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Pentatonix's 10 Most Impressive Covers: 'Where Are U Now,' 'Gangnam Style' & More

From reworking EDM bangers to tackling tracks in French and Korean (?!?), these are the breakout group's most extraordinary cover performances

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Maroon 5 & Christina Aguilera's "Moves Like Jagger" (2012)

Where it all began! How could we not include the group's first upload on their official YouTube channel? It isn't their most polished performance and the recording doesn't even exist in HD, but we love looking back at this promising group. Also, Scott's take on Xtina's bridge? So good.

9 / 10

PSY's "Gangnam Style" (2012)

First French, and now...Korean? Yep, PTX even covered PSY's viral hit at the height of "Gangnam Style" mania. The group got mixed critiques of their pronunciation, but you can't deny this as one of their most fun (and also most impressive) performances.

8 / 10

"Daft Punk Medley" (2013)

With more than 167 million views, this Daft Punk medley is Pentatonix's most-watched video on their official YouTube channel. It's not only an awesome mashup that would sound great without an a cappella rework, but the vocal-focused take on the French duo's AutoTuned hits is truly something that needs to be heard to be believed. 

There's a reason this is their most-watched video--and it's just not because of the awesome costumes.

7 / 10

Justin Timberlake's "Pusher Love Girl" (2013)

"Pusher Love Girl" was never released as a single off Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience album, but PTX makes a great case that this should have been all over the radio. The multiple harmonies, Avi's sexy bass notes and Scott's rasp-drenched solo makes this one of their most soulful covers to date.

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"Little Drummer Boy" (2013)

Not only a stunning take on a Christmas classic, but this rendition proved Pentatonix were a potential pop force when it soared to No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 after its accompanying video took off on YouTube upon its late 2013 release.

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"Evolution of Music" (2013)

It isn't your traditional cover, but there's loads of songs covered inside here. From Gregorian chants from the 11th century to the Backstreet Boys and Rihanna, this "evolution" is not only amazing in its seamless production, but in its quick-thinking production, too!

4 / 10

"La La Latch" (2014)

A combination of Naughty Boy's "La La La" and Disclosure's "Latch," both of which feature Sam Smith, this one is another shining example of how well the group handles electronic elements. For example, the signature "la la's" in the former hit is a sputtering vocal sample, but Kirstin handles each note with staccato precision.

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Stromae's "Papaoutai" Featuring Lindsey Stirling (2014)

Did you know Pentatonix could slay a cover...in French?

The group took on "Papaoutai" by Belgian superstar Stromae, which was a huge hit all over Europe, for their PTX Vol. 3 EP. This version features Kevin busting out his cello skills and YouTube-famous violinist Lindsey Stirling. The group earned praise for their pronunciation, and proved that perhaps they could take over the world with their covers.

2 / 10

A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera's "Say Something" (2014)

A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera's minimal ballad gains four-part harmonies and a cello for this breathtaking rendition. 

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Jack Ü & Justin Bieber's "Where Are U Now" (2015)

Included as a bonus track on their self-titled full-length album, this Jack Ü/Justin Bieber cover particularly highlights how well Pentatonix transforms electronic elements into gorgeous vocal arrangements. Here, the song's signature, exotic-sounding hook has become a stack of falsetto harmonies.

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