If you haven’t heard of Anthony Vincent and Ten Second Songs, Linkin Park would like you to get to know him. Vincent does “20 Styles” covers of songs, usually pop hits, in a myriad of styles in video vignettes. This time, the cover artist is doing Linkin Park’s In the End, using the vocal styles of Michael Jackson, Axl Rose, Boys II Men and more. Seventeen songs to be exact, including a finale using Frank Sinatra.
The video is the fourth Ten Second Songs video, all of which have gone viral. Chester Bennington from Linkin Park appears in this one to give it a stamp of approval and throw a shout out to both the Linkin Park and the Ten Second Songs video channel.
Vincent’s other covers have included Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” Ariana Grande’s “Problem” and Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty.” The videos were originally started as a way for the artist to promote his custom song production gig on Fiverr. It’s since skyrocketed with this Linkin Park cover becoming one of the most popular.
Rolling Stone has called this Linkin Park cover “an impressive feat,” breaking down the video’s stylings one by one. They point out that this Linkin Park cover is the latest in his series, the first of which, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” in 20 styles, has over ten million views.
The Ten Second Song singer has also won accolades from Spin, though their review of his style choices for this Linkin Park song are mixed. They do rate Vincent as being better than the band themselves, taking the chance to needle Linkin Park’s latest video for “Until It’s Gone.”
The Ten Second Songs Facebook page has garnered more than 81,000 fans so far. There, you can see Vincent recount a story about when he first remembers hearing In the End by Linkin Park. Spoiler: it was his 12th birthday party and he was hoping to make out with a girl, who instead made out with someone else to the Linkin Park song.
Vincent promises to continue producing Ten Second Songs renditions and has asked fans to contribute by suggesting songs to cover, styles to use, etc. This Linkin Park cover may not be his last.