Take 5: We pick Cody Carson of Set It Off’s five best YouTube covers

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photo: Amanda Del-Grosso

Earlier today we posted about Equal Vision Records band Set It Off’s new music video. What you may not know is starting way back in 2008, Set It Off’s lead singer, Cody Carson, began making videos of himself covering pop songs. Even though the number of his videos has decreased over the years, there’s still more than enough to create a Top 5 list. So let’s begin:

5. “Someone Like You” by Adele

This video was posted almost four years ago and is the first professionally done cover video Carson did. “Someone Like You” is actually edited by the same person who directed Set It Off’s latest music video. Carson sings the song by a Christmas tree, making it feel extra-special.

4. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen

This video is mostly Carson singing into a microphone looking up or standing in front of a window. There’s not much you can really do with a song that’s so repetitive, but Carson does what he can and the video has more than 200,000 views.

3. “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift

I’d be lying if I said I haven’t watched this video more than a dozen times since it came out over two years ago. It’s an actual music video with a whole backstory and a girl (Victoria Baxter) acting alongside Carson. Also, can we talk about how he’s dressed? He has grown up well since the days of the random headband. Freddy Marschall, who edited “Someone Like You,” directed this video as well. There’s so much emotion in this video that Swift should be jealous. It’s so good. P.S.: Hand-walking motions are a must-have.

2. “Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo

“But how can anything beat that cover?” If you’re asking yourself this question, please stand by, there is a reasoning behind my madness.

“Talk Dirty” has more than a million views and is Carson’s most recent cover video (even though it was posted more than a year ago). This is probably my favorite cover of his and honestly, one of the most well-filmed videos for his covers (thank you again, Marschall).

If you recall from Carson’s “Call Me Maybe” video, he was on by a couch and standing in front of a window. He does the same thing here, even though there’s a sheet over the couch. I have no idea if it’s the same location but I find it very interesting. Also, someone is in love with their black blazer because he wore it in the “Call Me Maybe” video and in this one. Speaking of fashion, even the nerd outfit is excellent—and Carson surprises everyone by playing the saxophone not only in his normal attire, but also in his nerd outfit.

“But wait, how can anything beat that video? It’s so great. Did you mess up the list?” Probably, but keep scrolling.

1. “Coffee Shop Soundtrack” by All Time Low

You’re probably thinking this is the most random video out of Carson’s covers. It’s more than seven years old, he looks like a child, it’s before he got his lip pierced and the quality is terrible. All valid points, but this is why I strongly believe this cover is No. 1: He actually got to sing this song with All Time Low after covering it.

Here’s the timeline: Carson posted this cover in January of 2008. He then posted a video asking Alex Gaskarth if he could sing “Coffee Shop Soundtrack” with them in Cleveland. Gaskarth responded and Carson posted a video freaking out about it in April. In May, Carson lived his dream and sang onstage with All Time Low.

Another reason why this cover is No. 1 is the fact that Set It Off is currently on tour with All Time Low which has made this story come full circle.