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Awesome A Cappella

Cantina Band: A Cappella Cover

Cantina Band: A Cappella Cover

Celebrate Star Wars Day with a little musical interlude, courtesy of MayTree. The Korean a cappella group performed their playful interpretation of the jazzy tune that Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes’ was playing when we first visited Chalmun’s Cantina in A New Hope.

Gorillaz Without Instruments

Gorillaz Without Instruments

Shonkywonkydonkey has performed Weezer’s Undone and Radiohead’s OK Computer using his voice in place of all of the instruments. Now, he brings us some sunshine in a bag with his unique spin on Gorillaz’s self-titled 2001 album, including great tracks like Tomorrow Comes Today, Clint Eastwood, and 19/2000. 

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Multi-Track Monster Mash

Multi-Track Monster Mash

We’ve always enjoyed musician Jared Halley and his multi-track a cappella performances. To celebrate Halloween 2023, Jared performed a fun cover of Bobby Pickett’s spooky classic Monster Mash, with backing vocals and dance moves performed by his 10-year-old son, Noah.

Raiders of the Lost Ark Voice Orchestra

Raiders of the Lost Ark Voice Orchestra

Matthew Van Ness has impressed us with his multi-track vocalizations of the Star Wars and Jurassic Park themes. Now he’s back to sing of all the instruments from another John Williams classic – the theme music from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Close your eyes and imagine Indiana Jones taking flight after escaping a rolling boulder and a shower of arrows.

Super Mario 64 A Cappella

Super Mario 64 A Cappella

We haven’t checked in with musician Smooth McGroove in a little while, but the talented A Cappella vocalist is still getting his groove on. Nintendo fans will love his multi-track cover of Koji Kondo’s main theme from Super Mario 64, otherwise known as Bob-Omb Battlefield.

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.

Come and Get Your Love A Cappella

Come and Get Your Love A Cappella

To celebrate the release of Guardians of the Galaxy 3, musician and producer Jared Halley performed a wonderful a cappella version of Redbone’s 1973 hit Come and Get Your Love. Jared’s multi-layered approach gives added depth to an already great song.

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Super Mario Bros. 2 Beatbox

Super Mario Bros. 2 Beatbox

Beatboxer Hiss is unbelievably good at producing tones and sound effects with his mouth. In this short clip, he shows us how he replicated the Overworld Theme music from Super Mario Bros. 2, building it up layer by layer. The man is a living synthesizer.

Undone Without Instruments

Undone Without Instruments

The 1992 Weezer track Undone – The Sweater Song was a pretty stripped-down song, to begin with. But the original did at least have instrumentation. Not so much with Shonkywonkydonkey’s version of the tune, which he performed entirely with his voice (and a brief guest appearance by Ava Moutzouris.)

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.

Back to the Future A Cappella

Back to the Future A Cappella

Instruments? Where we’re going, we don’t need instruments! The members of the Korean a cappella group MayTree hit 88 MPH with with another great performance, taking on the most recognizable part of Alan Silvestri’s main theme from Back to the Future.

Running up That Hill A Cappella

Running up That Hill A Cappella

Thanks to its prominent placement in the storyline of Stranger Things 4, the Kate Bush song Running up That Hill (A Deal with God) is enjoying a major comeback. Korean group Maytree unleashed their vocal talents with this a cappella version that had us feeling those emotions from the Dear Billy episode all over again.

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OK Computer Without Instruments

OK Computer Without Instruments

With its strange textures and haunting lyrics and vocals, Radiohead’s OK Computer is a classic. But you’ve never heard it like this. Shonkywonkydonkey re-recorded the entire album with nary a musical instrument, replicating every sound with his voice. It quickly escalates from silly to awesome.

Mortal Kombat A Cappella

Mortal Kombat A Cappella

The members of Korean a cappella act MayTree turn in a spot-on vocal version of the original theme song from Mortal Kombat, complete with the whole “Test Your Might” part and the character intros. Get out your gamepads and start mashing those buttons!

Wonderful Christmastime (A Cappella)

Wonderful Christmastime (A Cappella)

The Paul McCartney and Wings song Wonderful Christmastime is one of our holiday playlist favorites. Musician Mike Tompkins puts his festive spin on the tune with an arrangement in which he performs not only the vocals but all of the instrumentation as well.

James Bond Theme (A Cappella)

James Bond Theme (A Cappella)

To celebrate the release of No Time to Die, musician Jared Halley performed this great multi-layered cover version of John Barry’s classic James Bond Main Theme. We’re always impressed when somebody can make all of those different sounds without using any instruments.

Nintendo Consoles A Cappella

Nintendo Consoles A Cappella

Nintendo fanboys and fangirls will get a kick out of this medley of console startup music performed by Korean a cappella group MayTree. Nintendo consoles always have had great music, but the GameCube theme is still our favorite.

The Simpsons A Cappella

The Simpsons A Cappella

Korean musical group MayTree continues to crank out perfect A Cappella versions of TV and movie soundtracks. Their latest is a wonderfully-layered version of Danny Elfman’s opening and closing themes from The Simpsons. We challenge them to do the Futurama theme next.

Because A Cappella

Because A Cappella

Vocalist Smooth McGroove and his epic beard took a moment between his great video game tunes to perform this beautiful arrangement of the Beatles 1969 track Because. While we kind of miss George Harrison’s sitar, Smooth’s version is still candy for our ears.

Star Wars Theme A Cappella

Star Wars Theme A Cappella

The members of Korea’s MayTree continue to wow us with their ability to produce richly-layered music using only their voices. Listen as they take on John Williams’ opening theme to Star Wars, conjuring up images of the opening scroll and that Imperial Star Destroyer chasing down Princess Leia in the Tantive IV.

Overworld Theme A Cappella

Overworld Theme A Cappella

It’s been a while since we’ve heard the warm and captivating vocal stylings of Smooth McGroove. The singer was dealing with some health issues, but is back and feeling much better. We’re happy to hear him back on his game with this wonderful a cappella version of the Overworld theme from New Super Mario Bros.

Avengers A Cappella

Avengers A Cappella

Since we finished WandaVision, we’ve been going back and watching all the movies of the MCU in the proper sequence. We just watched The Avengers, so its theme song is fresh in our heads. Perhaps then, it’s no coincidence that we stumbled onto MayTree’s melodious A Cappella version of Alan Silvestri’s theme from the movie.

Somebody to Love A Cappella

Somebody to Love A Cappella

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 cappella tracks on his YouTube channel.

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