The Top Five Emerging Cover Artists on YouTube

/ Nov 10, 2013


As we reported earlier in the week, YouTube is bubbling with cover artists looking to make a name for themselves and, if “talented” enough, join the artists they cover in vocal stardom. We’re here to show you the cover artists who are growing the fastest as they track towards Rihanna-status fame, with data provided by Tubular Labs.

1. gabesingin

Gabe is on fire! He’s a Pop/R&B singin’, Ricky Martin-esque cover artist whose channel on YouTube is growing by over 18 thousand percent! A NOLA native, Gabe has toured with Chris Brown and even graced the stage of “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” And while he’s a cover artist by “trade” on YouTube, Gabe also writes his own songs and melodies both for himself and other artists. With over 30,800 subscribers to date, Gabe is definitely creepin’ in on the mainstream.

2. passionsf

Don’t let his subscriber-base of only 200,000 fool you, dear reader. PassionSF, AKA Jeremy Passion in real life, has a voice like butter and guitar skills that would make any girl go wild. It’s no wonder his channel has grown over 4,000%, raking in upwards of 35 million video views. Like many other cover artists, Jeremy writes and produces his own original compositions. The difference is his are really, really good and often get more views than his cover beats! Have a listen here and don’t be surprised when Passion sweeps the airwaves.

3. dannarichards

Our third-fastest growing cover artist is representin’ the ladies! A little Cranberries, a little Anna Nalick, a little Natalie Merchant, Danna Richards folk stylings are most impressive because she’s acoustic and seemingly unedited but so powerful, not to mention she plays multiple instruments and has impeccable songwriting. Despite her modest numbers, Richards’ channel is growing by over 1,000%. We’ll be watching out for her next big singles!

4. coltrane78

He’s not growing by thousands of percents but Aaron O’Keefe, AKA Coltrane78, is climbing the ladder by over 860% with his heavy metal covers. And for a genre which barely ranks in the Top 10 on YouTube, Coltrane78 is generating quite a following. In fact, his cover of Tool’s “42 and 6” has over 2.8 million views in under two months, bringing his channel to over 32 million video views to date. Whether you’re a metal head or not, you have to respect those kinds of numbers, especially from a channel that’s touting only 33,000 subs.


Ringing in as our fifth-fastest growing channel is the oh-so-adorable MyraMerciless, who has over 3.1 million video views to date, up over 400%. Her videos are created from the convenience of her iPhone. Wow. Take that Tyler Ward and AlexGMusic, an iPhone cover artist pulling comparable numbers! Her videos also star celebrities like Pikachu — who could beat that? Favorite video is MyraMerciless’ parody of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.”

And with cover artists being such massive contributors to the volume of music-content on YouTube, Tubular Labs gave us the dish on what artists get the most love from their cover artist comrades. Here’s a quick list of the top five artists that are covered on YouTube by creators like PassionSF and Danna Richards. Covers of these five artists songs account for almost 15% of the covers on YouTube.

  • Justin Bieber’s covered tracks account for ~755M videos uploaded to YouTube.
  • Adele covers are “Rolling in the Deep” with over 715,588,247 renditions of her songs.
  • Bruno Mars rakes in over 630,944,476 videos covering his music.
  • Rihanna: 594,400,639
  • Taylor Swift: 507,997,578
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