Out of all the artists I’ve discovered along the way, one of those whose journey I have loved witnessing develop is Ed Sheeran. Somehow in 2010 I stumbled upon Ed Sheeran’s YouTube videos when they only had a few hundred views. I instantly fell for the charm and talent of this ginger haired British singer-songwriter. From then on I became a fierce advocate for Ed’s music. Anytime people would ask for suggestions? Ed. Driving in my car? Ed. Writing a grocery list? Ed, because he could sing that I was out of milk and still make it sound beautiful.
I’ve been lucky to see Ed perform in front of an audience of only twenty people when neither of us had tattoos to him now being the only solo male artist to sell out Wembley Stadium. All in the time span of five years. That’s pretty impressive!
Ed Sheeran is one of the few artists I will see every time he comes to town and each time I walk away impressed. One of my favorite things about seeing him live (other than the magic of witnessing him creating his backing tracks in front of your eyes) is the covers he incorporates into each setlist. An Ed Sheeran cover has become a trademark of his shows. As of September 2015 I have seen Ed live eight times. While that is quite a high number of performances for an artist, I can say I have never seen the same cover twice.
There are a few Ed Sheeran covers that I love almost as much as his own music. I have such a soft spot for them because Ed simply has fun creating them and it shows. The covers are an exploration to further his musical techniques. Instead of simply just covering a song like many artists, he infuses it with his own personal style to make it his own. (As I said with Hozier before, that’s a major selling point with me.)
Due to Ed’s love of cover songs, there’s SO many good ones to choose from. I was scrolling through my iPod while making this list and I have at least 45 Ed Sheeran covers on there. Each one has reasoning on why it’s worth a listen. Even the below list isn’t definitive as I’m looking at it now and pondering if certain numbers should be higher or lower. THEY’RE ALL JUST THAT GOOD!
Some of these are older or live audio and not the highest quality video, but that doesn’t take away from the cover at all. I promise. I choose “Be My Husband” over another Nina Simone song Ed has covered because if you haven’t seen Ed live you can witness how he puts together all the elements of a song. It’s truly one of the coolest things I’ve seen in showbiz.
Kati Rose’s Must Listen Ed Sheeran Covers
- Candle in the Wind (Elton John)
- Be My Husband (Nina Simone)
- I Was Made to Love Her (Stevie Wonder)
- No Diggity/Thrift Shop – Feat. Passenger (Blackstreet/Macklemore)
- Atlantic City (Bruce Springsteen)
- Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
- Pony (Ginuwine)
- Dirrty (Christina Aguilera)
Fun fact: Ed never changes pronouns in his covers and that’s something I adore. It’s just a neat quality about Ed Sheeran covers.
Do you have a favorite Ed Sheeran cover? Have you seen Ed live?
P.S. – I love Ed for his songwriting abilities as well. He’s been writing for lots of the big names in the business, including two of my favorite One Direction songs.
Until next time,