Feb 232024

‘The Best Covers Ever’ series counts down our favorite covers of great artists.

beatles covers

Sixty years ago this month, The Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan Show. You don’t need us to tell you what a momentous occasion this was; entire books have been written on the subject. Suffice to say we’re using the anniversary as our excuse to finally devote a Best Covers Ever to perhaps the biggest band of them all. We’ve done Dylan. We’ve done the Stones. We’ve done Dolly and Springsteen and Prince. But there was one last giant remaining.

Though it’s difficult to measure this precisely, The Beatles are the most-covered artist of all time according to the two biggest covers databases on the internet (SecondHandSongs, WhoSampled). And that certainly feels right. “Yesterday” is often cited as the most-covered song of all time, though that needs qualifiers (a ton of Christmas standards would beat it). But, again, it feels right. The Beatles were ubiquitous in their day, and they’ve been ubiquitous ever since. They just had a chart-topping single last month, the A.I.-assisted “Now and Then,” which was duly covered widely. If “Carnival of Light” ever surfaces, no doubt a carnival of covers will soon follow. Continue reading »

Feb 082011

As a fan of covers, you may have come across Sungha Jung before, either here on Cover Me or in an email circulated by your mom with the subject “HOW CUTE!!!!!” The 14-year old Korean fingerstyle guitar prodigy has posted hundreds of videos on YouTube over the past few years featuring his solo guitar arrangements of popular songs. Now he tours, has an album, and is surely poised for Justin Bieber-like success. Okay, that may be pushing it a bit. Continue reading »

Aug 022010

Song of the Day posts one cool cover every morning. Catch up on past installments here.

What makes something a YouTube hit? How does a video like “Yosemitebear Mountain Giant Double Rainbow 1-8-10” become an Internet sensation? There’s a whole list of reasons. Somewhere on that list – between freak chance and Diddy tweeting it – lies the rarest of YouTube commodities: talent.

Occasionally a video does break big for the right reasons though. Sungha Jung is a case in point. This fourteen-year old South Korean boy has amassed millions of views for his fantastic slap-guitar instrumental covers. His latest, a funky version of Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” is on its way to 200,000 views after only a week. Move over, Greyson; this kid is scary-good. Continue reading »