Putting the song "The Final Countdown" first for today fits exactly with what accordion covers are all about ”” they shock our expectations in fun and surprising ways. So take that, list makers, I challenge your conventions ”” just like these three wacky Bulgarians pumping out tunes in the middle of nowhere. Lesson of the day: Insane Ukrainians also like crane shots.
2. NOW That's What I Call Polka
"Weird Al" Yankovic has been creating pop music polka medleys for over 20 years””of course he'd show up on this list somewhere. In his 2015 track "NOW That's What I Call Polka," he tackles such tracks as "Wrecking Ball," "Gangnam Style" and "Get Lucky," in one accordion-driven masterpiece. Yes, if this doesn't make you smile, you're dead inside.
3. Goldeneye 007 (Streets Level, N64)
Anyone who played a Nintendo 64 should have their 20-30 something hair stand up on end after hearing these magical notes emerge from the accordion's windy bellows. Since this one-man band pumps out such a powerful version of GoldenEye 007's Streets level, you won't even miss blowing Russians away with a tank.
4. You've Got a Friend in Me
Randy Newman's been making lovable songs for a long time on the piano, but he never popped one out on the old squeezebox. Somehow, an accordion version of "You've Got a Friend in Me" becomes even more energetic and charming. If only Toy Story had this version of the song, maybe it would have made even more of us cry in the theater and lie to our friends that it was our allergies kicking in.
5. Highway to Hell
Watch out, overly sensitive and politically correct parents, this one's about to make your jaw drop. These accordion orchestra members get down while sitting down, performing their festive rendition of AC/DC's "Highway to Hell." Maybe they look disgruntled from all those plastic Devil horns jabbing into their skulls, or perhaps they're just now realizing they probably should have learned to play the guitar instead.
6. Lux Aeterna (Song from Requiem for a Dream)
You may not know this tune's title, but you probably heard it lurking in the background of the film Requiem for a Dream. This music piece is so epic that it could make even the most mundane task seem significant and exciting””blast it the next time you're brushing your teeth for proof. This female musician takes the arrangement to the next level with help from a wonderful Waistline Wurlitzer. For me, there's nothing more seductive than a chick who plays the accordion. Nothing.
7. Don't Stop Me Now
This accordion quartet rocks the song "Don't Stop Me Now" so hard that there's bound to be blood on the keys when they're done. As they bounce in their seats and rock their heads like sassy supportive best friends, they blow the audience away with their enthusiasm and musical showmanship. And no worries about desecrating a dead musician's song””this strange performance is just the thing that Freddie Mercury would love.
8. Game of Thrones Theme
Fellow geeky guys out there better be careful with this one””it's another talented lady jamming on the old Stomach Steinway. But this time she's using the accordion in an enchanting version of the Game of Thrones theme song. Emotional, enduring, and downright adorkable. Marry me, you seductive internet stranger! Better yet? You can play at our wedding.