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5 YouTube Covers We Are Loving

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It takes a person with an ear and a will, showcasing their love for an original song, and putting their spin on it for individuality and sharing. Since the dawn of YouTube, plenty of artists and musicians have gained a new audience; music crawlers. A personal reference for someone who searches the internet for a new spin on their favorite track, be it drums, piano or guitar…or pretty much anything you can think of! In the beginning of 2017, there were appreciations of old and new favorites, and a chance highlighting versions that improved or cleverly reworked the original. Here are a list of YouTube Covers we are loving.

Dana Williams’ cover of “Never Ending,” by Rihanna

ANTI is probably one of the best albums to come out of 2016. Rihanna’s 8th album, saw her delving into new genres and mastering a plethora of sounds, showcasing her improved vocals and continued self-reflection. As the 10th track on ANTI, I was quite surprised to hear what sounds like an old late ‘90s or 2000s folk or indie (see Dido or The Cranberries) and Rihanna’s beautiful voice yearning resolution after a love’s end — there’s a guitar, a few taps and Rihanna’s voice. Nothing else. How does one try to spin this?

Singer Dana Williams went for a more laden strumming, and almost Norah Jones in vocals as she paces the track down to emote a bit more sadness and hesitation in the cover. Anyone can definitely relax (or tear up) alone to this version while a soft rain or snow falls outside.

Amanda Law’s cover of “Use Me,” by Miguel

Kaleidoscope Dream was a great personal introduction to Miguel’s artistry, but for some reason this track got lost over the years — in my ears. After hearing it once again and the wave of dynamic sounds hitting immediately as Miguel gives permission for someone to dominate him in any way they can think of (while the song itself seemingly does the same …).

There aren’t many covers for this track, but my accepted version is by Amanda Law. She definitely captured the soul of the vocals and kept her guitar playing to change the melody to that of an excited and hopeful version from the lustful and yearning it was in the original. If you’re thinking of that special someone, this version is perfect for feeling hopeful; there’d be no chance of rejection!

Hudson Caceres’ cover of “Bambi,” by Jidenna

Jidenna’s The Chief takes a musical journey from an artist exploring his Nigerian roots and creating an identity. A path from life lessons and experiences in growing up and growing musically. There aren’t many covers for this song. The original being a modern take on highlife and modern hip-hop elements, but I came across a very interesting cover.

Hudson Caceres’ version is a very Southern rock vibe — simple, twanging, and thumping. The contrast of this very American sound versus the original’s Western/Native elements was quite enjoyable to listen. The melancholia of the lyrics is hidden away with Caceres’ pacing (especially his lyric blunder toward the middle! Classic YouTube) but the honesty still remains through the emoting in his voice and guitar.

Walk off the Earth‘s cover “Shape of You,” by Ed Sheeran

This song is everywhere — even I couldn’t stop humming the chorus. Of course for a song so popular, the amount of covers to enjoy are plenty (even Rick Astley stepped up). However, only a few stuck out after playing just once. Remember that an instrument can be made by pretty much anything? Walk off the Earth does exactly that with their cover.

Besides the boom walkers, not only did the band make instruments of bowled dried macaroni, those stretchy pull tubes, a Jack in the Box, necklace of forks and shells, and a split kick to two hanging cymbals, they interpolated TLC’s “No Scrubs” and Blackstreet’s “No Diggity.” It’s no surprise their version is easily one of the most viral thus far for Sheeran’s latest hit.

Ericka Guitron‘s cover “That’s What I Like,” by Bruno Mars

A promise to share his absolute best, Bruno Mars’ brassy hit has gotten everyone dancing and feeling themselves. But how do you take something as amazing as the original and make it unique?

For any cover, make sure your voice does the same! With Guitron’s version, she takes a simple approach; dynamic piano chords (matching the original, but sultry slower pace for the chorus), and a voice that you really can’t ignore.
With endless material to cover, and many ways to do it, artists can not only show off their skills, but connect with other fans in their shared appreciation for that special song. Music is meant to be shared and heard, and with the internet, just about anything and anyone, can make its way to our favorite things we love.
Check out all of these musicians and many more YouTube Covers We Are Loving – just enter your favorite track of the week + cover and let your mouse lead the way!
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10 Best Christmas Covers Playlist

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Tis the season of cozy knit sweaters, conversations by the fireplace, and marshmallows sprinkled over warm hot chocolate. There’s something magical about walking in the late hours of the night and looking around at the blanket of lights scattered across the streets. So while you’re eagerly shopping and wrapping gifts, pop your earphones in and take in the festivity with some Christmas tunes! Here at Cliché, we’ve got you covered with the best Christmas music that will definitely get you in the holiday spirit (if you’re not already).
1. Last Christmas – Ariana Grande

2. Santa Baby – Taylor Swift

3. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Michael Bublé

4. A Holly Jolly Christmas – Lady Antebellum

5. Baby it’s Cold Outside – Zooey Deschanel & Leon Redbone

6. Winter Wonderland – Jason Mraz

7. All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey

8. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Coldplay

9. Here Comes Santa Claus / Winter Wonderland Mix – Anna Kendrick & Snoop Dog

10. Mistletoe – Justin Bieber

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Top 5 Song Covers on YouTube

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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.
1. Postmodern Jukebox’s Cover of “All About that Bass” by Meghan Trainor

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!
 
2. Dean Raven’s Cover of “Dance with Me Tonight” by Olly Murs

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!
 
3. Austin Criswell’s Cover of “Hey There Delilah” by the Plain White T’s

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.
 
4. Melissa Eureka’s Cover of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bob Marley

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.
 
5. Madilyn Bailey’s Cover of “Wake Me Up” by Avicii

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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5 Covers That Might Beat the Originals

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In this day and age where the internet dominates our daily lives, YouTube has become the go-to place to discover the next up-and-coming artist. Amateur musicians looking to break into the industry frequently post their own interpretations of top 40 songs, and in many cases, their covers give the originals a run for their money. Here are a few covers that I thought were better than the originals:

  1. “Taylor Swift 1989 Mashup” by Sam Tsui & Kurt Schneider

    Personally, I don’t love every single song on 1989. However, when Sam Tsui and Kurt Schneider combined them all into one, I couldn’t help but fall in love. Sam and Kurt (I like to pretend I’m on a first-name basis with insanely talented Youtubers) have been pretty well-known in the YouTube music world for a while, but I think they really outdid themselves this time with this glorious Taylor Swift medley.
  2. “Problem” by Pentatonix (originally by Ariana Grande, feat. Iggy Azalea)

    I thought “Problem” was catchy before with its snazzy sax break, but after hearing Pentatonix’s cover, I cannot stop humming it! Pentatonix holds a place in my heart as one of my favorite music groups because I’m a total sucker for a cappella and they are all such talented individuals.In my opinion, their renditions of almost every top 40 hit over the last few years have almost always been better than the original.
  3. “Ho Hey” by Lennon and Maisy (originally by The Lumineers)

    This song has such a sweet message that becomes even sweeter when you hear it sung by this adorable pair of sisters. It’s rare that we hear such rich and passionate voices from such young people; their talent is honestly unbelievable. If Lennon and Maisy look familiar to you, you may have previously seen them on Nashville, which is where their cover of “Ho Hey” was first recorded.
  4. “Skyscraper” by Cimorelli (originally by Demi Lovato)

    As a young woman, I admit that I’ve experienced my fair share of self-deprecating thoughts and low self-confidence. When I heard “Skyscraper” for the first time, even though I’m not a fan of Demi Lovato, I loved it because it conveyed such strength and raw emotion. Then, when this group of six sisters covered the track, I was blown away by how the song seemed to become even more amazing. Like I said earlier, I’m a sucker for a capella, so that alone made this song even better to my ears.
  5. “Look At Me Now” by Karmin (originally by Chris Brown, feat. Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes)

    Karmin, the collective stage name of duo Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, got its start on Youtube, posting covers of various top 40 hits as well as original songs. Major props go to Amy for her skills in this cover; I don’t know of many people that can rap so well and sing beautifully on top of that. “Look At Me Now” was Karmin’s first time showcasing Amy’s rapping skills to the world and it was a total hit, earning the duo a gig on The Ellen Show. I’ll be honest; I heard Karmin’s take on “Look At Me Now” before I ever heard the original. Even so, I think that if I had heard Chris Brown’s version first, I would have still preferred Karmin’s interpretation. Karmin just has an incomparable style.

 
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