Covering a song (especially by an icon like Whitney Houston) is no small undertaking for an artist. However, if performed well, the musician can show off some serious chops – and perhaps even revamp a forgotten ditty into a timeless classic.

The artists that performed epic covers on Hits 1 in 2014 (Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor, and R5, to name a few) definitely rose to the challenge – and got stuck in our heads. Nicole Scherzinger served up a legendary mashup of her single On the Rocks and Sam Smith’s I’m Not The Only One. Meghan Trainor gave Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off a spin that is coffee shop cool. And move over, Kim Kardashian, because Sam Smith’s cover of How Will I Know actually broke the Internet. We dare you not to obsess over the other music vids in this playlist:

Hits 1’s top covers of 2014 playlist

1. Sam Smith – Whitney Houston’s How Will I Know
2. Rixton – Drake’s Hold On We’re Going Home
3. R5 – American Authors’ Best Day of My Life
4. The Summer Set – One Direction’s Story Of My Life
5. Halsey – Katy Perry’s Birthday
6. 5 Seconds of Summer – Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream
7. Meghan Trainor – Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off
8. R5 – Clean Bandit’s Rather Be
9. Nicole Scherzinger – On the Rocks & Sam Smith’s I’m Not The Only One

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