September 25, 2014


Pentatonix's 7 Best Mashups

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Suzi Pratt/FilmMagic

While you might not hear a cappella acts all over the radio, Pentatonix is proving that the genre can compete at the top of the charts. The vocal quintet's last EP, PTX, Vol. II, hit No. 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and their holiday single, "Little Drummer Boy," hit No. 13 on the Hot 100 singles chart. Yeah, these guys are doing just as good (if not better) than some pop stars nowadays.

Earlier this week, the Season 3 champions of The Sing-Off dropped their PTX, Vol. III EP. While we're expecting it to do well on the charts, we're particularly fond of a new mashup the group recorded that mixes two incredible Sam Smith tracks. (Click the arrow below to go to the next slide and hear it!)

The song inspired us to listen to all of PTX's mashups and pick the best ones. We've limited ourselves to seven spectacular mixes that see the act blending everything from classic boy band tunes to today's synthiest EDM tracks.

Click through to check out Pentatonix's seven best mashups now and be sure to also read our special report about how a cappella music is taking over YouTube...and more.

#1"La La Latch"

Songs: Naughty Boy's "La La" and Disclosure's "Latch," both of which feature Sam Smith

Why We Love It: The newest mashup from Pentatonix—off the PTX, Vol. III EP—highlights two of Sam Smith's standout collaborations. Both seamlessly weave into each other with the PTX members awesomely letting their unique vocal timbres shine, rather than trying to emulate Smith's enviable, soulful tone. 

Listen up for Mitch Grassi to hit super, super high notes on the "Latch" chorus. Kids, don't try that at home.

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