To understand the impact that cryptocurrency is having on global culture, simply look at how many pop song parodies the topic has inspired. Musically inclined people with a real passion for bitcoin, blockchain, and countless related topics have invested countless hours trying to fit those ideas around the melodies and rhythms of popular songs. Even if the music or performance doesn’t fire on all cylinders, it’s still a fun way to spread the word.
Here are seven cryptocurrency-themed parodies every HODLer should hear.
1. “All Time Lows” by The Crypto Bubble
This parody of Lil Nas X’s mega-hit “Old Town Road” explores that uniquely crypto-speculator problem of being far too heavily invested in low-performing alt coins. If you’ve ever felt like you’ve been left holding the bag on an ICO, this song is for you.
2. “No Regulators” by Renegade Investor
If you’re going to write a polemic about the failures of the global financial system, why not turn it into a song parody? As you can probably guess, this pro-bitcoin tune is a parody of the 1994 hip-hop classic “Regulate” by Warren G and Nate Dogg.
3. “Cyprus Anthem” by Zhou Tonged
One of the first wave of cryptocurrency-themed parody tunes, “Cyprus Anthem” uses Swedish House Mafia’s hit “Don’t You Worry Child” to talk about the chaotic days of the 2012 Cypriot financial crisis. It’s a listenable parody, but the protest-filled video also serves as a worthy reminder of why cryptocurrency became necessary in the first place.
4. “Satoshi Said Knock You Out” by BWA
Why not use the driving beat of LL Cool J’s 1990 hit “Mama Said Knock You Out” to do a little blockchain hype? That’s the idea behind this BWA (Bitcoin With Attitude) parody from 2016.
5. “The Bitcoin Song” by Jam Campus
The first question you’ll likely ask yourself when listening to this parody is “Why isn’t this song called ‘Bitcoin State of Mind’?” After all, it’s a bitcoin riff on the 2009 Jay-Z hit “Empire State of Mind,” making the forgettable name seem like a major missed opportunity.
6. “Choose To Sell” by Crypto Karaoke
This parody of Eminem’s 2002 hit “Lose Yourself” is all about buckling under the pressure and selling when the crypto market starts to tank. It’s even presented in a helpful karaoke video format, meaning you can sing along if you are so inclined.
7. “Bitcoin All The Way Up” by The Dollar Vigilante feat. Freenauts
Taking its inspiration from the 2016 hit “All The Way Up” by Fat Joe found and Remy Ma, this parody is essentially a brag rap about getting into BTC when it was still $3. The Dollar Vigilante’s Jeff Berwick isn’t exactly known for his rap skills — he’s an investor and entrepreneur, after all — but he only has to carry the first part of the song. There are plenty of cameos from cryptocurrency notables, and everyone involved seems to be having a fun time.