Top Ten Best Remix Songs of All Time

Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Remix songs of all time 2017, It takes a brilliant and creative mind to remix an original track, and make it your own. Successful DJ’s are in tune with the working’s of the mind of their fans. They know just what it takes to remix a track and create something new, fresh and exciting, without destroying the structure of the original. Not all remixes are made for the dance club, but many are. Below are some of the best remixes found today. To qualify for this list, the remix had to retain its relevancy, and still be respected to this day. They layering of a track is an art, and one to be respected.

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Here we present the list of top 10 best Remix songs of all time 2017.

10. Everything But The Girl – “Missing” (Todd Terry remix)

Todd Terry’s remix of “Missing” blends classic Chicago house sound and hip hop and transforms the original folksy track into one super, classic remix for the club dance floor. Todd added a percussion loop from the the River Ocean’s song, “Love and Happiness”, and layered the original tracks guitar work over, and proceeded to edit until he achieved a rhythmic pattern. Basically, for this classic remix, Todd added to the original song structure, but did not disable it, which was genius for this type of track.

9. Depeche Mode – “I Feel Loved” (Danny Tenaglia’s Labor of Love Remix)

Depeche Mode is a classic band within its own right, a master of electronic sound, much like New Order. To be able to take master tracks from iconic bands such as these and remix them with a beat suitable to bring folks to the dance floor, requires a masters touch. Danny Tenaglia is just such a person. Tenaglia is a master of the New York house scene. His remix of Depeche Mode’s “I Feel Loved” earned him a Grammy nomination. Depeche Mode’s moving lyrics were combined with Tenaglia’s raw beat and bassline. A classic dance club remix.

8. Robin S. – “Show Me Love” (Stonebridge remix)

Stonebridge is a DJ who achieved international recognition with his remix of the Robin S. track, “Show Me Love”, which then turned into an instant classic, which is easily recognizable in any dance club. How this came about is interesting, as Stonebridge made an inquiry of Champion Records if they had a demo or two they didn’t need. The result was the 1993 Stonebridge remix. Though DJ’s have tried to improve or overtake Stonbridges version, so far none have and it’s his version that is still heard in dance clubs today.

7. Fugees – “Ready or Not” (DJ Zinc Remix)

DJ zinc’s remix of the Fugees “Ready or Not” is an example of a mashup, a creative experience, a way for DJ’s to expand their creative and experimental techniques away from the regulations and agreements in a record contract. This is just such a remix. At one point in his career, DJ Zinc was known for his hip hop/jungle fusion style remixes. For this remix, DJ Zinc took the chords and vocals from the original track, and layered it atop a fast jungle jam. Hence, a cool, sweet, bootleg remix of “Ready or Not”.

6. Sneaker Pimps – “Spin Spin Sugar” (Armand’s Dark Garage Mix)

Armand Van Helden created a sub genre of house music called “speed garage”, which found its fan base in the dance clubs of the UK, and it was this track, “Spin Spin Sugar” remix of the Sneaker Pimps original track that moved speed garage into the dance club mainstream. Armand’s remix of the Sneaker Pimps track “Spin Spin Sugar” is a masterpiece remix, adding a heavy bassline, with flavorings of tribal beats with time stretched vocals, and spiced with jungle and dub FX throughout. Swift, sweet and timely, this remix by Armand has even won over fans of the original.

5. Mr. Probz – “Waves” (Robin Schulz remix)

The Robin Shulz remix of Mr. Probz track, “Waves” topped the charts at number one in 17 countries. This remix is not complex at all, it’s actually quite simple, being nothing more than taking the original and revving up the beats per minute (BPM), along with the addition of a drum beat. If you compare the two tracks, you’ll notice that was basically all the tweaking that was required to switch this up to a dance club favorite. There has been a downside to this, and that was that it accidentally created a formula where DJ’s thought that all one needed to do was to increase the BPM, hold it steady for dancers and add a drum beat. However, this remix works and if played in a club, it’s guaranteed to bring people onto the floor.

4. Ram Jam – “Black Betty” (Ben Liebrand Rough and Ready remix)

The original tune, “Black Betty” has a long musical history, and came into being as an African American work song, composed by Huddle “Lead Belly” Ledbetter. Ram Jam was a 70’s rock band who took the tune and revamped it into a chart topping, hard rock song. Ben Liebrand is a dance club DJ and record producer from the Netherlands, and for this remix, he takes the 1977 recording of Ram Jam’s southern flavored rock cover of “Black Betty” and remixed it, quite handily, for the dance floor. The result, was a classic dance club hit. As the original was more or less 70’s southern fried rock, Liebrand added a steady dance beat, FUNKY bass line, and edited parts of the original so it would work. What makes “Black Betty” so special, is that it has been revitalized from a folk tune, then to a rock hit, then into a techno remix. Interesting history.

3. Azzido Da Bass – “Dooms Night” (Timo Maas Remix)

The original version of “Dooms Night” is said to be one of the worst dance club songs every written, and as a result has all but disappeared from the club scene altogether. It was the 1999 Timo Maas remix that caused the original to vanish from sight. Timo took the dreadful track and turned it into a dance remix classic. Timo’s funky remix is fast, energetic and relentless, his percussion and that steady pipe smack creates a track that slowly builds into an unstoppable dance floor force. Some even consider the Timo Maas remix of “Dooms Night” as a forefather to modern dubstep.

2. Michael Jackson – “Rock with You” (Frankie Knuckle’s Favorite Club Mix)

When house music was a new, up and coming sensation, it was DJ’s like Frankie Knuckles (Francis Nicholls), also known as the “Godfather of house music”, that helped to push it out onto the international club scene. Remixing hundreds of favorites, most fans still consider Frankie’s remix of Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You”, one of his best. Frankie took the Quincy Jones production, and remixed it to make it even more club friendly, by taking his signature keyboard sound and simply laid it gently over the lyrics, to turn the original into pure Chicago house.

1. New Order – “Bizarre Love Triangle” (Shep Pettibone Remix)

New Order made original and perfect tracks in the 80’s, and one would think it’s hard to top the work they did. Indeed, remixing is not about topping the original, but the creation of a new, piece of music, a ‘remix’. Shep Pettibone is from the States, and is an accomplished record producer, composer, DJ and remixer, and it’s Pettibone’s remix of New Orders “Bizarre Love Triangle” that has our number one spot. Totally designed for the dance club, Pettibone switched up the beat to make it more ‘danceable’ for clubs, as well as search out bits and pieces of the original, and highlight them. A timely remix from 1986 that still stands up in dance clubs today.

When it’s all said and done, DJ’s have a distinct talent to craft stunning original pieces of art, from an original, making it their own, while keeping the structure of the original intact and recognizable. A talent to be respected and lauded, to be sure. DJ’s must be able to sense the timeliness of their piece, and be able to operate complex fundamentals of the remix including electronica and software applications. All in all, not too shabby. Respect given, to where it is due.

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