Greatest Remixes of All Times

Remixes are actually meant to better the original songs either to effect needed changes to right the wrongs of the main music or to achieve a wider media reception. Remixes differ from each other in various dimensions depending on the changes effected. Most remixes eventually surpass the main song in terms of worldwide acceptance and commercial success, topping the charts for a large number of weeks while others don’t. So, what actually makes the difference? What particular trait gives the Despacito Justin Bieber remix over 4 billion social media views that are lacking in the Lil Wayne mirror remix? Below are a few great remixes which cut across various genres, styles and eras.

Song: Everything But The Girl

Album: “Missing”

Producer: (Todd Terry Remix)

Year: 1994

You might think this is the original version but there is, of course, a big difference brought about by a rare blend of the folksy-pop tune typical of EGTB in this period. Todd’s extraordinary was touch was above all obvious by his signature drop in the loop of River Ocean’s “Love and Happiness” cutting them into a more arranged pattern of rhythm. Despite this evident slight change, he didn’t jeopardize the structure of the song, there was really not a note in the song that was mistaken or a beat in the song that should not be in it! it really exuded class! The first time I heard the track play was in Times Square by David Morales during the Club USA. Very few songs have ever tickled my fancy enough to make me go in search of them, but this had me running to the DJ booth just to have a copy of it. That Todd Terry made the song better is an undeniable fact, in fact, two decades later no one has tweaked it better or even tried!

Song: Nightcrawlers

Album: “Push The Feeling On”

Producer: (Mk Dub Of Doom Mix)

Year: 1992

Marc Kinchen better was known as MK produced what can be tagged the “most remixed song of all time” or better still the “most stolen hook”. The song which predates “Show Me Love” by a year used the Korg M1 organ as the hook as its standout feature. The inflection by MK was so good that he didn’t have to include any of the sounds contained in the original copy of the disco-tinged club track song of the early 90s. MK added all the hooks used to produce the remix which were mostly from M1, adding also the string parts and sax except select vocal snippets organized to take his unique cut-up style. For more than 2 decades he has consistently rendered impressive remixes that thrive in the commercial setting. I could rack up 10 of his songs with his signature premium quality. MK still uses that M1 sound that got me running home in 1992 Metropol, Pittsburgh where I first heard this beauty. As I asked myself, “What could that be?!” continuously, I looked through organ sounds on every synth I had as there were no search engines then, I did find it on my own M1 of course! It was and is still outstanding just as in his latest mix of the storm queen “Look Right Through”.

Most great remixes show the uniqueness of the producer most of the time, as they try as much as they can to create a disparity between the original version while maintaining the main notes that originally defines the song, and this is what determines where it appears on our charts.

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