Break out the Kleenex because Adele, the reining queen of tear-jerker ballads, dropped her much anticipated album, 25, last week, and as you know by now, it’s amazing. The first single, “Hello,” not only broke the record for biggest debut single since the advent of iTunes, it has become an instant karaoke classic. How do we know? Because YouTube is being inundated with cover versions. We can barely keep up.
There aren’t many voices that rival Adele’s, but we found seven of the best covers that will hit you right in the heart. Which is exactly what we’ve come to expect from Adele.
This student from the Seoul Music High School was anonymous for about five minutes, maybe ten. With a voice like this, you know Ellen had to send her private jet (that is how it works right?) to pick her up and propel her to stardom.
There’s a good chance Adele and Demi are already buds, but just in case they aren’t, this is the best indication that they should be… and should probably, definitely work on a duet together.
There’s something about the R&B legend’s gentle power that makes this unique. We don’t want to steal a line from American Idol, but Thomas really makes it his own.
This YouTube star might not be Bieber-big yet, but with pipes like these (and those 12 million views and counting) there’s no way he’s just a flash in the pan.
Jeremy Green (viola)
Has a viola ever made you cry? Ok, answer this question again after watching the video.
Choir! Choir! Choir!
Toronto’s Choir! Choir! Choir! are superstars in their own right (um, hello, they’ve shared the stage with Patti Smith, Tegan and Sara, and even opened for Jay Leno) so no wonder hundreds of people showed up to add their voice to this cover, and totally killed it. There’s just something about voices united in song that gets to us every time.
He turned YouTube covers into a record deal, so obviously Conor Maynard has knocked it out of the park with his rendition of “Hello.” He may have an unfair advantage being British himself, but all’s fair in love and war of the cover songs.
Alright, we know this isn’t a cover of “Hello,” but his version of Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain” is just way too amazing not to include. Really.