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Wicked Game: Bardcore Edition

Wicked Game: Bardcore Edition

When it comes to bardcore covers of popular songs, Hildegard von Blingin’ is at the top of the game. Her interpretation of Chris Isaak’s 1989 hit Wicked Game¬†is just as impassioned as the original, with Aaron Dolan’s uilleann pipes and whistle helping to set the medieval mood.

Paint It, Black: Bardcore Edition

Paint It, Black: Bardcore Edition

Bardcore musician Hildegard von Blingin’ is back with another great medieval interpretation of a popular song. This time, we’ve got The Rolling Stones’ 1966 classic Paint It, Black, which works incredibly well with the centuries-old instrumentation and revised Old English lyrics. Just wait for the choir to kick in at the end. You won’t be disappointed.

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Medieval Hot Chili Peppers

Medieval Hot Chili Peppers

Algal the Bard presents a bardcore cover version of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ track Under the Bridge. Anthony Kiedis’ vocals have been replaced with a penny whistle, with a lute-guitar, Irish bouzouki, and traditional drums taking on the instrumentation.

Medieval Nine Inch Nails

Medieval Nine Inch Nails

The Johnny Cash version of Nine Inch Nails’ Hurt will go down in history as one of the greatest covers of all time. That version served as the inspiration for Hildegard von Blingin’s medieval take on the track. It’s every bit as much of a gut-punch as the previous versions, only with more harp.

Bardcore R.E.M.

Bardcore R.E.M.

Not every song translates well to medieval instruments like a lute, zither, and recorder. But this hardcore cover of the R.E.M. track Losing My Religion by musician Algal the Bard plays out perfectly. Perhaps the Athens alt-rock band was born in the wrong century.

Bardcore Rickrolled

Bardcore Rickrolled

Can you truly be Rickrolled if you know it’s coming? Well, either way, we enjoyed listening to Algal the Bard’s arrangement of Rick Astley’s classic Never Gonna Give You Up, performed on traditional instruments straight out of medieval times. We also recommend his bardcore take on Fear of the Dark.

Blue (Da Ba Dee): Bardcore Edition

Blue (Da Ba Dee): Bardcore Edition

The Eiffel 65 song Blue (Da Ba Dee) is one of the most infectious Europop songs of all time. Now, thanks to Cornelius Link, it’s been transformed into a catchy ditty befitting of a 15th-century banquet where a king’s court feasts on turkey legs and flagons of mead while bopping their heads to the beat.

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An Hour of Bardcore Eminem

An Hour of Bardcore Eminem

Eminem achieved most of his popularity in the early 21st century. But what if he started making hits back in medieval times? Beedle The Bardcore has the answer with this hour-long, 13th-century performance of Slim Shady’s greatest hits including Lose Yourself, Without Me, Stan, Smack That, and Ass Like That.

Paint It, Black: Bardcore Edition

Paint It, Black: Bardcore Edition

Constantine Bard presents a sweeping medieval-style cover version of The Rolling Stones’ 1966 hit song Paint It, Black. While we love how the original adds so much depth with Brian Jones’ sitar playing, this version feels even more epic in its scope.

Bardcore Mandalorian Theme

Bardcore Mandalorian Theme

There’s been quite an uptick in musicians performing popular songs in a medieval style known as “Bardcore.” Algal the Bard shared this Bardcore version of the theme from The Mandalorian. It sounds great, but not all that different from Ludwig G√∂ransson’s original, which incorporated some exotic sounds to begin with.

Bardcore Daft Punk

Bardcore Daft Punk

The bardcore genre has had quite the surge of popularity, with multiple musicians taking their cut at medieval cover versions of popular tracks. This trio of tracks from Constantine Bard envisions what Daft Punk might have sounded like in the 16th Century, and includes Get Lucky, One More Time, and Around the World.

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