Over the past two decades, artists from all around the world of different eras and genres have taken to BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge to give live performances of their songs and often treating fans to covers of other songs, which always delights music fans around the world. We’re sharing with you our absolute favorite covers from the series that you need to listen to right now.
‘Someone You Loved’ – Jonas Brothers
When the Jonas Brothers were back in the UK after reuniting in 2019, the trio took to covering the biggest song of the year, Mr Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Someone You Loved,’ and gave it a dreamy pop-rock makeover with stunning harmonies only the JoBros could deliver. Even Lewis himself was a fan of the cover and completely lost his cool over it!
‘Juice’ – Harry Styles
Of course, we had to pick Harry‘s cover of ‘Juice.’ It was absolutely iconic, it went viral and Lizzo loved it so much that the two performed at The Fillmore Miami Beach for SiriusXM together before hanging out at The BRITs back in February. The cover was a total vibe and honestly, we’re lowkey hoping he’ll do it on Love on Tour!
‘Drown’ – 5 Seconds of Summer
Back in 2015, 5SOS delivered this breathtaking cover of Bring Me The Horizon’s ‘Drown.’ Accompanied by a string section, the boys give such an emotive performance with raw vocals that truly captivated the heartfelt lyrics, which is why it’s one of our all-time favourite covers 5SOS did.
‘No Tears Left To Cry’ – Miley Cyrus & Mark Ronson
Miley and Mark added some stunning strings with their cover of Ariana‘s ‘No Tears Left To Cry.’ Miley’s husky vocals gave a whole new dramatic feel to the hit single which sent shivers down our spines. We’re still not over it!
‘Shotgun’ – The Vamps
Back in 2018, The Vamps delivered a deliciously stripped-down version of George Ezra’s ‘Shotgun,’ giving it a real band revamp and the incredible back-in vocals from Radio 1. It’s a totally chill yet funky vibe that’s sure to lift your spirits.
‘Can’t Stop Loving You’ – Taylor Swift
This angelic cover of Phil Collins’s ‘Can’t Stop Loving You’ on Live Lounge truly showcased Taylor’s ethereal vocal ability. The entire performance was impassioned and really made us resonate with the song even more. And yes, we even shed a tear or two.
‘Torn’ – One Direction
For their last Live Lounge, 1D chose to hit us where it hurt most by covering Natalie Imbruglia’s ‘Torn,’ the first song they song together as One Direction at the judges’ houses on The X Factor. The bitter-sweet performance was perhaps the perfect last cover, because it truly showcased their growth with vocal abilities and as performers. We’re not crying, you are!
‘Shallow’ – Lewis Capaldi
Lewis Capaldi‘s soulful vocals really suited his first Live Lounge cover of ‘Shadow’ from A Star is Born. Turning Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s iconic country duet into a vehement ballad which truly showed people just what he is capable of.
‘Falling’ – Little Mix
Little Mix covered Harry Styles‘s ‘Falling’ and it sounded like a choir of angels! The cover was just more proof that they truly are the queens of harmonies, making for a real heavenly rendition of the ballad. They even added a mashup of MNEK’s ‘Head and Heart,’ to give it a more unique spin.
‘Them Changes’ – Ariana Grande
Ariana showed her appreciation of Jazz with her cover of Thundercat’s ‘Them Changes,’ which was a switch-up from her renowned pop bangers. The performance was pure fire and really reminded us that she has the power to be able to perform pretty much anything!
‘Issues’ – Niall Horan
Niall turned Julia Michaels‘s hit ‘Issues’ into a bouncy acoustic track with his Live Lounge performance back in 2017. His divinely charming vocals shone through as they entwined with his guitar playing, giving new life to the song, and giving us issues over the fact we listened to this cover more times than the average person.
‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ – Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello
MGK and Camila joined forces to give James Arthur’s hit single ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ a beautiful duet take, making it feel even more romantic from the perspective of a couple. And of course, adding some rap in true MGK style, this felt like an original that we are still loving even to this day.
‘Breathin’’ – Mumford & Sons
It seems that Ariana is really a popular choice when it comes to Live Lounge covers, because even Mumford & Sons chose to cover her for their performance! Though they kept the song quite similar to the original with some added live instruments, it was thrilling to hear Marcus’s rocky vocals take this pop banger on.
‘The Sound’ – Halsey
Back in 2016, Halsey gave a smoky rendition of The 1975‘s ‘The Sound,’ offering a new dimension with the vocal effects, completely making it her own. She even incorporated snippets of Kesha’s ‘Die Young,’ proving just how talented she is.
‘The Middle’ – Liam Payne
Back in 2018, Liam took to the Live Lounge and gave us a warm cover of ‘The Middle’ by Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey. All we can put into words to describe it is that the cover is perfect!
‘Psycho’ – Shawn Mendes
Shawn took on Post Malone‘s ‘Psycho’ and swapped the original’s 808s with the light instrumentation of drums and electric guitar. Entwined with his breathy vocals, Shawn’s rendition of an understated rap anthem sounded delicate and simply beautiful!
‘Touch’ – Ed Sheeran
In 2017, Ed took on Little Mix‘s big pop banger and gave it a groovy acoustic switch-up with his signature Sheeran style, and honestly, it really worked. It had our toes tapping and fingers snapping, which is different from our typical booty-popping to this smash. And the girls loved it, too!
Which of these Live Lounge covers are you are a fan of? Did we list your fave? Let us know down in the comments below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP!
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