1. Thinking About You by Frank Ocean - Cover by Tori Kelly
That’s why I’ve put Tori Kelly’s cover of Thinking About You by Frank Ocean first, because it’s nothing but her voice, her guitar, and this beat-boxing girl. You may recognize her name, because yes she’s famous now and has had some hits, but she started off as an unknown posting videos of her singing on Youtube. She later went on American Idol, but didn’t make it far. Maybe it was her song choice or maybe it was Simon Cowell, but her voice in this video is absolutely stunning and blows my socks off every time.
2. I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston - Cover by Jack Vidgen
This 14-year-old boy in Australia’s Got Talent has got some major pipes on him. Wait for it. Just wait for it.
3. Titanium by David Guetta and Sia - Cover by Madilyn Bailey
A Youtube singer from Wisconsin, Madilyn Bailey, blew up when she did this absolutely beautiful acoustic cover of Titanium, which now has almost 75 million views. Get it gurl.
We asked Madilyn why she chose to cover Titanium and she said, "I chose to cover Titanium because it was originally a dance song, but if you listen to the lyrics it's actually quite tragic. So I wanted to make a version that really emphasized the lyrics and allowed it to be the beautifully tragic song that it is."
4. A Whole New World from Disney’s Aladdin - Cover by Nick Pitera
This Disney duet is sung by talented Nick Pitera as Aladdin and Nick Pitera as Jasmine. Yep he sings the female vocals, and he’s better at them than most girls.
That switch though.
5. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen - Cover by Richie Castellano
Richie Castellano, a band member of Blue Oyster Cult, did an epic cover of Bohemian Rhapsody—all by himself. He sings the vocals damn amazingly and plays all of the instruments, cutting it all together and making this video showcase of his talent.
We asked Richie why he chose to cover Bohemian Rhapsody and he said, "I remember being 12 years old in the movie theater with my dad and hearing Bohemian Rhapsody for the first time. I was completely blown away and it immediately became my favorite song. I borrowed a Queen CD from my uncle and recorded the song on a cassette over and over on both sides so I could keep listening to it without having to rewind. I started learning the song on guitar and then piano (it only took me 20 years to learn the rest of the parts!). In 2011 I had the honor of meeting and performing for Queen's drummer, Roger Taylor. The experience left such an impression on me that I decided to commemorate it by doing this video."
6. Waves by Mr Probz - Cover by SoMo
Originally Youtube-famous for doing song covers, SoMo now has several of his own albums and tours the country. He’s a very talented singer (and a heartthrob), who has made a huge amount of melodious renditions of top songs with his smooth voice and impressive vocal range. Some of his download-worthy covers include Pony by Ginuwine and his amazing Drake medley, but I chose his awesome rendition of Waves by Mr Probz. I also encourage you to hear his raw voice in his rendition of Lotus Flower Bomb by Wale, one of his first videos he uploaded on Youtube. It's just him and his guitar, or him and his piano in his cover of Something by The Beatles. The boy has got major talent.
7. Trap Queen by Fetty Wap - Cover by KHS and Josh Levi
Kurt Hugo Schneider (KHS) does an amazing piano cover of Trap Queen, slowing it down and turning it into a love ballad. Josh Levi sings the vocals, and the melody gives you chills, especially soon as the chorus hits. As good as the original is, this is as close as anyone could’ve gotten to being just as good. I’ll be downloading this immediately.
8. Can’t Feel My Face by The Weeknd - Cover by Walk Off The Earth
First of all, wtf is that instrument they’re playing?! I had to research it—it’s called a Harpejji. Wtf is a Harpejji, I need it.
Walk off the Earth is a musical group from Ontario, known for their awesome innovative musical videos, and their cover of Can’t Feel My Face is super entertaining.
9. Teenage Dream by Katy Perry - Cover by Mike Tompkins
This A Capella version of Teenage Dream is done by a guy called Mike Tompkins, who sings not only the vocals but all of the instruments’ parts too. He labels each clip of his face doing each instrumental part, and all together he sounds exactly like the original song. And if you are just as entertained by his facial expressions as I am, I highly recommend you watch his A Capella cover of We Are Young (which is also super catchy).
10. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston - Cover by Zendee Tenerefe
This Youtube video of a random girl singing at a karaoke machine in the mall (it’s now been discovered her name is Zendee Tenerefe) has over 30 million views—and it’s because she sounds exactly like Whitney Houston. Watch the guy mopping the floor in the back shirk his work to watch, hiding behind a shelf and occasionally coming out from his hiding place to mop for a second.
And an Honorable Mention...
I just watched this 9 times.
I just watched this 9 times.