Song of the Day #1,262: ‘Let’s Get It On’ & ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ – Pentatonix

After tuning into my first televised musical competition last Spring with The Voice, I signed on for my second this Fall with The Sing-Off.

In an era of Auto-Tune and processed pop stars, there is something very refreshing about a competition that features nothing but the human voice. And the a capella groups featured on this show do jaw-dropping things with those voices.

My favorite competitors — and the group that went on to win the title — were Pentatonix, a 5-piece group of teens and 20-somethings who hail from Texas. They put on a clinic week after week, nailing every genre assignment thrown their way.

I couldn’t decide between two of my favorite Pentatonix performances for today’s blog entry, so I’m featuring both. First up is ‘Let’s Get It On,’ showcased during R&B Week. I find the judges’ reactions to this one as enjoyable as the song (particularly when Sara Bareilles is moved to drop an F-bomb).

That clip is followed by a performance of The Buggles’ ‘Video Killed the Radio Star,’ delivered during Guilty Pleasure Week, that shows how innovative Pentatonix was in its arrangements.

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,262: ‘Let’s Get It On’ & ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ – Pentatonix

  1. Dana says:

    Two very impressive songs. I can see why they won and why you were rooting for them. I’m curious to know the song they had done the previous week that didn’t work for the judges.

  2. Clay says:

    I think they were trying to drum up some drama because the judges were pretty complementary about that previous performance (of a Ke$ha song):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt7smksoCiU

  3. Amy says:

    Great performances. I’m glad you enjoyed the show. I found Ben Folds to be as delightful as the groups!

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