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10 Songs in the Style of Ghost: Notorious B.I.G., Abba, Creed, Green Day and More

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Vocalist Anthony Vincent and guitarist Erock are back with another of their infamous “Ten Second Songs” videos, this time tackling several famous hits spanning several decades and styles of music done in the style of everyone’s favorite occult-turned-arena-rock band, Ghost. Tracks by Madonna, Notorious B.I.G., Abba, Creed, Green Day and more get the Ghost treatment.

As usual, I’m struck by how the crux of what “in the style of” comes down to is mainly a few simple production techniques. In this case, it seems as if the most important elements of Ghost’s sound are big, multi-layered vocal harmonies, some extra keys/piano, a specific guitar tone and the use of a tambourine/shakers. And then presto: any song = Ghost!

My favorite of the bunch is by far the Ghostified version of Joan Osbourne’s ’90s smash hit “What if God Was One of Us,” mostly because all it took was a few small production additions to make it sound just like a song that could’ve been on Ghost’s most recent album Prequelle. With Ghost’s recent shift into less metal / more ballad-y territory, it just works, ya know? Not that that’s a bad thing, not at all. Vincent and Erock’s nod to Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper” is pretty funny, too; they didn’t have to change anything!

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