Track of the Day: 'Hey Ya!' by Obadiah Parker

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

One of the great pop songs of the 21st century goes acoustic:

Chris Landry emailed it our way:

Allow me to express my (faux) outrage if you’ve neglected to give credit to Obadiah Parker for his sublime cover of Outkast’s “Hey Ya.” It’s simply amazing.

More on that 2006 viral video:

The performance was recorded at a local Open mic night, then obtained by a fan who mixed it with the original Outkast music video and uploaded it to YouTube. [Sadly that version seems to have been removed.] The song has earned nationwide media attention and radio play. It has been featured on The Howard Stern Show and Scrubs and was an answer to a question on Jeopardy!. It has reached the #1 spot on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter Charts in the UK, France, and multiple other countries.

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