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WAP: Metal Edition

WAP: Metal Edition

(PG-13: Language) Get a bucket and a mop out for resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli as he transforms Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s unambiguously smutty pop track WAP into a heavy metal song and replaces the shameless images of well-endowed women with a cute little kitty taking a shower.

Super Mario Song 2

Super Mario Song 2

Inspired by a lengthy livestream of Super Mario Odyssey, ThePandemicLight edited the brief but potent Blur track Song 2, and replaced all of Damon Albarn’s celebratory “Woo-Hoos” with the voice of Mario. It’s as brilliantly funny as it sounds.

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Marimbalovania

Marimbalovania

The musicians of Pulse Percussion perform an energetic marimba cover version of the fast-paced techno track Megalovania from Undertale. We’re impressed that three musicians playing on the same instrument don’t bump into each other.

Chuffed (Dad Song)

Chuffed (Dad Song)

We wish that people used the word “chuffed” more here in America. But in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, it’s a popular term for being excited about something. So with the language lesson over with, enjoy as Aunty Donna sings about some things that get dads really chuffed.

Oompah’s Paradise

Oompah’s Paradise

For 2020, a toned-down version of the annual Oktoberfest celebration has kicked off in Germany. To celebrate, There I Ruined It recorded a new version of Coolio and L.V.’s Gangsta’s Paradise, with a fresh new oompah band sound.

He Likes to Move It

He Likes to Move It

Musician DØVYDAS takes on the infectious sounds of Reel 2 Real’s f/The Mad Stuntman’s 1994 reggae dancehall hit I Like to Move It. If you’re like us it’ll surely have you grooving along either in body or spirit. Now why his audience didn’t catch dance fever is a mystery to us.

Pop-Culture Medley Duet

Pop-Culture Medley Duet

Musician Matt Brockman plays the trumpet alongside himself in this fun medley of familiar tunes from movies, TV, and pop music. The arrangement was put together by Kevin McKee, but the performance is 100% Matt and his lips. We also enjoyed his performances of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here and the theme from Jaws.

Pizzicato Master

Pizzicato Master

Watch and listen in awe as violinist Dmitry Rotkin lets his fingers do the talking in this far too short pizzicato jazz improvisation, inspired by Duke Ellington’s It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing). His arrangement of The Beatles’ Come Together is pretty incredible as well.

Funky Watermelon

Funky Watermelon

French musician MEZERG kicks out some groovy sounds using one of the silliest musical instruments – a watermelon. He connected slices of the melon – along with cantaloupe and a kiwi – to a Playtron MIDI Controller to create an edible keyboard. His cover of The Doors’ Light My Fire is pretty awesome too, even if it has no fruit.

The Evolution of Cartoon Music

The Evolution of Cartoon Music

From the Mickey Mouse to Muppet Babies to the latest Japanese anime, cartoons have a long history of memorable theme songs. Stoic pianist Lord Vinheteiro looks takes us back in the rewind machine with a great medley of songs from animated programs from 1928 to the present day.

System of a Down on Hurdy-Gurdy

System of a Down on Hurdy-Gurdy

Combining bowed, keyed, and mechanical elements, the hurdy-gurdy is definitely one of the stranger musical instruments. Enjoy as musician Michalina Malisz shows off her hurdy-gurdy skills with a little medley of System of a Down riffs. If you haven’t heard it before, her guitar riffs compilation is worth a listen too.

Two-neck Guitar Gently Weeps

Two-neck Guitar Gently Weeps

Musician Luca Stricagnoli performs the classic Beatles track While My Guitar Gently Weeps to show off a neat new add-on he invented. Built by luthier Davide Serracini, the Reverse Slide Neck adds a twangy country sound to his acoustic guitar.

Thunderstruck: Bardcore Edition

Thunderstruck: Bardcore Edition

Musician Johan Carlsberg is known for creating medieval-style covers of popular songs. A mandolin and accordion take centerstage in his energetic “bardcore” version of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck. It sounds similar in ways to Steve ‘N’ Seagulls’ bluegrass cover.

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5 Levels of Super Mario World

5 Levels of Super Mario World

Violinist Rob Landes kicks things off in Noob mode with the familiar music from Super Mario World, then quickly levels up and progresses towards the incredibly challenging Epic mode. Rob previously did the same for the Super Mario Bros. theme.

Black Hole Sun: Funk-Soul Cover

Black Hole Sun: Funk-Soul Cover

The musicians of Scary Pockets continue to impress with their funky cover versions of classic songs. Led by the smooth, soulful vocals of Maiya Sykes, they performed a awesomely unexpected take on the 1994 Soundgarden track Black Hole Sun.

Vintage Organ Dancing Queen

Vintage Organ Dancing Queen

A few years back, Alexey Rom’s video of Bohemian Rhapsody performed by a 100-year-old self-playing organ was a massive hit. We recently stumbled onto one of his follow-ups, a version of ABBA’s 1974 hit Dancing Queen. For each song, Alexey painstakingly creates his own custom player scrolls.

Jurassic Park for 8 Cellos

Jurassic Park for 8 Cellos

Musician Samara Ginsberg entertains us once more, with an 8-cello cover of John Williams’ classic theme music from Jurassic Park. Samara upped her production values this time with the addition of realistic dinosaur effects.

Game Boy Talkboxing

Game Boy Talkboxing

The Daft Punk track Lose Yourself to Dance has some great robotic vocals that were created with an electronic talkbox effect. StarvingGOGO was able to replicate the sound using a Nintendo Game Boy running LSDj to play the melodies, and a tubeless talkbox gadget called the ElectroSpit ESX-1 he’s wearing around his neck.

Radioactive September

Radioactive September

Do you remember… the 21st month of 2020? Musical mashup artist William Maranci gives Earth, Wind, and Fire a dose of Radioactive energy with his latest unexpected combo, mixing the track September with Imagine Dragons’ alt-rock sound and resulting in a dark new vibe.

Minor Key Africa

Minor Key Africa

We’ve all heard a billion and one covers of Toto’s Africa by now. Though we have to hand it to Kestrel Tapes for his unique spin on the hit song. Played in a minor key, and accompanied by salad tongs, the track takes on a creepy new vibe that sounds like it came from a horror movie soundtrack.

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Misirlou Fingerstyle

Misirlou Fingerstyle

Playing Dick Dale’s track Misirlou already requires some fast fingers. But guitarist Alexandr Misko amped things up to 11 as he performed the track using a fingerstyle technique. He somehow managed to retain the vibrato surf rock sound, despite his dramatically different playing style.

Scatman Gollum

Scatman Gollum

Cryo115 came up with this crazy AI-powered lipsync of The Lord of the Rings’ loathsome little character Gollum, and the ridiculous 1990s song The Scatman. The result is like peanut butter and chocolate coming together, except it’s two strange tastes that taste stranger together.

Semi-Charmed Blink-182

Semi-Charmed Blink-182

Imagine for a moment that it’s 1997 again. You turn on the radio and Semi-Charmed Life comes on. Except it’s not Third Eye Blind singing it. Instead, it’s Blink-182. That’s exactly what musician Alex Melton came up with when he covered the hit song in the pop-punk style of the blinkers. Nawh nawh nawh…

Blinding Lights by Depeche Mode

Blinding Lights by Depeche Mode

We already know that Anthony Vincent is an expert vocal impressionist. He’s also great at rearranging songs into different styles. This time, he took The Weeknd’s hit Blinding Lights and took advantage of its ’80s influenced sounds to turn it into a Depeche Mode song.

Metallica on Santoor

Metallica on Santoor

The Metallica track One is already a pretty grim and evocative song. Musician Poolad Torkamanrad’s stripped-down cover version only adds to the emotional weight, as he performs the tune on a Santoor, a type of hammer dulcimer originating from the Middle East. He’s also covered Dream Theater’s rock opera Lost Not Forgotten.

Gorillaz f/Robert Smith: Strange Timez

Gorillaz f/Robert Smith: Strange Timez

In the official music video for the track “Strange Timez,” Murdoc and friends land their Winnebago spaceship on the surface of a moon that happens to be home to the inescapable face of The Cure frontman Robert Smith… and a mysterious monolith. From Song Machine: Season One.

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