Because of their immense popularity and immeasurable impact on the landscape of music, The Beatles are one of the most covered bands in history. Long standing music heavyweights like Aerosmith, The Beach Boys, Bon Jovi and Neil Diamond have covered the Fab Four numerous times. Today’s faces of rock have as well, from the Black Keys and Green Day to The Killers and Jack White, proving the band’s influence transcends generations. In fact, the list of notable artists who have covered The Beatles is pretty extensive.
But unlike the prominent artists mentioned above, there are plenty of talented musicians who might not be on your radar that recorded some fantastic Beatles covers. Here are 14 that are definitely worth listening to.
Sara Niemietz “I Will”
Sara Niemietz is a Chicago-born singer residing in Los Angeles. She released a 6-song EP Push Play in June 2012 and has garnered some attention for her fantastic covers on YouTube, appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to perform the Black Keys “Tighten Up.”
- Listen to Sara Niemietz’s Push Play at bandcamp.com
- “Like” Sara on Facebook
- Follow @SaraNiemietz on Twitter
- Subscribe to Sara Niemietz’s YouTube channel
Tauk “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)”
Tauk is instrumental/experimental/funk/jazz/rock band born and bred right here in New York. Over the past decade, they’ve opened for O.A.R, MOE., Robert Randolph & the Family Band and 311; they even played alongside the legendary Buddy Guy and founding Grateful Dead member Bob Weir‘s band RatDog at Gathering of the Vibes. The band flawlessly shows off their musicianship with there instrumental cover of The Beatles “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” (Watch above).
Tauk released a new EP April 30th and celebrated with an album release party on April 24 at Sullivan Hall in Greenwich Village.
Salvatore Manalo “Blackbird”
Salvatore Manalo is a 21-year-old singer/songwriter born in Atsugi, Japan but currently calls San Diego, California his home (With stops in Washington, Pensacola and Boston inbetween). He released an EP From Here to There in 2012.
The Beatles “Blackbird” is one of dozens of covers he’s uploaded to his YouTube channel, including much of his original music.
- “Like” Salvatore Manalo on Facebook
- Follow @SalvatoreManalo on Twitter
- Subscribe to Salvatore Manalo’s YouTube channel
“She Came In Through The Bathroom Window”
The name Josh Krajcik might be familiar to you if you’re a fan of reality TV singing competitions created by Simon Cowell; Krajcik was the runner-up in the first season of The X Factor USA in 2011. He covered The Beatles several times on the show, performing “With a Little Help from My Friends,” “Something” and “Come Together.” He uploaded this raw, acoustic version of the Fab Four’s “She Came In Through the Bathroom Window” last year.
Krajcik was working towards a career in music, both as a solo artist and in a band, before X-Factor, releasing Ghosts in 2005 and Atavistic in 2011. Since his appearance on the show, Krajcik released a 4-song EP in 2012 simply titles Josh Krajcik and a full-length album Blindly, Lonely, Lovely on April 2nd.
- “Like” Josh Krajcik on Facebook
- Follow @joshkrajcik on Twitter
- Subscribe to Josh Krajcik’s YouTube channel
Alex Goot (& AJ Rafael) “Let It Be”
As New Yorkers, why have many of us not heard of Alex Goot yet? He’s a stones throw away in Poughkeepsie, NY (OK, maybe TWO throws) and he’s verified on Twitter, meaning he’s a “highly sought user.” Goot’s cover (with AJ Rafael) of The Beatles “Let It Be” also has 2.5+ million views.
The talented Goot released his debut album In Your Atmosphere on iTunes last year and just concluded a short US/UK tour. He also continually uploads finely produced covers to his YouTube channel regularly.
- “Like” Alex Goot on Facebook
- Follow @alexgoot on Twitter
- Subscribe to Goot Music on YouTube
Kiersten Holine “I’m Only Sleeping”
Originally from the Twin cities Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Kiersten Holine now calls Seattle her creative home. She’s been a part of the YouTube community since 2006 and has uploaded just over 100 videos. She recorded a stripped down version of The Beatles “I’m Sleeping Over” in 2009.
Holine has recorded two EPs (When the Fog Rests and ignoble), one album (Candescent in 2012) and several collaborations. Outside of music, Holine satiates her creativity as a photographer.
- “Like” Kiersten Holine on Facebook
- Follow @kierstenmh on Twitter
- On Tumblr
- On Instagram
- On Bandcamp
- Subscribe to Kiersten Holine on YouTube
- Kiersten Holine photography
ortoPilot “I Saw Her Standing There”
From across the Atlantic in Manchester, UK, ortoPilot is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Matt Hutchison. Since joining YouTube in 2006, Hutchison has covered artists from decades past like The Beatles, Sting and Stevie Wonder, as well as contemporary musicians like Foster The People and Rihanna.
Hutchison has recorded three albums of original music: The Weatherman in 2010, Highs and Goodbyes and Come Into My World both in 2009. He’s also recorded 15 cover albums dating back to 2009.
Alex G “Let It Be”
Alex G. is a young, unsigned singer/songwriter from Colorado who has released several EPs and singles through iTunes. She tends to cover more contemporary artists like Taylor Swift, Maroon 5 and Rihanna, which tally millions of views.
Her cover of The Beatles “Let It Be” is her only cover to sample music pre-21st century and is her second least viewed song from her channel, yet it still have over 300K views. Not too bad.
AHMIR “In My Life”
AHMIR claim to be the #1 most popular R&B group on YouTube, and with 365K+ subscribers, it might be hard to argue. The Boston based quartet cover artists from every genre and have uploaded around 200 videos over the last five years, accumulating more than 70 million views. Their soulful cover of The Beatles “In My Life” has contributed more than 168K to that total.
Austin Criswell “Yesterday”
Austin Criswell is a singer/songwriter from Carlisle, PA who records in what appears to be a basement. He hasn’t recorded and released any of his own music yet, which is a shame because his voice is pretty fantastic.
- “Like” Austin Criswell on Facebook
- Follow @ACMusic7 on Twitter
- Subscribe to Austin Criswell on YouTube
Justine Dorsey “Help!”
Justine Dorsey’s a capella cover of The Beatles “Help!” pulls a 180 from the original. The SoCal singer typical uses her guitar to cover more modern artists like Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons and the Black Keys in addition to her own original work, including her EP Unsaid from 2012.
- “Like” Justine Dorsey on Facebook
- Follow @justinedorsey on Twitter
- Subscribe to Justine Dorsey on YouTube
“Real Love”/”All You Need Is Love”
This Beatles medley by Welsh-born/London based Katie Elin-Salt combines “Real Love” and “All You Need Is Love” in the style of Regina Spektor; the prior being written by John Lennon in 1979 and reworked by McCartney, Harrison and Starr in 1995.
Quiet Corral “We Can Work It Out”
The six-piece band from Lawrence, Kansas gives the Beatles a country makeover with their cover of “We Can Work It Out.” Quiet Corral have two albums of original music, Quiet Corral in 2010 and City Steep in 2012.
Kimberly Dunn “I’ve Just Seen a Face”
Another country cover from Austin, TX has Kimberly Dunn covering The Beatles folk rocking “I’ve Just Seen a Face.” Dunn boasts the cover has “no tricks, no auto-tune, just Kimberly and her guitar.” She’s posted several of these “Under the Covers” videos to he YouTube channel.
– E.J. Judge, CBS Local
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