If you haven't heard much from me lately it's because I have been engulfed in a digital haze while surfing the web for videos of kids singing pop song covers. Thanks to the one-two combination of reality talent shows and social media, there are zillions of these videos available. The vast majority are just cutesy versions of kids singing, posted to the delight of grandparents everywhere. Some of them take it up a notch and are quite good. But then there's the small number of videos — like the one above — the kids start singing and you're just blown away.
This is the list that we've compiled for you today. These are the kids whose voices are so good you just can't stop listening. They sing better than some of the most amazing singers of our lifetime — we're talking Adele, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys. You get the picture.
Prepare to be amazed, folks.
1. Tryzdin Grubbs singing 'Hello'
(Above) OK, we all know Adele has an amazing voice. But to hear that strength and range of voice coming out of an 11-year-old boy? Well, that's just mind-blowing. I literally cannot stop watching this! Tryzdin's cover of "Hello" may just leave you breathless.
2. Drew Olivia Tillman singing 'Hello'
I promise this won't be a whole list of kids singing to Adele (although that could be a post all on its own). But this video of 9-year-old Drew belting out "Hello" while just riding along in the car absolutely knocked my socks off. Check it out and see if you agree.
3. Asanda Jezile singing 'Diamonds'
I really can't decide what is more awesome about this clip: Asanda's voice or her dance moves? Or how about the fact that this 11-year-old clearly has more talent in her pinky finger than the rest of us can ever imagine. As the judges said, she is clearly a diamond.
4. Jeffrey Li and Celine Tam singing 'You Raise Me Up'
Meet 10-year-old Jeffrey and 7-year-old Celine. The duo recently appeared on Little Big Shots to share their rendition of Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up," and oh boy does it ever do just that.
5. Alexa Curtis singing 'Girl on Fire'
Alicia Keys' hit song "Girl on Fire" skyrocketed to the top of the charts when it was released in 2012 and for good reason — the lyrics are as inspiring as Keys' sultry vocals. It's a depth and range that would blow you away no matter where it came from — but even more so when it comes from the voice of a 10-year-old girl. Alexa Curtis proved she was in fact on fire when she flawlessly belted out this number.
6. Sapphire singing 'Let It Go'
This kid has the name and the voice to make it big on the music charts, and she is well on her way. Here she is singing Idina Menzel's "Let It Go," which is only slightly more amazing than her version of Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball."
7. Laura Kamhuber singing 'I Will Always Love You'
Wow, just wow. That's what my kids and I said after watching this video. It is so shocking to hear this amazing voice coming out of this tiny little girl but yet, there it is. Close your eyes and you'll think it's Whitney!
8. Mara Justine singing 'And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going'
Did you see that coming? I certainly did not. You know it's gotta be good when the mouths of all four judges drop to the floor the minute Mara starts singing. And let's face it, she doesn't just sing Jennifer Hudson's "Dreamgirls" hit, she takes it to a whole new level.
9. Malaki Paul sings 'Listen'
Just go ahead and try to keep a dry eye while you watch this clip. It's amazing. Malaki's pipes are incredible. I mean, really — a 9-year-old tackling Beyoncé? But he nails it. And his bravery in belting it out when stage fright tries to get the best of him. Well, <sniff> I'm just going to leave this box of tissues right here.