LIST: A Celebration of the Pokemon Theme Song
  • TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016

  • Posted by: Robert Steiner

Fueled by novelty and nostalgia, Pokemon Go has become a worldwide cultural phenomenon, with the mobile app set to compete with the likes of Twitter and Snapchat for data consumption. Thanks to this beloved franchise, the kids who used to run around outside with toy poke-balls catching imaginary creatures are now grown-ass adults running around with cellphones catching imaginary creatures, a true testament to Pokemon's appeal and longevity. In honor of the millions of people out there currently trying to catch em' all (the first 150, at least), here's a few different versions of the legendary Pokemon theme song for your poke-playlist. 1. THE ORIGINAL by Pokemon I defy you to not start singing along as soon as you hit the play button. Even if you don't know the lyrics, you do. You knew them in your heart all along. Even though it's one of the most recognizable theme songs of all time, people forget that it's an actual full-length song, and it's just as awesome as you'd expect. For those discovering the full version for the first time, I hope your day has become a thousand times better because of it.
2. THE INTENSE PIANO VERSION by Matt Mulholland Right at the top, this man's soul-piercing stare straight into the camera while striking the first piano chord tells you the thing's gonna be awesome. The facial expressions and epic hair swings are compelling enough, but it also helps that the cover is actually pretty good. It even includes a face-melting guitar solo, just in case your mind wasn't busted from the epic-ness of it all.
3. THE DUBSTEP REMIX by Lindsey Stirling & Kurt Hugo Schneider Armed with her trusty violin, Lindsey has long been a YouTube megastar for her creative covers and original work, so it's no surprise that her take on the theme song has a whopping 10.4 million views. Violin, dubstep, and Pikachu seemingly shouldn't work on paper, but it seems to come together pretty freaking well in Stirling's hands. If you love Pokemon but aren't really into the original theme song, what is wrong with you? But also, this version might be different enough from the original that you can jam out to it while still showing some poke-love.
4. THE JAZZ VERSION by Scott Bradlee feat. Sara Niemietz Music nerds might recognize Scott Bradlee's name from his massively popular main channel, Postmodern Jukebox (also known by the acronym PMJ), which is dedicated to making modern-day hits sound like it's coming out of your grandma's transistor radio. A little-known nugget on his personal channel, Bradlee actually gave Pokemon the retro treatment featuring PMJ favorite Sara Niemietz on vocals, resulting in a version you could probably get away with playing in a jazz club without people giving you weird looks.
5. THE MAN & HIS DOG VERSION by Trench & Maple This one is the shortest version of the bunch, but it's no goddamn adorable I just had to include it. You can imagine this guy sitting on the side of some dusty road with a guitar and his canine friend, jamming his cares away to this really cool fingerpicked version of the song. Plus, its an Internet video featuring a cute animal in a funny fat, so of course its amazing.
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