PS22’s 10 Best Pop Song Covers


For the past decade, the fifth graders chorus at PS22, the largest elementary school on Staten Island, have attained internet fame with their covers of modern day pop songs, ranging from the work of Tori Amos to Lady Gaga to The Beatles. Led by multi-instrumentalist Gregg Breinberg, these elementary schoolers sing with feeling and heart, which is evident in their unpredictably soulful renditions. Riding the wave of yesterday’s buzz from The Village Voice, MTV, and Teen Vogue sparked by their new arrangement of Phoenix’s “Listzomania,” we’ve rounded up nine additional favorites from the PS22 back catalog. Weigh in on which one you like the most.

1. “Lisztomania” (Phoenix)

2. “Ben” (Michael Jackson)

3. “Walking On A Dream” (Empire of the Sun)

4. “Don’t Stop Believin'” (Journey)

5. “Forever Young” (Alphaville)

6. “Viva La Vida” (Coldplay)

7. “Just Dance” (Lady Gaga)

8. “We’re Going To Be Friends” (The White Stripes)

9. “Sloop John B” (The Beach Boys)

10. “Dragon” (Tori Amos)*

* This one is our personal favorite.