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Pop10: Our Fave YouTube Covers Of Taylor Swift's '1989' Tracks

Jonathan Frahm | PopWrapped Author

Jonathan Frahm

12/03/2014 8:17 pm
PopWrapped | Music
Pop10: Our Fave YouTube Covers Of Taylor Swift's '1989' Tracks | 1989
Whether you're a lover, hater, or somehow somewhere in between, there's no denying that Taylor Swift has been one of, if not the, biggest breakout pop star in the past decade. Red showed the makings of something new for the young country starlet, and before you knew it, she was full-on pop with the era of "Shake It Off" and the album it'd ushered in with it. 1989 is Taylor Swift's first foray into straight-up pop music, and she does it wonderfully. The fact that she'd made a full transition from country into the glitzy world of pop successfully says something about her savvy as a songwriter, performer, and businesswoman, and it's all centered on relatable lyrics fused together seamlessly with a catchy hook. The aspiring artists listed below clearly find inspiration from Taylor's latest hits as they've released covers of 1989 on YouTube. Below are just 10 (in no particular order) of the thousands of great covers out there - some of the very best ones.  

"Shake It Off" - Alex Boye & Changing Lanes

When you think of "Shake It Off", does your mind immediately make the connection to "African hipsters?" Well, it should now, because world artists Alex Boye and Changing Lanes have given Taylor's megahit a massive makeover, complete with "Africanized" instrumentation and a fancy keytar solo! Earlier this year, Alex and friends gave Frozen's "Let It Go" a similar revamp, which is worth a look if you're a fan of the above.

"Blank Space" - Tyler & Ryan

This aspiring country pop duo from Rhode Island check all the right marks when adapting radio darling "Blank Space" to a unique, male-fronted performance. The light Americana inflections mixed with relaxed acoustic pop harmonies make their cover an easy, and even infectious, listen.

"Bad Blood" - Sarah Close

This charismatic UK native has all of the makings of a true soul pop artist. Her take on "Bad Blood" that manages to be melodic and brooding whilst still keeping most of the charming ad-libs proves that there is a particular artistry present about her that not everyone in the industry can rightfully claim.

"Wildest Dreams" - Hayley Solano

Hayley Solano gives "Wildest Dreams" a cover that is emotion-ridden in its simplistic acoustic soundspace. She shows an excellent knack for delivering a song with her airy, ethereal vocal tone and delivery.

"Style" - Travis Atreo

Travis Atreo takes the bouncy, synth-ridden instrumentation of "Style" and flips it on its head to deliver a stripped, intimate R&B-powered interpretation of the song. The emotion on display is palpable, and it certainly helps that his falsetto is on point.

"Welcome to New York" - Mikey Wax

This guy's getting his first big break on December 8 when his single "And A Happy New Year" is going to be featured on ABC Family's Switched at Birth. It's no wonder why he'd be able to nab such a good deal, either; the dude is a pro, and proves it with his progressive pop-rock rendition of "Welcome the New York". The best part? Wax is from New York City.

"How You Get the Girl" - Lauren Bonnell

To say that Lauren Bonnell is a fan of Taylor's might be a bit of an understatement given the opening of this video explaining her get-up. Still, her inspiration from Ms. Swift goes to good use; some of her vocal tics are even similar to Taylor's in certain sense. However, it's in the best way possible and hardly an imitation. This is real, enthusiastic, heartfelt business, folks, and Lauren does it well.

"Out of the Woods" - TeraBrite

If you're into pop-punk, you'll likely love TeraBrite's rocking version of "Out of the Woods". The driving instrument and edgier overall delivery set it apart from the original greatly.

"I Wish You Would" - Sydney Day

Sydney Day is an artist who naturally inhabits a song's world when she performs, and her cover of "I Wish You Would" is no different. It's fairly simple in its acoustically set delivery, but it's in the emotion that she sings with that rolls the best set of punches here. Her gorgeous, smoky tone makes for a full package in a seemingly effortless attempt to tell her own story.

"Clean" - Carly Witt

This singer-songwriter is such a natural that you'd be forgiven if you gasped at the fact that she's only 18-years-old. Her crisp, sweet vocal is bested only by her ability to connect to lyrics and easily tell a story, much like Sydney above. Her rendition of "Clean" is nothing short of wonderful.


"Blank Space/It Wasn't Me" Mash Up - LexFletcher

Yes. This is a mashup of "Blank Space" and "It Wasn't Me" (from Shaggy back in 2000)! A genius amalgamation of two completely different songs, yet combined become magical! Lex Fletcher may not have a YouTube channel yet, but don't knock her. She's made this glorious acoustic song available for free download on her SoundCloud page! Eat it up star-crossed (Starbucks lol) lovers! [soundcloud url="" params="auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" width="100%" height="450" iframe="true" /]  

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