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YouTube versions of your favourite tracks

Durga M Sengupta, Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, June 11, 2013
First Published: 14:56 IST(11/6/2013) | Last Updated: 14:30 IST(3/7/2013)

Every time a fan points their browser to YouTube to listen to their favourite tracks, chances are that they would end up listening to a cover of the song. Chances are that they might really like the cover, especially if it is one among these.

Creation is tough. But so is re-creation. These cover artists spin your favourite melodies in a unique fashion, bringing an element of visual creativity that will leave you thinking, "How did they do that?!"

We bring you the Top 10 YouTube cover artists and our favourite covers by them.

African drums. Swahili. The sheer expanse of a sandstone cliff in Southwestern Utah. And The Piano Guys. Peponi opens to Alex Boye's earthy voice in the background of everybody's ColdPlay favourite - Paradise.  A powerful spin on the Wonderland invoking ColdPlay number, Peponi does what the original couldn't - provide an unforgettable experience.


Known as the band that was too poor to buy anything but one guitar, Walk off the Earth (WOTE) pulls off the one-guitar-orchestra with pizzazz.  Gotye knew Somebody who made him a creative video, but WOTE Walked Off with the prize.

With a strong male lead, a beautiful female voice that springs out of nowhere and a guy who looks like Brutus from Popeye, WOTE's Somebody That I Used to Know is a clear winner.


Alaa Wardi won hearts all over India with his creative Pehla Nasha acapella. Sherwani-clad in the video he goes all out to make an impression. His choice of a quintessential Bollywood love song that will never die out coupled with the way he rolls his R's makes the video a super-hit!

Oh and don't miss the little notes that define which head of Wardi is doing what.


Karmin raps to perfection giving Chris Brown and Lil Wayne a run for their money! That and the female lead's cutesy rapper expressions make the video worth a watch.

We challenge you to count the number of times she stops to breathe and to not smile while watching this video.

 


With the last episode of the globally famous television series Game of Thrones breaking hearts all over the world, we thought Lindsey Stirling and Peter Hollens' creative rendition of the background score deserves a mention.

The video maintains the essence of Game of Thrones with the symbolic references, locations and costumes and of course the brilliant violin.


Ninet might scare you at first. Hell, she might even shake you out of your seat. She sings and lives Crazy as the song goes. The rest of the band with their comic get-ups do nothing to lessen the effect of her "Crazy" powerful voice.  Full marks for the video and the goosebumps it leaves you with.

Don't blame us if you put this one on repeat.


Lindsey Stirling pairs up with Jack Bruene for a young, peppy Party Rock Anthem cover. She rocks a violin like it always belonged in the rock scene! The synth and violin collab puts the original to shame. You might find yourself playing this in your bedroom to dance to!


Pomplamoose does the unexpected. She not only sings the insanely popular Angry Birds theme but lives the videogame through the song. With the two artists constantly attacking each other in a super fast Tom and Jerry fashion, the video takes performance quite seriously.

And we're not complaining!


Rihanna must be shaking her head in absolute disbelief. The epitome of mainstream music - Please Don't Stop The Music turns to clay in the hands of pianist Jamie Callum. The unique version with an aesthetical video that concentrates on the artist's object of affection, his piano, makes for a great listen. And watch.


Well after all that excitement, we thought you could Use Somebody soulful. Boyce Avenue and Hannah Trigwell breathe new life into the golden Kings of Leon number.

With sepia toned camera work that accentuates the beauty of the song, this number is perfect for those quiet rainy days when all you want to do is grab a mug of hot coffee and listen to a soft duet.

YouTube has gone from being a video database to a one stop solution for musical genius such as these cover artists. As a good friend and Barefaced Liar keyboard player Abhimanyu Prathap alias Amp said, "I don't watch a lot of YouTube because it gives me an inferiority complex."

We hear you, Amp.

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