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1. “Somebody that I Used to Know,” Gotye
If you love the melodic and slightly raspy quality of Ingrid Michaelson, then you’ll love this cover. She shows off all of the talents including her wide vocal range and the instruments she plays.
2. “Whatever You Like,” T.I.
Anya Marina will make you completely re-think this song. Her slow and seductive voice will have you really listening hard and send tingles up your spine in the best way.
3. “Somewhere Only We Know,” Keane
I bet you didn’t know that the singer who is famous for a song called “F—- You” could make you sob like a baby. Lily Allen’s quick vibrato and calming voice will bring a tear to your eye and comfort you at the same time.
4. “Seasons (Waiting On You),” Future Islands
Megan Washington is brimming with talent despite living with speech impediment (You’d never guess, though). Her voice is a fun mix of jazz, pop, indie, and a little rock and roll. You never know quite what will come out of her mouth next, but you know it will be delightful.
5. “All the Same,” Sick Puppies
This one is a true hidden gem with under 5000 views on YouTube. Lauren King is an amateur singer who does a phenomenal cover of All the Same, adding a haunting quality to the usually dramatic song. Bonus! She also plays the piano and sings harmony.
6. “Stay With Me,” Sam Smith
Florence is the perfect indie singer to cover Sam Smith because her voice has the same rich, earth quality. But something about her intensity, not to mention her outstanding technique, really makes this cover stand out.
7. “No Surprises,” Radiohead
Slow and solemn, you can really feel every word as Regina Spektor spills her heart and soul all over the the piano. Vocal effects, great timing, and perfectly nailed high notes make this one a winner.
8. “Us,” Regina Spector
Janet Devlin, who was a finalist on the X factor, is adorable youthful with bright eyes, wild Merida-ish hair, and a quirky voice. The cute jumps at the end of her phrases will make you fall in love with her songs.
9. “Lovesong,” The Cure
Tori Amos brings an unmatched intensity to her songs and this cover is no exception. Her breathy voice and the plinks of the piano don’t seem like they’d work but, oh, they do.
10. “Happy,” Pharrell
Louisa Rose Allen (Foxes is her stage name) opens this song in a child-like almost pleading tone but picks it up later on. Her voice effortlessly conveys so many emotions, Like a roller coaster, it’s impossible not to feel moved.