Artists are just like us —when they really like a song, they aren’t shy about belting it out. But instead of merely singing in the shower, they actually perform it with instruments, lights, an audience and the whole bit! December You Oughta Know artist Hozier, as well as fellow YOK alums Ed Sheeran and Lorde, are just a few of the talented musicians who have covered other artists this year, and their renditions are still stuck in our head. Find out whose covers might have bested the original.
Watch as Nick Lachey and the Big Morning Buzz Live crew discusses what they think is the best celebrity cover of the year!
“Drunk In Love” by Ed Sheeran, Sia, and Grouplove
“Chandelier” by Sara Bareilles
While playing a concert in Virginia, YOK vet Sara Bareilles made the stage a little more intimate to perform her version of Sia’s hit “Chandelier.”
“Stay With Me” by Kelly Clarkson
In this fan video of a one of her concerts, Kelly Clarkson does Sam Smith proud with her rendition of his hit “Stay With Me.”
“Take Me To Church” by Kiesza
Known for her dance hit “Hideaway,” Kiesza strips down for an acoustic cover of Hozier’s “Take Me To Church.” Amen, Kiesza.
“XO” by John Mayer
He may not like being in the public’s eye, but John Mayer loves being in on the music scene. Mayer even joined in on all the hype surrounding the Beyhive this year with his cover of Beyoncé’s “XO.”
“Do I Wanna Know” by Hozier
December’s YOK Artist Hozier takes on Arctic Monkey’s “Do I Wanna Know,” infusing his version with his introspective and intimate style.
“Do I Wanna Know” by Chvrches
Offering a completely different cover than Hozier’s, Scottish trio Chvrches made an electropop version of this Arctic Monkeys’ number.
“Riptide” by Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is a fan of Vance Joy, so much so that she didn’t just cover “Riptide”— she invited the YOK alum to perform with her when she tours in Australia next year, breaking a record while doing so.
“When I Was Your Man” by Sam Smith
Sam Smith garnered a lot of recognition for his own music this year, but this heartfelt cover of Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” deserves equal attention.
“Retrograde” by Lorde
Lorde has come a long way since her days as a YOK artist and the songstress now applies her minimalist style to covers of artists such as James Blake.
“Rude” by Colbie Caillat
MAGIC! may be one of the most overexposed artists of the year, but Colbie Caillat offers a fresh take on their hit “Rude.”
“Shake It Off” by Meghan Trainor
Meghan Trainor’s powerful voice will make you take Taylor Swift’s cutesy song seriously.
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