You probably know by now that Lindsey Stirling is quite possibly the best thing that has ever happened to a violin. She instantly makes covers of popular songs better than their originals, and she’s just plain adorable. She always looks like she’s having a great time, and her music videos are fun products of the dreams of geeks everywhere with themes like The Legend of Zelda, Star Wars, and Skyrim.
Here are five of our favorite Lindsey Stirling music videos:
5. “Shadows” (Original song)
The beauty of this video lies in its simplicity, and it’s a concept we’ve seen before, but somehow Stirling even makes this familiar idea seem novel. The video is filmed in black and white (natch), and she starts off playing her violin with her shadow, but then the shadow takes on a mind of its own. The two “play” and “dance” in sync with each other, making it as interesting to watch as the lick of a flame.
4. “Radioactive” (Imagine Dragons cover, with Pentatonix)
Stirling and Pentatonix are the musical darlings of YouTube, so to see them pair up together was a match made in band-geek heaven. Put the a cappella work of Pentatonix together with the starring role of Stirling’s violin and you get a cover song that adds a chill-inducing layer of depth to the original material. With over 69 million views on YouTube, this is one of the most watched videos ever for both acts.
3. “Thrift Shop” (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis cover, with Tyler Ward)
If we were going for Stirling’s cover songs, this would be number one on our list. We love this version infinitely more than the original (though, Macklemore is still a pretty chill dude regardless). But, since we’re ranking her music videos, this one only makes it to the third spot. We’d gladly watch the video on repeat if only for the chance to hear this cover, and Stirling is her adorable self as always as she clowns around with Wells at a local (?) thrift shop.
2. “Zelda Medley”
How do you make Stirling even more adorable? Dress her up as Link from The Legend of Zelda video game series. We love that Stirling’s a gamer (or that she at least enjoys the games’ music), and the minute she plays those first few chords of the Zelda theme, she instantly wins our hearts and puts a smile on our faces. This is one of many videos we have come to enjoy from Stirling in which she dresses in character and acts out a series of scenes in appropriate settings that would coincide with the storylines of the games she is representing.
1. “Elements” (Original song)
The one that started it all for us. We saw this video (which presently has over 42 million views on YouTube) and thought to ourselves: “Okay, who is this beautiful and amazing musician who can so effortlessly merge classical music and dubstep while simultaneously pirouetting like a ballet dancer?” The video’s settings change based on the elements of earth, water, air, and fire, and the mesmerizing music works in every environment - as does Stirling’s wardrobe, which is designed to match the areas in which she plays.