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19 of our favorite BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge covers

September 19 2017, 12:57 PM EDT By Chelsea Smile


[Photos by: BBC Radio 1/YouTube

The Live Lounge segment first aired in 2006 on the U.K.’s BBC Radio 1. It’s a feature that invites artists to play exclusive, stripped-back versions of their own songs in addition to covering tracks released by their peers.

At the very top of the iconic BBC Broadcasting House in central London—on the eighth floor to be precise—sits the Live Lounge, a room designed to ensure the highest sound quality, which has hosted some of the most popular, successful and influential artists in the world. The likes of Coldplay, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, to name but a few, have performed within this modest space.

As we’re currently in the thick of Radio 1 Live Lounge month (#R1LiveLoungeMonth), here are 19 of our favorite BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge cover performances, rounded up from over the past decade.

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Genre-neutralities Paramore take on Drake’s first hit single of the year, “Passionfruit”

British pop-rockers You Me At Six put their own spin on soul newcomer Rag’n’Bone Man’s “Only Human”

Piano-thrashers Panic! At The Disco smash the lead single and title track of the Weeknd’s third record, “Starboy”

Scottish alt-rockers Biffy Clyro spotlight French solo artist Christine And The Queens’ “Tilted”

Grammy award winners Imagine Dragons give Taylor Swift a run for her money with their version of “Blank Space”

The U.K.’s finest stadium rock trio, Muse, do total justice to CHVRCHES’ “Lies”

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