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Jonathan Young is a YouTube-based Pop Punk and Power Metal musician best known for his weekly covers of music from Disney films, although he's also done covers of music from anime, Broadway, pop music, and this.

Jonathan Young's work provides examples of:

  • A Cappella: Several of his covers, including "White Christmas", "Shut Up And Dance", and "Blank Space".
  • Ascended Fanboy: Jonathan was hired by Funimation to sing the official English version of "Hello Hello Hello", the first ending theme of Dragon Ball Super.
  • Badass Baritone: His cover of "Misty Mountains" features Jonathan singing with an incredibly deep voice.
  • Basso Profundo: "Only Singin' Bass", his parody of "All About That Bass", is all about being one.
  • Cold Ham: Several of the harmonies in "Monster Mash" are delivered looking straight into the camera with a completely still face, but still manage to be as hammy as the melodies. In fact, several of the music videos contrast Young's Cold Ham with Caleb Hyle's Large Ham.
  • Content Warnings: One on the music video for This Is Halloween for having blood, flashing lights, and disturbing images.
    • Played for Laughs twice: first was during the "I'll Make a Man Out of You" cover (see No Animals Were Harmed entry); the second was with his "Prince Ali" cover, prior to the song's bridge: "Disney Mosh Incoming"
    • Dinosaur Laser Fight has a similiar one for language and still remains one of the very few covers with swearing.
    • All Star has an epilepsy warning.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The "metal" video for "Mine, Mine, Mine" reimagines Ratcliffe as a hard-rocking modern CEO who's still associated with the Virginia Company. (In fact, it also includes, unannounced, part of "Virginia Company" before closing with a straight quotation from Dwight D. Eisenhower's farewell address.)
  • The Cover Changes the Gender:
    • Played straight in his cover of "Let It Go". Hilariously subverted in his cover of "Zero To Hero".
    • Averted in "How Far I'll Go." It's still Jonathan singing it but the song is now in third person, still talking about Moana.
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    • Played with for laughs in his cover of "Sk8ter Boi", where he stumbles over the line "I'm just a girl" and starts wondering just why he decided to do this cover in the first place.
  • The Cover Changes the Meaning: The video for "A Whole New World" turns the song into one about introducing someone to the wonders of pizza, all without even changing the lyrics.
    • "All About the Bass" becomes "Only Singing Bass", and goes from a body-positive anthem to ... a voice positive anthem.
    • "Kiss The Girl"'s music video makes "Eric" a lot more awkward around "Ariel", who can presumably talk and is a lot more forward about what she wants. Also, it's a pair of friends watching a movie, eating pizza, etc instead of a couple in a boat. There's also a chorus added to the end that points out the flaws of the original movie.
    • His Cover of "It's Gonna Be Me" basically became a Mondegreen Product Placement for the month of May.
  • Cover Version: Jonathan's bread and butter, although he has released original music.
  • Darker and Edgier: Most of Young's videos are just him playing guitar and jumping around his set, except for "This is Halloween", which featured Jonathan and guest singer Travis Carte covered in fake blood, including some that pours out of Jonathan's mouth, several jump scares, and Jonathan dressed up as a man with ram's horns in a suit, invoking serious devil imagery. He toned it down for the next year's Halloween cover, "Thriller", as the song is covered more light-heartedly and the blood effects are kept mostly in shadow. To date, "This is Halloween" is one of only a few videos to have a content warning, both for blood and flashing lights.
    • In contrast to the recent Halloween videos, most of the Christmas videos have been fairly light mainly Christmas carols and Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You"...then in 2017 we got a pretty intense cover of the The Oogie Boogie Song along with jokey comments on how he ruined Christmas.
    • The album art for "Young Does Disney", Vols. 1 and 2, feature Jonathan in a Disney-esque style: Vol 1 as himself, and Vol 2 as a "hipster" Beast. Vol 3 features a similar drawing, but he has green fire in his eyes and is pictured on a black background with a design reminiscent of Dr. Facilier. It should be noted that, on average, the album does not contain more villain songs than either of the others, and in fact, has a smaller percentage than Vol 1.
  • Distracted by the Sexy/Even the Guys Want Him: Jonathan is not immune to Hercules's charms in the "Zero To Hero" cover. He's likewise distracted by "Ariel" in "Kiss the Girl", although this is intentional on her part.
  • Gainax Ending: enforced in his cover of "All Star" on 4/20/18, in order to hit the 4:20 mark for the video. First he begins repeating the line "and they don't stop coming" over and over again, then he appears on screen in front of his music links eating a poptart; the camera slowly zooms in on him and the background becomes a picture of Shrek. He then goes on a rant about how sensationalized internet culture makes it impossible to make money by producing good content, so don't and cash in on nostalgia, trends, and old memes.
  • Harsh Vocals: His covers of "Blue Da Ba Dee", "Never Gonna Give You Up", and "Prince Ali". It should be mentioned though that it's usually the guest vocalists doing them.
  • Iconic Outfit: Although Young rarely wears his former-trademark beanie anymore, it still shows up on album covers simply because he wore it in his early videos that helped him garner the popularity he has now.
  • Large Ham: And how. Just look at his covers for "This is Halloween", "You'll Be Back", or "Be Our Guest".
  • Lighter and Softer: Since "This is Halloween" in 2014 (see Darker and Edgier above), his Halloween covers have relied less and less on blood, gore, and shocking images. "Thriller" in 2015 has much less blood, and although Jonathan does have visible wounds on his face, and blood coming out of his mouth at a few points, he's lit from behind, so it's not very clear most of the time. "Ghostbusters", 2016's Halloween cover, is completely devoid of blood and gore in favor a more traditional music video. 2017's covers of "Monster Mash" and "Spooky Scary Skeleton" are as cheesy as the original songs.
  • Metal Scream: Known to hit the screams when necessary in his covers. Case in point: his English take on JAM Project's "THE HERO".
    • Some of his guest co-performers have done this as well. In particular, Jack "ToxicEternity" Fleigler bellows one in the opening lines of the "Prince Ali" cover video; while Travis Carte screams the rap parts on the "Bleed It Out" cover (Granted it's a Metalcore cover.)
  • Mondegreen:
  • Mundane Made Awesome: His guest appearances in Google Translate Sings fail to cease his awesomeness even when he sings some of the most bizarre lyrics ever conjured up.
  • Nice Hat: Jonathan's trademark beanie shows up a lot less since he moved to Southern California but still pops up from time to time. It's still featured prominently on most album art, due to its status as his Iconic Outfit.
  • No Animals Were Harmed: "No Huns were harmed during the making of this video" pops up near the bottom of the screen in the above-mentioned cover video.
  • Rated M for Manly: The entire video for the cover of "I'll Make a Man Out of You."
  • Real-Life Relative: His cover of "On The Open Road" is a duet between him and his dad Paul.
  • Renaissance Man: A musical version, at least. He can sing (multiple parts, at that), and play guitar, bass, drums, piano, and keytar. He often supplies his own instrumentation for his songs.
  • Self-Deprecation: The description for his Metal Cover of Eiffel 65's "Blue":
    "It's not a cover. It's a cry for help."
  • Soprano and Gravel:
    • His version of "Bells of Notre Dame" features this, with guest vocalist Caleb Hyles as the Soprano and Jonathan as the Gravel.
    • Plays this straight with his cover of "The Phantom of the Opera", where Young provides the Gravel to guest Soprano singer Malinda Kathleen Reese.
  • Stepford Smiler: Implied in the description of his cover of "Blue Da Ba Dee": "it's not a cover, it's a cry for help."
    • As his "All Star" video stretches on, Jonathan gets more and more tired and his smile seems more forced. At the end, he says that the best way to make money off the internet is to cash in on dead memes (at the time of release in 2018, the Shrek meme-craze had already hit its peak and been on the decline for a while).
    • The line "YouTube is miserable and it never will be fixed" in sk8er boy also implies this
    • Hinted at in his original song Bait as well.
  • Stylistic Suck: Invoked in his attempt to cover "Bat Country", but in a Major key, compared to the original's Minor key. Young puts it best:
    Young: (On the result of the attempt) It ended up sounding like it was written by a very confused cowboy.
  • Take That!: while trying to reach the 4:20 mark for his "All Star" video, Jonathan goes on a rant about how sensationalist internet culture makes it impossible to make money creating good content, so don't. In the background, there's a Logan Paul video playing with "logan paul" visible in the search bar.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Played for laughs in the "I'll Make A Man Out Of You" video.
  • Those Two Guys: With Caleb Hyles, to the point where they released an EP titled "My Chemical Bromance''
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pizza shows up in several of his videos, such as "A Whole New World", "Be Our Guest", and "Kiss The Girl".
  • We All Die Someday: The central theme of his original tribute song to Game of Thrones, "All Men Must Die."
    So you can fight for love, or fight for vengeance, fight for honor or redemption
    Fight for what you will while you're alive
    Fight to love or fight for power, never fight a single hour
    Fight for what you will, but you can't hide
    'Cause all men must die!

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"Sweet Victory"

Jonathan Young is nown for doing hard rock/heavy metal renditions of preexisting songs, this one being "Sweet Victory" from SpongeBob Squarepants.

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