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The Ultimate Sing-Off: Pentatonix Mash Up Five Musical Centuries

Lyndsey Parker
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Pentatonix school YouTube viewers with "Evolution of Music" vid

Pentatonix have really outdone themselves this time. The winners of NBC's recently renewed a cappella talent show "The Sing-Off" are already pitch-perfect YouTube sensations thanks to their many creative cover-song videos, but their latest megaclip, which has received more than 1.4 million views in just two days, truly is a sing-off of epic proportions.

Working their vocal cords to the max on everything from "Symphony No. 5" to "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Danny Boy" to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Old Man River" to Bieber's "Baby," "Salve Regina" to Rihanna, PTX's five incredible singers deliver a crash-course sonic history lesson titled "Evolution of Music" that's as enjoyable as it is educational. Check out the video, along with a cheat-sheet of all the song titles, below--and get schooled, "Sing-Off"-style.

11th Century
"Salve Regina"

1600s
"Canon in D" – Pachelbel

1800s
"Symphony No. 5" – Beethoven

1910s
"Danny Boy" – Frederic Weatherly

1920s
"Old Man River" – Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II

1930s
"Minnie the Moocher" – Cab Calloway

1940s
"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" – The Andrew Sisters

1950s
"I Walk the Line" – Johnny Cash
"La Bamba" – Ritchie Valens

1960s
"Stand By Me" – Ben E King
"Barbara Ann" – The Beach Boys
"I Want to Hold Your Hand" – The Beatles
"Respect" – Aretha Franklin

1970s
"ABC" – The Jackson Five
"Bohemian Rhapsody" – Queen

1980s
"Celebration" – Kool & The Gang
"Don’t Stop Believin'" – Journey
"Thriller" – Michael Jackson

1990s
"U Can’t Touch This" – MC Hammer
"Baby One More Time" – Britney Spears
"Say My Name" – Destiny's Child
"I Want It That Way" – Backstreet Boys

2000s
"Hey Ya" – Outkast
"Drop it Like it's Hot" – Snoop Dogg
"Crazy" – Gnarls Barkley
"Hips Don't Lie" – Shakira
"Single Ladies" – Beyoncé
"I Kissed a Girl – Katy Perry
"Bad Romance" – Lady Gaga
"I Got a Feeling" – Black Eyed Peas

2010s
"Baby" – Justin Bieber
"We Found Love" – Rihanna
"Some Nights" – fun.
"Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye
"Gangnam Style" – PSY
"Call Me Maybe" – Carly Rae Jepsen

Check out an interview with Pentatonix when they came to Yahoo! last year:

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