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Bluegrass

Knight Rider: Banjo Edition

Knight Rider: Banjo Edition

We like to imagine David Hasselhoff pulling up in a rusted out old jalopy (with an LED light bar on front) as the visual accompaniment to Banjo Guy Ollie’s awesomely bluegrassified cover of the familiar theme from Knight Rider.

Panama: Bluegrass Edition

Panama: Bluegrass Edition

Jump back, what’s that sound? It’s a banjo and an upright bass! The bluegrass wizards of Finland’s Steve ‘n’ Seagulls turn in another insanely delightful cover, this time taking on Van Halen’s hit Panama with their trademark rapidfire twang.

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Take on Me: Bluegrass Edition

Take on Me: Bluegrass Edition

We’ve heard more than a few of cover versions of a-ha’s 1985 hit Take on Me, and now we can add bluegrass to the list. The guys from My Brother’s Keeper do the track proud with their jangly sounds and layered harmonies. Bonus points for hitting that impossibly high note.

Africa: Bluegrass Edition

Africa: Bluegrass Edition

We’ve heard a few interesting cover versions of Toto’s Africa, but we’re particularly enamored of the jangly and twangy country sounds of Doug and Cletus as their band turns in a catchy bluegrass arrangement of the 1982 pop hit.

Gin and Juice: Bluegrass Edition

Gin and Juice: Bluegrass Edition

Redditor rrizing’s girlfriend stumbled onto some video of her old middle school teacher, Steve Messenger, who turned in what might be the greatest performance of Snoop Dogg’s Gin and Juice ever made. His YouTube channel is packed with more perfect covers.

Steve Martin: Tiny Desk Concert

Steve Martin: Tiny Desk Concert

Actor, comedian, writer, and musician Steve Martin is joined by the talented members of the Steep Canyon Rangers for a captivating four-song set of country and bluegrass melodies in NPR’s amazing and personal concert venue. The tracks are all from The Long Awaited Album.

Losing My Religion: Bluegrass Edition

Losing My Religion: Bluegrass Edition

Musician “The Little Strummer Boy” and vocalist pal Kurt Grunsky performed a great cover version of R.E.M.’s 1991 hit Losing My Religion with a twangy country/bluegrass vibe. We always pictured this song with being played on the banjo for some reason.

Float On: Americana Style

Float On: Americana Style

A folksy, bluegrassy, and wonderfully fun cover version of Modest Mouse’s Float On, performed by the perfectly named Diablo Sandwich and the Dr. Peppers at Athens, Georgia hole in the wall The Lost Mirror.

Crazy Train: Bluegrass Edition

Crazy Train: Bluegrass Edition

A slightly more toned down and twangy version of Ozzy Osbourne’s metal classic, performed live by bluegrass band Iron Horse, accompanied by Orchestra Sul Ponticello. From the album Black & Bluegrass.

Bluegrass Beastie Boys

Bluegrass Beastie Boys

We’ve heard Steve ‘N’ Seagulls amazing bluegrass cover version of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck, but during an episode of A.V. Undercover they proved they were no one-hit wonder, with this equally unexpected and entertaining cover of Sabotage.

Bluegrass Beck

Bluegrass Beck

Branson, Missouri performers Paul Harris and The Cleverlys turn in a twangy bluegrass cover version of Beck’s 1994 alternative anthem Loser. Get crazy with the Cheez Whiz.

Tetris: Bluegrass Rock Style

Tetris: Bluegrass Rock Style

Musician Samurai Guitarist created this unusual, but somehow just right cover version of the familiar Russian style theme song from the arcade classic, Tetris. We just wanted to shout Rawhide! at the end.

The Dustbowl Revival x Dick Van Dyke

The Dustbowl Revival x Dick Van Dyke

The elder statesman of musical comedy proves he’s still got it, as he shows off his youthful exuberance at the age of 89, dancing with his wife Arlene to the jazz-infused bluegrass sounds of The Dustbowl Revival’s track Never Had to Go.

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Rocket Man: Bluegrass Style

Rocket Man: Bluegrass Style

The guys from bluegrass band Iron Horse are back with an unexpected and finger-pickin’ good cover version of Elton John’s classic Rocket Man. Our next request: Ozzy Ozbourne’s Crazy Train. Oh, never mind. (Thanks for finding that, Namu!)

Thunderstruck on White Lightning

Thunderstruck on White Lightning

The moment that you hear the first twang from the banjoist of Finnish bluegrass group Steve ‘N’ Seagulls as he furiously plucks out the familiar opening riff of the standard in AC/DC you know you’re about to be Thunderstruck.

Enter Sandman: Bluegrass Style

Enter Sandman: Bluegrass Style

Our fingers always got all tangled up when trying to play Enter Sandman on Rock Band, but that doesn’t seem to be a problem for the musicians of Iron Horse, who gave the Metallica classic a shiny coat of Bluegrass paint.

Bluegrass Kiss from a Rose

Bluegrass Kiss from a Rose

Mustered Courage breathes new life into Seal’s hit track from… ehm… Batman Forever, and puts their own unique spin on it with a country twang, two acoustic guitars and a little banjo and mandolin on the side.

Bluegrass One More Time

Bluegrass One More Time

We know the new record is out, but take a trip down memory lane and remember why you still love Daft Punk when you hear the Seven Handle Circus perform their string-laden bluegrass rendition of One More Time. (Thanks Brandon!)

Bluegrass Bird

Bluegrass Bird

In the midst of a live performance of Mordecai, bluegrass singer Josh Williams is joined by a flying friend who decides his guitar would make a pretty nice birdhouse. At least it wasn’t this guy.

Black Eyed Peas x The Cleverlys

Black Eyed Peas x The Cleverlys

If you’re like us, you’re still trying to unsee that Superbowl halftime show, but we’ve got a feeling if you watch The Cleverlys doing this bluegrass cover it might make you feel better. (Thanks Chris!)

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