With the 17th season of The Voice just around the corner, it’s fair to say this show is a big hit. Over the spring, the competition even beat out American Idol in TV rankings, which is no easy task. Everyone once in a while, a contestant’s song does more than grab the attention of the judges, it becomes a favorite among the viewers. These classic rock covers are some of the best performed on The Voice.
1. Piece of My Heart
One of Janis Joplin’s best-known songs, “Piece of My Heart” is considered to be the song that made her famous. Interestingly enough, Joplin was actually covering the song herself, it was originally sung by Erma Franklin in 1967.
When Beverly McClellan covered it for her season one blind audition, she earned coaching with Christina Aguilera and placed as the third runner-up that season. In 2018, McClellan passed away at 49 from endometrial cancer, but that wasn’t before leaving an amazing legacy as a performer and friend.
2. Maybe I’m Amazed
In Season 2 of the show, singer-songwriter Jordis Unga stole the show with her cover of “Maybe I’m Amazed.” Written by Paul McCartney, this classic rock song was released in 1976.
In 2011, the song landed as number 347 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. A year later, singing it in her audition landed Jordis coaching with Blake Shelton.
One of the most iconic Fleetwood Mac songs, “Dreams” was the blind audition song of Jacqui Sandell on season four of The Voice. Blake Shelton and Usher were both intrigued by her sound, but the classically-trained ballerina decided that Blake was the coach for her.
Unfortunately, Jacqui was eliminated in a battle during the 9th episode of the season. It just goes to show that a strong blind audition doesn’t always predict how well an artist will do for the whole season.
4. Hot Blooded
As Jennifer Hudson said at the end of Adam Pearce’s blind audition, “wow!” After getting eliminated in 2016, he came back and killed it with “Hot Blooded” by Foreigner in season 13 of the show. Give it a listen.
During the Playoffs, he was eliminated from The Voice because his coach decided not to push him on to performing in live shows. Now, Adam is on a solo tour doing acoustic sets in small venues around the country.
5. Come Together
In the 11th season of The Voice, Sophia Urista won the attention of coaches Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus with her cover of The Beatles 1969 hit, “Come Together.” The singer was eliminated during the playoffs, but she has built a successful career since then. She has a large following on YouTube, popular original songs and performs at Opium in Vegas.
Did we find your favorite hard rock cover from The Voice contestants? If not, let us know in the comments which artist and song made you want to sing along. We can’t wait for season 17 to start! The next Blind Audition round starts September 23rd.
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