Welcome to our list of the Best/Top Stand By Me Cover Songs ever. This is a compilation of our tastefully picked 25 artists performing their versions of this very iconic song. Browse through below and see some of the biggest names in the industry such as John Lennon, SEAL, Kelly Clarkson and many more!
Let’s begin by our journey watching the original version of “Stand By Me” by “Ben E. King”. This is a very iconic song that I’m sure most of us have already heard of. This has been used in a lot of media such as movies, commercials and even in social media. Take a listen to the full original version before going down to our list!
“Stand By Me” Lyrics
This song says, no matter who you are,
No matter where you go in your life
At some point you’re going to need
Somebody to stand by you.
Oh yeah! Oh my darlin’ stand by me!
No matter who your are, no matter where you go in life
You gon’ need somebody, to stand by you.
No matter how much money you got, or the friends you got,
You gon’ need somebody, to stand by you
When the night has come, and the way is dark,
And that moon is the only light you see.
No I won’t be afraid, no I-I-I won’t be afraid
Just as long as the people come and stand by me.
Darlin’ darlin’ stand by me, ooh stand by me Oh stand
Stand stand by me C’mon stand by me stand by me
If the sky that we look upon
Well should tumble and fall
And the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won’t cry, I won’t cry, no I won’t she’d a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
Oh darling, darling stand by me, oh stand by me, Oh please stand, stand by me, stand by me.
Oh darling, darling stand by me, oh stand by me,
Please stand, stand by me, stand by me.
Oh baby, baby
Oh darlin’ darlin’ stand la la nomie
Ooh stand la la nomie, O stand O stand stand
Stand by me c’mon stand by me, stand by me.
Stand la la nomie, oh won’t you stand, la la nomie,
Oh stand la la nomie, stand by me, c’mon stand by me.
When the night has come, and the way is dark
And the moon, is the only light you see
I won’t be afraid, lala nomie, I won’t be afraid
Not as long, not as long as you stand by me.
Songwriters: Ben King / Jerry Leiber / Mike Stoller
Stand by Me lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Belinda Aberbach Stevenson Agar Revocable Trust, Raleigh Music Publishing
25 Outstanding Stand By Me Cover Cover Versions
This Stand By Me Cover by John Lennon is surely worth our FIRST PICK! It’s the great John Lennon of The Beatles and it’s really an easy decision to make. Listen to his cover and I’m sure you’ll love it!
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Watch Kelly Clarkson’s version for this song which is recorded LIVE in what seems to be her house. I really like the ‘Rawness’ of this cover which is recorded in a really DIY style.
Watch this Stand By Me cover video where Tracy Chapman performs LIVE on Letterman Show in 2015. This was a special tribute for this song since the original singer/writer, Mr. Ben E. King, has passed away the same year (2015). Tracy Chapman did a very beautiful and heartfelt cover on this one.
Watch SEAL’s LIVE performance for his own cover of ‘Stand By Me’. He performed with a full band with all the violins and wind instruments which added more quality to the overall sound of this song cover. SEAL, who’s real name is Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel, is a British award-winning musician, singer, and songwriter.
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This is Imagine Dragons singing LIVE at SiriusXM studios. This is one of the most beautiful covers that I have picked. The audio production is so high quality that’s why you can really appreciate every bit of sound they play. The guitar solo is quite simple yet really perfect for this kind of cover. I hope you guys are seeing this the way I do!
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Enrique Iglesias is probably one of the most popular artists during the 90s. He was regarded as the King of Latin Pop. This video shows him singing LIVE for his cover of ‘Stand By Me’.
Enrique Iglesias Social Media:
This Stand By Me Cover is sung in Spanish by Prince Royce, a Dominican-American singer, and songwriter. This cover is unique not only because of the language but because of its musicality. You can hear different instruments integrated into this cover which made the song feel more local to where he came from. And I think that’s a really good example of music connection to humans.
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Stand By Me Cover | 25 Outstanding Artists Cover Versions
A homemade cover by Dominique. For a very DIY type of recording, this is a good one. Very smart move of staying near the doors and using them as sound diffusers. This a short yet still a really cover in my opinion. If I could suggest one thing that would be let her sing the full version.
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Music Travel Love recording in the very beautiful Lake Powell. It’s really hard not to pick this artist when choosing the best covers on the Internet. They are really good at what they do and I personally like the quality of their production. If you don’t know who they are, watch this video and listen…. and enjoy the awesome drone shots!
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Janet Devlin was a contestant from The X Factor finishing in fifth place. This is her visiting Ont’ Sofa recording a live session for the song ‘Stand By Me’ by Ben E. King. Listen to her voice as she sings this really brilliant cover.
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This might be the one and only Hip Hop group on this list. If you’re a fan of ‘Old School’ Hip Hop, you’ll surely love this. Watch the video, enjoy it and maybe try to picture yourself in your 90s outfit like I did!
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Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the way he strums that guitar. Watch ’til the end and I’m sure you’ll appreciate this cover. Also, do you recognize any of those signatures on his guitar? Seems like they are from really popular artists.
Marty Ray Project Social Media:
Watching this cover video makes me think that this artist didn’t need to practice a lot for this recording. She sang it like it’s her original and they are just jamming inside a room. In short, this cover feels so original in its own way. You have to watch it so you’ll understand what I’m saying!
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Stand By Me Cover | 25 Outstanding Artists Cover Versions
I personally like street performances. Often times, it is where we can see really great undiscovered musicians. This Acapella group has become really popular because of how good they are while performing on the streets. They are called ‘Acapella Soul’ and this is their cover of Stand By Me.
This Stand By Me cover is a Funk version did by a popular band on YouTube called ‘Scary Pockets’. If you know this band, you know what’s up! They have a ton of different cover in their channel that I’m sure anyone can enjoy. To me, every song they cover becomes a whole new song and this is one good example!
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Straight No Chaser is an American professional acapella group from Indiana University. This is one of their most viral videos which made them land a multiple album contract with Atlantic Records in 2008. Today, this group has a total of 7 albums and still continues to make music.
Straight No Chaser Social Media:
Are you a guitar player? Or maybe someone who can appreciate instrumental music? I think you should watch this. I know not everyone out there appreciates covers like this but still, I think that this should be added to my list. Making the guitar ‘sing’ is not easy and playing guitar alone takes a good amount of skill. Watch the music video and I hope you’ll appreciate it as I do.
James Bartholomew Social Media:
This is a LIVE performance by Carlito Olivero in X Factor USA back in 2013. He did a really good bi-lingual cover of this song. Also, if you listen closely to how the instruments are played especially the guitar strumming, it’s a very Mexican style. It’s perfect because Carlito is of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent.
Carlito Olivero Social Media:
Teenage Dirtbag? No, it’s not. BUT YES! It’s THEM! I never knew Weezer did a cover of Stand By Me until I made this compilation. This rock band has nothing more to prove. They have been making really good music since the 90s. This has to be one of my personal favorites!
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Now, this cover is a really technical one. Technical but not bad (don’t get me wrong!). First of all, this kind of cover takes a lot of effort and time. Second, coming up with all the tones and rhythms to have a full cover song like this takes a lot of brains! I just think that this duo is really creative and artistic. This is a good example of pure talent.
The Covers Duo Social Media:
London Contemporary Voices is one of the leading choirs in the United Kingdom. This group has a collection of really good session singers, backing vocalists, and event entertainment. This is their own cover of Stand By Me.
London Contemporary Voices Social Media:
This Stand By Me cover happens to be one of the most popular in the eastern hemisphere. The frontman in this band is Mark Chao, a Taiwanese-Canadian actor, and model who has appeared in lots of Chinese movies and TV series. He has also won multiple awards in some of the most prestigious film festivals in the Asia Pacific Region.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been married for over 2 years now. This video shows a good part of the ceremony in Windsor Castle where the couple exchanged vows and rings before the Queen. That is also why this cover is on my best 5. Not only because of how good the choir is but as well as how fantastic St. George Chapel is!
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I love what he said at the beginning of this video. Short yet really something to put in mind. This is one of Playing For Change’s music videos where they feature multiple artists from all over the world through different segments and combine into one piece. It’s amazing how music can unite our world.
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If you’re a fan of video games, you probably have heard of Final Fantasy. This orchestral music was recorded by Florence + The Machine and was used as the main theme for the action role-playing video game: Final Fantasy XV. This music video showcases a lot about the game and its main characters.
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BONUS: YouTube Playlist of Stand By Me Covers
That concludes our 25 best Stand By Me covers. We hope you enjoyed them all as we did and maybe let us know what you think about it. This is such an iconic song that has constantly got more appreciation. Imagine having your song used for a royal wedding!