If we’re being honest, “Smooth Criminal” has got to be one of the greatest songs of all time. Certainly the music video is up there as well, famous for its gravity-defying, patented (literally) Michael Jackson dance moves. What could make this song even better? Hearing it played on a barrel organ.
That classic busking instrument gets a modern edge with this epic arrangement that highlights just how nimble these hand-cranked half-machine, half-instruments can be. There are moments you’d swear had to come from a digital synthesizer, but it’s all sounds being made by forcing air through tubes.