This month, with everything going on in the world, the music videos we’re sharing are a little different. While we’ve showcased Peter Hollens’ and his family’s work before on the blog, a couple of his latest acapella compilations are parody snippets of songs with the lyrics twisted to remind people to wash your hands and stay home.
They’re silly and catchy, but the proceeds from the videos are also going to charities to help combat the virus. We hope you get a kick out of these videos and that maybe they made you laugh like we did!
We’re at the end of January already, and we’re hoping it’s more calming this month than the holiday rush from last month! To go along with the chill vibe and weather outside, this month’s music is a collection of some winter-like tunes from various Nintendo games.
This mix was compiled by the youtuber Vapidbobcat, a channel that creates all sorts of themed mixes and videos with video game music. The below mix is one of their newest, inspired by all the love that they had received from an earlier fall and autumn-themed mix they had created.
We hope you enjoy this video of relaxing Nintendo music!
With the holidays and cold season upon us (well, in our neck of the woods, anyway), we wanted to find some chill music — pun intended — to combat the stress that no doubts comes with Christmas, despite how wonderful the holiday can be.
We found the YouTube channel GameChops, a record label that offers video game music and remixes, mostly in the chill out and hiphop genres. It has tons of videos dedicated to high quality music from video games, and they’re definitely worth checking out.
We hope you enjoy this video of relaxing Pokemon music remixes!
Breath of the Wild was a bit of an anomaly within the Legend of Zelda franchise for many reasons, one of which was its soundtrack. While Breath of the Wild has its own unique tracks, it used more nature-sounding ambiance sounds as opposed to the more recognizable music that many other Zelda titles have.
Despite that, Breath of the Wild’s music is ripe for remixes just like the other games in the franchise. GlitchxCity has some fun remixes and music on their YouTube channel. Some of our favorites are the Pokemon-themed ones, but the Legend of Zelda music is great as well.
We hope you enjoy this remix of the Breath of the Wild Main Theme!
Paper Mario is one of our favorite Nintendo RPGs with its unique graphics, simple story, and charming characters. The soundtrack is one of our favorites to listen to, as well, and one of the most iconic tunes from the game is Toad Town.
A few years ago, a trio of talented musicians came together and created a cover of Toad Town. The YouTuber known as MichelleHeafy was on piano while 8BitBrigadier played the flute. ThunderScott was, well… everything else. I’ll admit, I was really amused to see him use the triangle in the cover!
All three of these musicians have their own channels dedicated to covers of beloved video game music. We hope you enjoy their Toad Town cover enough to visit some of their other videos!
While we’ve always enjoyed video game soundtracks, even the pixel-y tunes from retro games, video games nowadays have huge orchestras backing them up. It’s awesome to me, and I just want to go to concerts that perform these songs. Super Mario Odyssey and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, two of the Nintendo Switch’s biggest games, have full theme songs with “Jump Up, Superstar!” and “Lifelight.” I got goosebumps the first time I heard those songs in conjunction with the opening of those games.
I enjoy the fact that Nintendo is stepping up a bit when it comes to theme songs for some of their most popular games. It’s totally unexpected but it brings a new light to the game. When they announced the story mode for Super Smash Brothers Ultimate with the voice acting, movie trailer-like sequence, and the song, I was blown away. It was kind of weird, sure, but it was well done.
It was well done! I enjoyed finding and listening to covers of those songs on Spotify, especially since most video game music just sounds epic. The opening movie for the game reminded me of when I first became enamored with Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. That opening sequence still is one of my favorite video game theme songs, if you will.
I agree. And having live performances is a step up too. I mean, they had someone perform Jump Up, Superstar at the Game Awards in… 2017? 2018? I forget when actually but it was a cool performance. I always enjoy those shows because they usually throw in a live band or orchestra, dancers, or something of the like.
I believe that was the original singer as well, which made it even better. The live orchestra performances are also one of my favorite parts of the Game Awards, E3, etc. It throws me back to when we went to the Legend of Zelda orchestra show, and I just want to enjoy more concerts performing video game soundtracks. It goes back to how, whenever we start up a new game, we tend to wait on the title screen to see if a theme song or trailer will begin playing.
I would love to see the Zelda orchestra again. But you’re right, we do wait on the main menu for a bit because the song is often epic and showcases the game like a movie trailer. Skyward Sword is still my favorite opening, by the way. The movie and sequence along with it were gold.
I would love to see an Octopath Traveler orchestra! Another franchise that has pretty good openings and theme songs, in my opinion, is the Fire Emblem franchise. I cannot wait until I’m able to turn on Fire Emblem: Three Houses for the first time and see how they animate that opening. I believe the opening trailer has been available for a while, but I’ve avoided it in order to experience it for the first time when I actually get the play the game.
Octopath Traveler would be amazing to see live! I listen to the soundtrack on a loop in my car. I’m sure Fire Emblem: Three Houses is amazing as well. In fact, we should definitely play it today. I’m looking forward to hearing some new music!
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Lindsey Stirling is one of our favorite musicians at this time. She does violin, mostly electric violin, and we don’t believe we’ve showcased her here a couple of times before on the site, but it’s been a while.
While Lindsey does mostly original songs right now — her next album is actually coming out near the end of this September — she does have a few gaming-related music videos up on her YouTube channel. The latest one was done a couple of years ago for the game RiME. While we’ve never played RiME, the music was beautiful, and Lindsey did a video for one of the original songs, Forgotten City. We hope you enjoy it as we do!
This is a rather silly music video that Rachel discovered recently. Using assets from the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney games, the YouTuber MaximumVolty created a music video to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.”
While there’s no rapid sequences of flashing lights, as all the scenes come from the games themselves, there are some quick transitions to go along with the beat of the music, so please be careful if you are sensitive to that sort of thing. Otherwise, we hope you enjoy this!
About a year ago, we showcased a music video from a YouTube channel called CrazyGroupTrio, who did covers and remixes of music from video games. One album the artist has done is Temples of Ocarina, featuring songs from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Considering one of the games we’ve been streaming lately is Ocarina of Time, we thought we’d celebrate again how wonderful the soundtrack — and the plethora of covers there are — is. This particular song is for the Forgotten Wind Temple, a temple in the game that seems to have been cut out of or merged with the Forest Temple in the final version of the game. We hope you enjoy it!
Remember Dance Dance Revolution? It was a game we personally never had, but I remember playing it years ago at a good friend’s house. One of the best songs we enjoyed playing was Butterfly.
Recently we discovered a channel on YouTube called Claire Anne Carr who does some “crazy piano” mixes covering various types of songs, including ones from video games. It was nostalgic to hear Butterfly again, even as a remix, and it was fun to watch the video with all the notes that were used during the remix. We thought you guys would enjoy it too!