10 Of The Best Song Covers From 2016 That Are As Good As The Original

Fifth Harmony ft. Daniel Bedingfield? No, seriously.
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Considering the huge success of Radio 1's Live Lounge, ABC's Greatest Hits in America and the popstar conveyor belt that is The X Factor, we kind of get the feeling the general public like a good cover version – and 2016 has given us plenty of golden covers.

Here's just 10 of the year's very best, from a show-stopping tribute to Whitney Houston to a Fifth Harmony and Daniel Bedingfield mash-up that really shouldn't work, but really really does.

1. Clean Bandit ft. Louisa: "Work From Home"

Not once during the many repeated listens of Fifth Harmony's "Work From Home" across the summer months did we think it would blend well with Daniel Bedingfield's debut hit "Gotta Get Thru This". But Clean Bandit—with plenty of help from reigning X Factor champ Louisa Johnson—proved just how well they work together with this UK garage mash-up.

2. Justin Bieber: "Fast Car"

Biebs may have had an almighty comeback with tropical house smash hits like "Sorry" and "What Do You Mean", but give the boy a guitar and he can still strike deep. His take on Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car"re-popularised by Jonas Blue earlier this yearis a reminder that, love him or hate him, there's plenty of talent in that pop heartthrob.

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3. Ariana Grande: "How Will I Know" and "Queen of The Night"

Ari pulled off the ultimate tribute to the late Whitney Houston during a show-stopping performance on ABC's Greatest Hits in the US. The vocals were big, the attitude was fire and there was even a fierce dance breakdown at the end. Who said they don't make divas like they used to?

4. Craig David: "Say My Name"

Comeback king Craig David channelled his inner Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle for a cool and collected rendition of Destiny's Child's classic anthem "Say My Name". Throwing in a bit of Solo 45's "Feed Em To The Lions" was a stroke of genius and treated us to Craig's tight rapping skills.

5. Blonde: "Work"

Bristol's deep house duo Blonde took on Rihanna's "Work" for their Live Lounge turn, transforming the island jam into a bouncy dance track. But that wasn't all. Zayn's "Pillowtalk" makes an appearance, along with dashes of Duke Dumont's "I Got U" and Robert Miles' "Children". Now that's what you call a mash-up.

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6. Demi Lovato: "Hello" and "When We Were Young"

Demi has spent most of 2016 outing herself as an Adele megafan. Not only did she perform the British star's huge hit "Hello" during her own Future Now tour, but she also paired it with its follow-up single "When We Were Young". Luckily for Demi, she's got the lungs and range to sing it to church and then some.

7. The 1975: "Sorry"

The British band had big expectations on their return to the Live Lounge after stunning everyone back in 2012 with their rendition of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful". And this time they brought yet another massive pop anthem with them in the form of Justin Bieber's "Sorry". Only The 1975 could chuck a sax on the track and actually make it work.

8. Adam Lambert: "Faith"

He may have spent most of the past four years touring with Queen, but Adam Lambert decided on another British icon to cover when he appeared on ABC's Greatest Hits. The American Idol favorite lent his massive vocals to George Michael's infectious bop "Faith" and basically made everyone remember just how much of an absolute tune it is.

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9. Fifth Harmony: "Ex's and Oh's"

The five-piece took away the big dance routines and pumped up production of their seductive pop to embrace a more soul-fuelled performance when covering Elle King's "Ex's and Oh's". It was a great moment to give their vocals plenty space to soar, while reminding everyone just why they're called Fifth Harmony.

10. Lapsley: "Pillowtalk"

Rising British singer-songwriter Lapsley stripped back Zayn's "Pillowtalk" to a light disco-tinged affair for her turn in the Live Lounge. To do our best X Factor Louis Walsh impression, ahem, she made it her own.


This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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