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Enter Sandman: Bowie Style

Enter Sandman: Bowie Style

Anthony Vincent focuses on a single style for another cover of Metallica’s Enter Sandman, done in the sonorous style of David Bowie, with instrumentals reminiscent of Let’s Dance. That’s Talor Steinberg on guitar, Mat Graham on trumpet, and Rocky Yera on sax.

Muse Ukulele Medley

Muse Ukulele Medley

Black Holes and Revelations is one of our favorite Muse albums. EatMyUke is a fan too, and put together this great medley from the album, including Starlight, Supermassive Black Hole, and Knights of Cydonia, which sounds particularly great on the ukulele.

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Firestarter: A Tribute

Firestarter: A Tribute

Resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli pays tribute to the The Prodigy lead singer Keith Flint in the best way possible, with a perfectly amped-up cover version of their 1997 hit track Firestarter, loaded with intense vocals and powerful guitar riffs. Rest in peace, Keith.

Tetris: Big Band Cover

Tetris: Big Band Cover

The 8-Bit Big Band is back with another phenomenal cover of a classic video game tune. This time, they take on block-stacking fun of Tetris, adding a bit of swing and a cinematic flair to the Soviet-era sounds of the theme song.

Playing Riffs Where They Belong

Playing Riffs Where They Belong

From Metallica’s Fuel played at a gas station, to RHCP’s Under the Bridge performed under a bridge, musician Danilo Vicari’s compilation video provides some overly literal context to familiar bass and guitar riffs. We were hoping he would play Def Leppard’s Rocket.

99 Brass Balloons

99 Brass Balloons

Everyone’s a super hero… everyone’s a Captain Kirk. ’80s kids will get a kick out of musician Seb Skelly’s all-brass rendition of Nena’s bi-lingual hit track 99 Luftballoons aka 99 Red Balloons here in the states.

Piano Ga-Ga

Piano Ga-Ga

Musician Francesco Parrino performs a stripped-down, but energetic piano cover version of Queen’s synth-heavy stadium anthem Radio Ga-Ga that will make you want to sing along and clap your hands by the end.

Take on Me Classroom Cover

Take on Me Classroom Cover

Weezer dropped by The Tonight Show and performed their remake of the A-Ha classic Take on Me along with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots. The low-fi instrumentation included multiple kazoos, tambourines, spoons, a melodica, and a toy piano.

Video Killed the Piano Star

Video Killed the Piano Star

Ireland-based musician Luke T Duffy shares a wonderful piano cover of the seminal MTV classic, the Buggles’ 1979 hit Video Killed the Radio Star. Be sure to check out some of Luke’s original compositions on Soundcloud.

Back to the Accordion

Back to the Accordion

A fun performance of Alan Silvestri’s theme, by Les covers de Persiflette. This version of the movie clearly takes place in an alternative timeline where Doc and Marty land their DeLorean on a Parisian Boulevard in the 1930s. We imagine Doc Brown wears a beret.

Evolution of Film Music

Evolution of Film Music

Violinist Rob Landes looks back the history of film scores, performing 60 themes from 1938’s Snow White, all they way up through 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, while dressed up in a series of silly costumes. It’s interesting how the newer themes aren’t nearly as memorable.

Pirates vs. Thrones

Pirates vs. Thrones

Musicians Eshan Denipitiya and David Loke present a simply wonderful piano and violin medley that bounces seamlessly back and forth between the theme music from Game of Thrones and Pirates of the Caribbean. Now there’s a crossover series we’d like to see.

No Metal Scrubs

No Metal Scrubs

While we’ve been enjoying Weezer’s cover of TLC’s hit No Scrubs, but it’s a little on the mellow side. For those of you who prefer your 1990s R&B with a harder edge, you’ll want to check out Leo Moracchioli’s metal-infused take on the track.

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Never Played Watchtower Before

Never Played Watchtower Before

Musician DØVYDAS likes to take requests during live shows. But when he was asked to play All Along the Watchtower, he had apparently never played it before. So what’s a talented musician to do? Look up the tabs on his smartphone, then perform it anyhow.

Marc Martel: Killer Queen

Marc Martel: Killer Queen

Musician Marc Martel busts out another awesome one-take Queen cover, this time taking on their 1974 hit Killer Queen, complete with incredible falsettos, and an amazing whistle that will make all the dogs in your house perk their ears up.

Billie Jean Accordion Orchestra

Billie Jean Accordion Orchestra

Students from Bosnia and Herzegovina music school JU muzička škola Prijedor turn in an energetic performance of Michael Jackson’s 1983 classic, played on more than a dozen accordions. Just one question: are these kids all agents for the Men in Black?

Paranoid Android Multitrack Cover

Paranoid Android Multitrack Cover

PAB_Music pulls off a impressively accurate cover version of Radiohead’s 1997 classic, performing each of its instrumental and vocal parts, then layering them together. He previously worked his magic on Under Pressure and Where the Streets Have No Name.

Transformers x Led Zeppelin

Transformers x Led Zeppelin

Cybertronic Spree is a Transformers-themed tribute band, who plays a variety of cartoon, videogame, and anime theme songs dressed in awesome costumes. During a recent show, they also performed a truly entertaining cover of Led Zeppelin’s wailing Immigrant Song.

Supermassive Black Hole: Fingerstyle

Supermassive Black Hole: Fingerstyle

Guitarist Luca Stricagnoli is back to wow us with yet another incredible fingerstyle performance, this time, taking on the incredibly dynamic Muse track Supermassive Black Hole, and extracting way more sound out of single guitar than should be physically possible.

Minor to Major Metal

Minor to Major Metal

What happens when you transpose a bunch of fierce heavy metal songs from a minor key to a major key? The Paranormal Guitar Channel changed up a bunch of hard rock tracks, making them far more lighthearted than their original counterparts.

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Crazy: Acoustic Cover

Crazy: Acoustic Cover

Musicians Grayson Erhard and Morning Bear present a powerful acoustic arrangement of Gnarls Barkley’s 2006 hit Crazy. Their arrangement changes things up a bit, but the perfect counterpoint to the lyrics about the protagonist’s mental instability.

Enter Sandman in 20 Styles

Enter Sandman in 20 Styles

We’re off to Never-never Land with singer Anthony Vincent as he turns Metallica’s Enter Sandman into a totally different song by performing it in the a variety of unlikely styles ranging from The Doors to Haddaway to Owl City. The David Bowie version is our favorite.

Still Alive: Swing Cover

Still Alive: Swing Cover

If you ask us, Jonathan Coulton’s Still Alive is one of the greatest video game songs of all time. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy this vibrant and jazzy version of the track, performed by The 8-Bit Big Band, with singer Benny Benack III doing his best Frank Sinatra.

Metal Ring of Fire

Metal Ring of Fire

It Burns Burns Burns! Leo Moracchioli lights his studio on fire with his rendition of the Johnny Cash classic Ring of Fire. While he adds his typical growls and grunts, he preserves the song’s mariachi-inspired brass sounds.

Every Breath You Take: Funk Cover

Every Breath You Take: Funk Cover

Funkmasters Scary Pockets take The Police track Every Breath You Take and give it a fresh coat of paint with this wonderful rendition of the 1983 hit, led off by the soulful vocals of Sarah Dugas, and paying tribute to the syncopated reggae beats of the original.

Thunderstruck: Flute Edition

Thunderstruck: Flute Edition

The idea of an AC/DC tune being played on flute seems like an unnatural fit, but in the able hands and lips of musician Miquelmar, it works perfectly – with the help of a loop box to amp up his rhythm section. His Bohemian Rhapsody cover is worth a listen too.

Beat It: Piano Cover

Beat It: Piano Cover

Musician Peter Bence previously wowed us with his cover of Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now. Now, he’s back to blow us away with an incredibly energetic version of Michael Jackson’s Beat It, performed on the grand piano, with the help of some looping and effects pedals.

Mission Impossible: Harmonica Edition

Mission Impossible: Harmonica Edition

Cy Ho is a master of the harmonica. Among the tracks you’ll find on his YouTube channel is this live cover version of Lalo Shifrin’s classic theme song from Mission Impossible. Be sure to check out his performances of Billie Jean and Flight of the Bumblebee too.

MEUTE: Gula

MEUTE: Gula

A fantastic take on the Deadmau5 track Gula, as performed on brass, drums, glockenspiel, and other traditional marching band instruments by Hamburg, Germany-based techno band MEUTE, while on the streets of Lisbon, Portugal.

Weezer: The Teal Album

Weezer: The Teal Album

Following up on the success of their hit cover version of Toto’s Africa, Weezer dropped a surprise release featuring that track, and nine other solid cover versions, including songs from Eurythmics, A-ha, ELO, and Michael Jackson.

Marc Martel: Love of My Life

Marc Martel: Love of My Life

Musician Marc Martel has wowed us before with his incredible vocal impression of the late Freddie Mercury. His latest performance is a powerful and heartfelt rendition of the song Mercury wrote for Mary Austin. We’ve seriously got chills. (Thanks Jason!)

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