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Roger Waters: Mother

Roger Waters: Mother

Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters misses performing live with his bandmates, so he assembled them remotely for a “work from home” performance of the classic track Mother from the 1980 album The Wall. We still hope that he and Dave Gilmour will mend fences and play together someday.

Animal Crossing at Home

Animal Crossing at Home

The musicians who created the smooth and soothing sounds of Animal Crossing: New Horizons got together for a virtual performance of the theme music from the wildly popular Nintendo Switch game which has occupied countless hours for kids and adults while sheltering in place.

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Quentin: I’m a Train

Quentin: I’m a Train

We honestly have no idea what to say after watching Quentin Smirhes‘ absurdist music video about a guy who thinks he’s a “chooka” train, but all we knew was we had to share it with the rest of the world immediately. Perhaps we’ve been hypnotized into doing it. Enjoy the source material here.

Orchestra Millennium Megamix

Orchestra Millennium Megamix

We just shared Kaleidoscope Orchestra’s excellent Daft Punk symphonic medley, and not 24 hours later, they dropped this even more epic video – a medley of more than 20 hit songs, all recorded by their members while locked down at home. Steve Pycroft deserves lots of credit for the orchestration and masterful video editing.

Daft Punk Orchestra

Daft Punk Orchestra

The music of Daft Punk sounds great any way you slice it, but we’re really loving this medley arranged and performed by UK-based Kaleidoscope Orchestra. Among the symphonic covers are Robot Rock, Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, Something About Us, Aerodynamic, One More Time, Doin’ it Right, and Around the World.

Earth, Wind & Fire & Synthesizers

Earth, Wind & Fire & Synthesizers

Musician Doctor Mix once again proves he’s a synthesizer god, with an awesome cover version of Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1979 classic ballad After the Love Has Gone, played entirely on electronic instruments. With a heaping helping of vocoder, it sounds like a bonus track off of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories.

AI Writes an AC/DC Song

AI Writes an AC/DC Song

Machine learning tech is getting pretty good at things like object recognition, but can it write a decent song? Funk Turkey fed artificial intelligence software a bunch of AC/DC lyrics and asked it to create a new track. This is what it came up with. We’re pretty sure this AI is actually a 10-year-old boy.

Weird Al in This Together

Weird Al in This Together

With celebrities locked down at home, we’ve had a barrage of collaborative music videos hitting our screens daily. This clip from David Cross‘ Mr. Show Zoomtacular Annual Business Call Event for Charity is our favorite so far, featuring a veritable Who’s Who of talent, including the song’s creator himself.

Windows Error Remix

Windows Error Remix

Microsoft Windows has a long history of throwing annoying and cryptic error messages at us. Video artist 4096 decided to memorialize some of the operating system’s various foibles over the years with a fun-filled electronic music remix inspired by this Japanese video. MacOS even gets into the game at 1:24.

Rivers Cuomo: Heart Shaped Box

Rivers Cuomo: Heart Shaped Box

Recording the video on what can only be described as a potato-cam, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo turned in a heartfelt solo performance of Nirvana’s 1993 classic Heart Shaped Box. The clip is a lead-in to his Island in the Zoom project, which aims to bring remote Weezer fans together for interviews, music, and fun.

Black: Blues Orchestral Cover

Black: Blues Orchestral Cover

Postmodern Jukebox and vocalist Cortnie Frazier perform a truly unique rendition of Pearl Jam’s 1991 grunge classic Black. Scott Bradlee’s smoky blues arrangement is perfectly executed through Frazier’s silky smooth vocals and the band’s rich orchestral sounds.

Blinding Lights on Bricks

Blinding Lights on Bricks

Musician and YouTuber Dan Mace likes to make sounds using mundane objects. After a viewer bet he couldn’t make music using bricks, he rose to the challenge, using the blocks to create all kinds of noises for a cover of The Weeknd’s hit Blinding Lights.

Machine RickRoll’d

Machine RickRoll’d

Ever wonder what a Rick Astley song written by an AI might sound like? YouTuber Lil’Alien demonstrates what neural network called Jukebox came up with when asked to create more of Never Gonna Give You Up based on the data fed into its electronic brain. Play with more weird AI music on the Jukebox Sample Explorer.

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Seals Sing Seal

Seals Sing Seal

These days, we’ll take laughs any way we can get them. Take, for example, Real Big Boys‘ video of Seal’s 1994 hit Kiss from a Rose being sung by a choir of barking seals. We feel like the track could have used some penguin background singers, so here’s something to get you started.

’80s Medley on Boomwhackers

’80s Medley on Boomwhackers

We’re pretty sure not a single member of Kaboom Percussion was born yet when these tracks came out, but that shouldn’t take anything away from their playful performance of 1980s hits on their totally tubular music makers. They did a medley of tunes for ’90s kids too.

Dua Liphop: Tracks of Future Past

Dua Liphop: Tracks of Future Past

(PG-13: Language) Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia melds pop, disco, and funk into a chart-topping dancefloor banger. But Kyle Brauch gave the album a whole new sound by deftly remixing every track with 1990s hip-hop. The mashup includes raps from DOA, Xzibit, DMX, Dre, 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, and more.

Minor-to-Major Metal

Minor-to-Major Metal

What happens when you transpose a bunch of fierce heavy metal songs from a minor key to a major key? The Paranormal Guitar Channel changed up a bunch of hard rock tracks, making them far more lighthearted than their original counterparts.

Playing Other Instruments on a Violin

Playing Other Instruments on a Violin

You’d think that a violin could only sound like a violin, but OddViolin proves that wrong by making his sound like a flute, harmonica, cello, and even bagpipes. Previously, he convinced the string instrument to sound like animals and make various sound effects.

Somebody to Love (A Capella)

Somebody to Love (A Capella)

Musician Jared Halley demonstrates his impressive vocal range and skill by performing all of the parts of Queen’s 1976 classic Somebody to Love, from Freddie Mercury’s lead vocals, to the layered choral parts, to the instrumentation. Be sure to check out his many other a capella tracks on his YouTube channel.

Can’t Get Next to You Lip-Sync

Can’t Get Next to You Lip-Sync

We never knew that The Temptations were actually five white guys. But that’s what comedian Jimmy Slonina would have us believe with his hilariously spot-on lip-sync performance of their 1969 Motown classic I Can’t Get Next to You that he recorded in various stages of grooming. His Bee Gees lip-sync is equally hysterical.

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Weezer: Hero

Weezer: Hero

The music video for the single Hero from the now delayed Van Weezer is packed with video footage shot by fans of the band, each performing a single task – passing a letter from the left to the right of the screen. The payoff is a heartfelt message from Rivers Cuomo and the band at the end of the clip.

DJ Cummerbund: I Will Jump

DJ Cummerbund: I Will Jump

If Van Halen made disco music, it might have sounded something like this crazy mashup by DJ Cummerbund that blends together the hair band’s rock hit Jump with Gloria Gaynor’s dance floor anthem I Will Survive. It’s hard to believe these songs were released just 5 years apart.

Husbands: Manhorse

Husbands: Manhorse

LAMAR+NIK’s music video for the track Manhorse by Husbands uses a technique known as “Scanimation” or “picket-fence animation.” The trick uses several frames of motion interlaced together onto card stock, and then viewed through a transparent bar mask. You can download Scanimations from the video here.

Glass Animals: Dreamland

Glass Animals: Dreamland

Being quarantined has forced filmmakers to get really creative working within such constraints. To make the video for Glass Animals‘ track Dreamland, director Colin Read and his production team shipped musician Dave Bayley all of the lighting, camera gear, props, and a 50-page manual for shooting the entire video by himself.

Creep: 80s Edition

Creep: 80s Edition

Musician Mick Mazz continues to bring the retro with another solid cover version reinterpreted for the decade of big hair and Rubik’s Cubes. This time, he reworked Radiohead’s Creep with a thick coating of frequency modulated synthesis, digital drums, and other instrumental tropes of the 80s.

Rage Against the Slide Guitar

Rage Against the Slide Guitar

Musician Dan Dubuque cranks out an awesome cover version of Rage Against the Machine’s Killing in the Name, shredding some epic sounds from his Weissenborn slide guitar. Be sure to check out his versions of Nirvana’s Heart Shaped Box, Queens of the Stone Age’s Little Sister, and the Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black.

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