2020 has been one of the most eventful years in recent history and it can be hard to keep up with everything going on. One of the strangest, yet amazing, developments has been the rise in popularity of a sub-genre of music called Bardcore. This genre of music takes popular songs and re-imagines them as medieval songs. Seemingly originating from a YouTube channel called Cornelius Link, the first popular Bardcore song was a medievalised version of Astronomia.
Since then, countless other songs have been recreated and uploaded to YouTube. While it may sound strange at first, you'd be surprised at just how catchy some of these medieval covers can actually be. Some even feature re-written lyrics to match the medieval aesthetic.
There is also usually a piece of tapestry like art accompanying the video as well. The amount of effort put into these videos is fantastic and should be appreciated. The songs could be listened to and even used for setting the mood of a tabletop RPG.
If you go to YouTube and search for Bardcore you can find so many great songs. Here are fifteen covers that you should definitely check out!
15. Dragostea Din Tei (Numa Numa) (Medieval Cover)
Made famous by one of the earliest viral YouTube videos, Dragoste Din Tei is commonly refereed to as the Numa Numa song. Created by a Modovan band, it's an internet classic so it should be of no surprise that it's one of the first songs to be translated to the medieval style. It lends itself surprisingly well to the genre.
Unlike the original song, the Bardcore version is much more peaceful and calming. It's use of strings is really nice and the song is somehow able to still pay tribute to the original while also standing on it's own. While it is a shame there are no lyrics to accompany the video there is always a chance a dedicated fan may add their own.
The art of the video seems to be some sort of flying kite, which is a nice homage to the original music video which sees the band flying around in a plane as they sing. To be quite honest the original music video is worth checking out too.