Going Mainstream: 12 Awesome Pop Covers by Indie Artists

Indie arists + shiny pop hits = fire emoji

We all have guilty pleasures when it comes to music and even your favorite artists aren’t immune. Dive into some shiny, shimmery pop jams courtesy of some of today’s best indie artists.

Ryan Adams – “Bad Blood” (Taylor Swift Cover)

Earlier this year Ryan Adams took on Taylor Swift’s entire 1989 album. “Bad Blood” is a standout, but really the whole thing is taut.

CHVRCHES – “What Do You Mean?” (Justin Bieber Cover)

Let’s be honest, Bieber got this one right. Chvrches also do it right. Wins all around.

BØRNS – “Can’t Feel My Face” (The Weeknd Cover)

The hit of the summer as told by the buzzing Garret Borns.

Sam Smith – “Fast Car” (Tracy Chapman Cover)

Sam Smith has the voice of an angel and can do no wrong. Taking on the Tracy Chapman classic is a recipe for a fire emoji.

George Ezra – “I Try” (Macy Gray Cover)

George Ezra kinda has the male version of Macy’s voice. Dope.

Chet Faker – No Diggity (Blackstreet Cover)

No Diggity. ‘Nuff said.

Arkells – “I Want You Back” (Jackson 5 Cover)

Hamilton’s finest covering one of the greatest tracks ever created.

Glass Animals – “Love Lockdown” (Kanye West Cover)

A cover even Kanye himself could vibe.

Hugo – “99 Problems” (Jay-Z Cover)

If you havin’ girl problems I feel bad for you son.

Tokyo Police Club – “Party in the USA” (Miley Cyrus Cover)

If you can’t sing along to this one you’ve probably resided under a rock at some point in the last 5 years.

Tame Impala – “Prototype” (Outkast Cover)

Kevin Parker and the boys doing their best Andre 3000 and Big Boi.

Penguin Prison – “All Night Long” (Lionel Richie Cover)

Penguin Prison keep the disco vibes going strong.