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"Radioactive" - Jake Bugg (Imagine Dragons Cover) Live on BBC Radio 1 7.29.2014 [YouTube Video]

Timothy Collins

by Timothy Collins

Published July 29, 2014

British indie folk artist Jake Bugg stopped by BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge this morning to give us an acoustic take on "Radioactive," the Grammy-winning 2012 song by Las Vegas alternative rockers Imagine Dragons. Bugg's interpretation of the apocalyptic song is scaled down and pensive, and his unique voice will remind you in some ways of a higher-pitched Bob Dylan. Check it out above, then compare to Imagine Dragons' live performance featuring Kendrick Lamar earlier this year on SNL, which you can watch here at Zumic.

"Radioactive" has clearly resonated not just with music fans but also with a wide variety of artists since its release -- the song has been an incredibly popular choice for covers over the past two years, and not just in the genres you'd expect. While Jason Derulo and others have given us pop renditions, we've also gotten a stirring bluegrass adaptation from Lady Antebellum, a fiery metal take from Dutch group Within Temptation, and the recent parody from Weird Al entitled "Inactive." Perhaps most popular of all the covers is a classical crossover interpretation by violinist Lindsey Stirling with a capella group Pentatonix, whose music video for the song has over 77 million views on YouTube. The video, which sees Stirling dance while playing violin in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, also won Response of the Year in the 2013 YouTube Music Awards. Check out the different covers of "Radioactive" below:

Jason Derulo via YouTube
Lady Antebellum here at Zumic
Within Temptation via YouTube
Weird Al via Spotify
Lindsey Stirling with Pentatonix via YouTube

For Jake Bugg's latest music, news, and tour dates, check out his Zumic artist page. For the same from Imagine Dragons, also head to their artist page on Zumic.

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Source: BBC Radio 1 YouTube Channel

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