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The 10 best Drake covers of 2015
By
Nicolle Weeks

Published

December 18, 2015

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Everyone from Nick Jonas to Borns to the Jackson State University Marching Band has covered "Hotline Bling." And there's no shortage of people who cover it in their bedrooms doing vocal gymnastics. That's all good. But we wanted more.

A good cover version is not only an ode to a song's original goodness, but puts a unique spin on the song, contributing to it as a work of art. (Sorry, Sufjan — we weren't buying your attempt.) This collection of Drake covers comes from true fans of the music, which is evident in their versions.

Here's our list of the best Drake covers to come out this year.

Erykah Badu, 'Cell U Lar Device'

Probably the best cover on this list, Badu's weird and wonderful Drake remix features her own voicemail message, including the line:

"If you're calling to wish her a happy birthday, Kwanzaa, MLK, Black History Month, Juneteenth or Hanukkah, press two. If you're calling because you just saw her on BET, MTV or any of the social media outlets and you're checking to make sure you're still in good standing, press three."

Erykah Badu

Unfortunately, all initial traces of the track have been removed from the internet, but you can listen to the track on Badu's new album, But You Cain't Use My Phone.


Coeur de Pirate, 'Hold On, We're Going Home'

Coeur de pirate's Strombo session was a hit, especially her cover of Drake's 2013 hit "Hold On, We're Going Home." The piano-backed version is almost dainty in its execution, in a really good way.


Ceresia, 'Hotline Bling (Female Perspective)'

Ceresia's take on Drake's lyrics resonated deeply and went viral. She calls the rapper out on his somewhat questionable lyrics, which tell the story of Drake living the life and expecting his lady friend to stay home and wait for him to call.


Toronto Symphony Orchestra, 'Know Yourself'

The TSO performed this at the Polaris gala back in September to commemorate Drake's nomination for the coveted music prize.


Anthony Hamilton and the Hamiltones, 'Hotline Bling'

This joyful rendition of Drake's instant classic will rejuvenate you at the end of a long day.


Era Swan, 'Energy'

Swan isn't a professional YouTuber: this is one of the only uploads on her channel. But we love her swagger on this adaptation of "Energy," with original lyrics.


Drew Tabor, 'The Hills/Hotline Bling'

This YouTuber doubles down with a melancholy mash-up of the Weeknd's "The Hills" and Drake's "Hotline Bling."


GemiFly, 'Know Yourself'

This cover is a great song in its own right. And she did it on her way home. (We usually just play Bejeweled on the subway.)


Alessia Cara, 'Hotline Bling'

This is a pretty straightforward cover of the song, but Cara reverses the gender roles and adds an acoustic twist.


Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, 'Hotline Bling'

This Live Lounge cover puts a disco spin on the song — just enough to make it distinctive and listenable.


And, if all you're really after is the most comprehensive list of Hotline Bling covers ever, watch Stereogum's supercut:

Then, do yourself a favour and read this.

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