Songs are pretty good, but isn't it boring when a song becomes a hit on the radio and you always know exactly how it's going to sound and who's going to be singing it? Where's the surprise? Where's the intrigue? That's why covers are so fun—they offer a break from the torturous, dismal monotony of listening to a song you like that you've heard before. Also, as you'll see from many of the covers on this list, they often offer significantly less whining than the original. Below are the 13 best covers from the past year. They'll remind you that you're not the only one who likes to belt out Taylor Swift and Adele.
1. Kelly Clarkson covered "Blank Space by Taylor Swift, who publicly approved (yet didn't invite her to join the squad).
2. Joe Jonas emotionally crooned Adele's super hit "Hello" while dressed as a sad clown because...because that's what he did.https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=128&v=xqbOq8baAtk
3. John Legend sang Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" in what is arguably the sexiest iteration of said healing yet.https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=67&v=HHpQwl84izI
4. Before her album came out, Demi Lovato sang "Take Me to Church" by Hozier and reminded people that in addition to being BFFs with Iggy Azalea, she's also a singer.https://youtu.be/mjXB2PT8bh8?t=1m20s
5. New Jersey band Screaming Females did a punk version of "Shake It Off," introducing Taylor Swift's music to an audience who may not have heard of—just kidding, everyone has heard of her.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm1-bVYio1k
6. The only thing that could be better than this doo-wop reimagining of Celine Dion's Titanic ballad "My Heart Will Go On" would be if Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar.
7. The vintage edition of Radiohead's "Creep," as sung by former American Idol contestant Hayley Reinhart, is highly moving for anyone who has ever wanted a perfect body and/or soul.
8. When Florence + the Machine covered Skillex and Diplo's "Where Are Ü Now," it really emphasized how much songs can benefit from decreasing the percentage of Bieber.
9. They Might Be Giants did their own take on "Bills, Bills, Bills" by Destiny's Child while visiting The A.V. Club, while also paying respect to the original, which requires a lot of respect.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIoDSuVFWVg
10. The metal version of "Bad Blood" really captures the visceral hostility between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.
11. This video proves that "Hello" is so powerful, it will always elicit the same angsty feelings even without words and with a bunch of college students playing instruments.