3 Radio Hits That Can’t Compete With Their Covers

Take that, pop radio hits!

Take that, pop radio hits!

Have you ever heard a song on the radio and thought to yourself, “How can anyone listen to this piece of mechanized auto-tuned garbage?” No? Well, to each his own. Nevertheless, there’s certainly a lot of music out there that boggles the mind as to why it’s popular. Most modern music sucks. This is a well-documented fact by scientists and funny little men in white coats running around with clipboards. Of course, there’s plenty of catchy music that has some value. But every once in a while, some lesser known artist comes along and covers a popular song and just knocks it out of the park. Here are 3 great examples of radio hits that can’t compete with their covers.

#3. I Need Your Love by Calvin Haris ft. Ellie Goulding

Covered by: Madilyn Bailey

Synopsis: The original song by electro pop artist Calvin Harris (with vocals by Ellie Goulding) is kind of catching and fun by itself. Madilyn comes in and sweeps the song off it’s feet with accompanist Matt Coco. She has a very nice bluesy kind of voice that and style that lends a slightly more melancholy interpretation to the song and the result is very pretty. Take a listen!

 

#2. I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift

Covered by: Tyler Ward, Lindsey Stirling, and Chester See

Synopsis: This cover should get an award for “most improved.” The original song by Taylor Swift is just awful. It’s so awful, in fact, that a goat also covered it and still sounded better than Taylor. However, Tyler Ward and the ever endearing Lindsey Stirling (who would have made the list with her fantastic cover of Rihanna’s We Found Love if I hadn’t already covered it in 3 Songs You Should Drop Everything And Listen to Right Now) managed to take this little ditty and reinterpret into a pleasant melody that’s actually nice to listen to.

 

#1. You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful by One Direction

Covered by: The Piano Guys

Synopsis: Lets face it…at some point, you’ve gotten a One Direction song stuck in your head and instantly felt a piece of your adulthood crumble into immaturity. No one really wants to be humming a boy band droning on about the clueless beauty in the room. But The Piano Guys take this song and completely revolutionize it. This cover is amazing. That’s why it’s #1. Because it’s good. Let it bless your eardrums with it’s eclipsing creativity!

 

That’s it, folks! I would put more Lindsey Stirling in here…but there are other musicians in the world. Give a like and follow and I’ll respond. Thanks!

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The Star Wars Wars!

Alright everybody! Welcome to the new and improved blogomatic, SnowedIn! I decided it was time to switch my focus and give the whole thing a new feel. I’d like to focus on more interesting topics related to culture, history and overall interesting things that are out there. What better place to start than sci-fi and the two greatest musicians on YouTube??

Lindsey Stirling VS. The Piano Guys!

 

IN THE A CAPELLA AND VIOLIN CORNER, WE HAVE LINDSEY STIRLING!!!

lindsey and peter star wars

I present to you “Star Wars Medley” by Lindsey Stirling and Peter Hollens. (It’s an Internet rule that you can’t write too many blog posts that include Lindsey Stirling…it’s just a fact.) In this offering just uploaded this past week, Lindsey teams up with Peter Hollens, an all-voice musician who brings his a capella awesomeness to the Star Wars world. The video starts off with some vintage nerdiness from our favorite YouTube stars, and then the song begins with the familiar triumph of the Star Wars themes and transitions seamlessly into the other recognizable tunes from the franchise. Midway through the song, Peter Hollens really shows off his talent with those awesome bass notes thumping out the evil Empire theme we’ve all come to dread! Lindsey’s demonstrates the variety of her violin as it flits from soaring tenor of sweetness and victory notes to brash tones of foreboding and doom. The visuals in the music video are rather stunning, with authentic costumes and live action sets.

Special Bonus: As an awesome side note, when Peter starts singing the Sith theme at 2:58, sing the words, “Corn on the cob, corn on the kabob” with him. It fits awkwardly well.

AAAAAND IN THE CELLO CORNER, I PRESENT TO YOU THE PIANO GUYS!!!

piano guys cello wars

This piece, entitled “Cello Wars” has been up for much longer than the Lindsey Stirling/ Peter Hollens arrangements, which explains why it has over 12 million views as opposed to just the 1 million the former video has. This piece has really cool visuals with Steven Sharp Nelson of the Piano Guys playing cello with a lightsaber! Yes, a lightsaber! That’s literally impossible but he does it because the music cannot be contained! It starts off with a more foreboding Star Wars theme that really takes off with the juxtaposition of the two cellos against one another. This video actually took 6 months to make because the costumes, music, and editing have so much depth to them.

Special Bonus: The unexpectedly delightful Darth Vader debut at 1:48. This is quite possibly the best 5 seconds of video on YouTube.

WHO’S THE WINNER?

Honestly, it’s a difficult decision but I think the Piano Guys version has more going for it. Lindsey is my mostest favoritest ever, but there’s nothing like some good Sith cello to get the ol’ Rebel alliance started up again!

Who do you think wins this epic battle? Sound off in the comments!

Check out their YouTube Pages:
Lindsey Stirling
Peter Hollens
The Piano Guys

3 Songs You Should Drop Everything And Listen To Right Now

Lately, I have had 3 very specific tunes constantly running through my head. It’s been great listening to my mind’s radio recently, because luckily, I love these songs! I highly recommend each of these, so let’s dig in!

The Gospel by Geoff Krieger

This song is sweet, succinct and catchy. A buddy of mine did some of the instruments and production for the song, and it turned out very well.

Why It’s Good: I love this song because the chorus draws some very specific allusions to the Bible that I find very comforting. The chorus says, “And soon, this mortal wave will part for us, then you and I will cross the sea on holy dust. In time, the storms of life will pass us by, and broken hearts will heal when they know the gospel.” The theme of “you and I” is reinforced by the introduction of group vocals, which provides support to the theme and message.  The melody gives a sense of hope and the words tell you that there is hope and eventually, this life will be over and we will go to another place. For Christians, that is a blessed reminder.

Where can I hear it? Visit Geoff’s Soundcloud. You’ll be glad you did. The Gospel – Geoff Krieger

We Found Love by Lindsey Stirling

This song has also been dominating my mind lately. In case you have not yet experienced Lindsey Stirling, go check out her YouTube page. Seriously. She’s absolutely incredible and one of my all-time favorite artists. About a year ago, she covered Rihanna’s “We Found Love” after a trip to Kenya that profoundly affected her. She took a pop song that was pretty mediocre and turned it into something that’s really beautiful.

Why It’s Good: The combination of the African harmonies and drums with the very Western sound of Lindsey’s violin creates a melodious juxtaposition that’s simply sweet. The melody awakens a sense of possibility and adventure, as the vocalist (Alisha Popat) sings about finding love in a whole new place. The original version says, “We found love in a hopeless place.” Lindsey, after her experience in Kenya, changed the lyrics to “We found love in a holy place/ We found love in a whole new place.”

Listen to it on YouTube, or watch it here:

Jesus, Draw Me Ever Nearer by Keith and Kristyn Getty

This song is such an encouragement. It’s a modern hymn that is all about trusting Jesus through life’s trials and it’s a wonderful reminder of our beautiful Savior and His work.

Why It’s Good:  “Jesus draw me ever nearer / As I labour through the storm. / You have called me to this passage, / and I’ll follow, though I’m worn.” Just read those words.  That’s why it’s good.

Listen to it here.