Created By: Pichu-kun on December 22, 2015 Last Edited By: Pichu-kun on May 18, 2017
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Eclipsed By The Remix

The remixed version of a song is more popular than the original.

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A form of Older Than They Think where the original version of a song is lesser known than the remix or revised version. Unlike Covered Up, the original artist themselves is outshining the previous version of their song. This often occurs when a song gets a more danceable Speedy Techno Remake or Nightcore.

Compare and contrast to the "Weird Al" Effect (a parody becomes more popular than the original), Sampled Up (a song samples another and becomes more popular), and Sequel Displacement (a sequel becomes more popular than its predecessor).


Examples:

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  • The most popular version of "19-2000" (also known as "19/2000" or "get the cool shoe shine") by Gorillaz is the Soulchild remix; to the point where some people didn't even know that wasn't the original version.

    A-D 
  • Cornershop released "Brimful of Asha" in 1997 where it reached the dizzying heights of number 60 on the UK singles chart. Enter Fatboy Slim who remixed that song for them and the 1998 re-release of his version hit number one.
  • The original version of "Caramelldansen" is actually a slow song. The song that is a meme is the much faster SpeedyCake remix
  • Skrillex's remix of "Cinema" by Benny Benassi and Gary Go is considerably more well-known than the original and even won a Grammy for Best Remixed Recording
  • The more upbeat, Single mix of "Cooler Than Me" by Mike Posner is more popular than the original. The original was the version converted into Similish for The Sims 3 though.
  • Subverted with A Perfect Circle's song "Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums". It is more popular than "Pet" and sounds like a remix of it, but Word of God is that it's a Sequel Song.
  • Calexico's song "Crystal Frontier" was originally a rock song on their relatively obscure tour CD Aerocalexico. Then they recorded a mariachi-flavored "Widescreen Mix", which was much more widely released (it got a music video and appeared on the Even My Sure Things Fall Through EP, and the European version of the album Hot Rail). Now, the Widescreen Mix is the version they play at their live shows, and it's more or less their Signature Song.
  • The Living Tombstone's remix of the Odyssey song "Discord" has overtaken the original to the point that it has over five times more views on YouTube than the latter.
  • Rob Zombie's "Dragula" is one of his most popular songs in his solo career, but the Industrial remix is way more popular than the original theme, even appearing in some OST like The Matrix and Jet Set Radio.

    E-H 
  • The Blue Satellite remix of "Feisty" by Jhameel is more popular than the original.
  • The Vanic remix of "FML" by K.Flay is much more well-known than the original.
  • Orbital's original "Halcyon" was released as a single and has rarely been re-released. The remix "Halcyon + On + On" was included on their influential album Orbital II, on several Greatest Hits Albums and several movie soundtracks. And at all of their live shows, they would remix "Halcyon" even further by adding vocal samples from Bon Jovi and Belinda Carlisle. Both of those remixed versions are much better known than the original.
  • When the song "History" by Michael Jackson was released as a single in 1997, a remix was chosen instead of the album version by the record company. Michael was too busy with doing a world tour at the time to be able to stop it, and the music video consists people dancing to clips from his older music videos.

    I-L 
  • The "Tarro Remix" of Blackbear's song "idfc" is more popular than the original.
  • The non-remixed version of "Ignition" by R. Kelly is almost never played. Most don't even know that it's a remix, despite the lyrics saying it's a remix at the start and the fact it literally contains the line "It's the remix to 'Ignition'". The original is a lot slower and puts more emphasis on the Intercourse with You elements.
  • Mike Posner originally composed "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" as a folk pop song. It wasn't until it got remixed by Seeb, making it more of a Tropical House song, that it reached the top 10 in various countries
  • The techno remix of the DHT cover of "Listen To Your Heart" is more popular than the slower original.
  • A nocturne-style remixed version of La Roux's "In For The Kill", the original being faster paced and with chip-tune style sounds, appeared in a trailer for the game Bayonetta, and was a lot of people's first introduction to La Roux's music. It is arguably more well known than the original version of the song.

    M-P 
  • There are at least three versions of "Megalovania": The original was in The Halloween Hack, then it was fixed up and repurposed as a song for Homestuck (specifically for the flash, [S] Make her pay.), and then it was remixed and put into Undertale (specifically, it's Sans' boss battle music). The Undertale version is the most well known.
  • The DotEXE Dubstep remix of "Monster" by Meg And Dia is much more well-known than the original.
  • Bastille's song "No Angels" is a remix of their cover of TLC's "No Scrubs" with quotes from Psycho added in.
  • In many circles "Numb/Encore" ft. Jay-Z is more well-known than the original Linkin Park version of "Numb". It usually depends on what genre the listeners prefer.
  • Bad Boy remix of 112's "Only You" is more popular than the original.

    Q-T 
  • Several remixes of "Run Rabbit Run" by Massive are more popular than the original.
  • The hit version of Robin S.'s "Show Me Love" is actually a remix by a Swedish producer called Stonebridge. The original mix came out a couple of years earlier, was never a hit, and remains obscure today. The reason for the popularity of the remix are probably the catchy bass and synth riffs; the only part Stonebridge used from the original version are the vocals, everything else was added by him.
  • The Living Tombstone's remix of "Spooky Scary Skeletons" seems more popular than the original. It at least has more recognition/views on YouTube.
  • "Surfin' Bird" by the Trashmen is a remix combination of two songs originally relaeased by The Rivingtons: "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" and "The Bird's the Word." "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" peaked at #48 in the top 100 and "The Bird's the Word" didn't break into the 100, but "Surfin' Bird" hit #4.
  • Everyone remembers DNA's remix of "Tom's Diner" from Suzanne Vega. Who remembers Vega's acapella version without the "do do do-do, do do do-do" hook?
  • "Treaty" by Yothu Yindi. The Filthy Lucre dance mix is more recognized than the original within Australia, and even got a fair amount of play in the US and UK.
  • Touhou: Some pieces that tend to have more recognition outside of the fandom are Death Waltz (a remix of Flandre's theme "U.N. Owen Was Her?") and Night of Nights (a remix of Sakuya's theme "Flowering Night").

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Community Feedback Replies: 57
  • December 22, 2015
    gallium
    Does this include newer performances or live performances? Because if it does...

    • Paul Mc Cartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" was originally recorded for his 1970 solo debut album McCartney. The live version recorded during his 1976 "Wings over America" tour became a big hit.

    • Sarah Mc Lachlan's "I Will Remember You", originally released as part of the 1995 soundtrack for the film The Brothers Mc Mullen, got some limited radio play. The live version that McLachlan recorded for her 1999 live album Mirrorball became a much bigger hit.
  • December 22, 2015
    Exxolon
    Cornershop released "Brimful of Asha" in 1997 where it reached the dizzying heights of number 60 on the UK singles chart. Enter Fatboy Slim who remixed that song for them and the 1998 re-release of his version hit number one.
  • December 22, 2015
    DAN004
    This is YMMV, right?
  • December 22, 2015
    randomsurfer
    Eric Clapton's Unplugged Version of "Layla" is much more popular than his original hard-rocking version.
  • December 22, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ I guess, though a remix need not be the same artist, so this could easily be confused for Covered Up.
  • December 22, 2015
    eroock
    ^^^^^ that's still Covered Up
  • December 22, 2015
    NoirGrimoir
    • A nocturne-style remixed version of La Roux's "In For The Kill", the original being faster paced and with chip-tune style sounds, appeared in a trailer for the game Bayonetta, and was a lot of people's first introduction to La Roux's music and is arguably more well known than the original version of the song.
  • December 22, 2015
    Pichu-kun
    ^^^^^ Yup, it's a YMMV trope.
  • December 22, 2015
    Chabal2
    Compare Weird Al Effect (a parody becomes better-known than the original).

    Touhou: Some pieces that tend to have more recognition outside of the fandom are Death Waltz (a remix of Flandre's theme "U.N. Owen Was Her?") and Night of Nights (a remix of Sakuya's theme "Flowering Night").
  • December 23, 2015
    Pichu-kun
    ^ I am not into Touhou much anymore but I thought U.N. Owen Was Her was basically meme tier? I've never heard of the remix.
  • December 23, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    "Eric Clapton's Unplugged Version of "Layla" is much more popular than his original hard-rocking version. "

    Even for ymmv that's debatable. Simply pointing out that a number of people prefer the remix is a better statement.
  • December 23, 2015
    Chabal2
    ^^ Well I can't speak for everybody on the Internet, but there's people thinking Death Waltz is the original. For example, there was a Norwegian talent show where a kid played it under that name.
  • December 23, 2015
    Pichu-kun
    ^ Well, it's a YMMV trope so I suppose YMMV does apply.
  • December 24, 2015
    jormis29
    You might want to divide up the page in Genres (for the original or the remix) so there is less chance of double entries
  • December 24, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    I'm not sure this page won't get cut. New ymmv pages are frowned upon now. I really suggest asking the mods about this.
  • January 20, 2016
    randomsurfer
    Not sure if this would count; the remix is a cover version, not the original band.
    • "Surfin' Bird" by the Trashmen is a remix combination of two songs originally relaeased by The Rivingtons: "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" and "The Bird's the Word." "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" peaked at #48 in the top 100 and "The Bird's the Word" didn't break into the 100, but "Surfin' Bird" hit #4.
  • January 20, 2016
    AgProv
    Beware of a generational thing at work here. If you were in your twenties in the 1990's and heard the Shaft or Pussycat Dolls remixed version of the old ballad "Sway", you might indeed love it. But if you were older and remember Dean Martin's original....
  • April 18, 2016
    Pichu-kun
    ^ Isn't that Covered Up?

    ^^ Probably counts.

    ^^^^ Covered Up, The Cover Changes The Meaning, and Sampled Up don't separate them by genre. It would be a headache to try and put all the songs into genres anyway. Alphabetical order works fine, though I might have to seperate "Remixes" and "Redone Versions Of Songs" into two different folders if this trope is tropeworthy.

  • January 20, 2016
    Laevatein
    "Treaty" by Yothu Yindi - the Filthy Lucre dance mix is more recognized than the original within Australia, and even got a fair amount of play in the US and UK.
  • April 18, 2016
    Furienna
    • When the song "History" by Michael Jackson was released as a single in 1997, a remix was chosen instead of the album version by the record company. Michael was too busy with doing a world tour at the time to be able to stop it, and the music video consists people dancing to clips from his older music videos.
  • April 18, 2016
    Prime32
    Death Waltz (a remix of Flandre's theme "U.N. Owen Was Her?"
    ^^ Well I can't speak for everybody on the Internet, but there's people thinking Death Waltz is the original. For example, there was a Norwegian talent show where a kid played it under that name.
    "Death Waltz" is an unrelated song written as a joke in how far you can stretch music notation (e.g. at one point you are required to walk a cow onto the stage). If you somehow manage to perform it, it just sounds like random noises.

    For some reason or other, it became a meme to point people to videos of "U.N. Owen Was Her?" and claim they were a performance of "Death Waltz".

    Here's the real Death Waltz performed, and here's what the sheet music looks like.
  • April 18, 2016
    caivu
    "Hurt" is more well-known as a Johnny Cash song than a Nine Inch Nails song.

    ETA: Scratch this, I'm dumb and didn't read things right. Disregard.
  • April 18, 2016
    poptartspower
    Toby Fox's Megalovania?

    I think it was first in Homestuck, then Earthbound Halloween, and then Undertale (which became the most popular version/remix)
  • May 14, 2016
    Aubren
    • ET by Katy Perry originally had the rap bridge. The one without is much more popular
    • The most popular version of 19-2000 (also known as 19/2000 or "get the cool shoe shine") by Gorillaz is the Soulchild remix; to the point where some people didn't even know that wasn't the original version.
  • May 14, 2016
    belahorizon
    • Cheerleader by OMI. The song came out in 2012, but didn't get popular until the Felix Jaehn remix came out.
  • June 13, 2016
    arcTangent
    Skrillex's remix of Cinema by Benny Benassi and Gary Go is considerably more well-known than the original and even won a Grammy for Best Remixed Recording
  • June 28, 2016
    MetaFour
    Also compare to Sequel Displacement.

    • Calexico's song "Crystal Frontier" was originally a rock song on their relatively obscure tour CD Aerocalexico. Then they recorded a mariachi-flavored "Widescreen Mix", which was much more widely released (it got a music video and appeared on the Even My Sure Things Fall Through EP, and the European version of the album Hot Rail). Now, the Widescreen Mix is the version they play at their live shows, and it's more or less their Signature Song.
  • June 28, 2016
    RobMandeville
    Everyone remembers DNA's remix of Tom's Diner from Suzanne Vega. Who remembers Vega's a capella version without the "do do do-do, do do do-do" hook?
  • December 5, 2016
    darkchiefy
    Mike Posner originally composed "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" as a folk pop song. It wasn't until it got remixed by Seeb, making it more of a Tropical House song, that it reached the top 10 in various countries
  • December 6, 2016
    Basara-kun
    Rob Zombie's Dragula is one of his most popular songs in his solo carrer, but the Industrial remix is way more famous that the original one, even appearing in some OST like The Matrix and Jet Set Radio
  • December 6, 2016
    Basara-kun
    Another more: Japanese Rock Duo B'z made a hit in The Nineties called Samayoeru Aoi Dangan that had success in Japan and Asia. But in 2011, the group remade the song in english, added more guitars, a piano intro and changed the title to Into Free - Dangan, which becomes worldwide known being part of the OST of Capcom's Dragons Dogma
  • January 25, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    There used to have a TLP related to this.
  • January 25, 2017
    Tuomas
    I'm just gonna repost what I posted to that earlier TLP:
    • The hit version of Robin S.'s Show Me Love is actually a remix by a Swedish producer called Stonebridge. The original mix came out a couple of years earlier, was never a hit, and remains obscure today. The reason for the popularity of the remix are probably the catchy bass and synth riffs; the only part Stonebridge used from the original version are the vocals, everything else was added by him.
  • January 25, 2017
    SeptimusHeap
    Do we have a supertrope for when a work is less known than a derivative work?
  • January 26, 2017
    Arivne
  • January 28, 2017
    Crossover-Enthusiast
    @caivu, I believe it's The Halloween Hack —> Homestuck —> Undertale. Anyway:

    There are at least three versions of "Megalovania": The original was in The Halloween Hack, then it was fixed up and repurposed as a song for Homestuck (specifically for the flash, [S] Make her pay.), and then it was remixed and put into Undertale (specifically, it's Sans' boss battle music). The Undertale version is the most well known.
  • January 28, 2017
    SeptimusHeap
    ^^Nah, that one is for adaptations specifically.
  • January 28, 2017
    marcoasalazarm
    Would Johnny Cash's version of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" count? Trent Reznor himself declared that he believed Cash's version to be the superior one.
  • January 29, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    ^ That's covered by Covered Up.
  • January 30, 2017
    longWriter
    Would the remix of Dreams of an Absolution from the 2006 Sonic the Hedgehog game count?
  • January 31, 2017
    MetaFour
    • Bob Marley first recorded "No Woman, No Cry" for the studio album Natty Dread. But Live! featured a much longer version, which was released as a single and became the best-known version.
  • February 5, 2017
    MetaFour
    • Orbital's original "Halcyon" was released as a single and has rarely been re-released. The remix "Halcyon + On + On" was included on their influential album Orbital II, on several Greatest Hits Albums and several movie soundtracks. And at all of their live shows, they would remix "Halcyon" even further by adding vocal samples from Bon Jovi and Belinda Carlisle. Both of those remixed versions are much better known than the original.
  • March 17, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    Bump.
  • March 28, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Added a couple of examples not added before to the list. This seems more than ready so Just Launch It Already (OP or anyone else, BTW)
  • March 29, 2017
    sarysa
    My only concern with this trope is that a remix heavily invokes (if not outright requiring) the notion of including samples of the original in the derivative new work. Otherwise, it would be a cover or remake. That would invalidate certain works like the Undertale entry which is a remake by the same author, and Touhou's Death Waltz which is a cover. (actually I'd imagine most instrumentals would fall under cover or remake)

    It's all well and good, of course. It'd also open the door for a lot of classic poetry to be added...particularly childrens' nursery rhymes which have been softened over centuries.
  • April 18, 2017
    Pichu-kun
    So, which examples should be removed?
  • April 18, 2017
    Berrenta
    Mod edit performed:

    Just a namespace for The Living Tombstone, along with cleaning up trash characters that made their way into the entry. Nothing too major.
  • April 20, 2017
    Pichu-kun
    Bump. So, is it launch-worthy yet?

    Removed:

    • The version of "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift without rap is virtually unknown. The rap version is used in the music video.
    • "ET" by Katy Perry originally had the rap bridge, which is used in the music video. The one without is much more popular.
    • Eric Clapton's Unplugged Version of "Layla" is much more popular than his original hard-rocking version.
    • Whitesnake released the original "Here I Go Again" as a European-only single in 1982 and it peaked at #34 in the UK. In 1987, at the urging of their record label, they re-recorded a more polished and up-tempo version of the song and put it out as a single again. This "cover version" shot to #9 in the UK and #1 in the United States, and became the version that everyone knows and radio stations still play - the original has been largely forgotten by everyone but hardcore Whitesnake fans.
    • The acoustic version of Sleeping With Siren's "If I'm James Dean, Then You're Audrey Hepburn" is more popular than the original, likely due to the softer and slower sound being more mainstream for a romance song.
    • Sarah Mc Lachlan's "I Will Remember You", originally released as part of the 1995 soundtrack for the film The Brothers McMullen, got some limited radio play. The live version that McLachlan recorded for her 1999 live album Mirrorball became a much bigger hit.
    • Paul Mc Cartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" was originally recorded for his 1970 solo debut album McCartney. The live version recorded during his 1976 "Wings over America" tour became a big hit.
    • Bob Marley first recorded "No Woman, No Cry" for the studio album Natty Dread. But Live! featured a much longer version, which was released as a single and became the best-known version.
    • Japanese rock duo B'z made a hit in The Nineties called "Samayoeru Aoi Dangan" that had success in Japan and Asia. But in 2011, the group remade the song in English, added more guitars, a piano intro and changed the title to "Into Free - Dangan", which becomes worldwide known being part of the OST of Capcom's Dragons Dogma.
  • April 20, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    ^Late, but anything that's not danceable.
  • April 20, 2017
    Pichu-kun
    ^ I know a lot of remixes that aren't dancing music though.
  • May 17, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    Late for the difference between cover and remix. To quote from Quora:
    A cover is usually done by another artist, their interpretation of the song. A remix is usually the same artists audio tracks that have been re-engineered (remixed) into an alternate interpretation of the song.
    Also, bump to know that this has 15 hats, and therefore, eligible for launch.
  • May 17, 2017
    hszmv1
    • The song Hound Dog was originally sung by Big Mama Thorton and was a huge hit in 1953. Three years later, one of the song's writers was stopped by his excited partner who declared that Hound Dog was the number one song in America. The former said he was happy for Big Mama Thorton, until his partner informed him that it wasn't her version, but one record by some new guy named Creator/Elvis. His unique performance style helped cement the song as his from there on.
  • May 17, 2017
    AmourMitts
  • May 17, 2017
    Pichu-kun
    ^^ Both of those are covers.
  • May 17, 2017
    NightShade96
  • May 18, 2017
    Linker3
    Many of the Si Iva Gunner remixes count.
  • May 18, 2017
    NightShade96
    ^ You'll need to add some context to that, like proper examples.
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