5 Sam Smith Covers That Will Tug at Your Heartstrings


It warms our hearts to hear Sam Smith sing. No matter what song they’re singing, Sam’s voice guarantees to send shivers down your spine. Their angelic vocal has the ability to make even the toughest of people cry.

From covering a Bruno Mars song to taking on a Whitney Houston hit, here are 5 Sam Smith covers that will tug at your heartstrings…

When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars

Can we hire Sam to sing us to sleep at night? Their cover of Bruno Mars’ stunning love song is truly what dreams are made of. Sam conveys raw emotion in their slow and melodic rendition of When I Was Your Man. If you’re going through heartbreak, this version guarantees to speak to your soul!

How Will I Know – Whitney Houston

Sam Smith’s cover of How Will I Know will leave you speechless and emotional. Not just anyone can sing a Whitney Houston track and get away with it like Sam can. Their vocal in this heartbreakingly beautiful rendition is absolutely magical. Whitney would be proud.

Hotline Bling – Drake

Sam brings Drake’s Hotline Bling to life in this live lounge session with Disclosure. The 23-year-old puts a fresh and innovative spin on what is originally a groovy and tropical-sounding track. Their voice really is as smooth as butter! Have a listen; it’s a pretty cool take on the original!

Tears Dry on Their Own/Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Amy Winehouse/Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Hats off to Sam for brilliantly covering an Amy Winehouse song. This performance just goes to show that they and Amy would have made a great collaboration together. Their take on Ain’t No Mountain High Enough is also incredibly good. If only all artists could sound so flawless during live performances. Sam is easily one of, if not the best male vocalist on this planet right now.

Fast Car – Tracy Chapman

Ever wondered what the voice of an angel sounds like? Listen to Sam Smith’s version of Fast Car. The Love Goes singer bravely takes on Tracy Chapman’s classic hit and pours their heart and soul into it. Sam is one of the very few singers of our generation to sing with such passion and that’s exactly what they do in this heavenly cover. Now this is true talent.

Does your heart hurt yet? We bet it does! In a good way, that is! Oh, Sam what you do to us!

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Angela Stephanou

Owner and chief editor of Tell Tales. Angela has a BA in Communications and oversees the content and strategy across Tell Tales, building an audience of pop culture junkies like herself. Her social media follows have more celebrities than real-life friends, music runs through her veins and she’d much rather be glued to her TV screen, piled under an array of snacks than go out on a Friday night. Angela’s guilty pleasure is watching cheesy reality shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but she’s also a sucker for all things Marvel and DC - two entirely different worlds, we know.