Ed Sheeran loves covering songs. There are multiple YouTube playlists dedicated to all the song covers the singer has performed so far, and we’re betting these lists aren’t comprehensive. We’re sure he’s got more covers on the way, but for now, we’ve found 12 Ed Sheeran cover songs that are so good, we dare say they’re better than the originals.
If you’re not already, get psyched for Ed Sheeran’s upcoming performance on the premiere of VH1 Storytellers. Go here for more information on tickets, but for now check out these 12 Ed Sheeran cover songs.
“Drunk In Love” by Beyonce
“Last Ones Standing” by Example
This a cappella cover of English vocalist Example’s “Last Ones Standing” makes us euphoric.
“She Looks So Perfect” by 5 Seconds of Summer
Ed Sheeran’s stripped-down version of 5 Seconds Of Summer’s “She Looks So Perfect” gives the pop parade of a song a run for its money.
“We Found Love” by Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
We love RiRi’s club banger, but this slowed down version is just as much of a hit — and more — than the original.
“Pony” by Ginuwine
Leave it to Ed Sheeran to restore a level of innocence to an old school sex jam.
“Feeling Good” by Michael Buble
If you want to be taken seriously as a singer, there are certain songs you have to be able to sing on a whim. “Feeling Good” is one of those songs. Ed nailed it back in 2011, when he released +, his debut album.
“No Diggity / Thrift Shop” by Blackstreet / Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Passenger, you’re great and all, but Ed can bag this one up all on his own.
“Empire State Of Mind” by Jay Z & Alicia Keys
Remember when this song dropped? It was epic — so epic, it seemed like it was the only song played on the radio for all of 2009, until it was randomly in 2013’s remake of The Great Gatsby. Ed makes “Empire State Of Mind,” now six years old, feel brand new in this cover.
“Royals” by Lorde
YOK artist Lorde’s single “Royals” was groundbreaking when it first dropped. She does the minimalist style very well, but this cover proves that Ed can take on whatever style of music he pleases.
“Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears
Show us someone, anyone, who can cover this song better than Ed just did.
“Skinny Love” by Bon Iver
Bon Iver has the tendency to bring your emotional state down a couple of notches, but Ed Sheeran keeps it up in this cover.
“Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
Taking on an Adele song is ambitious. It’s Adele for cripe’s sake. Seeing as how Ed covered Beyonce, and totally slayed it at that (see first cover), an Adele cover seems like a piece of cake.
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