Some songs are so big, so huge, so monumentally epic, they seem to break free from the confines of their origins and escape out into the wider world. Once out there, they take on a life of their own, being played over and over again with a zeal that borders on the obsessive.
Let It Go from Disney’s Frozen is one such song. Beloved by children and infantile adults, but hated by parents who have had to listen to it so many times they themselves could sing it backwards, Let It Go is a phenomenon. One which shows no signs of dissipating anytime soon.
Frozen: Please Let It Go. Now.
I’ll be honest and admit I rather liked Let It Go on first listen. It’s catchy, it’s positive, it’s sung extremely well by Idina Menzel, or, if you’re John Travolta, Adele Dazeem. In essence, it’s a good song. But it’s not good enough to justify the level of adoration lavished upon it.
I personally think it’s time to let Let It Go go. But, to achieve that impossible dream we clearly have to give this over-hyped song a fitting send-off. And what better way to do that than by taking one last, lingering look at the best covers of Let It Go uploaded to YouTube.
Batman’s erstwhile enemy Bane isn’t the first person I’d picture watching Frozen. However, he has clearly watched the Disney film enough times to then write his own lyrics to the tune of Let It Go. They’re catchy too. And just a little insane.
Being a weatherman in Chicago means winters filled with reporting on freezing temperatures, ice, sleet, and lots and lots of lovely snow. Which is why Dan Ponce has such a strong affiliation with Frozen and its big number.
Tay Zonday is famous for singing Chocolate Rain back when viral video stars were a rarer commodity than they are now. It turns out he’s still going, and this is his version of Let It Go, as sung in his distinctive bass voice.
Med School Parody
This is a straight parody of Let It Go, with the lyrics changed to represent some of the negatives associated with being a medical student. Thankfully, you don’t have to be a med student to understand all of the references.
A Dad Pleads
As mentioned previously, the people I really feel sorry for in this whole scenario are the parents who have had to endure their children watching Frozen on repeat. One dad eventually snapped, thankfully penning this parody rather than doing anything more extreme.
Minecraft is another phenomenon that is, like Let It Go, often obsessively loved by children but misunderstood by adults. Which makes this parody the perfect mashup for making parents realize they’re now officially old and out of touch.
If Frozen is targeted mainly at children, then why not let the children sing it instead of stupid adults? This children’s choir do a phenomenal job with it, and the African elements thrown into the mix give it a refreshing new twist.
Have you ever wondered what Let It Go would sound like sung by other famous singers? No, me neither, but that didn’t stop Christina Bianco from recording a version of the song with lines sung by the likes of Britney Spears, Celine Dion, and Julie Andrews.
Mitch Grassi is a singer in the a capella group Pentatonix. What’s unusual about Grassi is his extremely high voice, which makes him the perfect choice for singing Let It Go. He nails it too.
The second Batman villain to appear on our list is Mr. Freeze, who had the misfortune of appearing in the worst Batman movie of all time, Batman & Robin. Still, it means we get to see Arnold Schwarzenegger sing a version of Let It Go, so it’s not all bad.
Singers aren’t the only ones covering Let It Go, as Jun Sung Ahn proves with his compelling violin cover.
Translated by Google
Google Translate is an extremely useful tool for translating text in languages other than your own. But it turns out something gets lost in translation when song lyrics are involved. Thus, Let It Go ends up becoming a totally different song.
Two Little Girls
The two little girls in this video aren’t blessed with the best voices in the world. Not that you would expect them to at just 4 years old. It’s not about their voices though, but their love for the song and their willingness just to go for it.
Frozen is a Disney film. Even if it didn’t have the Disney name attached to it, the film is unequivocally Disney in both style and form. Which means this cover of Let It Go, as sung by a host of other Disney characters, is so compelling.
And finally, we come full circle, with Idina Menzel covering her own song. To be fair, she does have assistance from American chatshow host Jimmy Kimmel and The Roots, who accompany her on a range of classroom instruments. Trust me, it’s a lot better than it sounds.
What’s Your Favorite Cover of Let It Go?
Congratulations, you have reached the end of our list of the best Let It Go covers of all time. Which means you’re either a big fan of the song and cannot get enough, or you’re some kind of musical masochist. Either way, you’re a bit weird. And clearly so am I for opting to compile this list in the first place.
Regardless, we all made it through. So, all that’s left to do is ask you to comment below telling us either which of the Let It Go covers featured above is your favorite, or informing us of another Let It Go cover we missed. I cannot promise I’ll actually listen to any of those suggested though, as my ears are currently bleeding rather profusely.
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