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Super Mario Bros. Mega Medley

Super Mario Bros. Mega Medley

Over the years, we’ve heard lots of covers of tunes from the Super Mario Bros. games, but vocalist Kohl Kitzmiller went all-in with this multi-track a cappella medley of 40 tracks from throughout Nintendo’s most popular video game franchise. This man has got some serious vocal range.

Psycho for 8 Cellos

Psycho for 8 Cellos

After entertaining us with her covers of the DuckTales and Knight Rider themes, cellist Samara Ginsberg is back with something a bit more ominous. Her 8-part take on Bernard Herrmann’s Prelude from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho will definitely have you looking over your shoulder the next time you take a shower.

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Negative Harmony Covers

Negative Harmony Covers

Musician Steve Cruickshank likes to take classic songs and change them up a bit by replacing the original harmonies with their mirror image. The resulting music is at once familiar and pleasant to the ear but also completely different from what we’re used to. Let’s kick the playlist off with his version of The Sound of Silence.

MTV 120 Minutes Music Video Archive

MTV 120 Minutes Music Video Archive

1980s and 1990s music fans will remember MTV’s 120 Minutes as the go-to show for the latest in alternative music. Thanks to fan Chris Reynolds, there’s now a YouTube playlist featuring the more than 2500 music videos that ran on the show between 1986 and 2003. We’re assuming he had a little help from this website.

Everybody Wants to Rule the Tuba

Everybody Wants to Rule the Tuba

Some songs lend themselves particularly well to being played on brass instruments. Musician Seb Skelly shows us just that with his wonderful arrangement and performance of the Tears for Fears track Everybody Wants to Rule the World, another track which reminds us just how great a decade the 1980s were for music.

The Audience Choir

The Audience Choir

Musician Jacob Collier is known for ending his concerts with singalongs. At the end of his performance at London’s O2 Academy, he turned his entire audience into a choir. He achieved this impressive result by dividing the audience into three sections, assigning them a note, and conducting them to raise and lower their pitch.

Toxic on Toothbrushes

Toxic on Toothbrushes

There’s no escape; I can’t wait. The exceptional electromechanical Device Orchestra is back to perform another pop music hit. This time, the band of electric toothbrushes, credit card terminals, and typewriters were joined by an Epilator hair remover which added a spinny new sound to the Britney Spears track Toxic.

Self-Playing Guitar “Robot”

Self-Playing Guitar “Robot”

Musician Demin Vladimir created this electromechanical rig plays an acoustic guitar. It has one set of actuators that hold the frets while others strum the strings. It’s not the most expressive instrument, but neither were vintage player pianos, and we still love those. He’s also built an accordion that plays the notes itself.

Hey Ya!: Synthwave Remix

Hey Ya!: Synthwave Remix

Musician Astrophysics takes songs from various genres, and slathers them with a thick layer of 1980s electronic sounds, then complements them with appropriately retro graphics. There’s lots of great stuff to enjoy on their YouTube channel, but this synthwave remix of Outkast’s 2003 hit Hey Ya! is our favorite (so far.)

’80s Jams, Movie + TV Music on Synthesizers

’80s Jams, Movie + TV Music on Synthesizers

Musician Luke Million has an awesome collection of vintage synthesizers – and he knows how to get the most out of them. In the first video clip, he performs a series of classic 1980s jams with spot-on sounds, then does the same for movies and TV shows in the second video. His recreation of Running Up That Hill is perfect too.

When the Piano Plays You

When the Piano Plays You

The Flight of the Bumblebee is one of the most notoriously fast pieces of music you can play. Despite performing just a 1-minute excerpt of the classic, Vinheteiro spent 36 hours editing this video to make it look like his keyboard is doing all of the work, and his finger is standing still.

Live Moves Pretty Fast Box Set

Live Moves Pretty Fast Box Set

John Hughes’ movies were a seminal part of 1980s youth culture, and so were their soundtracks. Life Moves Pretty Fast is a compilation of some of their best new wave and new romantic tracks. It’s available as a 74-track 4xCD with a bonus 7-inch and cassette, a 73-track 6xLP red vinyl, and a 25-track 2xLP. Drops 11.11.22.

I Like to Wear Soft Clothing

I Like to Wear Soft Clothing

Actually, the full title of musician Bill Wurtz’s latest tune is “i like to wear soft clothing (cause it makes me feel like i’m rough in comparison.)” The lyrics tell the tale of a man who finds comfort in his clothes, listens to soft music, walks his cat, and gets turned on by the news despite his television being broken.

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A Solo on 200 Bass Guitars

A Solo on 200 Bass Guitars

Bassist Davie504 has played solos on a one-string bass, a 36-string bass, and a 69-string bass, so what’s the obvious next step? To perform a solo that uses every bass guitar in the store, naturally. Though he didn’t quick-swap all of the instruments, instead, he edited all 200 performances into a single track.

Making Music with Magnets

Making Music with Magnets

You can do all kinds of fun things with magnets, but we never thought of them as musical instruments. The guys from Magnet Tricks and Magnetic Games teamed up to create a series of sounds from magnetic vibrations, sampled them, then turned them into a synthwave track.

Seven Nation Delta Blues Army

Seven Nation Delta Blues Army

There’s no question that Jack White’s music features a heavy blues influence. Musician Justin Johnson took things to their logical conclusion by performing The White Stripes’ anthemic Seven Nation Army on a steel guitar with a slide, giving it that classic Mississippi Delta Blues sound. (Thanks, Jennifer!)

So Many Bass Sounds

So Many Bass Sounds

When we hear the word “bass,” it conjures up the funky sounds that Flea bashes out for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But there are so many other kinds of noises that basses can make. Musicians Bart Soeters and Joris Holtackers show off some of the distinctive sounds made by the string instruments in this original composition.

Moonage Daydream (Trailer)

Moonage Daydream (Trailer)

Filmmaker Brett Morgen (Cobain: Montage of Heck) directed this visual and auditory spectacle about the late, great David Bowie. Rather than present his life as a documentary, the film celebrates Bowie and his personas through concert and archival footage, some of which has never been seen before. In theaters 9.2022.

There I Mashed It Up

There I Mashed It Up

When There I Ruined It isn’t making horrible versions of classic songs, they’re creating other kinds of musical mayhem. This brief but awesome mashup combines bits of Bohemian Rhapsody, All-Star, Never Gonna Give You Up, Lose Yourself, and a few other sound snippets. Follow their TikTok feed for more fun.

Odesza: Light of Day

Odesza: Light of Day

Director Balázs Simon and Blinkink created this beautiful and soul-stirring music video for the Odesza and Ólafur Arnalds track Light of Day. It combines stop-motion animation and digital illustration techniques to tell the story of a lonely man seeking hope in the frigid and desolate world around him.

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4 Men, 1 Guitar

4 Men, 1 Guitar

Barcelona’s Maestros de la Guitarra stole a gimmick from the 2012 viral hit version of Somebody I Used to Know, performing with multiple musicians on a single acoustic guitar. Their four-person cover of Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean is our new favorite version of the track.

Reggae Sermon

Reggae Sermon

Musician Andre Antunes is back with another musical reinterpretation of a viral video. This time, he took footage of a preacher speaking in tongues during her sermon and gave her chant an uplifting ska-reggae riddim. Todor Tchobanov, Pedro Azevedo, and Paulo Fragoso provided the brass and woodwind section.

Running Up That Hill on the Electro-Dulcimer

Running Up That Hill on the Electro-Dulcimer

It’s no Floppotron 3.0, but DJthefirst’s self-playing electromechanical dulcimer has got some serious soul. Put your headphones on, crank up the volume, hit play, and enjoy this soothing rendition of the Kate Bush track Running up That Hill (A Deal with God).

DOOM Riffs on Stylophone

DOOM Riffs on Stylophone

Stylophone expert maromaro1337 performed a medley of the heavy metal music hidden in plain sight in the corridors of the 1990s first-person shooter, DOOM. The game’s soundtrack swiped riffs from Metallica, Pantera, AC/DC, and Anthrax, among others. See how many you can identify without opening your eyes.

Horror Cinematic Noise Generator

Horror Cinematic Noise Generator

Ready to make your own horror movie? Sound effects are a big part of building the suspense, and this unique musical instrument from AzzamBells makes unsettling sounds. It has bars, springs, and clackers that reverberate to create its creepy noises. Three built-in microphones let you easily record its sounds.

Fraggle Metal

Fraggle Metal

Musician Leo Moracchioli has always had a thing for puppets, so it’s only natural that he’d expand his repertoire to include a song from a puppet show. His heavy metal cover of the theme from Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock will have you dancing your cares away and saving your worries for another day.

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