Favorite Youtube Covers?
June 8, 2011 6:43 AM   Subscribe

Using Youtube-to-MP3 tools found online, I've recently started putting some of my favorite acoustic covers of popular music on my iPod. Some of these favorites are within, along with other popular examples of the stripped-down cover trend, but I would appreciate discovering yours as well.

My Favorites:
Lafro's cover of A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow from the Christopher Guest mockumentary A Mighty Wind

ningyoko's cover of the Kyu Sakamoto song ue o muite usually titled Sukiyaki in English.

Jenny y Lenny's cover of an arrangement of the Tom Jobim song Vou te Contar (popularized in English by Frank Sinatra as Wave).

Rachel Holder's cover of Dolly Parton's Jolene (which admittedly would be about three times as awesome to watch if she actually played that guitar she's holding).

Popular Examples:
Mat Weddle's cover of Outkast's Hey Ya!. A similar version by his band Obadiah Parker, featuring piano and female harmony vocals, is already available on iTunes.

Jonathan Coulton's cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot's Baby Got Back. A similar version with background vocals and more verses is already available on iTunes.
posted by The Confessor to Media & Arts (24 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
Here is a link to "10 Crazy-Good Covers You’ve Probably Never Heard" that Alyssa Rosenberg recently posted.
posted by Hypnotic Chick at 6:58 AM on June 8, 2011

Off the top of my head, Ray Lamontagne's cover of Gnarls Barkley's Crazy, and Stereophonic's cover of Nothing Compares 2 U
posted by ALLLGooD at 6:59 AM on June 8, 2011

Clipgrab works with Windows, OSX, and Linux. You can use the search engine and find your videos or just paste the URL. It gives you options of meta data, too.
posted by canadia at 6:59 AM on June 8, 2011 [3 favorites]

Oh, whoops, I misunderstood the question! Well, my recommendation still stands, haha.
posted by canadia at 7:00 AM on June 8, 2011

Bizarre Love Triangle done by Frente
Iron Man done by the Cardigans
ICP's Miracles done by Look at the Fields
Use Somebody done by Paramore

... and here's a list you're likely to enjoy.
posted by jbickers at 7:12 AM on June 8, 2011 [3 favorites]

Crazy in Love by the Magic Numbers
posted by neroli at 7:17 AM on June 8, 2011

Johnny Cash's American albums.
posted by Leon at 7:17 AM on June 8, 2011

A little out of left field, but oh so good....

Ayo Technology by Milow.
posted by jay.eye.elle.elle. at 7:34 AM on June 8, 2011

Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez
Originally by The Knife. I can't seem to find any youtube versions that haven't beebn muted or taken down, sorry!

I also love Nina Gordon (formerly of Veruca Salt) covering Straight Outta Compton
posted by utsutsu at 7:40 AM on June 8, 2011 [1 favorite]

An excellent resource: Cover Me

Most songs are downloadable or are YouTube clips.
posted by kuanes at 7:56 AM on June 8, 2011 [1 favorite]

Check out Jennifer Chung's cover of Mike Posner's Cooler Than Me... or Paramore's The Only Exception... or Frank Ocean's Pyrite (Fool's Gold)... or even some of her non-acoustic covers.

(NB: We're friends from high school, hence the fanboyism, but I still think she's super talented regardless.)
posted by Rickalicioso at 7:57 AM on June 8, 2011 [1 favorite]

Sam Tsui (the Michael Jackson medley guy) has great covers of Halo, Replay, Down, Run, and many more. (I know him from school, but he's something like the #5 most subscribed musician on Youtube, so...)

Whatever You Like by T.I. covered by Anya Marina is creepy and great.
Digital Love by Daft Punk is covered by Alphabeat.
posted by acidic at 8:16 AM on June 8, 2011

Clem Snide's solo ukelele cover of "Faithfully" by Journey is wonderful, except for the unfortunate event at the end of the video.
posted by arco at 8:39 AM on June 8, 2011 [1 favorite]

Rivers Cuomo of Weezer does a surprisingly compelling acoustic cover of "Tomorrow" from Annie.
posted by sarahsynonymous at 9:36 AM on June 8, 2011

This guy. Covers of Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, etc.
posted by cp311 at 9:41 AM on June 8, 2011

Carolina Chocolate Drops doing Hit 'Em Up Style.
posted by fings at 2:34 PM on June 8, 2011

The striped downdedness only further emphasized my observation that when folks do covers, for some reason, they do them at 3/4 speed.

That being said I want to kiss Jenny Lewis full on the lips for playing this Wilbury's cover at 5/4 speed.
posted by humboldt32 at 3:18 PM on June 8, 2011 [1 favorite]

These are more for comic effect, but this guy does cross-genre covers, including smooth jazz versions of Enter Sandman and Crazy Train. They sometimes use the original vocals, which makes them even funnier, but musically, they're pretty good in their own right.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 3:32 PM on June 8, 2011

Adele's Love Song
posted by yeloson at 5:10 PM on June 8, 2011

Copy Cats is another great cover blog.

While we're at it:
Thirteen by Elliott Smith (Originally by Big Star)
Tori Amos does lots of these: Smells like Teen Spirit. Total Eclipse of the Heart.
Since U Been Gone/Maps by Ted Leo (Originally by Kelly Clarkson & The Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
Hounds of Love by Patrick Wolf (Originally by Kate Bush. Also covered by The Futureheads)
On Sussex Downs by Patrick Wolf (Originally by Larrikin Love)
In the Aeroplane over the Sea by Fanfarlo (Originally by Neutral Milk Hotel)
Two Headed Boy by Jesse Lacey (of Brand New) (also, Part 2) Originally by Neutral Milk Hotel (Also covered by The Swell Season)
Kids by The Kooks (Originally by MGMT)
Let Go by Boys Like Girls (Originally by Frou Frou. This works way better than it should.)
Rolling in the Deep by John Legend (Originally by Adele)

Also see The AV Club's ongoing "Undercover" series, and the one from last year too.
posted by schmod at 7:46 AM on June 9, 2011 [1 favorite]

My favorite YouTube Cover:
The Weight - Gillian Welch & Old Crow Medicine Show
posted by qldaddy at 5:04 PM on June 9, 2011 [1 favorite]

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