Eclipsed By The Remix

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).


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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.

  • 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 Cure had a UK hit with "Close To Me" in 1985, and then again with a remix in 1990. It's one of their most enduring radio staples, but only in the 1990 mix.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • The Twelve's remix of "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You" by the Black Kids is far more popular than the original, being featured on the soundtrack of FIFA 09 and getting performed on Glee.

  • 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.
  • 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 is overall much better known than the original.
  • Bad Boy remix of 112's "Only You" is more popular than the original.

  • 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.
  • "Situation" by Yazoo was originally a B-side running less than two and a half minutes. François Kevorkian remixed it into a five and a half minute 12" single, and it became a huge hit in the American dance market. Few Americans even know the original exists.
  • 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, in which the "do do do-do, do do do-do" hook only turns up right at the end? It was actually released as a single a couple of years earlier; it wasn't very popular.
  • "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").