Editor's Choice: Cover Versions

Hey guys!

How do you feel about covers?
I know that a lot of people don't like cover versions of some songs. And I guess I have a few songs that I would never want to be heard covered, mainly because I adore the originals so much.

But there are a lot of incredibly amazing covers out there and I catch myself listening to them quite a lot.
Therefore I thought it would be nice to collect my favourite covers and share them with you.

The covers below are performed by artists I love as well, some of them are friends of this website.
It's a mixture of mainstream acts and independent acts.
It doesn't matter whether an artist / a band is signed to a label or not, if we love the music they make, they'll be featured on HITS.

So, without further ado, here's my selection of covers I love.

Kodaline // "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson
Kodaline definitely are one of my favourite live bands. I've had the pleasure to film with them twice (#1 & #2) and had the best time. I've also seen them live in Stuttgart and enjoyed every minute of it.
Their cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" is superb. I really love how they've kept the main style of the song but put their on twist to it.
When I think of Kodaline, I think of harmonies and boy, they have them.

Noah Guthrie // "Valerie" in the style of Amy Winehouse
I first stumbled upon Noah's YouTube channel many years ago. Out of all his covers, his version of Amy Winehouse's "Valerie" is my favourite.
The warmth and soul in his voice pays the beautiful tribute to Amy which she deserves.
I had the greatest time dancing to this when he played it live on his recent tour.

Martin and James // "All I Have To Do Is Dream" by The Everly Brothers
This sort of feels like a throwback to five years ago when I first saw these two life. Fast forward to today, I've heard them play this track live more often than I can remember.
And that's not a complaint!
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll know that Martin and James are one of my favourite bands for all the obvious reasons. I mean, listen to this.

Rachel Sermanni // "I Want You Back" by Jackson 5
Another Jackson cover you say? Okay, here we go.
This version of "I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5 is hands down the most beautiful version I've ever heard of the song. Rachel Sermanni is an absolutely talented artist from Scotland.
I totally recommend her original music but since we're talking about covers, let's highlight this one. Her vocals are so stunningly beautiful and so is the way she plays the guitar.

Jack Garratt // "Seven Days" & "Senorita" by Craig David & Justin Timberlake
If you follow house in the sand on Twitter, you'll know that I'm obsessed with Jack Garratt's music. I lose my mind whenever I watch his live videos (or see him live). I'm just super impressed by his skills and am happy that we've got artists like him around.
This mash-up of "Seven Days" by Craig David and "Senorita" by Justin Timberlake definitely proves my point.
Watch and enjoy!

Jamie Lawson // "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman
This song is a classic and Jamie's rendition of it definitely does it justice.
The warmth in Jamie's voice is one of many reasons why we're big fans of Jamie!
I think the way he arranged is so minimalistic, yet so expressive. Thumbs up!

Ed Sheeran // "Dirrty" by Christina Aguilera
I feel very risky saying this, but this cover is possibly my favourite cover ever.
 Whilst there are so many beautiful and deep covers out there, this one is the exact opposite.
Ed Sheeran covering Christina Aguilera - need I say more?
What I adore about this cover is the fact that everyone in this performance is having a great time. Ed is one of those artists who can make any tracks sound like it's their own and I love it. Swag is a word I don't use often, but maaaan, he's got swag.
(And I also love the rap bit. How could I not?)

Martin Luke Brown // "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free" by Nina Simone
This dude has soul. And he knows how to present it.
I'm definitely a big fan of his music but I also adore this effortless looking cover of Nina Simone's classic. It's a beautiful song to begin with, but it takes a skilled and confident musician to pull it off that well.

And that's my selection!
There are hundreds (probably even thousands) of fantastic covers out there, so this might even turn into a little series, in case you enjoy it.

Now it's time for you to share your favourite cover with us!
Leave a comment or tweet us the tunes you love! :)

Thank you for your visit!

Credits // Text & Image: Vanessa Jertschewske | videos via YouTube


  1. There's a cover of Coldplay's Violet Hill by The Kooks that I absolutely ADORE. Also Jaimi Faulkner covering Cro's Einmal um die Welt. It's especially precious because he's Australian but singing the whole thing in German. Very proud of him. :D

    1. Ohhh I need to check those out! Both sound like they're super fantastic! :)
      Thanks for the comment!!! x

    2. Let me know if you need help finding them! :)

    3. Wait I'm sorry I just realized Jaimi actually translated the verses and only sang the chorus in German. My bad, but it's still precious! And two more covers came to mind: Carrie Hope Fletcher, who is only like my favourite Youtuber of all time, recently covered Burn, a song from Hamilton, which is only my favourite musical of all time, and it is SO. BEAUTIFUL. She has an amazing voice. And Jaimi Faulkner also covered Lips Are Movin by Meghan Trainor and it's so much fun. It's not on youtube, only here: http://www.3fm.nl/nieuws/detail/361610/Jaimi-Faulkner-maakt-zonnige-bluegrass-versie-van-'Lips-Are-Moving'


Let me know what you think! :)