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K.K. Slider of Animal Crossing’s 15 greatest covers

Hear Animal Crossing’s resident indie heartthrob take on tracks by Tyler, the Creator, Bladee, Roddy Ricch, Sufjan Stevens, Britney Spears, and more.

March 24, 2020
K.K. Slider of <i>Animal Crossing</i>’s 15 greatest covers

Since his first appearance in Animal Crossing (then Animal Forest) back in 2001, K.K. Slider — that even-keeled hound never seen without his trusty six-string — has been slinging ditties and stealing hearts. This past Friday, he returned for the franchise's long-anticipated Nintendo Switch iteration, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. You probably already know that, given the fact that everyone who managed to snag a copy of the game has been posting about it incessantly.

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For those of us who don't own a Nintendo Switch, it looks like we're going to be out of luck for a while — most major retailers are completely sold out out of the console, fans having cleaned the shelves in anticipation for the Animal Crossing launch. There's a high likelihood that Nintendo won't be able to re-stock quickly, as the spread of COVID-19 is reported to have caused a production bottleneck in Vietnam, where Switches are manufactured.

Resellers are, of course, capitalizing on the demand by selling the consoles well-above the MSRP for those desperate enough to cough it over a few extra hundred. But, as my former colleague Annalise Domenighini pointed out, if the economy takes a downturn, you simply can't eat a Switch. So if you're like me and just won't have the opportunity to start paying your mortgage to Tom Nook for the indefinite future, at least there's troves of internet-created Animal Crossing content to dig into while we wait.

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Over the past few years, fans of K.K. Slider have turned the resident indie heartthrob into a canine Vocaloid of sorts, ready to tackle any and every genre at the flip of a switch. In celebration (and for some of us, anticipation) of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, we sifted through the depths of YouTube to find what we believe to be the greatest fan-created K.K. Slider covers thus far, including inspired takes on songs by Tyler, the Creator, Ariana Grande, American Football, and beyond.

Give 'em each a spin below.

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"The Box" — Roddy Ricch
“Never Meant” — American Football
"break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored" — Ariana Grande
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"Be Nice 2 Me" — Bladee
"Dare" — Gorillaz
"Mystery of Love" — Sufjan Stevens
"Megalovania" — Undertale soundtrack
"Mo Bamba" — Sheck Wes
"Toxic" — Britney Spears
"EARFQUAKE" — Tyler, the Creator
"wish you were gay" — Billie Eilish
"Between The Bars" — Elliott Smith
"Sunflower" — Post Malone and Swae Lee
"Bring Me To Life" — Evanescence
"Fireflies" — Owl City
K.K. Slider of Animal Crossing’s 15 greatest covers