On her “Piece by Piece” tour, the singer has a “fan request” portion of the show, where one lucky fan in the audience gets to pick what song she sings. And she performs everything, from Taylor Swift to Elvis, Nick Jonas to Miley Cyrus. Here are her 11 best covers (so far), ranked.
There’s no bad cover on this list -- they’re the best of the best. This one is just at the bottom because, for some reason, everyone sounds good singing “Stay.” Even a bad cover of “Stay” would sound relatively nice.
10. Demi Lovato’s “Cool for the Summer”
The Song of the Summer -- or at least one of them -- isn’t stretching Kelly’s range, but it sure does make her sound sexy. Plus, it made Demi cry “*literal tears*
9. Tori Kelly’s “Nobody Love”
We love Kelly’s soulful take, but could we please request “Fight Song,” please?!
This one is just fun. But stay till the end, when she slays those high notes.
7. Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do”
Kelly covering Ellie makes perfect sense. Their voices are both so rich and can soar to such heights. P.S. How about we get Kelly on that next Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack with an original song, eh?
6. Joe Cocker’s “Get by With a Little Help”
If American Idol taught us anything, it’s that Kelly was born to sing the oldies. Her voice sounds flawless here, crooning to the classic. You just want to swag and sing along to it.
5. Lana Del Rey’s “Off to the Races”
Lana’s songs are basically oldies, right? Ditto the above, with some jazzy flair.
4. Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space”
If Ryan Adams
weren’t already doing a 1989 cover album
, we’d suggest Kelly do it. Kelly’s “Blank Space” arrangement is slowed down, but when she hits those runs, all you can say is, “Damn.” (Or as Taylor herself said, “YES.”
3. Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive”
This is a slow burn, but stick with it. Who doesn’t want to see Kelly rock out?
2. Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love”
Is this even fair? It's one of the greatest songs ever. Still, Kelly's take is lovely.
Kelly tries to make this cover a little more “family” than the original, but even still, we love hearing the darker and edgier side of Mrs. Clarkson. Oh, and she sounds amazing. But that was a given, right?
Now, watch the moment Kelly announced mid-concert that she was pregnant!