With Ariana Grande blowing up the music world, other artists are jumping at the chance to cover her greatest hits. On Tuesday (Dec. 18), Miley Cyrus took on “No Tears Left to Cry,” while just the day before Alessia Cara smashed “Breathin.”
While Grande’s forthcoming album is sure to inspire even more performers to take on her music, here are some of the greatest Grande song renditions so far.
Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson, “No Tears Left to Cry”
Backed by violins, Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson turned “No Tears Left to Cry” acoustic for the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. Cyrus’ strong vocals lent the song a fresh warmth, earning an “I love that voice and soul sm” reply from the Sweetener songstress.
Alessia Cara, “Breathin”
Alessia Cara was joined by airy backing vocals and a single piano for a stripped-down rendition of “Breathin.” The organic performance took place as part of the BBC Radio 1 Piano Sessions.
The 1975, “Thank U, Next”
Mumford & Sons, “Breathin”
Mumford & Sons also showed up at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge last month to cover a Grande song. Their choice? “Breathin.” Frontman Marcus Mumford’s gritty vocals were accompanied by a full orchestra and a few backing banjo runs.
Years & Years, “No Tears Left to Cry”
British synth-pop band Years & Years hit the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge in July to intensify Grande’s lead Sweetener single. Frontman Olly Alexander’s falsetto was accompanied by a groovy beat and an airy, electrified keyboard.
Aurora, “God Is a Woman”
Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora put a delicate yet haunting spell on Grande’s “God is a Woman” for European-based radio station NRK P3. Her voice wandered as she led the performance with soft piano chords.
Postmodern Jukebox, “Side to Side”
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox — a musical collective known for putting vintage jazz spins on popular tunes — took on “Problem,” “Break Free,” and even “Side to Side” as seen in this clip. While DeAndre Brackensick’s 70s soul style makes Grande’s hit almost unrecognizable, the smooth sound packs a punch of its own.
Set It Off, “Problem”
Rock band Set It Off covered Grande’s “Problem” for compilation album Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6. This high-energy rendition features blaring guitars, swingin’ trumpets and a crazy intense take on the Iggy Azalea bridge.