BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge 2014

By October 24, 2014Featured, Music

BBC 1 is undoubtedly one of the world’s best radio stations – their constant supply of fresh new music, big name stars and zany humour keeps millions tuned in every day. The Live Lounge is one of our favourite BBC institutions, established since 2006 it was originally hosted by Jo Whiley on her mid morning radio show and is now hosted by Fearne Cotton. Invited artists usually perform one of their own songs and a cover of someone else’s, always in an acoustic format. The Live Lounge is also a physical studio within Radio 1 studios from where the performances are broadcast. Some shows though, are broadcast from the BBC Maida Vale Studios as the Live Lounge is fairly small.


We love the shows for many reasons, but mainly because the cover versions are often a totally different genre than the artists normally perform. Jamie Callum performed a cover of Pharrell Williams’s ‘Frontin’ which eventually led to him being signed by Pharrell’s label. The performances are intimate, alive and buzzing with energy.

We have compiled our Top 10 performances – very difficult to do, because all are amazing – and put them into a playlist for your listening pleasure.

Our two favourite performances – Taylor Swift and Ella Eyre – we present below with the original versions of the songs they covered.


Note: The videos are high-quality and may take longer than usual to load (it’s worth the wait!).

Taylor Swift covers Vance Joy’s Riptide

Vance Joy – ‘Riptide’ Official Video

Ella Eyre – Funk My Life Up (Paolo Nutini cover)

Paolo Nutini – Scream (Funk My Life Up) Official Video

1 – Taylor Swift covers Vance Joy’s Riptide
2 – Clean Bandit & The BBC Philharmonic – Rather Be
3 – Ed Sheeran – Stay With Me (Sam Smith cover)
4 – Ella Eyre – Funk My Life Up (Paolo Nutini cover)
5 – Lily Allen – URL Badman
6 – Coldplay – Magic
7 – Bastille – Earth Song / Common People
8 – George Eza – Barcelona
9 – Paolo Nutini – Someone Like You
10 – Kiesza – So Deep
11 – Justin Timberlake covers the Jackson’s Shake your Body (Down to the Ground)

Well, the last track from Justin Timberlake was not from this year’s series, but it’s too good not to include! Enjoy The Music!

Creation 5’s BBC Live Lounge Playlist

Each year a compilation album is released with some of the best performances. Just recently the BBC announced the track listing for their Live Lounge 2014 album – the 9th volume in the series. The collection includes artists such as Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, The Script, Coldplay and 5 Seconds of Summer covering and performing the biggest hits of the past year.


This year’s collection will be released on October 27 and includes two discs with a total of 40 tracks.

Full tracklisting for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge 2014:


Disc 1:
Ed Sheeran – ‘Stay With Me’ (Originally By Sam Smith)
Ben Howard – ‘Hideaway’ (Originally By Kiesza)
Ella Henderson – ‘Say Something’ (Originally By A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera)
Sam Smith – ‘Berlin’ (Originally By RY X)
George Ezra – ‘Budapest’
Foxes – ‘Happy’ / ‘Teardrop’ (Medley) (Originally By Pharrell Williams / Massive Attack)
Ellie Goulding – ‘How Long Will I Love You’
Little Mix – ‘Holy Grail’ / ‘Counting Stars’ / ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ (Medley) (Originally By Jay Z Ft. Justin Timberlake / OneRepublic / Nirvana)
The Script – ‘Superheroes’
Maroon 5 – ‘Maps’
Aloe Blacc – ‘The Man’
Kasabian – ‘Fancy’ (Originally By Iggy Azazlea Ft. Charli XCX)
Paolo Nutini – ‘Scream (Funk My Life Up)’
Bastille – ‘We Can’t Stop’ (Originally By Miley Cyrus)
Labrinth – ‘Shake It Off’ (Originally By Taylor Swift)
Tom Odell – ‘Roar’ (Originally By Katy Perry)
Kiesza – ‘Nobody To Love’ / ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’ (Medley) (Originally By Sigma / Lauryn Hill)
Katy B – Crying For No Reason’
Duke Dumont Feat. Jax Jones – ‘I Got U’
Clean Bandit Feat. Jess Glynne – ‘Rather Be’

Disc 2:
Coldplay – ‘Oceans’
London Grammar – ‘Wrecking Ball’ (Originally By Miley Cyrus)
5 Seconds Of Summer – ‘Amnesia’
The 1975 – ‘Sex’
Indiana Feat. RHODES – ‘Waves’ (Originally By Mr. Probz)
Haim – ‘XO’ (Originally By Beyoncé)
Jacob Banks – ‘Magic’ (Originally By Coldplay)
Hozier – ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ (Originally By Arctic Monkeys)
Nick Mulvey – ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ (Originally By Drake Ft. Majid Jordan)
Bombay Bicycle Club – ‘F For You’ (Originally By Disclosure Ft. Mary J. Blige)
Mallory Knox – ‘Lovers On The Sun’ (Originally By David Guetta Ft. Sam Martin)
Lower Than Atlantis – ‘Am I Wrong’ (Originally By Nico & Vinz)
James Bay – ‘Forever'(Originally By Haim)
Example – ‘Dark Horse’ (Originally By Katy Perry Ft. Juicy J)
Ella Eyre – ‘Comeback’
Angel Haze – ‘Drunk In Love’ (Originally By Beyoncé Ft. Jay Z)
Wilkinson Feat. Becky Hill – ‘Counting Stars’ (Originally By OneRepublic)
Chase & Status – ‘Strong’ (Originally By London Grammar)
Rudimental – ‘The Monster’ / Story Of My Life (Medley) (Originally By Eminem Ft. Rihanna / One Direction)
Gorgon City Feat. MNEK – ‘Ready For Your Love’

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