One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” with five guys and one piano

Posted on July 18, 2012 by

This spectacular piano version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” is brought to us by  , who cram around a single Yamaha grand piano and make the song sound unrecognizable. We love One Direction’s upbeat version but this unbelievable cover really shows how one instrument can be used in so many ways. The five guys take turns pounding the keys, rapping on the side like a drum and playing the strings like a violin.

The idea came to them a couple months ago when they were all sitting around a piano, banging out a beat. They decided to create an arrangement and after going through a few song possibilities they landed on “What Makes You Beautiful.”

“We thought about the ramifications of taking on a teenybopper boy band tune as five middle-aged married guys who are desperately holding on to their hairlines,” they wrote on YouTube. “One of us even has a son older than the guys in One Direction (we won’t say who) : – ) BUT you know us — we love a good challenge!”

The guys filmed it at 2:30 in the morning and played until sunrise. We’re definitely hitting replay on this one. What do you think of it?


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