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George Ezra's Mellow Cover Of 'Don't Worry Be Happy' Is Making Us Want To Do Just That

It's sure to brighten you day.

English singer-songwriter George Ezra's appearance in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge is getting us relaxed and ready for the weekend. It's Live Lounge Month on the station, which means all September long we've been enjoying covers from artists such as Harry Styles, Pink, and Rita Ora.


For his Lounge appearance this week, 24-year-old Ezra — who gained popularity with 2014's "Budapest" and recently released the new single "Don't Matter Now" — chose to cover the quintessential feel-good song. With the help of some snapping and whistling backup singers, Ezra sang Bobby McFerrin's 1988 classic "Don't Worry Be Happy."

Although the hit was the first acapella song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Ezra chose to add some subtle instrumentation to his version. And while we didn't think McFerrin's song could ever get more mellow, Ezra may have actually done it.

Ezra has appeared in the Live Lounge several times, covering everything from Macy Gray's "I Try" to Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." This time, the cover was his sister's idea.

"It's one of those songs that I think everyone is aware of and they're not sure why. A classic," he told the BBC. "I've got a little playlist that I update each Sunday and I put it on about two or three weeks ago and my sister was like 'you should cover this for Live Lounge!' and I was like mmm, that's not a bad idea."

Check out the full performance in the video below:

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