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Weird Al Classroom Instruments Medley

Weird Al Classroom Instruments Medley

While touring to promote his hilarious biopic Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, Al stopped by The Tonight Show. While he was there, he joined musical forces with Jimmy Kimmel and The Roots to perform a medley of his hits on classroom instruments, including Another One Rides the Bus, White and Nerdy, I Want a New Duck, and Eat It.

Cult of 8-Bit Personality

Cult of 8-Bit Personality

Living Colour is one of those great bands that doesn’t get the kind of retro love that they deserve. The genre-defying group gave us songs like Love Rears Its Ugly Head, Glamour Boys, and their biggest hit Cult of Personality. 8 Bit Universe created this chiptune cover which gives the track a totally different and unexpected sound.

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Baby Got Back: Metal Edition

Baby Got Back: Metal Edition

Because Leo Moracchioli needs to turn every possible song into a heavy metal version of itself, here’s his absolutely explosive cover of the Sir Mix-a-Lot track Baby Got Back. Next time you have a workplace party, be sure to crank this one up to 11.

Green Day A Cappella

Green Day A Cappella

Vocalist Jared Halley has wowed us before with his one-man a cappella songs. This time, he took on the 1992 Green Day track Boulevard of Broken Dreams, using his voice to layer together every track of the recording. Also, we can’t get that one a nunna, one a nunna, one a nunna out of our heads now.

Mystical Misirlou

Mystical Misirlou

The Dick Dale track Misirlou is known for its genre-defining surf rock sound. Musician Bloxsy transformed the track into something you might hear walking through a crowded market in India. He used the simplistic Ostritch tuning used by Lou Reed during his time with The Velvet Underground to create the mystical sound.

Everywhere on Brass

Everywhere on Brass

Get your day started right with this warm and enveloping arrangement of Fleetwood Mac’s 1987 hit track Everywhere performed by the always entertaining Seb Skelly on five brass instruments. Need more brass to wake up? Try a dose of Killer Queen.

Hotel California Fingerstyle

Hotel California Fingerstyle

Guitarist Lucas Imbiriba brings his warm and soulful style to the Eagles classic Hotel California. His fingerstyle skills are truly impressive, and the track sounds fantastic in this stripped-down acoustic version. Check out his covers of Stairway to Heaven, Sultans of Swing, and Classical Gas for more delightful ear candy.

Sousaphone Saber Duel

Sousaphone Saber Duel

Here’s a silly video that reminds us of the simpler days of the internet. A couple of University of Wisconsin sousaphone players realized their brass instruments make a sound that’s a whole lot like the lightsabers from Star Wars, so they staged a duel. We loved the guy who chimed in with, “why are you filming vertically?”

Latex Glove Bagpipes

Latex Glove Bagpipes

What do Kenny G and bagpipes have in common? Well if you watch this video by science and nature vlogger Charlie Engleman, you’ll find out. Along the way, you’ll also learn how to make your own bagpipes from a latex glove, two straws, and some appropriately Scotch tape.

Sweet Dreams on Acoustic Guitar

Sweet Dreams on Acoustic Guitar

Looking for some weekend ear candy? Put on your headphones and crank it up the volume to 11 for Marcin Patrzalek’s excellent acoustic cover of Eurythmics 1983 hit Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), with a nod to Marilyn Manson’s dark and creepy 1995 version.

Commodore Meets Bach

Commodore Meets Bach

Engineer Linus Akesson shows off his typing and musical skills with a performance of Bach’s Prelude from Partita No. 3 on old Commodore 64 computers, along with a 1541 floppy drive which makes sounds with its motors. Stick around to the end of the video or visit his blog for details on the project.

Bohemian Recorder Rhapsody

Bohemian Recorder Rhapsody

Musician Ralf Bienioschek performed this cover version of the Queen classic Bohemian Rhapsody, replacing the band’s original operatic vocalizations with multiple tracks of recorders and other wind instruments. For a moment we thought we got shittyfluted, but this is actually an impressive performance.

You Can’t Handle the Toy Story Song

You Can’t Handle the Toy Story Song

Other than the fact that they’re both movies, A Few Good Men and Toy Story have nothing in common. But thanks to the warped mind of There I Ruined It, they now do. Click play and enjoy a new version of You’ve Got a Friend in Me, accompanied by the dulcet tones of Jack Nicholson’s famous “You can’t handle the truth!” scene.

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Timothy Fletcher: Drum God

Timothy Fletcher: Drum God

Musician Timothy Fletcher is one of the most talented drummers we’ve encountered. Here, he shows off his mad snare drum skills as he juggles his sticks and swaps some out in the middle of the performance. Be sure to check out his TikTok or Instagram channels for more amazing drumming.

The Commodordion: A Commodore 64 Accordion

The Commodordion: A Commodore 64 Accordion

Known for its graphical and sound abilities, the Commodore 64 personal computer was home to some of the best games of the 8-bit era. Engineer Linus Åkesson took advantage of its audio capabilities to build this unique accordion which consists of two C64 computers connected by bellows made out of floppy disks and tape.

Playing 10,000 Harmonics on Guitar

Playing 10,000 Harmonics on Guitar

Our fingers are tired just from watching musician Alan Gogoll and his epic 14-minute acoustic solo. Click play and listen as he performs a hypnotic sequence of harmonics on his acoustic guitar. Is he a man, or is he a machine? You be the judge.

The Gilligan’s Island Theme as Other Songs

The Gilligan’s Island Theme as Other Songs

We already know that the theme song from Gilligan’s Island can be transformed into Stairway to Heaven. Turns out the trick works with other songs too. Cherokee Phil shows off more than 30 songs which can be sung to the tune of the Gilligan’s Island theme or vice versa, though the latter isn’t quite as effective.

Songs That Stop on Stop

Songs That Stop on Stop

The word “stop” has appeared in countless songs over the years, and musicians just can’t resist taking a breath after singing it. Todd in the Shadows put together this great compilation of songs that momentarily stop after the word, including tracks like U Can’t Touch This, Where Is My Mind?, I Try, and Suit & Tie.

Chemical Plant Zone on Drums

Chemical Plant Zone on Drums

The music from the first couple of Sonic the Hedgehog games is some of the best in the history of video games. Among our favorites is the music from the Chemical Plant Zone, which drummer gotobejake made even better by adding a live rhythm track. We also enjoyed Jake’s take on Duck Tales.

32 Stepper Motor Orchestra

32 Stepper Motor Orchestra

A 32-piece orchestra needs need a pretty big stage for all of those musicians and their instruments. Jonathan Kayne has solved this problem by replacing those pesky humans with stepper motors. The members of his band never talk back, and they play everything from All-Star to Piano Man to The Mandalorian theme.

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Bonobo: ATK

Bonobo: ATK

Filmmakers the McGloughlin Brothers created the eye-catching music video for the Bonobo track ATK. Using high-speed shutters and cameras placed in moving vehicles, they captured the vibrancy of the world through hypnotic, horizontal motion. It reminds us a bit of the video for Chemical Brothers’ Star Guitar.

Basic Pitch

Basic Pitch

Spotify’s Basic Pitch is free-to-use, Open Source software that uses machine learning tech to convert tunes you hum, sing, or play on a single instrument into a MIDI file that can be used to control digital synthesizers. You can download and run the software locally, or try it out right now on their demo website.

If The Smiths Sang a Radiohead Song

If The Smiths Sang a Radiohead Song

Radiohead and The Smiths are both English bands, and they’ve both taken up political and social causes in their music. But sonically, they couldn’t be more different – until now. Musician Desmond Doom took the restrained sounds of No Surprises and gave it the jangly guitar and vocal stylings of This Charming Man.

Halloween on Stylophone

Halloween on Stylophone

The Halloween franchise is really, truly, finally coming to an end. To celebrate the end of the road for Laurie Strode and Michael Myers, maromaro1337 performed John Carpenter’s intense electronic theme on a Stylophone. The driving, repetitive melody seems perfectly suited to the monophonic analog synthesizer.

Minor Key Sweet Caroline

Minor Key Sweet Caroline

Oleg Berg’s YouTube channel is packed with popular songs electronically reworked into a minor or major key. This version of the crowd favorite Neil Diamond track Sweet Caroline has a decidedly more foreboding sound to it than the original, and as one observant commenter pointed out, it could be the theme to a James Bond movie.

Star Walkin’ on Guzheng

Star Walkin’ on Guzheng

MOBA fans might recognize the Lil Nas X track Star Walkin’ as the anthem from League of Legends Worlds 2022. Here’s a very cool cover version of the track performed by musician Moyun on the ancient string instrument known as a guzheng. We really love the Asian flair it brings to the song.

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