Created By: PhysicalStamina on October 4, 2012 Last Edited By: PhysicalStamina on November 16, 2012
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More Popular Remix

The remix is more popular than the original.

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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.


Fan Works
  • 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).

Music
  • 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.

Video Games
  • 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".
Community Feedback Replies: 42
  • October 4, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    The Caramelldansen Vid example should link to Caramell, since this is about the song, not the videos. Tropes are not to be linked when the example is about a work/creator.
  • October 4, 2012
    FalconPain
    "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.
  • October 4, 2012
    NESBoy
    • 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.
  • October 6, 2012
    BlueGuy
    This should be YMMV, and presumably renamed to More Popular Remix or something other than a bad snowclone of Covered Up.
  • October 6, 2012
    DracMonster
    This would be a subtrope of Adaptation Displacement, I think.

    Yeah, probably YMMV, music tropes get people into Serious Business mode.
  • October 6, 2012
    pcw2727
    Jimi Hendrix's rendition of "All Along the Watch Tower" is the defining version of the song. Bob Dylan, the creator of the original even admitted that Hendrix's version is superior to his own.
  • October 6, 2012
    PhysicalStamina
    ^^^ Changed. Also, how would I make this into a YMMV?

    ^ Wouldn't that be an example of Covered Up? this is about remixes, not covers.
  • October 6, 2012
    Folamh3
    • Fatboy Slim's remix of "Brimful of Asha" by Cornershop got to no. 1 on the British charts, much higher than the original.
  • October 12, 2012
    bananasloth
    I don't know how universal this is, sorry (I just know it was true for quite a few of my friends):

  • October 12, 2012
    BlueGuy
    ^^ When you launch it, you put it on the YMMV home page, presumably. That should add the YMMV header.

    This one seems more like an Audience Reaction, though. It should be added there - that'll also add the YMMV header.
  • October 12, 2012
    PhysicalStamina
    ^ Thank you.
  • October 15, 2012
    FantasyLiver
    Soft Cell's "Tainted Love"
  • October 15, 2012
    FalconPain
    That's a cover, not a remix.
  • October 17, 2012
    AgProv
    Suzanne Vega, Tom's Diner. First released as an 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.
  • October 17, 2012
    azul120
    • "Ignition (Remix)" from R Kelly.
    • 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".
  • October 22, 2012
    BlueGuy
    Bump.
  • October 23, 2012
    Surenity
    • VNVNation'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.
  • October 23, 2012
    Tuomas
    • 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.
  • November 3, 2012
    PhysicalStamina
    Does this need anything else?
  • November 3, 2012
    Cider
    I'll only accept this as trivia. As in, the "reasons for blah blah" should not be elaborated on unless there is some kind of citation. In fact, getting more air time than the original does not really mean much if the original already had a lot of air time and is just being knocked off for a new song.

    In short, this should not have any elements of troper opinion in it. If you can make it a pure trivia page I'll add a hat.
  • November 4, 2012
    PhysicalStamina
    Sounds like a plan. How do I do that?
  • November 5, 2012
    morenohijazo
    Has anyone heard of a song called "We No Speak Americano"?
  • November 5, 2012
    PhysicalStamina
    ^ Does that really count as a remix, though?
  • November 12, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    This is clearly an Audience Reaction. Not Trivia.
  • November 12, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    Also, this is very similar to Weird Al Effect and Older Than They Think. The former is about parody, not remix; and the latter is about a lot more than music... but Tropes Are Flexible.
  • November 12, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    First off, dumping two tropes in bold is not nice.

    Second, a parody and a remix are different things. The latter is about storylines, not stories by itself.
  • November 12, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    No, it's not nice to do only that, which is roughly equivalent to a Zero Context Example. I elaborated. Bold is shorthand for "we have this already: X." It's not nice to erroneously tell someone they aren't being nice :P

    I know they are different, and said so. That comment does not rebut anything. A proper rebuttal would address TAF in some way.
  • November 13, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    A remix is not a parody, so Weird Al Effect doesn't do anyting here. Older Than They Think is about Simply defined, a fan thinks a trope, plot, or line was invented by a show he or she watches, when in truth its origins lie farther back in history. . Not the same thing as this YKTTW by any stretch of the definition.
  • November 13, 2012
    WaxingName
    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".
  • November 13, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    No "arguably" please - Examples Are Not Arguable.
  • November 13, 2012
    WaxingName
    Sorry, will edit.
  • November 13, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    So what's the trope?

    As far as I can tell this is just something that happens.
  • November 13, 2012
    PhysicalStamina
    So is Covered Up. The trope is that a remix of a song becomes more well-known than the original song.
  • November 14, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    Covered Up is not a trope.
  • November 14, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
  • November 14, 2012
    shimaspawn
    This is not a trope, it's an Audience Reaction and one we already seem to have.
  • November 14, 2012
    SeptimusHeap
    ^Which audience reaction do we already have? I can't see it.
  • November 14, 2012
    Folamh3
    I personally think that this is a perfectly valid sister trope to Covered Up and Sampled Up.
  • November 14, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    Those are not tropes. There are articles about things that aren't tropes. See the YMMV banner at the top of the page?
  • November 14, 2012
    PhysicalStamina
    Well, then I'll add this to the Audience Reactions page if this ever gets launched.
  • November 15, 2012
    Folamh3
    Fine, have it as a YMMV then. It's still perfectly valid.
  • November 15, 2012
    DragonKazooie89
    Fan Works: 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)

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