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10 Ideas to Steal – YouTube Music

May 24, 2010

In honor of YouTube’s 5th anniversary, Conan O’Brien listed his top five YouTube clips last week. Here are ten of my favorite YouTube music clips in arbitrary order.

1. Botswanese Upside Down Guitar – Charlie Patton may have also used this guitar form.

2. Jazari – Solenoid percussion + Wii Remotes.  Watch the How It Works video after you watch the one below.  It’s actually more amazing than it looks.

3. Oren Lavie – “Her Morning Elegance.” Love me some stop motion.

4.OK Go – “This Too Shall Pass.” Honda pulled off an equally impressive Rube Goldberg device in this classic commercial.  Kudos to OK Go for topping their first viral music video, the treadmill dance for Here It Goes Again.

5. Jake Shimabukuro – “My Guitar Gently Weeps.” A speaker at TED this year, Shimabukuro does impossible things with a ukulele.  Check out his cover of Bohemian Rhapsody after you watch the Beatles cover below.

6. Jaco, John Scofield, Kenwood Dennard – “The Chicken.” It’s my list, so I get one Jaco clip, and I’m going with this take of “The Chicken.”  This was shot during the same session as this instructional video, which is still available in its entirety on YouTube.

7. Zach Kim – “Mario Brothers Theme.” This just barely gets the nod over Jean Baudin’s 11-string bass cover.

8. Greg Pattillo, the beatboxing flute guy – “Inspector Gadget Remix.” This one featuring flute, beatbox, and piano is pretty amazing as well.

9. Metallica – Smooth Jazz Remix. From the same video editor who brought you Louis Armstrong death metal version.

10. Yngwie Malmsteen – “Icarus Dream Suite with New Japan Philharmonic.” Too bad the concerto for guitar de electrique never really caught on. It might get some people back to the symphony. Watch for one of the all-time great guitar moves at 1:50.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. May 30, 2010 9:52 am

    Wow. Zack Kim is amazing. And a nerd.

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