Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best DJ Remixes songs of all time 2017, A remix takes an existing song and changes it in a fundamental way, usually by adding a beat, backtrack or sound effects or by modifying the existing sounds, to create a new interpretation. While people have been remixing music ever since the introduction of magnetic tape and multi-track recording in the 1940’s, the modern remix has its genesis in the 60’s and 70’s dance club culture of Jamaica.
What makes a good remix? First, it has to be a new and interesting take on the original song. Second, true to its dance hall roots, it has to have a beat that gets people on the dance floor. The best remixes make it impossible to sit still, and keep you going until the very end. So get ready to dance as we name our picks for the top ten remixes of all time.
- 10. Show Me Love (StoneBridge Remix) – Robin S.
- 9. Closer (Precursor) (Coil/Danny Hyde Remix) – Nine Inch Nails
- 8. Missing (Todd Terry Remix) – Everything But The Girl
- 7. Waves (Robin Schulz Remix) – Mr Probz
- 6. Habits (Stay High) (Hippie Sabotage Remix) – Tove Lo
- 5. Brimful of Asha (Fatboy Slim/Norman Cook Remix) – Cornershop
- 4. Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) – Lana Del Rey
- 3. Sun Is Shining (Radio De Luxe Edit) – Bob Marley
- 2. Silence (DJ Tiesto’s In Search of Sunrise Remix) – Delerium
- 1. A Little Less Conversation (JXL Radio Edit Remix) – Elvis Presley
Here we present the list of top 10 best DJ Remixes songs of all time 2017.
10. Show Me Love (StoneBridge Remix) – Robin S.
We start our top ten with a remix so effective most people think it is the original. The actual original, released in 1990 by Robin S., didn’t have much success (and it’s almost impossible to find it anywhere on the internet). It wasn’t until 1993, when StoneBridge (the professional name of Swedish DJ and record producer Sten Hallström) got his hands on it and added a kicked snare and a sexy Korg M1 organ hook, that we got one of the most recognizable dance songs of all time.
9. Closer (Precursor) (Coil/Danny Hyde Remix) – Nine Inch Nails
Our choice for number nine is a special case, in that it isn’t exactly a dance song. What it lacks in dance-ability, however, it more than makes up for in creep-out factor. “Closer” is one of industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails’ most popular songs, known for its gritty sound, driving beat, and profane lyrics. It’s video (below) is similarly well-known, mainly for its bizarre and controversial religious, violent and sexual imagery. (Viewer discretion advised!)
The original is already disturbing, but this remix turns the chills up to eleven. Experimental artist Danny Hyde, working with industrial music duo Coil, stripped the track down to an eerie, scratchy, surging beat, and heavily corrupted Reznor’s vocals to make them sound almost trapped within the industrial melody. This tactic was so effective at creating a tense, macabre atmosphere that the remix was used in the opening credits of the horror thriller Se7en.
8. Missing (Todd Terry Remix) – Everything But The Girl
At the time of the original’s 1994 release, the music of British duo Everything But The Girl was primarily jazz and folk inspired, and “Missing,” with its guitar and simple percussion, reflects that.
In 1995, the American DJ Todd Terry remixed the track, primarily adding a percussion loop that imbues the melody with a kinetic urgency, and the resulting song became a worldwide hit, peaking at #94 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. It was a staple on the airwaves and the dance floor, and as such, anyone who listened to pop music in the 1990’s will almost certainly recognize it immediately.
7. Waves (Robin Schulz Remix) – Mr Probz
Our next entry in the countdown demonstrates that sometimes less is more. The 2013 original by Dutch musician Dennis Princewell Stehr (better known as Mr Probz) was a slow, soulful R&B anthem to heartbreak. It was beautiful, but not the sort of song you could dance to.
When German DJ Robin Schulz remixed the track, he stuck to the basics, doing little more than speeding up the tempo and adding an island beat, bringing it from R&B into the uplifting, relaxing tropical house genre. The minimal modifications were nonetheless extremely effective; the song debuted as the number one single in the UK in April 2014, and reached number one on the American Billboard Dance/Mix charts.
6. Habits (Stay High) (Hippie Sabotage Remix) – Tove Lo
Swedish singer Tove Lo’s 2014 anthem about desperation and self-medication in the wake of a messy breakup was a huge hit, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s a great song, with a great, singable hook that will have you wailing along with the radio.
The remix, created by brothers Kevin and Jeff Saurer (known professionally as Hippie Sabotage), has become wildly popular in its own right. It also centers on Lo’s aching vocals, but makes them almost squeaky-high and fragments them, stringing the bits together to a relentless high-hat back beat, giving a sense of being trapped in an endless cycle of pain and numbness as you dance the night away. The remix is so popular that its YouTube video has twice as many views as the video for the original.
5. Brimful of Asha (Fatboy Slim/Norman Cook Remix) – Cornershop
Our next entry is an example of how a popular remix can help the original song. “Brimful of Asha” is a song about cinema history in India (the Asha in the title is Asha Bhosle, an incredibly prolific playback singer) by indie pop duo Cornershop. When the original was released in 1997, it found a small amount of success, peaking at number 60 on the UK Singles Chart. However, after the remix became popular, the original track was re-released and went to number one.
What makes the remix so great? To begin with, it’s done by Norman Cook, more famously known as Fatboy Slim. He keeps the guitars and vocals, then packs every second with scratches and samples and ties it all together with an irresistible beat. We dare you not to bob your head while you listen.
4. Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) – Lana Del Rey
American musician Lana Del Rey is known for her melancholy style and tragic subject matter. “Summertime Sadness,” off her 2012 album Born to Die, is a perfect example of this. It’s somber and slow, with somberly beautiful vocals against a background of muted violins, and the lyrics tell the story of a love gone wrong and the resulting suicide. While not a hit in the United States, the song reached the charts in several places in Europe.
In 2013 French DJ Cedric Gervais remixed the song, speeding up the vocals and putting them against an electronic back track with an infectious dance beat. What started as melancholy became manic, and the music world ate it up. The remix peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it won a Grammy for Gervais.
3. Sun Is Shining (Radio De Luxe Edit) – Bob Marley
While “Sun Is Shining” appeared on three Bob Marley albums, it was fairly obscure, and was only performed live by Marley twice.
In 1999, Danish DJ Funkstar De Lux became the first person authorized by the Marley estate to produce an official remix of one of Bob Marley’s songs (there have long been unofficial and bootleg remixes floating around). The resulting track, which matches Marley’s laidback vocals with an electronic dance beat, hit number one on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart and is credited with popularizing reggae fusion as a genre.
2. Silence (DJ Tiesto’s In Search of Sunrise Remix) – Delerium
The 1999 original, an ambient trance song by Canadian electronic music group Delerium and featuring vocals by Sarah McLachlan, is known as one of the greatest trance songs of all time. Its slow, contemplative melody, complete with strains of Gregorian chant, makes it a perfect track for relaxation.
Tiësto, a Dutch DJ and producer, is widely lauded as one of the best DJs of all time. His remix of Silence keeps McLachlan’s haunting vocals, but by upping the tempo and adding a driving beat the vocals take on a new sense of urgency. “Heaven holds a sense of wonder,” the lyrics say, and the beat insists that you go out on the dance floor to find it.
1. A Little Less Conversation (JXL Radio Edit Remix) – Elvis Presley
Our top choice proves that even a classic can be given a fresh look with the right remix. Elvis Presley needs no introduction, and his 1968 “A Little Less Conversation,” featured in his movie Live a Little, Love a Little, is vintage Elvis.
In 2002, Dutch musician Tom Holkenborg (better known as Junkie XL, or JXL) got permission from the Elvis estate to remix the song, the first artist outside the Presley organization to receive such authorization. His track deepened the vocals, added a funk beat, and highlighted the horns and guitars. The result is a fresh sound that brings Elvis into the 21st century.
What do you think of our list? What remix gets you out on the dance floor? Can you think of a song, either recent or classic, that could benefit from a fresh take, a backtrack and one heck of a beat?