From finger-tapping metal retakes to Eton style, after the unprecedented success of K-Pop Dom Jolly-a-like Psy’s worldwide hit Gangnam Style the inevitable surge of covers has overtaken the internet.
To save you wearing down your index finger into dust clicking link after link, we’ve collected ten of the best (or should that be most entertaining) covers and parodies around into our list below.
While most of our choices will hopefully raise a smile, for all the right or wrong reasons, we’ve also included a few versions that are fairly impressive feats of creative reworking!
Check out our Top 10, ranked in no particular order, and tell us what you think with a comment below:
10. Acoustic lounge style
Chilled out, classy and pulled off with minimal fuss, this acoustic guitar lead cover by Ra-On strips back the timbre and silliness to somehow salvage a smooth, lounge-ready cover from the K-Pop juggernaut original.
9. Remixed by electronica producer Ghost Loops style (featuring Stephanie C)
Created for Indaba Music, this is another laid-back reworking of Psy’s hyperactive Korean hit by electronica producer Ghost Loops, with vocals by Stephanie C.
8. A cappella group Pentatonix style
It was only a matter of time before YouTube vocal sensations Pentatonix put their own a capella spin on Gangnam Style – impressive for a track so reliant on its effects and samples.
7. Tech drum cover style
Travis Barker brought drum covers into the mainstream with his version of Solja Boy. Since then, almost every major hit has been given the drum rearrangement treatment. In the video above Matt Harwood-Jones makes the most of the song’s simple and repetitive structure with a nice and varied display of shuffling beats, paradiddles and fills that render Psy’s original as nothing more than a backing track for the action taking place on the kit.
6. Upright piano style
Simple and effective, this one person and a piano version of the infectious Korean hit plucks the few hints of delicacy and harmonic interest that exist from the original.
5. Rock guitar and bass style
Nic and Dale from the band, Jade Monkey, dial up the gain and treat Gangnam Style to a guitar and bass lead hard rock rendition that’s surprisingly listenable!
4. Multi-track bedroom style
MysteryGuitarMan puts his own twist on Psy’s hit from the comfort of his home studio, multi-tracking some bass, acoustic guitar, maracas and more while providing the percussion with some tidy beatboxing.
3. Eton style
Eton Style is already one of the most popular and shared cover versions around having enjoyed massive exposure across the online news press for their public store-centric send up.
2. Classical Cover
Another popular YouTube music group, Aston are well-known for their orchestral reworkings of popular songs and chart hits. Check out their Gangnam re-style above featuring piano, violin, viola, cello and percussion!
1. Gangnam multi-video Metal style
It seems Gangnam Style has found fertile soil for the metal players of YouTube with so many videos out there that they could possibly soon have enough for their own Top 10 list!
Check out some of the best below:
Gangnam thrash style
12-string metal style
Metalcore dubstep mash-up style
What’s your favourite Gangnam Style cover?
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