You know what we love about the Internet? It lets us discover talented people we never would have heard of. Case in point – singer Anna Blanchard, who fills her YouTube channel with soul-stirring covers of songs by Todd Rundgren, Radiohead, alt-J, Nirvana, and more.
A quartet of musicians perform a soothing cover version of Led Zeppelin’s 1971 classic in a classic Japanese style, played on 21-string Nijugen-Kotos and wooden flutes. It’s reminiscent of Regina Spektor’s fantastic cover version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
We’re not sure how we missed this incredible Radiohead cover when Weezer recorded it 2011, but we figured some of you might have missed it too. One commenter said Rivers singing Thom’s part was “Like seeing Woody Allen in a Batman movie.” We agree, but in a good way.
We dug up this little gem that dates back to a Halloween 2009 concert in Philly, in which Pearl Jam turned in a fun cover version of the 1980 Devo hit Whip It. There’s nothing quite like Eddie Vedder in a Devo dome warbling “Step on a crack, break your momma’s back.”
Ukraine accordion duo Vasyl Kravchuk and Viktor Kravchuk turn in a truly impressive cover of John Williams’ Imperial March from the Star Wars saga. We can imagine Darth Vader making a grand entrance to this music, while an army of stormtroopers dance the polka.
In the wake of musician Chris Cornell’s tragic suicide, this 2015 acoustic cover has been making the rounds. You’ll be hard-pressed to hold back tears as Cornell lends his soulful voice to a track written by another great musician we lost far too soon. Rest in peace.
If you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 yet, get yourself to a theatre now. It’s awesome. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy this 3-minute medley of a few of the classic ’70s tunes from the soundtrack, performed by The Warp Zone and Chad Neidt.
We’re going to go out on a limb and say that a musician with the bold theatricality of Puddles the Clown owes a great debt to David Bowie, so it’s only fitting that he should take one of The Thin White Duke’s greatest tunes, and knock it out of the park.
We’ve had no luck finding out the name of this Korean musician that Mo Elnadi recorded while performing on the street in London, but we were duly impressed by his minimal cover of Coldplay’s Fix You on his MicroKorgXL synth. His cover of Oasis’ Stand by Me ain’t bad either.
It’s been floating around the YouTube ether for an eternity, but Alejandro Sayago’s 2011 performance of DragonForce’s speedmetal hit Through the Fire and Flames is too good to pass up. We can’t decide if his fingers, lips, or lungs were most likely to fall off by the end.
EatMyUke is currently on a quest to learn how to play his 50 favorite albums of all time on the ukulele. Given how well he performed The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Californication, we think he’ll have no problem achieving his goal. That’s Matt Deakin chipping in on the drums.
It’s not in chronological order, nor does it list any tracks, but that just means you’ve got to rise to the challenge to identify all the tracks that inspired GMC Guitar’s epic lead guitar medley. Guitarist Ben Higgins was kind enough to provide tabs if you dare attempt it yourself.