Crazy Renditions of Popular Songs

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ross-merrill - September 16, 2016

The internet is going crazy for this video of Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" performed on a harp, but it's only the latest popular song performed in an unusual way. Take a look.

"Beat It" performed on an accordion

Accordionist Hideshi Kibi performs all the parts on one noble, elegant instrument, and adds a few of MJ's vocalizations. All in one take, too.

"Poker Face" performed on a pipe organ

Lady Gaga's ode to bisexuality sounds grand and gothic on a pipe organ. It's odd more of her songs don't use this instrument. It seems totally "on brand" and perfect for a fan base known as Little Monsters.

Friends theme song performed on a zither well as other Indian instruments. The effect is spooky and hypnotic, but somehow just as peppy and fun as the original. It makes you hope the video dissolves into a Mumbai-style Central Perk with Indian versions of Ross and Rachel drinking doodh patti chai tea.

Windows XP sounds performed by an orchestra

From the start-up music to the shut-down music to all the error notifications in-between, this orchestra performs a symphony that's all too familiar to Windows users.

"Sussudio" performed by Ol' Dirty Bastard

Part cover, part remix, all awesome. ODB keeps the chorus to the famous Phil Collins song but does his own R&B thing with the lyrics. It makes you realize the Wu Tang Clan should cover Genesis more...or maybe it's the other way around?

"The Wire" performed with no instruments at all

USC's SoCal VoCals are the 2015 national a cappella champions. Every "instrument" in their renditions is performed by their mouths, from keyboards to cymbals. Here's their version of Haim's "The Wire."

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