14 Covers That Are Just As Good As The Original

Your momma always told you that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. This is especially true when a musician covers another artist’s work. Right now the YouTube Music Awards will be recognizing some of the covers on this list, with their first ever Response of the Year award! Check it out only on YouTube.

1. Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix’s cover of “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons.

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With over 38 million views, it’s easy to forget that this Imagine Dragons cover isn’t a Lindsey Sterling and Pentatonix original.

*YouTube Music Award Nominee

2. The Gregory Brothers’ banjo bangin’ take on “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus.

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A self-described hillbilly, Miley would be proud of the South Virginian trio’s cover of her Dr. Luke-produced smash hit.

3. This sexified version of Kendrick Lamar and Drake’s “Poetic Justice” by Elli Ingram.

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A lot of soul and a little bit of funk go a long way on this already dope track.

4. This a cappella version of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Walk off the Earth ft. KRNFX.

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Taylor Swift’s most beat-driven song is turned a couple of notches up using no instruments or electronics at all.

*YouTube Music Award Nominee

5. Tyler Ward & Kurt Schneider’s cover of Passenger’s “Let Her Go.”

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Covers don’t have to be complicated to be great. Sometimes swapping out a guitar for a piano can make all the difference.

6. This U.S. soldier’s rendition of “Stay” by Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko.

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Hopefully this isn’t just product placement for “the best cereal in the world.”

7. Luke Ferre and Sean Dreiblats’ hilariously brilliant take of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up.”

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We bet even Avicii didn’t know his song was missing a kazoo break.

8. The classed-up version of David Guetta’s “Titanium” by The Piano Guys.

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When the beat drops, keep your pinky up!

*YouTube Music Award Nominee

9. Royal Tailor’s cover of “Roar” by Katy Perry.

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Riffs for days on this one!

10. The EriAm Sisters’ response to Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home.”

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Just as much soul as the original, with added three-part harmonies.

11. Boyce Avenue’s collaboration with Fifth Harmony on Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors.”

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Go to the 3:30 mark to hear the whistle note you never knew the song was missing.

*YouTube Music Award Nominee

12. This one-man band’s cowbell-heavy rendition of “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell.

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More cowbell! There is no such thing as too much cowbell!

13. CeCe’s acoustic rendition of “Summertime Sadness” by Lana Del Rey.

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An even more haunting take on a hauntingly beautiful song.

14. The prettiest version of “Gangnam Style” you never knew you needed, compliments of Jayesslee.

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We might not know what they’re saying, but it just sounds so sweet!

*YouTube Music Award Nominee

Tune in to the YouTube Music Awards on Nov. 3 to see if your favorite nominee walks away with the prize!

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