Acapodcast #63, Beatles Collection

Who doesn’t love The Beatles?  One of the most loved, respected, and covered artists of all time, they helped define a new movement in music, and even today there are fans, critics, and imitators.  I’ve pulled together ten of the best A Cappella covers of Beatles songs for this episode.  If you like it, let me know.  I started with over 120 tracks, so I may do another Beatles episode at some point.  Here’s what you’ll hear in the show:

Track Title Artist Album
Strawberry Fields Forever The Bobs

Come Together: An A Cappella Tribute to the Beatles

Eleanor Rigby Overboard


Penny Lane The King’s Singers

The Beatles Connection

Got To Get You Into My Life Firedrill!

...Sings Without Music, Vol. II

Blackbird Clockwork


Paperback Writer Toxic Audio


Let It Be The Nylons

Fabric of Life: Vocal Percussion Remix

Day Tripper Swingle Singers

Ticket to Ride: A Beatles Tribute

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band /

With A Little Help From My Friends

Da Vinci’s Notebook

Bendy's Law

Come Together Robin Williams


Bobby McFerrin

In My Life

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29 thoughts on “Acapodcast #63, Beatles Collection

  1. David Potts

    Turn the page Bob Seger You have to turn the page to read literary works. As far as future themes how about movie tracks, Have a good day!

  2. Niels

    for a literary theme: “Title Of The Song” by Da Vinci’s Notebook, not only is the group named from a literary reference (sorta), but the whole lyrics are an intertextual reference to 90’s boy band lyrics 😀

  3. Jacob

    You should’ve used the Kickshaw version of Sgt. Pepper. Kickshaw kicks bottom. 🙂

    As for my favorite literary song… I’m not telling. 🙂

  4. Melissa

    Either “Save Ginny Weasley” by Harry and the Potters, or “Man of Constant Sorrow” by the Soggy Bottom Boys.

    As for a next theme…how about a throwback theme? All 80s or 90s music

  5. Maurice

    “Dog Eat Dog in Denmark” by Frank Loesser. The story of Hamlet in 3 minutes.

    This has been done as a live favourite by the brilliant Richard Thompson.

  6. Dave

    Great show Chad! Hopefully we won’t have to wait several months for the next installment. 😉

    Oh and my favorite literary-themed song? Toss up between Weird Al’s “Headline News” and “The Book of Love” by the Magnetic Fields.

    1. Chad Bergeron

      I really enjoy The Book Of Love, although I know the Peter Gabriel cover better than the original. It’s been done a cappella by UCLA’s Awaken A Cappella.

  7. 20Something

    This was a great episode!

    There’s a passing literary reference in the song “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” By Sting and the Police, where they say “Just like the old man in the book by Nabokov”. Vladimir Nabokov wrote the book Lolita.

    I also like the song Prince Caspian by Phish.

  8. innismir

    I’m being unoriginal as you mentioned it, but it was the 1st one that popped in my head. It was My baby loves a bunch of authors by Moxy Fruvous.

  9. bleemoo

    20Something mentioned the Lolita reference in Don’t Stand So Close to Me. Elefant’s Lola is an entire song about the same, and is quite good, in a creepy way.

  10. jrandeck

    You mentioned it in the podcast, but it’s one of my favorite songs of all time: Tom Sawyer by Rush. Now if only there was a really good a capella cover of that out there…

    My second choice was the Romeo & Juliet reference in “Don’t Fear the Reaper” but the song doesn’t really have a literary theme over all.

    1. Chad Bergeron

      Wow. If the Beelzebubs or the Pitchforks or the Harmonics did a good cover of it, it could be so face-blisteringly hot! Sadly, I don’t know if any group has recorded a version of it a cappella…

  11. Jacob

    I changed my mind. I am telling. 🙂

    I’m going with Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go) by Garbage, which is based on Sarah by JT Leroy, which is loaded onto my Sony Reader but I haven’t read it yet.

  12. Clay

    “White Rabbit”, especially by Blue Man Group. great trippy Alice in Wonderland song

    1. Chad Bergeron

      And the ones that mother gives you don’t do anything at all…

      I’ve seen Blue Man Group here in boston a number of times and I have the albums because they’re so good to groove to, especially when I need to power through a problem at work. That and Afrocelt Sound System.

  13. Alan

    Favorite literary inspired song: Afternoons and Coffeespoons by The Crashtest Dummies inspired by TS Eliot’s The Lovesong of J Alfred Prufrock

    1. Chad Bergeron

      Congratulations Alan, you won the drawing for Toxic Audio’s “Chemistry”! Please email me or fill out the contact form here on the website. Let me know where I can ship that album out to you, ok?

  14. Kai


    How about a show with the best vocal electric guitar?
    As for artists – Stevie Wonder, of course.
    Oooh – do a MOTOWN episode 🙂

  15. Adriana

    Definitely Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah (many references to the bible). My favorite version is the one by kd lang. It’s been covered a million times, so there *has* to be an a cappella version somewhere.

    1. Chad Bergeron

      Adriana, I could do a whole episode with just versions of that song, but I suspect by the end of it, someone would want to throttle me for it. It’s always interesting to see which of the verses they include (there are so many!) and which version the a cappella group is modeling after – Cohen’s Buckley’s, or occasionally, something different.

    1. Chad Bergeron

      Indeed. It appeared on the BOCA 2006 album. Interestingly, in the same year, a version was also on Voices Only 2006, but it was the one by Northwestern’s Freshman 15.

  16. David Potts

    Overboard is again giving away their cd “Help” again. If you did not get it last time you have another chance.

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