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Green Child O’ Mine

Green Child O’ Mine

Novelty band The Merkins celebrate the second season of The Mandalorian with a parody of the Guns N’ Roses track Sweet Child O’ Mine, with the lyrics rewritten to be about everyone’s favorite 50-year-old child, Baby Yoda. The lead vocals are spot-on thanks to special guest singer Alvi Robinson of the rock band The L.A. Maybe.

Mario Bros Orchestral Medley

Mario Bros Orchestral Medley

The members of Epic Symphonic Rock shared footage from one of their concerts, in which they performed a enveloping, larger-than-life orchestral medley of tunes from the Mario Bros. game franchise. Mega Man fans, they’ve got you covered too.

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Movie Music Evolution

Movie Music Evolution

Musician Samuel Fu presents a great piano medley of memorable movie themes, with tracks dating back Hitchcock’s classic thriller Psycho, up through Marvel’s blockbuster Avengers Infinity War. Bonus points if you can identify every movie without looking at your screen.

Animals with Autotune

Animals with Autotune

Autotuning vocals in music is pretty much played out. While humans have had their fill of the effect, animals haven’t used it quite as much. Cpt. Autotune has taken care of that for us, with a silly series of videos in which cats, dogs, cows, chickens, and other animals get their vocals digitally smoothed out.

Royals: New Wave Edition

Royals: New Wave Edition

Back in 2013, Puddles Pity Party burst onto the scene with toned-down cover version of Lorde’s hit Royals he did with Postmodern Jukebox. Now, our favorite singing clown has returned to the well with a playful new wave arrangement of the track. Seriously, it sounds like it was produced by Ric Ocasek for a Cars album.

Acoustic Uprising

Acoustic Uprising

João Fuss’ YouTube channel is loaded with great classical guitar performances. Among our favorites is this cover of the Muse track Uprising which not only shows off João’s talents but the musicality of the original’s composition. His covers of Radiohead’s Karma Police and Dire Straits Your Latest Trick are also fantastic.

Danny Elfman: Happy

Danny Elfman: Happy

(PG-13) “Everything is crumbling.” The man behind Oingo Boingo and the music from The Nightmare Before Christmas among other things unwraps another Halloween present. Elfman created the track in 2020, saying “The cynical nature of the lyrics echo how I feel about living in a semi-dystopian world turned upside down.”

Liberty Bell March on Pipe Organ

Liberty Bell March on Pipe Organ

Better known to most as the theme music from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, John Philip Sousa’s The Liberty Bell March suits the sounds of a pipe organ very well indeed. Turn up your speakers and enjoy this enthusiastic performance by Jonathan Scott on the big Wurlitzer in Neuadd Pendre, Tywyn, Wales.

Monster WAP

Monster WAP

(PG-13: Language) Halloween is nearly here, and to celebrate, DJ Cummerbund is here to bring us some holiday cheer. Combining Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s WAP with Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s Monster Mash, and a dash of Elton John’s Crocodile Rock is something only a truly warped mind could come up with.

Smells Like Latin Spirit

Smells Like Latin Spirit

The 1991 Nirvana track Smells Like Teen Spirit is considered to be a classic by many. But we didn’t know it was this classic. The Miracle Aligner posted a cover of the breakout grunge hit with its lyrics translated into Latin. If you think that’s strange, try their ancient Norse cover of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song.

Opera Mayer

Opera Mayer

When the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile turned up in Memphis, Tennessee, members of Opera Memphis decided to pay tribute to the iconic hot dog on wheels by singing a grand operatic rendition of the brand’s familiar jingle. That’s tenor Dane Suarez and baritone Jake Stamatis, conducted by Michael Sakir.

ZZ Bot

ZZ Bot

“She knows where you got your legs.” After collecting a number of the Southern rock band’s song lyrics into a database, Funk Turkey pointed an AI bot at the file, and asked it to create words for a new ZZ Top song. The result: the ridiculous, but catchy tune “Funky with My Baby.”

Bluegrass Backstreet Boys

Bluegrass Backstreet Boys

Ain’t nothin’ but a heartache. The Backstreet Boys track I Want It That Way gets a new sound courtesy of The Petersons, who transformed the 1999 boy band hit into a twangy bluegrass song, complete with the requisite fiddle, banjo, upright bass, and steel resonator guitar.

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Star Trek Violin Medley

Star Trek Violin Medley

Journey to the final frontier with VioDance for a heartfelt medley of theme music from the Star Trek universe, starting with The Original Series, with classics like The Next Generation, Voyager, and DS9, and culminating with Discovery and Picard. When you hear them all together, you can really tell how connected they sound.

The Sound of Skateboarding

The Sound of Skateboarding

(PG-13: Language) Skateboarders Tony Hawk, David Loy, and Keire Johnson spent a little time in the studio and on their boards, helping to record more than 650 different sounds that skateboards (and skateboarders) make. Then, the creative minds of Bonamaze set to chopping up the audio into rhythmic music track.

CICLOS: MC Marechal

CICLOS: MC Marechal

Brazilian musician, MC Marechal wrote this moody song about the circle of life from childhood to adulthood. Director Breno Moreira provides appropriately emotive visuals to accompany the track, capturing images of families living in the outskirts of Rio De Janeiro.

Mii Channel Theme Viola Cover

Mii Channel Theme Viola Cover

One of the most memorable bits of music in the history of video games has to be the background track that plays while you sit in the lobby of Nintendo’s Mii Channel. Musician Beanzo decided to pay tribute to this catchy little ditty with a fun four-part viola cover.

You’re the Funk That I Want

You’re the Funk That I Want

We’ve seen lots of productions of Grease over the years, but never one quite this hip. Vocalists Antwaun Stanley and Therese Curatolo join the funkmeisters of Scary Pockets for the grooviest duet of “You’re the One That I Want” we’ve ever heard.

71 Nirvana Riffs

71 Nirvana Riffs

Despite their relatively short lifespan, Nirvana certainly left their mark on music forever. In this video from guitarist yourauntstripe, he reminds us just how many memorable guitar riffs the band produced. If you’re not banging your head or pogoing at some point during the clip, you’re doing something wrong.

Flight of the Theremin

Flight of the Theremin

We know from our past encounters with musician Carolina Eyck that she’s one of the world’s greatest theremin players. In this clip, she amps up the pace to that of a buzzing insect with a captivating performance of Flight of the Bumblebee on the gesture-driven electronic instrument.

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The Beachstie Boys

The Beachstie Boys

You’ve gotta fight… for your right… to beach party! If The Beastie Boys sang like The Beach Boys, it might sound something like Kevin Miller’s clever rework of Fight for Your Right set to the tune of I Get Around. We can totally imagine a video with the Beasties riding the waves on surf boards.

Intergalactic Ghostbusters

Intergalactic Ghostbusters

Who ya gonna call? The Beastie Boys, that’s who! For his Halloween 2020 mashup, remixer William Maranci managed to combine Ray Parker, Jr.’s Ghostbusters theme with Mike D, MCA, and Ad-Rock’s hit Intergalactic. We can totally see them wearing proton packs with their white and yellow uniforms.

Harry Mack: Freestyle God

Harry Mack: Freestyle God

(PG-13: Language) Freestyle rapper Harry Mack likes to hang out on video chat platform Omegle, where he asks the people it pairs him up with to give him three words to incorporate into his rap. This clip includes a few of his sessions, but if you’re short on time, skip to 12:36.

slowthai: Feel Away

slowthai: Feel Away

“Suddenly, I’m not half the man I used to be.” UK rapper slowthai’s smooth and emotive ballad borrows a line from The Beatles’ Yesterday, but its accompanying one-shot music video by Oscar Hudson is anything but derivative, as it follows the story of a man experiencing one very strange fever dream.

King of the Hill Cover

King of the Hill Cover

Musician jbrooks95 shows off his multi-instrumental talents with a cover of The Refreshments’ memorable theme music from Mike Judge’s animated classic King of the Hill. We love how he incorporated the beer can, and used a cymbal to make the triangle sound.

Mariachi Halo Theme

Mariachi Halo Theme

The opening theme music from Halo is best known for its epic, choral sound. But in the hands of the Mariachi Entertainment System, it’s a bit more festive – at least once the horn section kicks in.

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