Whether it's a rainy afternoon or a chill study date, here are nine covers of pop/folk/classic songs that are guaranteed to make your day. So go curl up on the DuPont couches, lay a blanket down at Greens View, or snuggle up in the comfort of your bed, and be ready to make a whole new playlist on Spotify.
1. "I'm Gonna be (500 Miles)" by Sleeping at Last (Original: The Proclaimers)
You may have seen this sweet cover featured on "Grey's Anatomy," or on that killer Budweiser commercial with the little golden retriever puppy that never fails to shatter your heart into about two million pieces. Regardless, this acoustic cover of an 80s classic leaves you feeling a little bit like this (but in the absolute best way, of course).
2. "Better Together" by Us the Duo (Original: Jack Johnson)
First of all, if you don't follow Us the Duo on every single social media outlet known to mankind, you need to get on that right away. Husband and wife Michael and Carissa Alvarado have gained popularity by recording covers of popular songs that not only have incredibly intricate, kickass harmonies, but they are also the cutest people ever. Seriously. Just look at them.
3. "Blank Space/Style" by Louisa Wendorff (Original: Taylor Swift)
I don't even know where to begin with this one. It's literally just flawless. It's perfect. It's everything you didn't know you need in your life.
4. "Chandelier" by Twisted Measure (Original: Sia)
OK. Maybe I'm just a nerd, but this is basically the best thing that's ever happened to me. Twisted Measure, one of Elon University's a cappella groups, recorded this insane cover of Sia's "Chandelier," and it's the perfect mixture of sweet and spicy and completely restored my faith in a cappella. No lie. Check it out!
5. "Crazy in Love" by Daniela Andrade (Original: Queen B herself)
If anyone sets the bar high, it's Beyonce. And Daniela Andrade sees that bar, flips it the bird, and throws this jaw-dropper out there. Holy freaking cow. A completely mellow take on one of the hypest songs out there and it's nothing less than perfect.
6. "Wagon Wheel" by Mumford and Sons (Original: Old Crow Medicine Show)
You read that right. Probably one of the best combinations ever. It can be hard to find a high-quality version of this, so check this one out.
7. "Angel from Montgomery" by Dave Matthews Band and Brandi Carlile (Original: John Prine)
Anyone who knows me knows that I have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with Brandi Carlile (if you want to check her out, I recommend starting with "Wherever is Your Heart," "The Eye," "Hard Way Home," or "Looking Out." By then you'll be hooked!). This cover, though, is absolute perfection. I'll include a picture of Brandi just because she's pretty to look at.
8. "Pirate Looks at 40" by Jack Johnson and Dave Matthews Band (Original: Jimmy Buffett)
Continuing on with the kickass DMB collaboration covers trend, here's an awesome Jimmy Buffett cover he did with Jack Johnson at Jack Johnson's Kokua Benefit in 2008. Jack Johnson actually released a whole CD from that benefit, chalked full with some of the coolest covers ever and including collaborations with Willie Nelson, Ben Harper, Eddie Vedder, Ziggy Marley. Need I go on?
9. "Murder in the City" by Brandi Carlile (Original: The Avett Brothers)
Last but not least, and in order to prove the whole "unhealthy obsession" bit, here's another to die for Brandi cover. Just for good measure. It's on her newest album, "Firewatcher's Daughter," and it's pretty much life-changing. There ya have it.