Considering it’s very possible that I haven’t watched all of the videos that BBC Radio has to offer, here’s ongoing list of my favorite BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge cover performances:
“Hotline Bling” cover by Disclosure and Sam Smith
The bridge at 2:19 is the reason why this cover is at the top of my list.
“Do I Wanna Know” cover by Hozier
I hate to admit that I cried the first time I heard this cover, but I hope you can understand why.
“Fast Car” cover by Sam Smith
Beautiful song. Beautiful vocals. Another great song to cry to.
Justin Bieber’s cover is also pretty good, but it would’ve been better if he played the whole song.
“What Do You Mean?” cover by CHVRCHES
Instant mood booster.
“Dirrty” cover by Ed Sheeran
wow. Just W O W.
“What Makes You Beautiful” cover by The 1975
Fueled by my obsession with The 1975 a couple of years ago, I happened to stumble upon this video and I instantly fell in love with the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge series (it’s also worth noting that it also furthered my obsession with Matty).
“Magnets” cover by Alessia Cara
Anything Alessia Cara does never fails amazes me. Her voice is so strong and incredible.
“Touch” cover by Ed Sheeran
I tried to refrain from mentioning the same artist twice in this list, but c’mon, it’s Ed Sheeran, the king of covers.
“Work From Home” cover by Clean Bandit and Louisa Johnson
Louisa Johnson is seriously underrated.
“FourFiveSeconds” cover by One Direction
Louis always ruins it. SMH.
One Direction’s cover of “Torn” video is also pretty good, but *imagine* what it could’ve been if Zayn was still in the band at the time this was recorded.
“I Miss You” cover by 5 Seconds of Summer
Luke crushed it in the second verse…until Michael came in with the harmonies.
“Don’t” cover by Zara Larsson
Zara Larsson’s cover of “Too Good” also deserves recognition.
“Say You’ll Be There” cover by Anne-Marie
I have no idea who this chick is, but I sure am impressed.
“Somebody Else” cover by Charlie Puth
Charlie Puth doesn’t have the brooding demeanor/tortured soul like Matty, but he sure does this The 1975 song some justice. Those falsettos *swoons*
“Where Are Ü Now” cover by Florence + The Machine
Florence Welch completely made it her own. Very interesting take on the song!
“Wrecking Ball” cover by London Grammar
Eerily good! Bravo.
“XO” cover by Haim
Would’ve liked to hear more of her sister’s vocals on the song, but nonetheless, it’s still a pretty good cover of the song.