Sam Smith's 7 Best Covers
After more than a year of radio silence, Sam Smith fans were finally blessed with new music after last week’s release of “Too Good At Goodbyes.” His tenor range mixed with his jaw dropping melodies are proof that his talent is undeniable. So while we patiently wait for the rest of the album to drop, here are seven of our favorite Sam Smith covers.
1. “How Will I Know,” originally performed by Whitney Houston
Sam Smith completely reimagined Houston’s 1985 Hot 100 chart-topping classic with a stripped down, passionate approach that is sure to leave you speechless. With just the simple accompaniment of a piano and guitar, the cover showcases the crooner's incredible, raw talent.
2. “Hotline Bling,” originally performed by Drake
With the help of frequent collaborators Disclosure, Sam Smith surprised us by tackling Drake’s meme-inspiring "Hotline Bling," proving there is nothing he can't sing. If only he had attempted those iconic Drizzy dance moves...
3. “Funny Valentine,” originally performed by Rodgers and Hart
Sam Smith twists this 1937 showtune into a brooding ballad. The cover highlights his incredible vocal control and his signature falsetto.
4. “Do I Wanna Know,” originally performed by Arctic Monkeys
Sam Smith’s arrangement of this alt rock jam stay true to the original, but his soulful delivery gives the song an extra bit of magic. Lighters out!
5. “Fast Car,” originally performed by Tracy Chapman
Sam’s vocal prowess give this '90s staple a refreshingly modern R&B twist.
6. “When I Was Your Man,” originally performed by Bruno Mars
Sam is known for creating tearjerkers, so it's no surprise that he covered this Bruno Mars ballad. With slow verses and a soul-crushing chorus, make sure to have a box of Kleenx handy for this one.
Only a musical mastermind would think to combine these two songs. Maybe it’s the beautiful venue, or the stellar supporting vocals, but either way the musical sampling is simply genius.