VIDEO – Radical history teachers use Blondie, The Beatles, and Lady Gaga to educate

Armed with nothing but a solid knowledge of history, a decent singing voice, and heaping doses of creativity, a group of history teachers have finally found a way to properly instruct children (and adults.)

Going by the handle “historyteachers” on YouTube, these educators do treatments of popular pop songs with the lyrics changed to history facts. Combined with some really clever, often funny and beautiful graphics, and cuts to the pretty lead singer, and we’ve got ourselves some really fun learning.

These folks are seriously good and should tour, and even get a Glee-like television treatment.

Here are a few of our favorites, followed by the full track list. To see the rest, click here.

I wish I could publish all 48, but that would be a bit overall. I think I love them all, though.

Track listings (oldest to newest):

Copernicus – “Because” by the Beatles

Prehistoric – “Toxic” by Britney Spears

Chinese Dynastics – “Vogue” by Madonna

Beowulf – “99 Luft Balloons” by Nena

The Borgia – “I Know What Boys Like” by The Waitresses

The Canterbury Tales – “California Dreamin'” by The Mamas and The Papas

Civilization – “Harajuku Girls” by Gwen Stefani

Hannibal – “Sixteen Tons” by Anna Domino

Iceman – “Taxman” by The Beatles

Thomas Aquinas – “Venus” by Banarama

Joan of Arce – “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes

William the Conqueror – “Sexyback” by Justin Timberlake

Henry VII I – “Money, Money, Money” by ABBA

King Tut – “Walking on the Sun” by Smash Mouth

Martin Luther – “Manic Monday” by The Bangles

The Vikings – “Personal Jesus” by Depeche Mode

Pompeii – “Bang Bang” by Nancy Sinatra

Nefertiti – “Kiss Them For Me” by Siouxsie

Charlemagne – “Call Me” by Blondie

Cleopatra – “Fergilicious” by Fergie

Macedonia – “My Sharona” by The Knack

Mary, Queen of Scots – “Jenny from the Block” by Jennifer Lopez

Elizabeth I – “She’s Not There” by The Zombies

Mummification – “(Good Riddance) The Time of Your Life” – by Green Day

Viva Roma No. V – “Mamba #5” – by Lou Bega

Gutenberg – “Sunday Girl” by Blondie

Battle of Agincourt – “As Tears Go By” by Marianne Faithful

Constantine – “Come on, Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Greek Philosophers – “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” by Kylie Minogue

Attila the Hun – “Here Comes the Rain” by Eurythmics

Ancient Minoan Civilization – “Creep” by Radiohead

Julius Ceasar – “Besame Mucho” by The Beatles

Shakespeare – “Shayla” by Blondie

Gladiator – “You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse

The Odyseey – “Across the Universe” by The Beatles

Renaissance Man – “Blister in the Sun” by The Violent Femmes

The Olmecs – “September Girls” by The Bangles

The Divine Comedy – “Rapture” by Blondie

Anne Boleyn  – “Girl” by The Beatles

Black Death – “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani

Eleanor of Aquitane – “Happy Ever After” by Julia Fordham

King Arthur – “Nature Boy” by Eden Ahbez

I’m a Knight – “Friday Night” by Lily Allen

The Crusades – “Eyes Without a Face” by Billy Idol

The French Revolution – “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga

Empress Theodora – “Norwegian Wood” by The Beatles

Leonardo Da Vinci – “Dear Prudence” by The Beatles

The Spanish Inquisition – “(Keep Feeling) Fascination” by The Human League

Thanks to Jezebel for finding these gems!

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