Turning NYC streets into a musical choir

Posted on September 11, 2012 by

Collective Cadenza took us on a musical tour of New York City today with their newest video experiment. The group performed songs from our favourite artists based on whatever street sign they were standing in front of. And damn, NYC streets sure as hell make a good soundtrack.

Music seems like a great way to pay tribute to NYC, especially considering they shot it on Sept. 11. They guys played Katy on “Perry,” Kanye on “West,” Santigold on “Gold,” and Jay-Z on “Jay” (obvs). On top of that, they played some of our older faves, including Pearl Jam, The Police and The Beach Boys.

This is the same group that brought us The Human Jukebox and The History of Wooing Women. Check out their video below and the playlist after the jump.

Watch it here:


“Let’s Get It On,” Marvin Gaye

“I’ve Got a Woman,” Ray Charles

“Firework,” Katy Perry

“Power,” Kanye West

“Since U Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson

“Soul Bossa Nova,” Quincy Jones

“White Christmas,” Bing Crosby

“Respect,” Aretha Franklin

“Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” DMX/Ruff Ryders

“Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” Creedence Clearwater Revival

“Let’s Stay Together,” Al Green

“Barbara Ann,” Beach Boys

“I Can See Clearly Now,” Jimmy Cliff

“Use Somebody,” Kings of Leon

“Jurassic Park Theme,” John Williams

“Wherever You Go,” Richard Marx

“Maria,” West Side Story (Leonard Bernstein)

“Moon River,” Johnny Mercer

“Got My Mind Set on You,” George Harrison

“Candy,” Mandy Moore

“Save Tonight,” Eagle Eye Cherry

“Even Flow,” Pearl Jam

“L.E.S. Artistes,” Santigold

“Fuck Shit Stack,” Reggie Watts

“Lump,” The Presidents of the United States of America

“Roxanne,” The Police

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” Whitney Houston

“Empire State of Mind,” Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

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