Take Cover: Taylor Swift's 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together'

Rolling Stone's Jenny Eliscu grades the YouTube stars covering today's hot songs

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The Vamps

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You had me at "hello," Vamps. From the opening phrase of their version, with singer Bradley Will Simpson's unblunted Birmingham accent giving Swift's lyrics a whole new charm, accompanied by a couple sparse guitar strikes and then a rich three-part harmony on "said you needed space, 'what?'", the U.K. trio nails it on all levels. Modestly presented to highlight their genuine musicality, the clip offers an appealing introduction to the acoustic-guitar-strumming teen moppets. If you like it, check out a video a fan made of them playing an original song on the street outside Sony's UK offices on a day One Direction were there visiting.

Performance: A

Presentation: A

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