New YouTube initiative remastering classic videos from Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Tom Petty & more

Paul Bergen/RedfernsWe’ve all had the experience of going to YouTube to check out a classic video from years back, only to be confronted with a less-than-stellar version of the clip. Well, now, the streaming platform has launched a new initiative to restore some iconic videos to their former greatness.

YouTube is working with Universal Music Group to remaster some legendary videos — over 100 to start with, with a goal of 1,000 by 2020.  The clips will be upgraded from the original versions that were designed to be watched on tube TVs with mono speakers, so they’ll look great on your computer, mobile screen or TV screen. 

Best of all, the new versions will retain the same URLs, view counts and likes of the originals, so no artists will be cheated out of a chance to join YouTube’s billion-view club.

To find out if you’re watching a remastered video, just look for the word #Remastered in the description.

Among the videos that are newly remastered now: Nirvana‘s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Beastie Boys‘ “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)” and “Sabotage,” and Tom Petty‘s “Free Fallin'” and “I Won’t Back Down.”

Also on the list: The Killers‘ “Human,” KISS‘ “Rock & Foll All Nite,” Billy Idol‘s “Mony Mony,” Blondie‘s “Heart of Glass,” Megadeth‘s “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due,” Smash Mouth‘s “All Star” and No Doubt‘s “Don’t Speak.”

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