We’ve all probably heard the term “8-bit” thrown around now and then, and have a vague idea of what it is, but to get slightly technical, 8-bit refers to how many bits information there are in data or a sample of music, and are often used in the processors of video game consoles.
In the history of video games, the third generation of video games are commonly referred to as the “8-bit era”. This was when the transition from block-based graphics to smooth hardware rolling graphics began!
So, to reminisce on the sounds of our childhood, which you would have heard from video games like Pokémon and Mario, here are our top 10 8-bit covers of your favourite artists by 8 Bit Universe!
10. Somebody To You – The Vamps and Demi Lovato
Memories from summer 2014 play in our heads when we hear this alternate version! The original of this song was released as The Vamps’ fourth single from their debut album.
9. Wildest Dreams – Taylor Swift
Taken from the singer-songwriter’s fifth studio album, ‘1989’, the song was released as the album’s fifth single.
8. Boss – Fifth Harmony
A fierce and fiery empowering track remixed into a quirky, throwback tune.
7. Bloodstream – Ed Sheeran
A slightly chilling and darker sound, different from the other cover’s we’ve listed so far. This remix is keeping us going through Ed’s current hiatus away from social media and music!
6. Happy Little Pill – Troye Sivan
‘Happy Little Pill’ is the first single from ‘TRXYE’, his first EP, released by a major record label. The Aussie singer, songwriter, actor and YouTuber was named one of the “25 most influential teens of 2014”.
5. The Kids Aren’t Alright – Fall out Boy
‘The Kids Aren’t Alright’ 8-bit remix makes us extremely nostalgic; reminding us of all the good times we’ve had, while also helping us get through the tough ones too. The song was released as a promotional single off the band’s sixth studio album, ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’.
4. History – One Direction
Just like the Fall Out Boy one above, this one makes us feel very nostalgic. It reminds us of the end credits of a game, when you’ve solved all there is to solve, and peace has been restored.
3. She’s Kinda Hot – 5SOS
A feel good remix of a song which has helped define 5SOS’ sound, taken from their second studio album.
2. Ride – Twenty One Pilots
‘Ride’ is taken from the duo’s fourth studio album, ‘Blurryface’. The 8-bit remix does the song an incredible amount of justice, keeping the sound and structure very accurate.
1. Toothbrush – DNCE
And finally, the number one out of our top 10! We feel that this is such an upbeat, happy song and the 8-bit remix suits it very well.