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40 Fingers: Sultans of Swing

40 Fingers: Sultans of Swing

The members of 40 Fingers put their capable digits to good use with this awesome four-part cover of the Dire Straits track Sultans of Swing. They did Mark Knopfler and company proud with this richly-layered acoustic arrangement of the rock classic.

Green Day on a Pipe Organ

Green Day on a Pipe Organ

A pipe organ is about the last instrument that comes to mind when we think of the pop-punk sounds of Green Day. But Wir sind da likes to defy expectations. So here it is in all its glory – a cover of Boulevard of Broken Dreams on a church organ. Check out their channel for more unexpected covers, including some Backstreet Boys.

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Folk Sandstorm

Folk Sandstorm

Finnish folk band Takapotku offers a fun, acoustic take on the 1999 Darude track Sandstorm, replacing the electronic synthesizer and drum machine beats with fiddle, guitar, drums, banjo, mandolin, accordion, and flute.

Can’t Get You Out of My Metal Head

Can’t Get You Out of My Metal Head

Kylie Minogue’s 2001 pop hit Can’t Get You Out of My Head is one of those songs you just can’t get out of your head. Leo Moracchioli’s heavy metal spin on the track is just as much of an earworm, though it might make them bleed more.

Foo Fighters: Back in Black

Foo Fighters: Back in Black

During their appearance at VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World, Foo Fighters performed a version of the rock classic Back in Black. To help celebrate their first concert in front of an audience in over a year, they invited AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson to perform lead vocals. (Thanks Harriet!)

Beatbox + Guitar + Harmonica Cover 40oz

Beatbox + Guitar + Harmonica Cover 40oz

Polyphia’s prog rock track 40oz has a has a downright insane lead guitar part. In this amazing cover version of the track, Cy Leo takes over lead duties on his harmonica, while Tsui Jack provides the beatbox rhythm, and Danny Yau sends his fingers flying on guitar. Combined, they sound like a human chiptune machine.

Paranoid on Harp Guitar

Paranoid on Harp Guitar

Musician Jamie Dupuis offers up a great acoustic cover version of the 1970 Black Sabbath classic Paranoid, performed on his unusual hybrid string instrument that combines a guitar and a harp. This arrangement replaces the angry electric sounds of the original with a softer, but still ominous sound.

If Blink-182 Wrote Don’t Stop Believin’

If Blink-182 Wrote Don’t Stop Believin’

Among his talents, musician Alex Melton has a knack for rearranging songs so they sound like they were performed by Blink-182. Here, he takes on the Journey classic Don’t Stop Believin’, and gives it the trademark sounds of late-1990s pop-punk. Can you imagine if The Sopranos ended with this version?

Stairway to Heaven: Russian Edition

Stairway to Heaven: Russian Edition

The Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra is best known for their classic Russian tunes, but they also enjoy the occasional rock and roll song. Here, their balalaika section performs a cover of the 1971 Led Zeppelin classic Stairway to Heaven. We had no idea that a contrabass balalaika was a thing.

Tubular Bells on a Pipe Organ

Tubular Bells on a Pipe Organ

Since witnessing the horror of The Exorcist when we were kids, Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells gives us chills every time we hear it. We think it’s even more creepy when performed on a church pipe organ, as demonstrated by musician Theo Hes and his unnamed helper flipping some of the controls.

Everlong But It’s Jazz

Everlong But It’s Jazz

The Foo Fighters’ track Everlong is already a pretty emotive song. But vocalist Anthony Vincent has taken things to a whole other level, turning the tune into a smooth and soulful jazz ballad with the help of producer and pianist Joey Izzo.

Harder, Better, Faster, Funkier

Harder, Better, Faster, Funkier

Scary Pockets teamed up with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band for a supremely funky arrangement of the Daft Punk classic Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, complete with one of the maddest talkbox solos ever. The track sounds so awesome with all of that brass instrumentation.

The Prodigy on Stylophone

The Prodigy on Stylophone

The crunchy electronic beats of The Prodigy lend themselves especially well to the lo-fi analog synth noises produced by a Stylophone. MaroMaro1337’s 11-track medley is a blast. Someone in the YouTube comments on put it best: “Prodigy on Stylophone sounds like the greatest OST from Sega Genesis.”

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Jefferson Airplane: Korean Style

Jefferson Airplane: Korean Style

We’ve always enjoyed the enchanting musical style of Luna Lee, who reinterprets popular rock music with traditional Korean instrumentation. Here, she takes on the Jefferson Airplane classic Somebody to Love, rocking out as usual on her 12-string gayageum.

Black Hole Sun: Cello Cover

Black Hole Sun: Cello Cover

Break of Reality performs an emotive orchestration of Soundgarden’s 1994 hit track with three cellos providing the rich melody and harmonies, and a djembe on the rhythm track. While no string instrument can replace Chris Cornell’s vocals, we still got the feels.

Livin’ on a Prayer on 2CELLOS

Livin’ on a Prayer on 2CELLOS

Bon Jovi’s hit song Livin’ on a Prayer gets a fantastic cover version from musicians Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser of 2CELLOS, accompanied by Dusan Kranjc on the drums. We always love the rock and roll energy these guys bring to the stage, despite their classical cello training.

Lithium: Happy Edition

Lithium: Happy Edition

After turning Y.M.C.A. into a really sad song, Italy’s Melodicka Bros have done the opposite with another song. Please enjoy as they perform an upbeat ska-punk version of Nirvana’s Lithium, bringing a little bit of levity into this otherwise very moody track.

Muse Riffs on Hurdy-Gurdy

Muse Riffs on Hurdy-Gurdy

Michalina Malisz has made a name for herself by performing rock and metal songs on a hurdy-gurdy. In this video, she performs a medley of riffs Muse tracks, including Pressure, Supermassive Black Hole, and Hysteria, which sounds super cool on the instrument. Need more? How about some Rammstein or Black Sabbath?

Fingerstyle Robot Rock

Fingerstyle Robot Rock

Musician Stefano Barone performs a unique cover version of Daft Punk’s Robot Rock, with the main rhythm being provided by his acoustic guitar. He rounds out the one-man show with a combination of looping, voice processing, and other effects. A studio version of the track is available on Apple Music.

Agatha All Along: Metal Edition

Agatha All Along: Metal Edition

The big reveal about Agatha in WandaVision played out in musical form, thanks to an earworm of a track by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Rocker Leo Moracchioli applies his trademark style to the song with another fun heavy metal cover. His outro is almost as good as the song itself, so stick around to the end.

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Super Mario Music Live

Super Mario Music Live

There have been tons of covers of music from the various Super Mario games, but the members of the Super NES Band likes to play video game music using the actual tone generators classic consoles. Listen as they perform live medleys of tunes from Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario Land.

AC/DC Brass Cover

AC/DC Brass Cover

Brass player and arranger Seb Skelly and drummer Alex Shad performed this gleeful cover version of AC/DC’s hit track You Shook Me All Night Long. The combination of brass quintet and drums kind of reminds us of a marching band, minus the football field and the funny looking hats.

Song 2 on Ukulele

Song 2 on Ukulele

Woo-hoo! Back in 2018, the talented musicians of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain performed a fun cover version of the short-but-sweet Blur track Song 2, which lends itself surprisingly well to the jangly sounds of the uke. Though we still like Mario’s vocals best.

32 Stepper Motor Orchestra

32 Stepper Motor Orchestra

A 32-piece orchestra needs need a pretty big stage for all of those musicians and their instruments. Jonathan Kayne has solved this problem by replacing those pesky humans with stepper motors. The members of his band never talk back, and they play everything from All-Star to Piano Man to The Mandalorian theme.

Hiding a PS5 in a PlayStation 1

Hiding a PS5 in a PlayStation 1

The PlayStation 5 is a powerful piece of gaming hardware, but its design is definitely controversial, and it doesn’t exactly blend into its surroundings. So builders Chris Salomone and Shaun Boyd got to work to conceal the console inside of a wooden shell that looks like a gigantic version of the original PlayStation.

Metal Rogers’ Neighborhood

Metal Rogers’ Neighborhood

Musician Clint Robinson puts on his best red cardigan and comfiest sneakers to rock out a death metal version of Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the theme song from the classic kid’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. We’re pretty sure Clint has scared all the children off of his block.

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