As a musician, you most likely want your original music to get noticed. However, covers may get more views because those watching are already familiar with the songs and want to hear them performed in new ways.
Here are the four covers that every YouTube musician should upload.
1. The throwback cover brings in fans of all ages.
Music fans young and old can recognize classic songs such as Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” or Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock.” Covering a “throwback” song will both bring in older viewers and expose classic songs to new listeners.
Even Ed Sheeran has thrown it back to the Beatles.
2. The Top 40 cover catches the ear of a wide audience.
Top 40 covers are what most music fans are looking for. By covering a popular song, you’ll attract all kinds of listeners who already love the song. Because they already know the song, they’ll be paying more attention to your voice.
Boyce Avenue and actress Sarah Hyland’s “Closer” cover got more than 46 million views!
3. The genre-crossing cover brings in listeners from another side.
By covering a song that’s outside of your preferred genre, you’ll bring in listeners from both ends of the spectrum. For example, Taylor Swift fans will be interested in a rock version of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” and a hip-hop version of “Galway Girl” could make Ed Sheeran fans go crazy.
Emily Jane is far from a hip-hop artist, but her Drake covers are beautiful.
4. The unconventional cover may go viral.
Covers don’t always go viral, but when they do, it’s usually because there’s some unconventional quality to them. It may be an acapella Lady Gaga cover or a mashup of every single song on 1989. In order to bring more attention to your music, think outside of the box and cover one of your favorite songs.
When Swedish girl group Erato set “Call Your Girlfriend” to the beat of a butter tub, the internet went crazy.
Covering songs is important for growing your channel as a musician. Mix up these covers with originals, and you’ll be down the road to stardom in no time.
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Kristen Harris enjoys listening to a wide range of music, from Taylor Swift to, on occasion, Celtic instrumental. She also spends her time writing, reading, and baking.