9 Classical Music Covers Of 2017's Major Pop Culture Moments

September is Classical Music Month.

Though popular music — everything from rap, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and pop — dominate the charts these days, we love when other musicians put a spin on them. Perhaps one of our favorite twists on these hits is when they are given a classical edge with pianos, violins, cellos, and the like taking over and tugging at our heartstrings.


With September coming to an end, we also bid farewell to Classical Music Month. This is a time to pay homage to one of the genres of music that has been around the longest and has made an impact on the entire art form. What better way to do that than to show just how adaptable classical music is in its ability to take catchy tunes and amp them up?

Join us as we take a look at some of 2017's biggest hits — as well as a few major moments in pop culture this past year — and give our ears a treat by listening to them in classical music form:

“Beauty and the Beast” covered by Lindsey Stirling

Earlier this year the entire world was enamored by Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast remake starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and a slew of other big names. While the original title song is full of gorgeous orchestral sounds, this Lindsey Stirling violin cover is simply stunning and entertaining.

Katy Perry’s “Chained to the Rhythm” covered by Simply Three

Katy Perry's latest album, Witness, dropped earlier this summer and its lead single has had us all jamming out even longer. "Chained to the Rhythm," featuring Skip Marley (Bob Marley's grandson) is stripped down but keeps its undeniable beat with this Simply Three cover on the violin, cello, and bass.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” covered by 2Cellos

No one can dispute that Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" — one of the few non-English songs to dominate Billboard's Hot 100 chart — is the official song of summer. The jam, with or without Justin Bieber, has everyone singing along so this 2Cellos cover is all you need to get the party started.

The “Game of Thrones” theme song covered by 2Cellos

Few TV shows these days have theme songs memorable enough to penetrate the pop culture sphere, but Game of Thrones certainly does. After hearing just the first few notes, any fan — and even non-fan — instantly recognizes it. Another 2Cellos masterpiece takes on the Westeros tune and breathes new life into it like one of Daenerys' dragons breathes fire.

“La La Land” medley covered by Nicholas Yee and Sam Yang

And the Oscar goes to … not La La Land, after all. While the Ryan Gosling- and Emma Stone-starring flick did take home a few awards, the best picture trophy went to Moonlight in the end. That said, the music in the Damien Chazelle-directed La La Land (composed by Justin Hurwitz) is nothing short of incredible, and Nicholas Yee and Sam Yang do it justice.

Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” covered by DSharp

Swifties were overjoyed when Taylor Swift returned to the top of the charts — albeit briefly before being dethroned by Cardi B — as a big moment for female singers in 2017 with "Look What You Made Me Do" this summer. The lead single off the forthcoming Reputation gets a violin makeover (with some of the original beat intact) thanks to DSharp.

Linkin Park’s “Numb” covered by Brooklyn Duo

This summer, we lost Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington to suicide and, in the wake of that tragedy, have seen fellow musicians such as Jay-Z pay tribute and a music video that honored the frontman. Brooklyn Duo covered the band's big hit "Numb" on the piano and cello as their way to celebrate Bennington.

Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” covered by Ember Trio

Unless you somehow completely escaped it, you most likely know every word to Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You." This song was literally everywhere earlier this year, and has been covered time and time again ever since. One of our favorites is this one by Ember Trio on a violin and two cellos filmed on a rooftop to give you a pretty view while grooving along.

Sam Smith’s “Too Good At Goodbyes” covered by The Theorist

Sam Smith recently returned to form with "Too Good at Goodbyes" and it's great to have the Brit back to make us swoon with some of the most emotional songs out there. The Theorist, with nothing but a piano, takes on Smith's latest song and makes us wish we were all capable of playing those keys with equal skill.


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