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How to Choose The Right Song For Your Next Cover

Singing cover songs has always been a great way to gain more popularity in live performances and social media. Whether you’re posting it on youtube, Instagram or any other social media platform, choosing the right song will help you stand out from other singers.

With so many ideas for covers songs out there, what would be the best way for you to choose the right one? 

To choose the right song for your next cover, you’ll first need to know your audience. Pick a song that you know that they’ll enjoy. It can either be a song that is currently trending, or a throwback song that brings back some nostalgia. You can also pick the right song to cover by finding a song that you play very well. The better you know the song, the better you can play it.

Deciding on your next cover song might seem a bit confusing at first. There are a bunch of factors that you’ll need to think about before you make that cover to make sure that you’ll attract more subscribers and followers.

So let’s get into some of those factors and take a deeper dive into choosing the right song for your next song cover. 

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Know your target audience

The first thing you should think about is what type of people do you want watching your video or listening to your songs? Will your audience be older or younger? And what style of music would they like? You don’t have to have all the answers but it’s a good idea because it can definitely help you in choosing the right song for your audience. 

This is especially important if you have a small following already. If you play a song that has a bit more likes and views, you should consider doing another cover similar to that song. It may be a sign that type of music resonates with your audience.   

Pick a hit song that is popular now

Choosing a hit song on the top 40 charts is one of the best ways to attract more viewers and listeners for your song covers. There’s a reason why these songs get so popular for a reason. People love to hear new renditions of songs they’re already addicted to. 

You can hop on the bandwagon and make a cover on songs that are trending. The more recent the song the better! You can even do a quick research online to see what new hit singles are going to be released. If you manage to be one of the first few people covering those songs, you’ll definitely get a lot of views and engagement very quickly. 

Find songs that brings back nostalgia

Music is one of the things that makes people extremely nostalgic. When people hear songs from the past they reminisce certain memories that were associated to the song. Using nostalgia is an effective way to grab the viewer’s attention! 

Since you’ve done some research on your target audience, you’ll have a better idea of what style of song and era they like. The more popular that song was, the more effective it will be as it will take your audience for a ride down memory lane. 

Choose a song that you know very well 

There are songs that we’ve heard a million times, that we can sing just from on top of our heads. Some of those songs could be great songs to do for your next cover. Since you know the song so well, it will be easier to practice and perfect when you’re recording it. If you’re making a video, you won’t even need to memorize the lyrics since you’re already so familiar with the song! 

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Pick a song that you can make it your own

There are some songs out there that have tons of cover versions already. Especially if it’s been released for a good length of time. This means it’ll be harder for you to stand out from the rest of the crowd. But by choosing a song and making it your own, you have a far greater chance to stand out from everyone else. 

For example, if you’re into a certain genre of music and you want to cover a trendy pop song, you can change up the song into the genre that you normally do. 

Another way of making it your own is simply changing the rhythm of the song. Changing the rhythm can dramatically affect the mood of the song. For example, you can take a fast, melodic song like “Viva la Vida” and change it up to into a nice ballad version like this:

Original Version:

Slowed Down Version:

Consider the length of the song

Depending on what social media platform you decide to share your song cover, you should think about how long the song should be. For instance, Instagram only allows videos to be displayed for only 59 seconds on the feed. If you upload a whole song on Instagram, your video will be cut 59 seconds into your video. 

To fix that, you can consider condensing the song down to fit within the 59 second limit. You can try skipping the intro. Or maybe you can record only 1 verse and 1 chorus. By doing this, you’ll be making a cleaner and tidier video that won’t abruptly end. 

Pick a song that you know will be a hit

Every year there’s always a new artist that hits the top charts. Suddenly, their song blows up and they become a household name. Choosing one of their songs to cover, before they become popular, can be a great way for your cover to shoot up the rankings. 

Depending on how big the song blows up, you’ll definitely see a lot of views and subscribers just from uploading the song before it became trendy. 

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Choose a song that someone has requested

If you already have a few fans following you, you can make a post or a tweet and ask them what song they would like to hear next. By asking for song requests, you’ll have a better idea with the type of songs that your followers like and easily figure out your next song cover. 

Asking for song requests also creates a lot of engagement, which Instagram or Youtube loves. A simple post about asking what song they like can lead to a nice little discussion in the comment section. This can help you gain more trust from your audience and even attract new followers. 

If you’re starting out from scratch and you don’t have any followers. No problem! Simply ask your family and friends first! Ask them what songs they would like to hear and let them know you’ll learn and play it. Once you make the cover song, give them a small shoutout. They’ll appreciate you playing their favorite song and will be glad sharing it with their friends too!

Cover a song that you love

If you have a song that you really like to cover, but it’s not popular and it’s not a song that somebody requested. Do it anyways! Although it’s always good to keep your audience in mind when you pick a song, you should never forget to please yourself as well.

With that being said, if you want to attract a mass audience and gain more followers, you can’t play songs that only you enjoy. Especially if the songs that you like aren’t extremely popular. It’s always good to have a balance between the ‘songs you love’ vs ‘songs to gain an audience’. A good rule of thumb is following a 50/50 rule. 5 songs you love and 5 songs your viewers enjoy. 

Make amazing music for your audience!

If you’re looking to start a following, keep these tips in mind to help you choose the best song for your next cover. Figure out a way to make an amazing song cover that their friends and family would love to share! How can you make the song your own? What platform are you going to place this song cover on? By answering some of these questions, you’ll be able to choose the right song to help you attract the followers that you want. 

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