10 artists who love performing covers as much as their own songs
While we’ll never complain about hearing live music ever again, there’s something special about getting to watch an artist you love cover a song by another musician. Whether it's during a concert or impromptu at a karaoke bar, some of our favorite artists have proven over the years that they’re never afraid to belt out a cover on a whim.
Some have done it so often, it feels like they should just do entire tours to only perform cover songs. We're recognizing 10 artists for their amazing karaoke skills, back when live music and karaoke bars were something we could partake in. You can check that out below.
YUNGBLUD has given us almost too many covers to count, from his mashups of artists such as Taylor Swift and Avril Lavigne to his hauntingly beautiful covers of bands such as Oasis and Death Cab For Cutie. He’s blended together so many genres, including tracks by Amy Winehouse, Arctic Monkeys, Drake, Shawn Mendes and more. He’s definitely at the top of our list of artists we’d love to karaoke with.
This past summer, Poppy released a cover of t.A.T.u.’s “All The Things She Said,” which blends elements of pop, rock, metal and electronic music. While the rendition definitely still sounds like the original, Poppy made it entirely hers with her own signature spin.
Miley Cyrus is America’s favorite cover artist. The list of artists she’s covered is seemingly endless, including Metallica, Blondie, Joan Jett, Pink Floyd, Arctic Monkeys, Nine Inch Nails, Fleetwood Mac and more. She could honestly get a full-time gig covering iconic anthems because she’s an expert at it and even has a Metallica covers album in the works.
Let’s think back to a simpler time a couple of years ago when Weezer’s cover of “Africa” by Toto was the biggest thing to hit the internet. That iconic cover turned into the band dropping the Teal Album, which was strictly full of covers of artists such as Black Sabbath, Michael Jackson, TLC and more.
Panic! At The Disco
Brendon Urie and P!ATD in general have never been shy about performing bombastic covers of songs by Frank Sinatra, Halsey and Queen. Urie is the epitome of an energetic performer who always dazzles the audience. He could probably cover any song, and we’d be obsessed with it.
While Post Malone is known for rapping, he possesses true vocal prowess and can likely sing anything he wants perfectly. He’s covered everything from Green Day to Kanye West to Pantera to Elvis Presley to Nirvana. If he ever wants to do a career switch-up, he could definitely become a cover act permanently.
Halsey always praises other artists she loves, even honoring them with cover songs in the past. She’s done striking covers of “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” by Death Cab For Cutie and “Solo” by Frank Ocean. In 2016, she got an entire crowd at Bonnaroo to dance and sing along to her performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.” Plus, she made “Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap all her own.
Billie Joe Armstrong
The Green Day frontman is another bombastic performer who can rock a crowd no matter what he’s singing. While stuck at home earlier this year, Billie Joe Armstrong put out weekly covers in a series called No Fun Mondays, and it felt like we were attending a concert. The long list of artists he’s covered includes Queen, the Who, the Beatles, the Misfits and more, and that series will appear on an album of the same name out Nov. 27.
All Time Low
All Time Low never abstain from a good cover. Previously, they've put their own spin on artists such as Green Day, Sum 41, Lorde, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and more. But the most meta thing ever was when the band actually karaoked their own track “Dear Maria, Count Me In” at a bar in 2015.
Machine Gun Kelly
If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that genres don’t define Machine Gun Kelly. Over the years, he’s paid respect to various artists, both on his own and as a part of collaborations. That list includes blink-182, Paramore, Oasis, Rage Against The Machine, Foo Fighters and Linkin Park, among others.