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The cover video, which lets up-and-coming creators showcase their talents within familiar territory, is a staple of YouTube’s music community. Adjacent to an event at YouTube Space London celebrating MTV’s “Cover of the Month” initiative, the world’s top video site shared a list of the songs that stand as its most-covered tracks of all time. At the top of the list is “All of Me,” the popular ballad performed by John Legend.

With its powerful vocals, “All of Me” serves as the perfect canvas through which rising musical stars can show off their chops. Some covers of the song have received tens of millions of views, while Legend’s original music video has become one of a few dozen uploads to surpass one billion YouTube hits.

While discussing cover videos, YouTube also took some time to celebrate them. Its London event centered around the MTV contest that gives each month’s best cover of a specific song a spot on TV. The artist behind January’s Cover of the Month track, Bebe Rexha, attended, as did YouTube songstresses like Sofia Karlberg and Emma Heesters.

Here, via YouTube, are the top ten most covered songs on the site as well as the most-covered tracks of 2016 both in Britain and abroad.

Global all time:

  1. ALL OF ME – John Legend
  2. LOVE YOURSELF – Justin Bieber
  3. RADIOACTIVE – Imagine Dragons
  4. HALLELUJAH – Leonard Cohen
  5. SOMEONE LIKE YOU – Adele
  6. HELLO – Adele
  7. SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World
  8. JAR OF HEARTS – Christina Perri
  9. STAY WITH ME – Sam Smith
  10. THE SCIENTIST – Coldplay

UK 2016:

  1. LOVE YOURSELF – Justin Bieber
  2. HELLO – Adele
  3. TREAT YOU BETTER – Shawn Mendes
  4. WHEN WE WERE YOUNG – Adele
  5. 7 YEARS – Lukas Graham
  6. CLOSER – The Chainsmokers
  7. ALL OF ME – John Legend
  8. COLD WATER – Major Laser (feat. Justin Bieber & MØ))
  9. THINKING OUT LOUD – Ed Sheeran
  10. CHANDELIER – Sia

Global 2016:

  1. LOVE YOURSELF – Justin Bieber
  2. HELLO – Adele
  3. MEDO BOBO – Maiara & Maraisa
  4. ALL OF ME – John Legend
  5. TREAT YOU BETTER – Shawn Mendes
  6. SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World
  7. THINKING OUT LOUD – Ed Sheeran
  8. STAY – Rihanna
  9. WHEN WE WERE YOUNG – Adele
  10. CHANDELIER – Sia
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