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Harry Styles' 8 Best Covers

The former One Direction member is the musical chameleon we don't deserve.

With his two solo albums, Harry Styles has proven that he was always One Direction's strongest link.

The boy band's final performance in 2015 opened the doors for Styles to come into his own. Turns out, his solo artistic persona is pretty chameleonic. He channels classic rock as easily as he does pop and R&B. He can deliver soaring ballads with the same energy he devotes to high-energy barnburners. All of this is to say: Styles is a singular talent with a versatile voice and an undeniable charisma that multiplies his appeal.

Though his original work is typically great, Styles has also performed numerous impressive renditions of other artists' hits. From '70s folk to modern hits, we've rounded up the ex-1D member's best covers.

Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”

Joni Mitchell's biggest hit got another breath of life when it was covered by Counting Crows in 2002. Though the band gave the environmentally-conscious tune a more adult alternative spin, Styles takes it back to its singer-songwriter origins with a fully acoustic setup. The harmony during the chorus adds a special touch.

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Happy Birthday, Elliott Smith: The Indie Rock Legend's 10 Best Songs

The singer-songwriter would have been 51 today.

JJ Gonson

Today, August 6, 2020, Elliott Smith would have turned 51 years old.

Smith was born in Omaha, Nebraska, raised in north Texas, and spent a good portion of his life in Portland, Oregon before settling in Los Angeles. Before his sudden and mysterious death in 2003, the prolific singer-songwriter released five studio albums of poignant, rootsy indie rock, with his sixth studio album and a compilation of rarities being released posthumously. He became known for his dismal lyrics—often referencing his mental health and substance abuse habits—and his distinctively whispery vocals, which he often double-tracked to create an eerie, textured ambiance.

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Kat Hamilton Premieres Poignant “Medicine Line”

"Medicine Line" bares the intimate scars of struggling with addiction.

Kat Hamilton

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West Coast singer-songwriter and performer Kat Hamilton introduces "Medicine Line," a song from her forthcoming album Recovery Songs, slated to drop early 2020.

After five years as the front woman for Manic Pixi, Hamilton reinvented herself, emerging with an innovative sound blending alt-rock, Americana, pop, and emo sounds. "Medicine Line" bares the intimate scars of struggling with addiction. Hamilton divulges, "I had just gotten out of a recovery center and these songs became my way of coping. "The music was inspired by being knocked down and getting back up. Going to the darkest places in yourself and in life, and managing to make it through."

Medicine Line


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