Pentatonix-Evolution-of-Music-Video

As music bloggers, our mindset often gets caught up in the new. New singles, new remixes, new albums, etc. Everything is about the here and now, and providing the latest and greatest material for all you ninjas out there. Sometimes though, it’s good to reflect on the old, and see how far we’ve come over the last few years. Pentatonix takes that exact concept and stretches things back all the way to the 11th century.

The California-based a cappella group takes us on a journey through history, showcasing some of the most popular music of the last century, and more, in merely four minutes. While every classic isn’t present (that would be kind of tough to fit within the time constraints), the band does do a tremendous job of summing up the sounds of each decade. This is more than just a gimmick too, as the group is able to demonstrate their vocal range and talents superbly through the mashup. See if you can name all the songs used in the medley, before peeking at the list after the jump. After hearing this, let’s all hope the band decides to make a part two. Also, make sure to check out more from Pentatonix on their official website.


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 – Beach Boys
I Want To Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
Respect – Aretha Franklin

1970s-
ABC – Jackson 5
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

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

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

2000s
Hey Ya! – Outkast
Drop it Like Its 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 Gotta Feelin – 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

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