'Toss A Coin To Your Witcher' - The Best And Weirdest Covers
Even if you've yet to watch Netflix's The Witcher, chances are you've already heard... the song. In episode two of the popular series, Jaskier the bard found himself inspired by the exploits of Geralt of Rivia, and decided to write a piece of music about him. The result was "Toss A Coin To Your Witcher", a cast-iron banger of a tune that quickly and deservedly blew up on the internet.
Just like Baby Yoda (although obviously not quite to the same extent) Jaskier's song (originally composed by composed by Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli and performed by Joey Batey) has managed to transcend the show and become the viral element that helped further push it to new audiences.
Whether or not this was intentional in the case of "Toss A Coin To Your Witcher", I'm unsure. Doesn't matter though. All that matters is that we have the song now, and it's catchy as hell... Even if the fact that it's everywhere right now inevitably means we'll all get sick of it sooner rather than later.
Still, before that sad day dawns, I thought it'd be interesting to take a look at some of the many (many) covers that talented YouTubers have put together in tribute of "Toss A Coin".
A quick note before we dive in - I'm only really looking at the covers that bring something new to the song (like a complete change in style) or are otherwise just really, really damn good takes. A cover that simply sounds exactly like the original is fine, don't get me wrong... but that doesn't make for an interesting cover in my book.
I also briefly considered rounding up some of the "worst" covers, but I swiftly realised that doesn't actually achieve anything, and my sitting here taking the piss out of someone who bothered to try and create something would just bum everybody out - myself included. With that outta the way, let's dive in.
The incredible Rehn Stillnight manages to elevate "Toss A Coin" to an entirely different level with an utterly beautiful vocal performance. That's no slight against Joey Batey, by the way. That guy can more than carry a tune, but Stillnight effortlessly makes the song her own.
While Stillnight is the clear star of the show here, it has to be said that the piece is elevated no end by the excellent backing track, courtesy of Mij4no.
Leo Moracchioli (Metal Cover)
If you wondered what "Toss A Coin" would sound like if written and performed by 1988-era Metallica, look no further than this face-metingly awesome metal cover of Jaskier's hit song. Leo Moracchioli manages to stretch the three-minute song into a five-minute metal odyssey, complete with breakdowns, solos, and oh-so-tasty riffs. Toss the devil horns to this Witcher.
I should point out that there are lots of metal covers of "Toss A Coin" on YouTube, and they're all great. This one is my personal favourite though, hence its inclusion here today.
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Chris Chronos (Folk Rock)
My one takeaway from the work of Chris Chronos and Leo Moracchioli (among others) is that "Toss A Coin" sounds 5000% more epic when you throw in a sizzling hot solo and some meaty breakdowns. This outstanding effort was also praised by Declan de Barra, one of the writers on the Netflix show. A ringing endorsement, if ever there was one.
No vocal performance to speak of here, but what we do have is a beautiful piano cover. Lara6683's stripped-back performance is a properly fantastic piece of work that stands apart from the deluge of metal covers, and really allows the composition to shine. Plus, bonus points for donning an awesome Triss costume while playing the song.
Wyatt Layne Music (Snythwave)
What if "Toss A Coin" was the accompanying track from a particularly difficult level of Celeste? Or the kind of tune you might hear while driving through the world of Cyberpunk 2077? That's a question Wyatt Layne Music more than capably answers with this incredible, neon-drenched synthwave cover.
Celestial Alignment (Lofi)
It's YouTube, so of course there was always going to be a lofi version of "Toss A Coin". Presumably to study and/or relax to. I don't really know what to say about this one... it's lofi. It does what it says on the tin, and does it well.
Dj CUTMAN (Club Remix)
Less of a cover and more of a remix of the original Joey Batey performance, Dj CUTMAN's effort earns a place on this list for... well, for being an amazing remix with a filthy little beat, basically. As if "Toss A Coin" wasn't already catchy enough, this mix takes it a ridiculous new level. Even Geralt himself would struggle not to shake his buns to this one.
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