyes from time to time, to give this song the credit that it deserves, we can’t help but do the same! When envisioning what it must feel like to be free, Eureka is exactly that. Her effortless voice and easygoing attitude carry the power to lighten up any mood.
There is something about a piano cover that just adds greater depth to any song. Avicii’s well known song “Wake Me Up” is upbeat and lively. Madilyn Bailey however, creates greater emphasis on the message the lyrics attempt to convey by slowing down the tempo and changing up the instruments. Her voice is strong, echoing in your mind even once the song has completed. They say that no cover can beat the original, but I beg to differ!
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