Sometimes we like people singing other people's songs more than them singing their actual songs.
Here at Sugarscape we can’t get enough of Radio 1’s Live Lounge and all it’s brilliance. It has shown some of favourite artists in altogether new lights and proved just how talented they really are. We know you all love a bit of the Live Lounge too, so we decided to put together a list of our top ten covers to make life just that little bit easier (you can thank us later.)
Here we go…
1) McFly’s cover of Katy Perry’s I Kissed A Girl
The McFly boys sing this song with their usual cheeky charm and it's AWESOME. If you were to choose a song for the guys to cover in the Live Lounge this probs wouldn't be the first thing you'd think of - but actually it’s almost like it was written especially for them (bar the ‘my boyfriend’ line, obvs).
2) Ed Sheeran’s cover of Jay-Z’s Empire State Of Mind
This version is completely different from the original but totally amazing. Something we’d listen to whilst driving a vintage Volkswagen on a dusty road trip through America… or when we’re nipping to Tesco because we’ve run out of teabags.
3) Ben Howard’s cover of Carly Rae Jepson’s Call Me Maybe
This one is pretty self-explanatory and we might even like it more than we like Carly Rae’s version. MIGHT. The slower tempo gives the track a really smooth feel, although perhaps don’t listen to it in the midst of a break-up. Emotional.
4) Robin Thicke’s cover of Icona Pop’s I Love It
We’re used to seeing Robin Thicke parading around with scantily clad women, so to see him actually sitting down behind a piano being all serene is quite well… nice. Aside from behaving himself, Rob slows the track right down to a ballad, and it works.
5) Lily Allen’s cover of The Kooks’ Naïve
Lily Allen’s songs are forever getting stuck in our heads, and this one is no different. Her cover of Naïve could easily be a track on her own album, and it fits her voice perfectly. We almost forgot it wasn’t her song for a minute.
6) Katy Perry’s cover of Kanye West’s Ni**as In Paris
Probably the most controversial of our top ten. On paper, this all seems so wrong but actually, we think Katy is onto a winner here. The girl pulls it off and swaggers about dressed in a New York Yankees cap, which is far cooler than anything we’ve ever done.
7) The Vamps cover of Arctic Monkeys’ Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High/ R Kelly’s Ignition
Anything involving The Vamps is amazing, which means that by default, so is this cover. The lads have not only produced one cracking song, but a medley of two, yes two, brilliant tunes. The smooth transition into Ignition is done with minimum effort- how do they manage to make everything so damn cool? And why are they so damn good looking?
8) Fightstar’s cover of Jordin Sparks’ Battlefield
Fightstar, or in more common terms- the band with Charlie from Busted- have produced an absolute cracker here. We have to admit we’re not sure we’re totally 100% ok with this sensible 'let’s sit down calmly on a chair' vibe from Charlie however- we prefer him leaping all over the stage thrashing a guitar.
9) Ellie Goulding’s cover of Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors
Oh we love Ellie Goulding, and we’re not the slightest bit jealous of her *AHEM*. Covering a Justin song is always a challenge but Elz does it beautifully.
10) Arctic Monkeys’ cover of Drake’s Just Hold On We’re Going Home
This is just insanely good, and we mean insanely. There is no other possible way to describe this cover other than seriously sexy and cool - so cool that Alex Turner even feels the need to wear a pair of sunglasses indoors. Only something the lead singer of Arctic Monkeys could get away with. And Victoria Beckham- she might do as well.
So do you agree with our top ten? Who's covers would be in yours?