30 remixes better than the original

Remixes are every bit as important, sometimes even more important in the success of a song or an artist. The music industry has always embraced remixes since the word go, with house heavyweights, drum and bass bigwigs, and hip-hop honchos the world over, celebrating the art of reevaluation, reinterpretation, and rejuvenation. However, with remixes now as influential as the artists’ original, as has been the case for decades, sometimes the 2.0 can come out on top. Here we examine some of those moments throughout history, where the remix is simply better than the original. Spanning electronic, rock, hip-hop and more, from as early as 1989 through to 2018, here are 30 remixes better than the original.

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30. Lil Wayne – Lollipop (Kanye West Remix)
What do you do as self-proclaimed ‘greatest rapper alive’, when you have one of the biggest hip-hop albums in years, with one of the era’s biggest tracks? Enlist Kanye West for the remix of course.

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29. AlunaGeorge – Attracting Flies (Baauer Remix)
Not so long ago, the then-unknown Baauer had huge few years spearheaded by one of the decades biggest tracks, Harlem Shake. Attracting Flies was one of many follow-up remixes.

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28. The Chemical Brothers – Life is Sweet (Daft Punk Remix)
Perhaps the most underrated and slept upon remix within this list. Not often in life do two acts of such magnitude and importance come together such as this. Daft Punk one-upped The Chems with their remix of Life is Sweet.

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27. Hundred Waters – Show Me Love (Skrillex Remix ft Chance The Rapper)
With Skrillex at the helm and with support from Chance The Rapper on vocals, this remix of Show Me Love transformed the sleepy R&B tune into an off-electro hit.

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26. Haim – Don’t Save Me (Cyril Hahn Remix)
Haim are no stranger to remixes, providing their own interpretation of Tame Impala’s Cause I’m A Man, and enlisting Asap Ferg for a remix of x. But Cryil Hahn’s rejuvenation brought new life to one of their debut’s more forgettable singles.

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25. N.E.R.D. – Lemon (Drake Remix)
When a band like NERD finally return to action with a full-length project, it needs a big lead single, of which Lemon certainly was. The only way to make it better would be to put one of the industry’s biggest names on it.

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24. Miguel – Waves (Tame Impala Remix)
Tame Impala remixes are a rarely seen, but often heard affair. And in something of an unexpected coming together, Kevin Parker saw fit to rework Miguel’s R&B-spurned jam Waves, and the results were jaw-dropping.

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23. Benny Benassi – Cinema (Skrillex Remix)
Once upon a time, Skrillex, alongside a slurry of fellow dubstep pioneers, dominated summer soundtracks the world over. Amid the titanic drops, and bone-shaking bass, cane perhaps one of dubstep’s breakthrough moments- Skrillex’s remix of Cinema.

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22. Nneka – Heartbeat (Chase & Status’ We Just Bought A Guitar Remix)
Sleepy R&B pop single from Nneka took on a new titanic form courtesy of Chase & Status. It then entered a third life cycle when sampled for Rita Ora’s RIP.

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21. Miike Snow – Animal (Mark Ronson Remix)
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20. Bondax – Gold (Snakehips Bootleg)
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19. Gorillaz – 19/2000 (Soulchild Remix)
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18. Tove Lo – Stay High (Hippie Sabotage Remix)
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17. Radiohead – Separator (Four Tet RMX)
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16. Everything But The Girl – Missing (Todd Terry Remix)
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15. M.O.P. – Ante Up (Remix ft Busta Rhymes, Remy Martin and Teflon)
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14. Happy Mondays – Hallelujah (Paul Oakenfold & Andrew Weatherall Mix)
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13. DJ Fresh – Gold Dust (Shy FX Re-Edit)
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12. JAY & Linkin Park – Numb/Encore
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11. Jamiroquai – Space Cowboy (David Morales Remix)
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10. Kid Cudi Vs Crookers – Day N Night
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9. Justice v Simian – We Are Your Friends
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8. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix)
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7. The Prodigy – Voodoo People (Pendulum Remix)
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6. Disclosure – You & Me (Flume Remix)
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5. Eric Prydz – Opus (Four Tet Remix)
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4. Cornershop – Brimful Of Asha (Norman Cook/Fatboy Slim Remix)
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3. Primal Scream – Loaded (Andrew Weatherall Mix)
The fact that one of Primal Scream’s biggest hits, is actually a remix, often raises a few eyebrows. But enter the man of the 90’s, one of the decade’s most important remixers- Andrew Weatherall, who’s responsible for more than handful of iconic reworks. Tasked with reevaluating Primal Scream’s sleeper hit I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have, the two barely compare, giving birth to one of the 90’s most important tracks, on one of the 90’s most important albums.

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2. La Roux – In For The Kill (Skream’s Let’s Get Ravey Remix)
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1. Underworld – Born Slippy (Nuxx)
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