BEST "ROCKIFIED" VERSIONS OF CLASSICAL SONGS
Almost all music was inspired by classical, and these songs demonstrate how well the genres blend.
- •"Joy" - Apollo 100Original song: "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" - Bach. There is no other way to describe this song other than "Joy." It upbeat, catchy, and you won't be able to stop yourself from standing up and doing a jig when you listen to it.
- •"Nut Rocker" - B. Bumble and the StingersOriginal song: "March of the Wooden Soldiers" - Tchaikovsky. You'll recognize this song from The Nutcracker, but you'll never want to hear the original again when you hear this jazzy, face-paced version. Emerson, Lake & Palmer do a great cover of this too. Speaking of which...
- •"Pictures at an Exhibition" - Emerson, Lake & PalmerOriginal song: "Pictures at an Exhibition" - Modest Mussorgsky. This one is an entire album and a masterful one at that. I'm blown away by the musicianship of all of them, especially Emerson's ridiculous keyboard playing skills.
- •"Cans and Brahms" - YesOriginal song: "Symphony No. 4 in E Minor" - Johannes Brahms. Rick Wakeman may be an even better keyboardist than Emerson, and his amazing adaptation of Brahms is proof. He himself didn't love how the song turned out, but he's just being a perfectionist. It's great.
- •"Bumble Boogie" - Freddy Martin and OrchestraOriginal song: "Flight of the Bumblebee" - Rimsky-Korsakov. Yes I know I just mentioned this song in my previous list, but it was the inspiration for this new list! Go watch Melody Time for the fun animation that goes with it.
- •"Hall of the Mountain King" - Hugo Montenegro"In the Hall of the Mountain King" - Edvard Grieg. This song has been covered countless times (including a cool version by The Who), but this jazzy rendition really stands out. Maybe it's not quite rock, but it's an awesome big band, jazz style.