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YouTube favorites: This week’s best covers

Posted 6:30pm on Friday, Aug. 02, 2013

I find myself spending a majority of the week surfing YouTube for great covers of a wide variety of songs. This is where I share them each week in hopes that you’ll pay it forward and email or tweet me your favorite YouTube covers each week (You’ll get a shout-out if I post your suggestion).

1. Thinkin Bout You -Tori Kelly & Angie Girl (Originally: Frank Ocean)

This girl can sing. There’s really no other way to put it. While her YouTube channel is full of original songs that are great, there is a reason this is one of the most popular videos on the channel. Tori’s take on Frank Ocean’s chill song is the perfect illustration of ‘not trying too hard’ and Angie Girl’s beatboxing backs the song up but is really a feat of its own. When you find yourself binge-listening to this so much you think you may break the repeat button, just know you’re not alone.

2. Knockin on Heaven’s Door - Andrew Belle (Originally: Bob Dylan)

I can honestly say I have been a fan of Belle’s for years, though I can’t trace where I even discovered him. Despite my longtime following of his music, I didn’t find this cover until the New York Times ran this Music Match up piece comparing Belle to 50s guy Ricky Nelson. Belle has an album coming out this month titled “Black Bear” and his songs have been featured on numerous television shows. This cover, though, is a rare gem in the treasure trove of Belle songs.

3. Blurred Lines with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots and Robin Thicke

An infectious R&B track from soulful Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines, has been playing on the radio continuously this summer. But just as the general public may have tired of the song, Jimmy Fallon and his comedic genius breathes new life into the tune with a YouTube rendition using kids’ musical instruments and featuring Fallon, his late-night band The Roots and Thicke. This may not count as a ‘cover’ persay, but who cares? It’s still great. What was once a viral radio song with racy lyrics is now a viral YouTube hit with a splash of humor. Read DFW.com music critic Preston Jones’ full review of Thicke’s new album here.

4. Half of me - Trevin Hunte (Originally: Rihanna)

Trevin Hunte is a stellar find who America first heard of when he competed in Season 3 of NBC’s The Voice where he ended his run too soon. Leaving the show as a semi-finalist, Hunte has gone on to make a music video for NBC and start an Internet campaign to produce his first album. This take on Rihanna’s Half of Me shows why America, as it so often does, got Season 3 wrong.

Nick Dean Twitter: @bynickdean

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