Selena Gomez, Cimorelli and Mayer Hawthorne have all taken on the No. 1 hit. But who covered it best?
Last week, Lorde's debut single "Royals" climbed to the top of the Hot 100 chart after three months of trying to live that fantasy, and, naturally, the sparse takedown of the perceived happiness of opulence has inspired some high-profile cover versions. From pop diva Selena Gomez to "Sing-Off" stars Pentatonix, "Royals" has been given the varied musical tributes that most ubiquitous pop singles receive.
Now it's your turn to tell us which recent cover of Lorde's "Royals" puts the best spin on the No. 1 hit. Vote for your favorite "Royals" cover below:
Missed a few of the cover versions of the 16-year-old's pop smash? Check out Selena Gomez's straightforward take on the cut during her Stars Dance tour, which gets some gentle piano, acoustic strumming and a slightly tweaked opening line:
As part of VEVO's "Unexpected Covers" series, neo-soul auteur Mayer Hawthorne slows down the tempo and draws out the luxurious name-checking of the pre-chorus.
Pentatonix, the all-star a cappella group which earned the season 3 "Sing-Off" crown, is no stranger to colorful cover performances, and the simple arrangement of "Royals" is a perfect showcase for their beat-boxing and tongue-clicking:
The most recent "Royals" cover comes from Mutya Keisha Siobhan -- the former Sugababes only need a single guitar and their gorgeous harmonies to do justice to Lorde's hit during an online session:
Finally, sister singing group Cimorelli utilize finger-snaps and six separate voices to tackle the song sans instruments:
Vote now for your favorite cover of Lorde's chart-topper, and defend your choice in the comments section!