Michael Jackson had his eccentric shrieks. Christina Aguilera has her mind-blowing riffs. Ariana Grande has her moments where you have no idea what she just sang, but it was so beautiful that you don’t care — you’ll google the lyrics later.
Every artist has his or her distinct voice and vocal style. But sometimes — albeit rarely — you come across an average Joe who sounds bloodcurdlingly similar to, say, Sam Smith. Holy crap that’s weird because Sam’s stirring voice is what made you fall in love with him in the first place, but now some man on YouTube sounds just like him without even trying and WHAT ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO DO WITH THAT?? Wait. Can I sing like Beyonce? No. No, I can’t.
Here are 10 times a regular person just like you or me sounded (and also maybe looked) like a vocal legend. Impressions are everything, people.
This soulful singer who sounds like Sam Smith
Sam Smith’s vocal timbre is unmatched, but this man comes eerily close to it. If you can’t get Sam to sing at your wedding, hit up Andrew Johnston. His version of “Lay Me Down” will have you inconsolable.
This Mariah Carey tribute artist
Jass Meagher can put on one hell of a Mariah impression. The hand gestures, the sideways poses, the eyelash batting. Are we sure this isn’t Mariah? Kidding, lambs. We know who the real diva is.
This Peruvian man singing in the style of Kurt Cobain
Ramiro Saavedra’s Kurt Cobain vocals are so spot-on, they won him a reality TV singing and imitation contest called Yo Soy in 2012. Give the video about five seconds and you’ll hear why.
This Michael Jackson tribute artist nailing an acoustic version of “Man In The Mirror”
Professional MJ tribute artist Robert Alexander Giles has MJ’s vocal inflections and breathing patterns down PAT. Above video as proof.
Madonna’s carbon copy singing “Falling Free”
This studied Madonna fan is amazing at what she does. Sadly, we know what Madge would have to say about it: “reductive.”
This man who dresses and sounds like Ed Sheeran
Checkered flannel? Check. Shaggy red hair? Check. All-important accent AND guitar skills? Double check. Jack Shepherd is the Ed Sheeran Xperience. Notice the X on his guitar. Details, people, details.
This woman who is Karen Carpenter’s vocal twin
World, meet Keiko, whose love for Karen Carpenter has manifested itself in her mastery of Karen’s honeyed vocals. This is not a drill.
This 12-year-old girl who inexplicably sounds like Taylor Swift
No shade to Taylor or anything. We don’t want any bad blood, here. But can you honestly not say that these two sound alike?
Glennis Grace channeling Whitney Houston like no other
Whitney Houston tribute singer Glennis Grace once won a Dutch TV talent show on which she performed Whitney’s “One Moment In Time.” The vocal similarities between the two are chilling.
This Josh Strickland song in which he inexplicably sounds like Christina Aguilera
Hear us out on this one. ChristinaAguilera.com, Lipstick Alley, and Diva Devotee were among the many blogs to note how much like Xtina former American Idol contestant Josh Strickland sounds in this single of his. To quote Diva Devotee, the similarities are “trippy.” Some things are better left unexplained.