Usher’s 2004 song “Burn” from his fourth studio album Confessions (not to be confused with Andra Day’s “Burn” on the Hamilton Mixtape, a track we know you’ve been obsessing over) is in the same vein as his cover of Hamilton’s “Wait For It.” Usher is super smooth, and the single was a hit back in the early 2000s—it topped various charts around the world, including the Billboard Hot 100 for eight non-consecutive weeks.
Much like “Satisfied,” Sia’s “Alive” is a sexy, rangy mid-tempo song full of emotional depth, with a beat that makes you move your body. The song is from the artist’s seventh studio album, This Is Acting, but it was intended for Adele’s 25. It was co-written by Sia, Adele, and Tobias Jesso Jr.
Regina Spekor, “Us”
“Us,” from Regina Spektor’s Soviet Kitsch, is like her cover of “Dear Theodosia” on the Hamilton Mixtape. It has a light, hopeful feel, and Spektor uses all parts of her voice. The song features a string quartet and piano.
Kelly Clarkson, “Already Gone”
The singer is an expert at songs of heartbreak, making her a great fit for “It’s Quiet Uptown.” Check out “Already Gone” from her fourth studio album, All I Ever Wanted. The breakup song is co-written by Clarkson and Ryan Tedder. It’s arranged for a piano, drums, and string instruments, so it’s very much like “It’s Quiet Uptown,” one of the more somber songs on the Mixtape.
Alicia Keys, “If I Ain’t Got You”
In her music video for “If I Ain’t Got You,” Keys plays piano for this ballad on her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys. It’s super lyrical, much like the cover of “That Would Be Enough,” and thematically very similar—about forgetting the material things and focusing on the people who really matter.
Ashanti and Ja Rule, “Always on Time”
Prior to “Helpless,” Ashanti and Ja Rule haven’t collaborated since the early 2000s, when they were represented by Murder Inc. Records. One of their big hits was “Always on Time,” which was released in 2001 and spent two weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. All of their duets mirror their cover of “Helpless,” but “Always On Time” is definitely one you’ll keep on repeat.
Andra Day, “Rise Up”
Speaking of the repeat button, Day’s “Burn” is probably on loop right now in your headphones. Check out “Rise Up,” another tune she slays with her limitless vocal abilities. The song from her debut album, Cheers to the Fall, was nominated for Best R&B Performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards. (The solo album was also Grammy-nominated for Best R&B Album.)
Dessa, “Call Off Your Ghost”
Dessa sings “Congratulations,” a song that was part of Hamilton’s Off-Broadway run but cut for Broadway. Check out Dessa’s “Call Off Your Ghost,” from her 2013 album, Parts of Speech. It’s super badass, much like “Congratulations,” in which the character of Angelica Schuyler dismisses Hamilton when she finds out he has cheated on her sister, Eliza.
John Legend, “All of Me”
This piano-driven ballad from Legend’s his fourth studio album, Love in the Future, is dedicated to his wife, Chrissy Teigen. Take a listen, and then go back to the stripped-down cover of “History Has Its Eyes On You,” and you’ll see why Legend was a perfect choice for the Hamilton cover.
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