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The Cybertronic Spree: Barracuda

The Cybertronic Spree: Barracuda

The Cybertronic Spree is a cover band who performs as stylized versions of the Transformers. Beyond their impressive cosplay, they’re also talented musicians, as they demonstrate with this powerful cover version of Heart’s classic Barracuda. If you missed it before, check out their cover of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song.

Bat Out of Hell on Banjolele

Bat Out of Hell on Banjolele

“There’s evil in the air and there’s thunder in the sky, and a killer’s on the bloodshot streets.” These are not exactly the lyrics that you’d think would pair with a guy wearing a bowtie, a vest, and a flat cap, but Thomas Benjamin Wild Esq brings his own flair to a Meat Loaf classic with a cover performed on his banjo/ukulele hybrid.

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Hysteria on Stylophone

Hysteria on Stylophone

We’ve heard a number of great covers from maromaro1337, and our ears can’t get enough of those low-fi analog tones. This time, the solo musician took on the bold and dynamic sounds of the 2003 Muse track Hysteria. You’ll want to crank your speakers up to 11 for this one.

Interstellar on Lute

Interstellar on Lute

Hans Zimmer’s main theme from Interstellar is one of the most beautiful and ethereal pieces of music in the history of cinema. Musician Naochika Sogabe gives the piece added emotional depth with this wonderful arrangement performed on a 24-string baroque lute.

Favorite Songs Age 8 to 33

Favorite Songs Age 8 to 33

Sax player Kevin Miller reminisces about his youth with this medley of tracks, looking back at each year’s favorite tune while exploring his evolving musical tastes. There are some serious guilty pleasures on the list, from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers theme to Tubthumping and Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.

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├Âransson’s original, which incorporated some exotic sounds to begin with.

Queen Piano Medley

Queen Piano Medley

Eshan Denipitiya celebrates his love for the music of Queen with a virtuosic medley of tunes performed on a Yamaha grand piano. Watch and listen as his fingers fly across the ivories with classical arrangements of We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody, and We Are the Champions.

Acoustic Feel

Acoustic Feel

We’ve always loved the MGMT song Electric Feel. But what if it were a twangy acoustic track instead of a hip indie electro-funk song? Well, wonder no longer, as musician Alex Melton answers that question with a great arrangement that gives the song a whole new flavor.

Chemical Plant Zone for 8 Cellos

Chemical Plant Zone for 8 Cellos

Guess we’ve got Sonic the Hedgehog on the brain today. Crank up the volume and enjoy another great cello performance by musician Samara Ginsberg that will have you dusting off your SEGA Genesis as soon as you hit play.

Allen Stone & Teddy Swims: Sara Smile

Allen Stone & Teddy Swims: Sara Smile

Proving you most definitely can’t judge a book by its cover, musicians Allen Stone and Teddy Swims do Daryl Hall and John Oates proud, belting out a fantastically soulful duet of Hall’s 1978 love letter to his girlfriend, the classic track Sara Smile. (Thanks Craig!)

This Will Be Our Year (Lo-Fi Version)

This Will Be Our Year (Lo-Fi Version)

OK Go has covered the Zombies classic This Will Be Our Year on multiple occasions. Now lead singer and guitarist Damian Kulash is here with a chill-inducing solo version of the track which offers a quiet, yet hopeful perspective on things to come. Download both versions of the track here.

8-Bit Boston

8-Bit Boston

The Boston track Foreplay/Long Time is a masterpiece of 1970s prog rock, kicking off with an epic instrumental intro, leading into a rock-and-roll classic. 8-Bit Universe presents an equally entertaining chiptune version of the nearly 8-minute long track.

One Week with Blink-182

One Week with Blink-182

Musician Alex Melton is back with another song remade in the pop-punk style of Blink-182. This time, he did it with the Barenaked Ladies track One Week, complete with Chickity China, the Chinese chicken. We wonder if this could be done with any 1990s song. We’d like to request TMBG’s Birdhouse in Your Soul.

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Gimme All Your Lovin’ on Ukulele

Gimme All Your Lovin’ on Ukulele

The talented musicians of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain jam out on another classic rock track. This time they took on the 1983 ZZ Top tune Gimmme All Your Lovin’, minus the ridiculously long beards, hot rods, and sexy models.

Radiohead on Cello

Radiohead on Cello

Something about Radiohead’s music lends itself very well to being played on string instruments. Zack Reaves‘ multi-track performance of Everything In Its Right Place is a perfect example, as the warm and expressive sounds of the cello bring out even more emotion in the track. He also did a great cover of Burn the Witch.

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.

Puddles: Everybody Hurts

Puddles: Everybody Hurts

Get ready to shed a tear or three with this cover version of the R.E.M. track Everybody Hurts, performed with heaps of emotion by the sad clown with the golden voice, Puddles Pity Party. It’s a somber song but offers sage advice for anyone struggling with difficult times.

Lovefool: Piano Edition

Lovefool: Piano Edition

Several years back, Postmodern Jukebox and Haley Reinhardt did a fantastic cover version of The Cardigans’ 1996 hit Lovefool. Now PMJ founder and arranger Scott Bradlee is back with a jazzy solo piano cover that’s equally enthralling.

Wonderwall: 80s Edition

Wonderwall: 80s Edition

Musician Mick Mazz loves to reinterpret tracks and imagine what they might have sounded like if they came out in a different decade. His arrangement of the Oasis hit Wonderwall perfectly reworks the 1995 pseudo-Beatles track as a synth-heavy ’80s pop ballad.

25 or 6 to 4 Korean Style

25 or 6 to 4 Korean Style

Every time we post a video by Luna Lee, we’re simply wowed by her ability to transform classic rock songs. This time, she took on the 1970 Chicago track 25 or 6 to 4, which also happens to be one of our favorite songs of all time. We’re happy she left the horn section alone though.

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Don’t You Want Me on Brass

Don’t You Want Me on Brass

Musician Seb Skelly turns The Human League’s 1981 new wave hit Don’t You Want Me into a jazz tune, performing all five parts of his arrangement for brass quintet. We kind of miss the synthesizers, but Seb’s version is pretty great too.

James Bond Theme: Electronic Organ Cover

James Bond Theme: Electronic Organ Cover

Musician Alex Payler shows off the symphonic capabilities of Yamaha’s Electone Stagea ELS-02C electronic organ with an epic arrangement of Monty Norman’s James Bond theme music. The rich layering and realistic sounds really do make it sound like Alex has an entire orchestra right there with him.

Reznor + Ross Bowie Tribute

Reznor + Ross Bowie Tribute

Pianist Mike Garson is known for his work with David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, and St. Vincent. He recently gathered some of his fellow musicians for a one-night-only Bowie tribute concert. Part of the set were these sublime covers of Bowie’s Fantastic Voyage and Fashion by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Mariqueen Maandig.

Wish You Were Here: Korean Edition

Wish You Were Here: Korean Edition

We always enjoy the twangy sounds of the Korean instrument known as the gayageum. Musician Luna Lee once again demonstrates her skills on the strings with a great multi-track cover version of Pink Floyd’s 1975 classic Wish You Were Here.

Metal Tragedy

Metal Tragedy

(PG-13: Language) When the feeling’s gone and you can’t go on, it’s tragedy. Resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli presents an angry version of the Bee Gees’ 1979 disco hit Tragedy, a song which seems to be exceptionally relevant during these frustrating days when we can’t always be with our loved ones.

Everybody Wants to Rule the Marimba

Everybody Wants to Rule the Marimba

If there was ever a song that suited itself perfectly to the marimba, we’re going to say it’s this one. Sit back and enjoy this delightful cover version of the Tears for Fears track Everybody Wants to Rule the World, performed by Michael Charles Smith and Giorgia Capobianco.

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