There were plenty of controversial calls at last night’s Grammy Awards, but one win that no one can question is that of Pentatonix. The a capella group first entered the public eye as winners of The Sing-Off, but they’ve used YouTube to extend their fifteen minutes of reality competition fame into a hugely successful recording career. Last night’s Grammy win for Best Arrangement was a major vote of confidence both for the a capella genre, not usually a strong competitor at the awards, and for YouTube musicians. In honor of their big win, check out our 15 favorite Pentatonix covers:
No 90’s kid can truly say their life is complete until they’ve experienced this epic N*Sync medley.
Many fans have argued “Starships” isn’t the strongest track in Nicki Minaj’s catalog, but there’s no denying that it’s got a fun beat and some truly infectious hooks (and that’s where Pentatonix shines).
No one can truly call themselves a YouTuber if they haven’t embraced the viral sensation that was “Gangnam Style.” Here’s PTX burnishing their Psy credentials.
Pentatonix certainly knows how to make a meal out of a pop-anthem. If you need some proof this cover of Fun.’s “We Are Young” should be all you need.
If you, like the rest of mankind, is still patiently waiting for #R8, then this sick cover of Riri’s “You Da One” should help tide you over.
As we know, Kanye West believe that Beyonce deserves ALL THE GRAMMYS, so I suspect that even he would approve of this fantastic medley capturing Queen Bey’s musical evolution.
Their covers might be flawless, but where Pentatonix really shines is their mash-ups. Watch them take what should be a toxic stew of Katy Perry and Justin Bieber and turn it into sonic gold.
Some might remember that before Lady Gaga took Tony Bennett hostage, she was the reigning queen of anthemic dance pop. Travel back to those halcyon days with this stirring cover of Gaga’s “Edge of Glory”
If you want a little more YouTube punch with your Pentatonix, try this explosive cover of Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” featuring YouTube’s own dubstep violinist Lindsey Stirling.
After last year’s Grammys, a lot of people still haven’t forgiven Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for existing, but if you’re on the fence, this cover of “Thrift Shop” might help you to forgive and forget.
This list needs more mash-ups and this Swedish House Mafia double feature deserves an entry all its own. You can thank me later.
No recording artist can truly be called iconic until they release a Christmas album, or at least a single. This principle is known as Mariah’s Law and Pentatonix aren’t about to break such an important pop edict.
I don’t have a single quip for this Clean Bandit cover. It’s just really good.
Pentatonix pay tribute to last night’s other big winner, Sam Smith, with this cover. The a capella savants combine to reinterpret Smith’s equally amazing team-up with Disclosure, with their own version of “Latch.”
Of course, there’s only one way we could cap off this list. This amazing Daft Punk medley is the track that earned PTX their golden gramophone. It’s also one of their most exciting visuals complete with some frosty futuristic visuals. The Grammys don’t judge based on video content, but we sure do.