So I went down the rabbit hole, found some more crazy sh*t:
(yup, that’s Korean for ya)
But even some of the funny ones sound better than the original, in my opinion:
Though it clearly does not translate to the view count:
Anyone who took the 60’s course should be able to recognize the intro:
A klezemer cover to a rap hit that is based on sampling an Israeli groove tune:
(I’m not even going to dignify Derulo with the comparison. The right thing to do is to watch BBB in live concert:)
When sleazy songs become classy:
Not to mention…
Once upon a time in the wild wild west:
This groovy version:
to this depressing song:
Those pipes (2:20):
A veriaty of styles:
(Get it? Style?)
(All of their Taylor Swift’s covers are great. Check out Shake It Off and Blank Space).
He (Scott Bradlee, creator of) always brings some damn-talented musicians, that you probably wouldn’t be hearing of otherwise (unless you’re an avid America’s Got Talent / American Idol viewer):
Here she is in a Disney classic:
(The first scene ever to introduce a Disney and Pixar Studios collaboration, by the way. Around 2:15)
Along came Haley Reinhart with her raspy voice:
A much-needed makeover to this stadium anthem:
(Not PMJ, but I had to put this cover too:)
And, of course, she stars in their most viewed video to date (unjustified, if you ask me. Don’t kill me):
(most annoying Radiohead song, while we’re at it)
Different times, different gangsters (in chronological order):
Tapdancing to Lady Gaga:
As one commented:
If the ship is sinking you might as well enjoy it.
Obviously, everyone knows the original by heart. Everyone:
Who the f**k is Justin Bieber?
(To be fair, the original is pretty good too).
They cover a lot 2000’s and 90’s megahits, but even more modest 80’s hits get a beautiful rendition:
Cyndi Lauper has some moving melodies, and this one exploits that one perfectly:
It’s almost as if this song was COVERED in the 80’s and not the other way around:
Just imagine Tony Bennett’s voice to this arrangement:
(The modern version is already a classic:)
For those of us who miss the 90’s (myself included):
If only Noel and Liam could have recociled:
This came out right after the horrible shooting in Las Vegas:
For the emos out there (Be sure to check out her cover to MCR’s The Black Parade):
From Casablanca to NYC:
Are you speechless yet?
I wish Bowie could have seen this:
I could have gone on and on…
So, Mel, the last one is for you:
If I weren’t clear enough – I think this is, by far, one of the coolest Youtube channels around. Jokes and fun aside – I truly believe this is a revolutionary gateway to otherwise forgotten music. Even if that’s not their intention. I, personally, wouldn’t have got more interested in jazz and early pop music if it weren’t for them.
I highly recommend you to go through the playlists in the channel – they are sorted by genre or era.
The man behind it all, Scott Bradlee, also maintains a personal Youtube channel with mostly instrumental covers to classic tunes. I included a piece any gamer should recognize.
Speaking of which – he actually been working on soundtracks for video games! Here is his arrangement for the timeless Beach Boys song:
And if you want to know how the whole thing started out – watch his TED and Google talks.
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