The Billboard Hot 100 juggernaut “Closer” has been dethroned, but the Chainsmokers song has plenty more life to live thanks to the many covers shared on YouTube and beyond.
With the most recent addition of Boyce Avenue featuring Modern Family‘s Sarah Hyland, Billboard was inspired to round up a collection of the most well-known artists who have put their own spin on the track — and proved that the song is as versatile as it is prevalent.
Walk Off the Earth
Let’s start off with a bang, shall we? The cover song masterminds took on “Closer” and brought perhaps the most creativity to the track, utilizing guitar (both the strings and the body), ukulele and bongos for their take on it. But the best part is how they simulated the synth-tastic beat in the song’s chorus: kazoos. See for yourself.
?While country isn’t exactly the genre one would think to take on an electronic-based track, Swindell managed to mash it with his own hit “Let Me See Ya Girl” for the closer (pun intended) of his Down Home Tour. That twang practically makes it sound like a completely different song.
Sam Tsui, Kirsten Collins, Lia Kim and Kurt Hugo Schneider?
While this cover incorporates the most electronic sounds of any, the voices sound vastly different from those of Chainsmoker Drew Taggart’s and Halsey‘s. There’s even a chorus-like collective chant of the beltable line “We ain’t never gettin’ older.”
“Closer” gets an R&B makeover thanks to the smooth singer-songwriter, who’s backed by jazzy keyboard sounds and sings the entire chorus in falsetto. Guess he did have to make up for not having a girl singing with him somehow.
The beanie-bearing YouTube star’s acoustic rendition has a very Shawn Mendes vibe to it — especially his dramatic belt-outs and swoon-worthy runs on the final chorus.
Vote for which “Closer” cover you enjoyed most below.