It's not uncommon for songs to get remixed. Usually, remixes aren't paid much attention to. However, sometimes the remix can become more well-known than the original song. Maybe DJs found the remix more appealing to audiences and chose to play that instead of the original, or perhaps it was just subjected to Memetic Mutation
. Either way, the remix has become popular while the original has faded into obscurity.
Compare Covered Up
, Sampled Up
, and Adaptation Displacement
- The Living Tombstone Remix version of "Discord" tends to get more attention than the original version by Eurobeat Brony. Just compare the amount of views for the videos on You Tube (Searching Discord also works as the remix will be the top result).
- Fatboy Slim did this with his remix of The Beastie Boys' "Body Movin'". Turns out, they actually liked it more than the original, and chose the remix to make the video for.
- Earlier, he did this Wildchild's "Renegade Master". Although neither song is particularly popular, Big Beat heads will sooner recognize Fatboy Slim's mix, sometimes even incorrectly attributing the song to him.
- There's also the remix he did of "The World's Made Up Of This And That" by Deeds + Thoughts. You can find the remix easily online. Good luck finding the original.
- There's also his remix of "Brimful of Asha" by Cornershop; it got to no. 1 on the British charts, much higher than the original.
- MK's 1995 remix of "Push The Feeling On" by Nightcrawlers has more or less become the official version. The cut-up vocals in the opening are practically an Epic Riff. The original from 1992 failed to take off, probably because people preferred the House mix to the very Disco-esque original. Funnily enough, the remix was later Sampled Up by Pitbull in "Hotel Room Service".
- The Speedycakes remix of "Caramelldansen" has become this by way of Memetic Mutation. How many people actually know that the song was originally much slower?
- For a while, Lil Jon's remix of "Lean Back" by Fat Joe got more radio play than the original. This only lasted a short time, however.
- Justin Timberlake's "Till The End of Time". When the remix with Beyoncé came out, radio stations pretty much dropped the original in favor of that.
- "Macarena" was originally released by Los Del Rio in 1993. The Bayside Boys remix from 1995 is the version that became ubiquitous.
- Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation" first appeared in the movie Live a Little, Love a Little and peaked at #69 in 1968. In 2002, JXL's remix became far more popular in numerous countries, though it only went to #50 in the US.
- MTV's mashup of "Intergalactic" by The Beastie Boys and "We Used to Be Friends" by The Dandy Warhols was more well known than the latter half of the mix.
- Tom's Diner by Suzanne Vega. First released as an a cappella in 1984 and coming to prominence on the Solitude Standing LP in 1987. The song really took off when remastered and given a backing track by the band DNA in 1990. In 1991 an album called Tom's Covers was issued containing nothing but versions of this one song.
- The remix of R. Kelly's Ignition is a similar case to the "Till The End of Time"; whenever radio stations play the song, it's usually the remix; the original is all but ignored.
- The Shep Pettibone remix of "I Don't Want Your Love" from Duran Duran was sent as the song's release as a single. It was by far the most successful release to come out of the otherwise middling "Big Thing".
- VNV Nation's remix of Das Ich's "Destillat" is far more well-regarded, possibly because VNV Nation is the more well-known of the two bands.
- 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 is the vocals, everything else was added by him.
- The underground music from Super Mario Bros. did not have the drum beat that became synonymous with the tune from Super Mario Bros. 3 onward[[note]]The beta version of the US version of Super Mario Bros. 2 did have a version of the underground theme similar to the Super Mario Bros. 3 version[[/note]]. It also had a slightly odder sense of rhythm.
- The famous "One-Winged Angel" from Final Fantasy VII is one of the most well-known video game tracks of all time. It's commonly forgotten that it's actually a remix/extension of Sephiroth's actual Leitmotif from the same game, "Those Chosen by the Planet".