Musician 331Erock adds his own special touch to Daft Punk’s classic Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, as he rocks out some sweet heavy metal riffs to accompany the awesome Live @Alive 2007 version of the track.
Laser Time dug up this juicy nugget from an old episode of Muppets Tonight, in which Kermit donned a giant suit and proceeded to sing (er talk) a cover of Talking Heads’ classic Once in a Lifetime. You must stick around for Statler and Waldorf at the end. Same as it ever was.
Fans of the classic SEGA Genesis game Sonic the Hedgehog will immediately recognize every one of these tracks, redone with a metal edge by Russian musician Michael Sobin. Seriously, all these tunes are permanently ingrained in our brains since childhood.
Gogamusic has made a career out of turning popular songs into reggae versions. As we dug through his YouTube channel, we came across afewgems, not the least of which is this cover of Journey’s 1981 classic, which seems completely at home in Jamaican style.
A fun medley of tunes from Fleetwood Mac’s classic album Rumours, played on ukulele by musician Eat My Uke. While we miss the vocals, we’re reminded just why this is one of the greatest albums of all time, and must go put it on the turntable right now.
Arsen Sayadyan performs a spot-on cover version of Darude’s 2001 dance hit on the tiny keyboard of his old Samsung phone. As further proof that everything exists somewhere on the internet, he’s got an entire YouTube channel dedicated to Samsung cover songs.
A wonderful unplugged cover version of The Cranberries’ 1994 classic Zombie, as performed by musician Vedran Djurasovic, who brings a warmer approach to the track than the grunge sounds of the original.
The consistently captivating Tina S shreds an insane rock rendition of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata (3rd Moverment) on her Vigier electric, her fingers flying across the strings and frets at supersonic speeds. Arrangement by Dr. Viossy.
Ten Second Songs catches the Pokémon hypetrain by covering the cartoon version’s theme song in the style of 20 different artists, from Chumbawamba to Björk. The transitions between artists were too fast for us, but he did have to work with a short song.
Danish blues rock band Brothers Moving perform an acoustic cover of Cab Calloway’s classic scat hit Minnie the Moocher in their stomping grounds, New York City’s Union Square. Aske’s raspy rumble is the perfect voice to tell poor Min’s tale.
Brothers Aryeh and Gil Gat turn in an excellent cover version of Pink Floyd’s 1975 classic on the streets of Jerusalem. If this isn’t hard proof that you can’t judge a book by its cover, we don’t know what is. More here.
Willian Lee turns in a spot-on cover version of Dire Straits’ Sultans of Swing during a street performance in São Paulo. Not only is his guitar playing excellent, he gives Mark Knopfler’s vocals a run for their money. Check out his Clapton, Orbison, Isaak, and Bee Gees too.
Musician Brian King Joseph (aka “Brian’s Violin“) delivers a wonderfully different sort of tribute to the King of Pop on his electric violin, with this fantastic and passionate performance of the 1982 classic Human Nature.
Musician Jason Deeh Pitre shares this once in a lifetime moment when Seal jammed with him on Le Place d’Armes in Montreal while he was busking. We’re pretty sure Seal could make millions just singing nutritional facts off of cereal boxes.
The always spectacular Haley Reinhart turns in another fantastic cover along with Postmodern Jukebox, with this orchestral arrangement of Soundgarden’s 1994 grunge hit that starts out as a sultry jazz ballad, and ends with as much fire and energy as the original.
Anthony Vincent of Ten Second Songs presents another meta cover – this time performing Gorillaz’ 2005 hit in the style of artists ranging from The Prodigy to Sir-Mix-a-Lot to Queen and even Darude. Keep an eye out for guitar cameos from some of our favorite YouTube rockers.
20-year-old alternative artist Julien Baker (Sprained Ankle) performed a cover of one of Death Cab for Cutie’s early hits for The Onion’s AV Club, turning the brooding Photobooth into a sincere ballad.