Remixes are every bit as important — sometimes even more important — to the success of a song as the original version. The music industry has rightfully embraced the remixes as a driving force in promotion, celebrating the art of reevaluation, reinterpretation, and remix.
Here we look at some of those moments when version 2.0 of a track comes out on top. Spanning rock, rave, and more, from as early as 1989 through to 2018, here are ten remixes we think are better than the original...
The sun-kissed stylings of Bondax burst onto the scene in the summer of 2013, through a slurry of beach-ready beats and R&B-nodding electro jams. Snakehips were among the same Hype Machine-powered acts to emerge, and the collision with Gold was a well-timed meeting of minds.
19/2000 is one of Gorillaz’s best selling singles, notching in at number six on the UK charts at release. For its B-side remix, Soulchild’s dance-dictated sound was more prominent, injecting elements of acid house and jazz. As a result, it somehow calmed the trademark Gorillaz mania for a smoother electro-pop rework we love
Two of the most important producers of the 90s, Oakenfold and Weatherall have remixed for the likes of Primal Scream, The Stone Roses, New Order and Massive Attack to name a few. Even with this roster, their rework of Happy Mondays' Hallelujah still remains among their finest moments, courtesy of countless media features through the years, 24 Hour Party People being the most iconic of which.
Elliot’s pick: “A lot of people don’t even know this remix exists as it was one of both groups’ first releases. Imagine if this came out now...”
Perhaps the most underrated and slept-upon remix on this list, with two acts of such magnitude and influence coming together for a 1995 remix. Little was known about the iconic French duo back then however, with their Chems remix rumoured to be only their third ever recorded release.
With two years to marinate and thanks to the ever-rising popularity of S.P.Y, this remix of Metrik’s We Got It was an undoubted rave favourite in 2019. It combines powerful vocals, a cinematic foundation, and a ground-shaking drop that far exceeds the original’s.
Vela’s pick: “I loved this in highschool and I listened to it so much that I can imitate quite literally every beat and drop.”
You & Me, the ultimate pop-electro crossover hit from Disclosure, took on a completely new form courtesy of wonky producer Flume. The entire composition is shuffled and reevaluated, resulting in a mesmerising repurpose that flirts with elements of trap, brass and vapourwave.
Often toying with the idea of drum and bass and jungle, an all-out dnb remix seemed long-overdue for The Prodigy. Fellow rave pioneers Pendulum were on hand for a remix of Voodoo People, and it continues to be held as a drum and bass institution.
Rianna’s pick: ”Let’s be honest, the Four Tet remix of anything is going to be better than the original. Euphoric and electronic, the best combination!”
Four Tet is an artist who could comfortably have a list ranking his own remixes, with Radiohead, The xx and Rihanna among a handful of worthy recipients. But, as anybody out raving, dancing or festival-ing throughout 2015 can attest, this was the soundtrack to your summer.
Georgia’s pick: “Bondax Gold was literally the sound of my freshers and Skream’s In For The Kill remix is legendary. But Missing is just "chef’s kiss" - the ultimate 90s balearic Ibiza club banger.”
Everything But The Girl have never been strangers to remixes and collaborations, and perhaps their biggest moment came courtesy of Todd Terry, who created something of a legendary Ibiza anthem with his flip of Missing. The track proved how Thorn’s ice-cool vocals were born to be in Ibiza, with the tropical beat proving to be an even better match than the original.
When dubstep was all the rage, and La Roux was dominating the airwaves with her slurry of synth-pop singles, Skream stepped in to collide the two worlds. Dark and dirty with a dash of dread, the heavy basslines suckerpunched us all after a seemingly never-ending echo of an intro.