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From YouTube Covers to Originals, Greyson Chance's 6 Best Songs

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Greyson Chance discusses the premiere of his first single Afterlife during AOL Build at AOL Studios In New York on Feb. 2, 2016 in New York City. 

All eyes are on 20-year-old Greyson Chance, a longtime Ellen DeGeneres Show favorite, after he premiered his latest track, “Low,” exclusively on Billboard early Thursday (Dec. 8).

The release is his first since his 2016 EP, Somewhere Over My Head, after finding a key balance between music and school (Chance is a history major at the University of Tulsa).

In honor of the YouTube sensation’s new release, here’s a look back at six of his best songs, combining throwback covers with original tracks that jump-started his career.

1. "Hold On ‘Til the Night"
The upbeat piano pop tune serves as the title track from the singer’s first full-length album, released in 2011. The album peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 and spent six weeks on the chart.

2. "Paparazzi"
The Lady Gaga cover that started it all. The singer -- who was 13 at the time -- posted the song on YouTube, and soon after, the clip skyrocketed in popularity due to his mind-blowing vocals. DeGeneres quickly brought Chance on her show and he performed the song live.

3. "Hit & Run"
The 2016 single is more electro-pop than Chance’s previous tracks, but the synth-heavy chorus makes it just as powerful, a quality quintessential to any Greyson Chance song.

4. "Thrilla in Manila"
The 2014 funk track marks Chance’s more mature sound following his 2011 debut. The tune was inspired by the 1975 boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.  

5. "Afterlife"
Much like the title suggests, the echo-y and harmony-filled dance track feels almost otherworldly. The lyric video follows the theme, with bold white font against a colorful galaxy background. The remix by friend and collaborator Frank Pole is definitely something work checking out also.

6. "Unfriend You"
Last but not least, here’s a throwback to Chance’s first original, bridging the gap between YouTube star and full-fledged recording artist. Chance seems to channel Kelly Clarkson in this powerful breakup track.