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Toto’s “Africa” as Sung by Over 50 Movies and TV Shows

Toto’s “Africa” as Sung by Over 50 Movies and TV Shows

It is apropos—nay, necessary—to round out 2018 with one last twist on Toto’s “Africa.” Despite being over 36 years old, the uplifting little ditty was surely the song of the year (narrowly edging out the likes of A Star Is Born‘s “Shallow,” Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next,” and Peter Parker OG’s “Spidey Bells” ) thanks to covers by Weezer, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Weezer and “Weird Al” YankovicPostmodern Jukebox, and Pitbull on the Aquaman soundtrack. And now, we’ve got one more for ya: Toto’s “Africa” as sung by (read: pieced together from snippets of dialogue from) more than 50 movies and TV shows.

With contributions from Disney princesses, Batman villains, Marvel heroes, Star Wars rebels, Tarantino crooks, Zamundan princes, 1970s-era newscasters, 1780s-era composers, time traveling teens, robots, pandas, tigers, ogres, Na’vi, two versions of Will Smith, and New York City police offers whose natural orientation within or outside of the realm of “Christmas movie” is a constant cause for debate, the video proves beyond any shadow of the doubt that Toto’s “Africa” is a song for all of us.

But of course, 2018 is coming to a close, and there’s no telling which classic pop song will seize the throne from “Africa” in 2019. Could any other karaoke-friendly jam earn quite the stature and cultural ubiquity that Toto’s 1982 hit did this year, with long-begged-for covers from the likes of Weezer and Weird Al? Or are we doomed to listen to only… original music? Perish the thought, but forever bless the rains.

Images: MGM, Disney

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