THE BEST Covers

Bluegrass Backstreet Boys

Bluegrass Backstreet Boys

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.

Star Trek Violin Medley

Star Trek Violin Medley

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.

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Mii Channel Theme Viola Cover

Mii Channel Theme Viola Cover

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.

Time: Grand Piano + Looper Cover

Time: Grand Piano + Looper 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.

You’re the Funk That I Want

You’re the Funk That I Want

We’ve seen lots of productions of Grease over the years, but never one quite this hip. Vocalists Antwaun Stanley and Therese Curatolo join the funkmeisters of Scary Pockets for the grooviest duet of “You’re the One That I Want” we’ve ever heard.

Flight of the Theremin

Flight of the Theremin

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.

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.

King of the Hill Cover

King of the Hill Cover

Musician jbrooks95 shows off his multi-instrumental talents with a cover of The Refreshments’ memorable theme music from Mike Judge’s animated classic King of the Hill. We love how he incorporated the beer can, and used a cymbal to make the triangle sound.

Mariachi Halo Theme

Mariachi Halo Theme

The opening theme music from Halo is best known for its epic, choral sound. But in the hands of the Mariachi Entertainment System, it’s a bit more festive – at least once the horn section kicks in.

Paranoid Android Brass Edition

Paranoid Android Brass Edition

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.

DuckTales: Metal Edition

DuckTales: Metal Edition

Rock me like a hurricane… here in Duckberg. Leo Moracchioli cranks out yet another awesome heavy metal cover with his take on the theme song from Disney’s 1987 (and 2017) cartoon series DuckTales. There’s also an epic guitar solo starting at about 1:45.

Foo Fighters on Ukulele

Foo Fighters on Ukulele

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.

Eminem Fingerstyle Medley

Eminem Fingerstyle Medley

The driving rhythms in many of Eminem’s tunes lend themselves surprisingly well to being played on an acoustic guitar. Musician Alexandr Misko offers an exceptional fingerstyle take on some of Slim Shady’s songs, incorporating his own vocal stylings.

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Gangsta’s Paradise on Stylophone

Gangsta’s Paradise on Stylophone

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.

The Simpsons Theme on Flute

The Simpsons Theme on Flute

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.

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of Strings)

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of Strings)

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.

WAP: Metal Edition

WAP: Metal Edition

(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.

Marimbalovania

Marimbalovania

The musicians of Pulse Percussion perform an energetic marimba cover version of the fast-paced techno track Megalovania from Undertale. We’re impressed that three musicians playing on the same instrument don’t bump into each other.

He Likes to Move It

He Likes to Move It

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.

Pop-Culture Medley Duet

Pop-Culture Medley Duet

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.

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System of a Down on Hurdy-Gurdy

System of a Down on Hurdy-Gurdy

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.

Two-neck Guitar Gently Weeps

Two-neck Guitar Gently Weeps

Musician Luca Stricagnoli performs the classic Beatles track While My Guitar Gently Weeps to show off a neat new add-on he invented. Built by luthier Davide Serracini, the Reverse Slide Neck adds a twangy country sound to his acoustic guitar.

Black Hole Sun: Funk-Soul Cover

Black Hole Sun: Funk-Soul Cover

The musicians of Scary Pockets continue to impress with their funky cover versions of classic songs. Led by the smooth, soulful vocals of Maiya Sykes, they performed a awesomely unexpected take on the 1994 Soundgarden track Black Hole Sun.

Vintage Organ Dancing Queen

Vintage Organ Dancing Queen

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.

Jurassic Park for 8 Cellos

Jurassic Park for 8 Cellos

Musician Samara Ginsberg entertains us once more, with an 8-cello cover of John Williams’ classic theme music from Jurassic Park. Samara upped her production values this time with the addition of realistic dinosaur effects.

Minor Key Africa

Minor Key Africa

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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