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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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.
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.
Musician Peter Bence performs an enthralling arrangement of Hans Zimmer’s award-winning track Time from Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Working in concert with a digital looper, he creates an impressive one-man symphonic sound that both echoes and reinvents the original piece.
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.
Radiohead’s 1997 classic Paranoid Android always cuts deep when we hear it, and it’s as power-packed as ever with this amazing cover version by UK brass band Old Dirty Brasstards. The trumpet does a surprisingly good job standing in for Thom Yorke’s vocals.
Released back in 2011, the Foo Fighters’ album Wasting Light might not have been their biggest commercial success, but it was beloved by fans and critics alike. UK-based musician EatMyUke put together a great medley of tracks from the album, performed entirely on the ukulele.
maromaro1337 is always making great covers of popular tunes using Stylophones as their instrument of choice. The simple analog synthesizers lend themselves well to a surprisingly wide variety of genres, and we really enjoyed this performance of Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise – especially the Stylophone choir at the end.
Ariana Flute has some pretty great covers up on her YouTube channel, including this version of Danny Elfman’s theme song to The Simpsons. It sounds pretty awesome played on the flute, and the piano accompaniment by Ella Piknjac ain’t too shabby either. The only thing missing is Lisa on the saxophone.
A group of five talented musicians from the Colorado Symphony got together for a wonderful outdoor performance of the Eurythmics classic Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). While we still can’t get out to see orchestras perform in person, please remember to support your local musicians.
(PG-13: Language) Get a bucket and a mop out for resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli as he transforms Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s unambiguously smutty pop track WAP into a heavy metal song and replaces the shameless images of well-endowed women with a cute little kitty taking a shower.
Musician DØVYDAS takes on the infectious sounds of Reel 2 Real’s f/The Mad Stuntman’s 1994 reggae dancehall hit I Like to Move It. If you’re like us it’ll surely have you grooving along either in body or spirit. Now why his audience didn’t catch dance fever is a mystery to us.
Musician Matt Brockman plays the trumpet alongside himself in this fun medley of familiar tunes from movies, TV, and pop music. The arrangement was put together by Kevin McKee, but the performance is 100% Matt and his lips. We also enjoyed his performances of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here and the theme from Jaws.
Combining bowed, keyed, and mechanical elements, the hurdy-gurdy is definitely one of the stranger musical instruments. Enjoy as musician Michalina Malisz shows off her hurdy-gurdy skills with a little medley of System of a Down riffs. If you haven’t heard it before, her guitar riffs compilation is worth a listen too.
A few years back, Alexey Rom’s video of Bohemian Rhapsody performed by a 100-year-old self-playing organ was a massive hit. We recently stumbled onto one of his follow-ups, a version of ABBA’s 1974 hit Dancing Queen. For each song, Alexey painstakingly creates his own custom player scrolls.
We’ve all heard a billion and one covers of Toto’s Africa by now. Though we have to hand it to Kestrel Tapes for his unique spin on the hit song. Played in a minor key, and accompanied by salad tongs, the track takes on a creepy new vibe that sounds like it came from a horror movie soundtrack.
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