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Rearrange the Song
A trope growing more common every day. Need to breathe new life into old material, or just a way of keeping viewers tuning in? Rearrange the Song associated with the property. It's a way to make old material fresh, or to take advantage of current musical trends and fads.

The staff of TV shows which have been running for many seasons have, on occasion, rearranged the theme song newly each season. A show that has a Spin-Off or a Time Skip sequel will occasionally arrange the new show's Theme Tune to hearken back to the original show. The beneficial effect of this, of course, is that they now have multiple versions of a song to appeal to multiple demographics.

With musicians, they can sometimes do cover versions of their own material as a method of pushing the envelope with their own work. Musicians also do it with other people's work as parody or homage.

It's also common in cases where a classic property has been made into The Movie. See also Theme Tune Cameo, Theme Tune Extended, Rerelease the Song.


Examples:

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    Anime 
  • No theme has been rearranged more than the classic crooner's tune "Fly Me To The Moon" (itself a heavily rearranged version of an old waltz), which was the ending for Neon Genesis Evangelion. There's about 15 to 20 versions used for the show's ending, and that's for a 26-episode TV series. The Neon Genesis Evangelion rendition "Fly Me To The Moon" is of itself a rearrangement. It was originally written by Bart Howard in 1954.
  • Sailor Moon had its theme's tune remixed for North America into a version with completely different (English) lyrics and a "roll call" type sequence tossed in for good measure.
    • The original Japanese version of Sailor Moon also got a new version of its theme song ("Moonlight Densetsu") for its third season. The new version had actresses behind Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Venus doing the singing instead of DALI.
  • The dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! is an interesting case. The first season theme was really just the first minute of the full theme song. The second season theme was a different piece of music from later in the same song. It bounced back after that.
  • Pokémon's Johto League Champions season did a redo of the first theme for their opening. It didn't have quite the same lyrics at first (and a different refrain), but it's clear that it was to match the Japanese version (which remixed Mesaze Pokémon Master...but Rica Matsumoto didn't sing this version).
    • The XY season uses a third redo of the first theme, this time a straight cover rather than something along the lines of "Born to Be a Winner". Interestingly this doesn't match up with the Japanese version, which uses an original song instead of an arrangement of "Mesaze".
    • Additionally, the English versions of the first four theme songs were remixed in the beginning of the first four movies, while the fifth movie simply had an extended version of the anime's fifth theme song. The rest of the movies averted this trend, while the first Diamond and Pearl movie, Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai, inverted the trend by having a completely new song, "We Will Be Heroes". This song was later remixed into the theme for the DP: Battle Dimension season of the Diamond and Pearl anime series.
    • Not to mention the anime remixes songs from the games.
  • The Mahou Sensei Negima! series are notorious for this, as with a class of 31, one song can be remixed several times. The opening themes of both anime, plus the ending theme of the second, have gone through this.
  • While not quite as numerous as other examples, Strike Witches used this as well. The girls, in different duets, took turns covering the ending theme, with the final episode having all of them singing at once.
  • The Italian edition of Urusei Yatsura (Lamu') replaces the original slow opening song with a fast, catchy pop song. It's most notable because no one knows who wrote it, who performs it, nor is there apparently a complete version anywhere - it's frustrating, because it's such a catchy piece and so very appropriate for the series, too.
  • Akikan!! may be a Twelve Episode Anime, but it remixes the ending theme in every episode.
  • The first opening song for Keroro Gunsou was remixed with the lyrics altered and new singers and was used as the sixth opening. The tenth opening uses a version of the first theme sung by the members of the platoon, though it had been in existence prior. The second and third movies also used remixed versions of the opening theme.
  • GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class has five different versions of "Coloring palettes", its ending theme. Tomokane's and Noda's are upbeat, whereas Kisaragi and Professor's versions are a little more relaxed.
  • GaoGaiGar has an entire soundtrack, Yuusha-Oh Tanjou! 10 RenHatsu!!, devoted to the various versions of its theme song, Yuusha-Oh Tanjou!. Included in this are the original, Mythology (from FINAL), Grand Glorious Gathering (from FINAL -Grand Glorious Gathering-), ultimate extra (sung by the artists who sung the theme to Betterman), Ultimate Mythology and Perfect Yell (original and Ultimate Mythology with soundclips from the series)
    • It powerfully rearranges its own ending theme for the very end of FINAL by having it sung by the character voices themselves.
  • The second half of Welcome to the NHK uses a more downbeat version of the opening, to match the show's mood shift.
  • Last EXILE's ending theme, "Over the Sky", was given a much longer and more emotional version, "Over the Sky Angel Feather ver." for the final episode.
  • Fresh Pretty Cure! reworked its opening theme song (which was considered to be badly sung by some fans) at the same time that the opening itself was edited to reflect Setsuna's new alignment.
    • Ditto for the Suite Pretty Cure ♪ opening, just ignore the "badly sung" part and replace "Setsuna" with "Siren/Ellen".
    • Prior to that, Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star, Yes! Pretty Cure 5, and Yes! Pretty Cure 5GoGo all used various versions of "Ganbalance de Dance" as their second ending theme. Amusingly, Fresh, which had dancing as a major focus of the series, was the series that broke this trend.
    • Prior to all of them was Futari Wa Pretty Cure Max Heart, who modified Futari wa Pretty Cure's theme "DANZEN! Futari Wa Pretty Cure" to a more action-like theme, "DANZEN! Futari Wa Pretty Cure (ver. Max Heart)"
    • HeartCatch Pretty Cure! had their opening and ending remixed for The Movie, which hadn't been done in other versions prior or afterward.
    • The first three Pretty Cure All Stars movies had the same theme remixed with each movie, mostly to accommodate the new season (Heartcatch for the second and Suite for the third)
      • The fifth and sixth All Stars movies remixes the new theme, "Precure ~Eien no Tomodatchi~", from the fourth movie. Movie six also rearranges "Precure Memory", the end theme to Happiness Charge Pretty Cure by having all nine Pink-type Cure seiyuu sing it.
  • In the Digimon dub, compare the theme for the seasons based on Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02 and the theme for the Digimon Tamers season. Essentially the same, but the former is kind of techno and the latter uses more rock guitar instead.
  • Bottle Fairy has five variations of its ending theme, each sung by a different fairy about a different season, the final one being sung by the four of them together about the fuzzy feelings felt throughout the year.
  • By this point, it's nigh-impossible to count how many versions of the Lupin III theme there are.
  • Di Gi Charat Nyo used a remix of Equal Romace, an end theme of Ranma ˝, as its ending theme.
  • The second season of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni does this an interesting way. It plays the tune of the first season; backwards, with enough variation to be an actual tune.
  • So far, the ending theme of Sasami-san@Ganbaranai has had a new version for each episode.

    Film 
  • A jazz version of the 1966 theme to Spider-Man plays over the closing credits to the Spider-Man movie.
    • The movies also feature an extra singing the theme at some point.
  • Ang Lee's The Incredible Hulk movie features a few brief moments where you can hear "The Lonely Man," best known as the delicate piano theme from the 70's TV show.
  • Rap versions of the theme to The Addams Family are played over the closing credits of both movies.
  • Disney movies simultaneously release the version one hears in the soundtrack, plus a version recorded by a popular recording artist arranged specifically for radio play with the intention of getting a hit single.
    • Disney had produced (at least) three albums of rearranged songs: "Simply Mad About The Mouse" (which had its own TV special), "Stay Awake" (which features Tom Waits' version of the Seven Dwarfs' marching song), and an album featuring R&B and pop singers singing their favorite Disney songs.
  • The Mission: Impossible movies featured at least one remixed version of the old theme, which was actually quite snappy.
    • And then there's the background music/muzik version in that infamous Scientology video (at least one person was surprised that it was actually being played and not a repeated clip).
  • The 1987 film version of Dragnet (starring Dan Aykroyd) does this to its theme.
  • The sequel to Ghostbusters had the iconic Theme Tune rearranged to a rap by Run DMC.
  • The James Bond movies have rearranged the iconic theme music many times over. It sounds particularly good on electric guitar.
  • Hedwig's Theme from the Harry Potter films has been tweaked, rearranged, and reworked in an effort to keep it fresh and slightly unpredictable. The theme is made slightly more discordant in each progressing film to match the increasingly dark subject matter. Other themes have had this done, too.
  • The Dawn of the Dead (2004) remake features a lounge version of Disturbed's "Down With The Sickness" (by Richard Cheese, an expert in this).
  • For ZZ Top's cameo in Back to the Future Part III, they play a country version of "Doubleback" (the original plays during the film's credits).
  • The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Movie contains an even more epic-sounding arrangement of the TV Show's theme. Doubles as Long Song, Short Scene, since roughly 40 seconds (If we're being generous) of the song is actually used in the film.
  • Star Trek (2009) has a newer version of Star Trek: The Original Series' opening theme, complete with a closing narration by Spock-Prime.
  • Terminator Salvation: Danny Elfman's "Salvation" track is a new arrangement of the original theme by Brad Fiedel.
  • Recess: School's Out used a more epic, beefed-up version of the regular Recess theme.
  • The X-Files: I Want to Believe features a remix of the theme song in the credits. The usual creepy theme song uses a cello for its iconic harmony, giving the song an eerie and very sad feel to it. Fans, naturally, loved it.
  • After two films featuring the original song, The Bourne Ultimatum ends with a new version of Moby's "Extreme Ways," produced specifically for the movie. Another new version of the song was produced for the next film, The Bourne Legacy.
  • The film Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z has "Jouchaku ~We Are Brothers~", a remixed version of the the first movie's theme "Jounetsu ~We Are Brothers~"
  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life features Alan Silvestri's arrangement of Nathan McCree's classic theme from the first Tomb Raider game.
  • The Portuguese dub of My Little Pony Equestria Girls features a rearranged version of the main show's theme tune for the opening credits.

    Live Action TV 
  • A rather infamous example of this is Mork and Mindy, which rearranged its instrumental theme song during all four of its seasons. What's interesting is that each rearrangement was made for the sake of pandering to a specific demographic. The first season, most likely to suggest family appeal, used a light/gentle rendition of the show's core theme (though the first three episodes used a modified version of this theme, while several episodes in the middle used another modified version). Season 2, in an effort to appeal to a younger demographic, switched to a more upbeat disco rendition of the show's theme, with no less than four different arrangements. Season 3, in an effort to regain lost members of the first season's audience, used a single theme tune that was more similar to the first season's theme(s), albeit a little harsher. While, for Season 4, the writers just said, "To Hell With It!" and used an upbeat/comedic rendition of the theme.
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mister Ed, The Lucy Show, The Patty Duke Show, The Munsters, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Daniel Boone, Gilligan's Island, F Troop, Get Smart, The Avengers, That Girl, Mission: Impossible, Ironside, The Brady Bunch, The Odd Couple, The Partridge Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and The Bob Newhart Show all have examples of this; in the case of Avengers and Jeannie, this was after having earlier Replaced the Theme Tune altogether.
  • The Bill has rearranged its theme music five times in its 26 years on the air. The original 1984–1987 version of the theme was arranged in the irregular time signature of 7/4, giving it almost a reggae style beat. While this was kept in most subsequent arrangements, one in particular—the one used from 1998–2001—was arranged in the regular time signature of 4/4, making it considerably less interesting as a result, and earning the ire of Bill Bailey in the process. In 2009 however, the theme was changed completely, to a darker and edgier theme to fit with the show's retool, albeit with a small homage to the original theme. At the end of the final episode, a new rearranged version of the original theme played, although similar in tone to the 2009 theme.
  • The Cosby Show arranged its same theme music differently every season. It was just an instrumental the first season. But in later seasons it was rearranged as a salsa song, a cappella performed by Bobby McFerrin, a ballet, and in the final season, an homage to the old song "Shotgun", but still recognizable as the same song the show had started out with.
  • The Everybody Hates Chris theme seems to change every 10 episodes. And every time it does, the original tune becomes less and less recognizable.
  • Growing Pains always had the same theme song, but there were different versions of it. BJ Thomas was the main vocalist from 1985-1991, using a solo version for the first year before being joined by Jennifer Warnes and later, Dusty Springfield; the music itself was reworked a couple of times. During the final season, an a capella version was used.
  • Doctor Who has rearranged its theme several times: three times in the '80s to "modernize" it (with the first '80s version being the only one besides the original Delia Derbyshire version to be made in the BBC Radiophonic Workshop), again in the TV movie, then four times with the new series.
    • There was also an attempt to completely rearrange the theme tune in the early 70s, by Paddy Kingsland of the Radiophonic Workshop, assisted by Brian Hodgson and Delia Derbyshire (both from there as well), on the Workshop's new EMS Synthi-100 modular synthesizer (nicknamed the "Delaware"), stated by Hodgson to be done "just to see if we could do it". They did it...but it turned out quite awful. It was never used in the programme (except in copies of some Season 10 episodes accidentally sent to Australia, which still had the Delaware version instead of the Delia Derbyshire version that was dubbed back into all other copies).
    • The original Radiophonic Workshop version of the Doctor Who theme underwent a few rearrangements in the 60s and 70s. Arranger Delia Derbyshire added "electronic spangles" and an echo effect for the Patrick Troughton incarnation, and then in the 70s she added the electronic "scream" preceding the closing titles and introduced the sound effect at the end to the televised theme for the first time (it was in the full version of the original 1963 theme).
    • Series 1-3 of the new series use orchestral arrangements of the theme played over the top of the Delia Derbyshire version, while series 4 rearranges some of the orchestral elements and adds guitars and drums, giving it a rock and roll theme. Series 5-6 and part 1 of 7 is more electronic uses a bassline reminiscent of the 80s versions (and is rather funky) accompanied by a new grand and haunting orchestral melody, a constant synthesized, drum machine-like rhythm, and even a chorus. Series 7 Part 2 slightly modifies the timbre of the bassline and the electronic lead, has a different drum pattern, with real drums this time, and removes some of the orchestral elements from the previous theme to give it a slightly more minimalistic feel.
    • In Series 3 of the new series, "Martha's Theme" sounds almost like a reworking of "The Doctor Forever," the 10th Doctor's leitmotif from that series (or vice-versa, given their introduction around the same time).
  • CSI NY also rearranged their version of "Baba O'Riley" in Season 4.
  • The 1978 film Superman's theme music is a inversion. The actual tune is rarely the same twice, but it is all arranged similarly, to a bright, swelling, heroic theme with a lot of brass. Three different composers, but the listener will hear the song and think "Superman". (A few creators have found that, if you were to set lyrics to the various Superman themes to the tune of the main melody, there would be a spot where "Superman" fits perfectly.)
  • Kamen Rider Den-O remixed its battle theme, "Double-Action", into several versions fueled by the unexpected popularity of the Taros', each with a different musical style. The hero's five include the original Double-Action AKA "Sword Form" (eurobeat), "Rod Form" (ska), "Ax Form" (enka), "Gun Form" (hip-hop/rap) and "Wing Form" (Arab pop); in addition, the first movie's Big Bad gets "Gaoh Form", a solo death metal version, a bonus pop version was made, named "Coffee Form" and sung by the hero's sister and one of his allies, both coffee aficionados, and for the second movie "Climax Form" sung by the Taros and Deneb. Related are "Real-Action", a straight rock song sung solo by the hero, and "Action-ZERO", an original hard rock theme for The Lancer and his Battle Butler. The show's opening theme, "Climax Jump", has gone through a similar treatment, with a quartet version sung by the Taros as well as individual versions made for the third movie, and two new versions, "The Final" for the third movie, and "Ch? Climax Jump" from the fourth movie, which is also an ensemble song. On one of the soundtracks is a song titled "DEN-O VOCAL TRACKS LINER (C-J D-A nonstop re-connection)" which is a remix of all of the songs released up to that point into a single 8 minute track.
    • Following the example of Den-O, its successor Kamen Rider Kiva had three mixes of The Rival's theme "Individual-System" (the standard version sung by the star, and two remixes, "Fight for Justice" and "Don't Lose Yourself", sung by the rival to reflect his changing attitude over the series). About a year after the show ended, a reunion album was released, which included more remixes, such as the main character and his father swapping their respective theme tunes.
      • And its successor Kamen Rider Decade included a series of albums that rearranged all of the theme songs of the nine previous series by the official rock band RIDER CHIPS and "Climax Jump"'s composer Shuhei Naruse. This resulted in two more versions of "Climax Jump".
      • And then along comes the fifth Den-O movie, split into three separate movies, each with its own song. The first gets a ballad version of "Action-ZERO", the second a mix of Double-Action for the hero's Grandkid From The Future and his partner (rock 'n roll), and the third gets "Climax-Action ~The Den-O History~", which is said to be a combination of every version of "Climax Jump" and "Double-Action" to date.
  • Perhaps taking a cue from Den-O, Engine Sentai Go-onger's ending theme comes in several cover versions as well. Each of the Humongous Mecha trios has their own mix ("Engine First Rap -Type Normal-", "Second Rap -Turbo Custom-", "Third Rap -Aero-Dynamic Custom-", "Final Rap -Type Evolution"), then there's one that's a musical Green Aesop ("Engine Eco Rap -Recycle Custom-"), one for The Movie ("Engine Formation Rap -GekijouBANG! Custom-"), a cover sung exclusively by the show's female cast ("G3 Princess Rap ~Pretty Love Limited~"), a cover sung exclusively by the show's male cast ("G5 Prince Rap ~Bombaye Limited"), and then a final version covering all 12 of the Humongous Mecha for the finale ("Engine Winning Run -Type Formula-"). The five songs for the mecha (First, Second, Third, & Final Lap, and Winning Run) were later strung into a continuous 17 minute song for a soundtrack release.
  • The themes to Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and Power Rangers Zeo were remixed versions of the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers theme. The season after Zeo, Power Rangers Turbo, worked in the six-note "Go, go, Power Rangers!" riff, but was otherwise unique. Years later, Saban's reclaiming of the franchise led them to resurrect the theme and use an updated version for Power Rangers Samurai, and then again for Power Rangers Megaforce.
    • Recently, Ron Wasserman, the man who helped create many of the MMPR songs, went back and made new mixes of them and released them under the title "Power Rangers Redux".
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 had its theme song lyrics changed several times throughout its run to reflect on changes within the show (such the switch from Joel to Mike).
    • Here's a handy-dandy flowchart laying out the various permutations of the theme.
    • Also a slower-tempo instrumental version of the theme plays during the closing credits.
  • MTV's Unplugged series is pretty much devoted to this trope.
  • Each episode of The Prisoner used a slightly different mix of its opening theme tune.
  • The final season of Blake's 7 used a faster and jollier muzak-like version of the theme for its end credits only, without changing the opening credit version. This created a rather odd effect after some of the grimmer episodes of the show, especially the last one.
    • Incoming producer Vere Lorrimer wanted lyrics over the end credits. They were going to be sung by Steven Pacey (Tarrant). Thankfully we were spared that.
    There's a distant star in a distant sky
    past the edge of time way past Gemini.
    Peace is there, only beauty meets the eye.
    Oh my love, that's where we must fly,
    and let the world go by, just you and I.
    Come, hit the Stardust Trail, we'll throw our cap at Mars;
    we'll catch a comet's tail, and we'll sail to the stars!
    Though the years go by like a silver stream,
    if our love is true, we will find our dream.
    Travellin' on, suddenly that's where we are;
    That distant star, that distant star,
    that shining distant star!
  • The Wire used a remixed version of its theme song each season. In later seasons, the singers they used represented a theme of that season. Ex: Season 4 was about the plight of young black boys in Baltimore, and the theme was sung by a Boy's Choir.
  • The first two seasons of Small Wonder had a bouncy tune that didn't match it at all. The third season debuted a quasi-techno arrangement that was marginally better. (The lyrics were still terrible.)
  • Roseanne's theme song is known for its saxophone version, but some seasons have it played on the electric guitar. Vocals are added in the final season, which annoyed some fans. However, it redeems itself in the series' very last shot, where a woman sings the tune a cappella as Rosie goes from her writing room to the living room and watches TV, before everything fades to black.
  • Wheel of Fortune changed its theme song several times, and rearranged what it had.
    • The show's second (not counting pilots) theme, Griffin's own "Changing Keys" (introduced in August 1983), was re-orchestrated in 1984 (less "chirpy" sound, glissando added to intro), 1989 (mellower instrumentation), 1992 (mellower yet, electric guitar solo), 1994 ("big band" mix with a radically different melody) and 1997 (similar to 1994, but slower tempo) with the last two remixes barely resembling the original. The "big band" theme from 1994 also had a softer mix used for a celebrity week and some road shows (and sometimes as a bumper). In addition to these, after the melody was changed in 1994, a few episodes used variations of the pre-1994 melody: a marching band version for episodes taped on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1995, another marching band version for College Weeks in 1995 and 1996, and a lap steel guitar version for weeks taped in Hawaii in 1996.
    • A separate opening theme was introduced in 1998 for road shows. This was still used until around 2007.
    • "Happy Wheels", first introduced in September 2000, was remixed in 2002 and again in 2007. The 2002-2007 mix even sampled the 1997 version of "Changing Keys".
  • Similarly, the 1980s Jeopardy! theme has gone through five orchestrations in its time (or six, if temporarily lowering the pitch counts as an arrangement). Spinoff Rock & Roll Jeopardy! used a rock and roll version, which the parent show has since appropriated for teen and college tournaments.
  • The first theme on The Joker's Wild was Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley's "The Savers". Among the many different theme songs used after that was a re-arrangement of "The Savers" done by Hal Hidey.
  • The original theme to Family Feud. The original theme (used on the original 1976-85 series hosted by Richard Dawson) was a re-arrangement of a music bed from The Price Is Right with a banjo added. Then, when Feud was revived in 1988 with Ray Combs, the theme was remixed in stereo with the banjo taken back out and a synthesized drum added. After Combs left and Dawson returned in 1994, they switched again to a slower, jazzy version for the one season that Dawson hosted. When Feud returned again in 1998, it used a different theme for Louie Anderson's tenure, then a "party" theme when Richard Karn became host in 2002; it spent the next several years alternating between the "party" theme and a remix of the Combs theme until eventually settling on the latter.
  • Black Adder's theme song was always mostly the same, but was preformed on different instruments with slight variations each season to reflect the change in time period.
    • The Black Adder, the first season, has the theme song performed mostly with trumpets and timpani, with parody Bragging Theme Tune lyrics.
    • Blackadder II used a combination of recorder, string quartet and electric guitar, with lyrics recapping the individual episode over the closing credits.
    • Blackadder the Third's theme was performed on on oboe, cello and harpsichord, with no lyrics.
    • The theme for Blackadder Goes Forth was performed by a military band, with no lyrics, combined with "The British Grenadiers".
      • The final scene featured a slow piano piece played over a field of poppies.
    • The Christmas special Blackadder's Christmas Carol featured the song as sung by carolers, with new appropriate lyrics.
    • Blackadder: The Cavalier Years, a sketch, and Blackadder: Back & Forth, the half-hour film, used an orchestral version.
  • The opening credits and main title theme of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was modified between seasons 3 and 4.
  • The Office most weeks featured a cover version of "Handbags and Gladrags" by "Big George", except for one episode (the training day episode) where it was performed by Ricky Gervais (as David Brent) on solo acoustic guitar.
  • Babylon 5 had a new arrangement of the theme tune for each season, save for season 3 and 5, becoming increasingly intense and militaristic to match the changing tone of the series.
    • The third season's theme was harmonically similar but completely different melodically. It took cues from two pieces late in season 2, each associated with a battle scene where the good guys got slaughtered. This season, of course, was the point in the storyline where things were the most desperate for our heroes, calling for a more turbulent mood. By the fourth season, the original melody returned as a Triumphant Reprise.
      • The fourth season ending theme, however, only lasted a few episodes. The third season ending was accidentally left in early on, and the showrunner JMS liked it. Amusingly, the season three ending itself didn't kick in for a few episodes—remembering to request it had simply fallen through the cracks.
    • In the fifth and final season, the theme song was replaced entirely with a new, rather bombastic march, possibly in reference to the fact that the station had transitioned from being a trading and diplomatic outpost to being capital of the new Interstellar Alliance.
  • In a homage to the original series, the national anthem of the Twelve Colonies in the reimagined Battlestar Galactica is based on the main theme from the first show.
  • Psych will sometimes rearrange the theme song to fit the theme of the episode. The episode about a Spanish 'telenovella' features a mariachi version with Spanish lyrics, the episode about an Indian dancer had an Indian-style remix with lyrics in Hindi, and Boyz II Men revised the theme for the episodes featuring Gus' college a cappella group.
    • Also the first Christmas episode rearranged the theme to include bells, but the scenes in the credits were framed with snow and holly.
  • Newtons Apple used Kraftwerk''s "Ruckzuck" from 1983 to 1990, then used an arranged version from 1990 to 1994, before switching to a different theme entirely.
  • The A-Team used a synthesized arrangement of its theme for the final season.
  • 3-2-1 Contact remixed its opening theme in 1983(the best known version), and again in 1987. The original version. The ending theme was also rearranged in 1983 (short version and extended version), and remained the same for the rest of the series.
  • Square One TV also did it in its later seasons.
  • Fringe's two 1980s flashback episodes had a synth version of the theme music, to go with the retro title sequence.
  • A few seasons into the series' long run, the Bonanza theme received a driving, rock-oriented rearrangement.
  • Weeds: Malvina Reynolds' "Little Boxes" is used as the theme song for the first season; for the next two seasons, each episode starts with a cover of "Little Boxes" by someone else (e.g., Elvis Costello, Regina Spektor, The Decembrists), with Reynolds' version used for the season finales. From the fourth season on, though, they dropped the theme song entirely, as it no longer fit when Nancy and family left suburbia.
  • Veronica Mars used The Dandy Warhol's "We Used to Be Friends" for its theme. The third season, which moved from high school to college, switched to a dramatically different remix of the song - it was much slower and more electronic than indie rock. Allegedly, it was meant to have more of a noir feel to it.
  • Sesame Street kept its original theme for 23 seasons, then rearranged it to a calypso version in Season 24, then to a bouncy swing version in the spirit of the original in Season 33, then to a hip-hop version in Season 38.
  • PBS's News Hour kept the same arrangement of its theme for 30 years, before finally updating it in 2006.
  • When Snoop Dogg guest-starred on an episdoe of Monk, the theme song became this
  • For the second season of Wishbone the original theme tune was jazzed up with some electric guitar thrown in.
  • The Electric Company was a rather unusual case:
    • The opening themes during the show's 1971-1977 run were used for two years each – the first from 1971-1973, the second from 1973-1975 and the third from 1975-1977.
    • The closing themes changed five times, all (except the theme used very early in the run) using the main theme. They were as thus:
      • October 1971-January 1972: Extension of the main "corporate credits" theme, a non-descript theme.
      • January 1972-April 1973: A bright, marching theme, with a crashing sound effect at the very end. (The corporate credits theme continued to be used until the end of the 1972-1973 season.)
      • October 1973-April 1974: An electric guitar-heavy theme. The corporate credits hybrid the first half of the Friday credits during the first part and a slightly different second half, all slower paced.
      • October 1974-April 1975: A bright, uptempoed jazz-inspired arrangement.
      • October 1975-April 1976: Another jazz-style arrangement, somewhat louder than the 1974-75 version.
      • October 1976-April 1977: A Moog synthesizer-heavy arrangement that led the acoustic instruments.
  • The Price Is Right: For 35 years, the CBS daytime (along with the first two syndicated versions) used the same arrangement of the theme music - in fact, the same version that was used on the first episode in September 1972 was used on Bob Barker's final show in June 2007 (although slightly sped up to give it a stereo-ish sound). Finally, in October 2007, with the coming of Drew Carey's first shows, the main theme and most of the major cues were re-scored.
    • A 90s jazz arrangement was given to the main theme for the 1994 syndicated version of TPiR. Some thought it would carry over to the daytime version, but it didn't.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: got rearranged theme music from season 3 on, but they kept the original arrangement for the closing credits.
  • Quantum Leap had its theme rearranged for its fifth season. The fans hated it. So it switched back to the original arrangement for the very final episode.
  • The first season of Beverly Hills 90210 used a late-80's styled pop/dance rendition of the show's core theme. For season 2, the show switched to its more familiar rock/metal rendition of the theme, which was further refined at the beginning of Season 4.
  • Averted by Friends, which used the exact same version of the exact same theme song in every episode during its ten year run (with the exception of "The One In Barbados", which used an unplugged version of the show's theme).
  • For one week, All Star Blitz used a very bizarre remix of their theme with some quasi-Scatting dubbed in ("All-Star Blitz! Hobba hum, hobba heeba humba…") before changing back to the original. Amusingly, the remix is the only version of the theme that circulates.
  • Craig Ferguson made slight alterations to his own "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune for The Late Late Show not long after its introduction, including a different vocal track and the addition of the line "You can always sleep through work tomorrow".
  • M*A*S*H had a rearranged version of its opening theme for Seasons Three, Five, Six, Seven, Nine, Ten and the Grand Finale; and a rearranged version of its closing theme for Seasons Three, Six, Seven, Nine, Ten, and Eleven. Unusually for this trope, the rearrangements are subtle enough to be easily missed by casual viewers.
  • Between 1994 and 1997, the theme to The Red Green Show was altered to have more instrumentation, including a saxophone. This coincided with a change in the opening segment. The original theme came back.
  • When ABC revived Match Game in 1990, it used the 1973-82 theme rearranged with a calypso beat.
  • The 1950s version of The Mickey Mouse Club used a marching band rhythm. The retooled 1990's Disney Channel version. shortened to MMC, took on a hip-hop beat.
  • The Hollywood Squares: The original version had a disco version of the theme in its later years, while the 1980s revival rearranged its 80's sax theme in the final season.

    Music 
  • Elvis Costello rearranged "Watching the Detectives" to an Orchestral Big Band number out of the 1950s.
  • Paul McCartney has done this repeatedly from The Seventies on. His album Wingspan has two different mixes of "No More Lonely Nights" on it, and he once released a classical album in which half the pieces were reworkings of lesser-known songs of his. Then there are the concert versions of "Maybe I'm Amazed" (which is usually as good as the original), "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"—though he probably borrowed that one from Jimi Hendrix—and the "Carry That Weight {You Never Give Me Your Money)" mix. (Two Beatlesongs he wrote most of, with one major melody in common...)
    • John Lennon wrote "One After 909" in 1962 and recorded it with the Beatles with a skiffle beat. It didn't get heard until 1995 on volume one of the Anthology package. The version that did get released was on the Let It Be album. It had a different tempo to it but the structure was the same.
  • Post-Visual Kei band Dir En Grey has rearranged and rereleased a lot of their old material. Most of them are remastered versions of old songs ("-Zan-", "Rasetsukoku", some songs from the original version of UROBOROS), but many songs have been completely rewritten in an entirely different style.
  • Miyuki Nakajima redoes her songs for her Yakai stage shows, sometimes even completely and literally rearranging them, as with the song "Kodoku no Shouzo." (The original can be heard here.)
  • Eric Clapton has done a soulful, unplugged version of his own song, "Layla." Opinions vary.
  • The Police released a 1985 remix of "Don't Stand So Close To Me", featuring a more electronic-based arrangement and a somewhat different chorus melody.
    • Sting did a piano and voice version of "Roxanne" for the Live Aid show.
  • Sixties bands loved turning old blues songs into insane rock-outs. Led Zeppelin are probably most famous for it.
  • Megadeth was infamous for this during the '80s. Their first three albums all had covers, the first two being chosen especially to be as far as possible from Megadeth's patented "speed metal" sound; "These Boots Were Made For Walking", a pop song, and "I Ain't Superstitious", a blues song. Their cover of "These Boots" especially, which humorously altered the lyrics to make them more blatantly sexual, drew the ire of the song's original writer, who demanded that they rerelease said album without the offending track.
  • These songs were well received, but when they did a played straight version of Sex Pistols' Anarchy In The UK, where Mustaine threw in his own 'edgy' lyrics because he forgot the originals, it was badly received.
    • Mustaine has also done this with his own songs, notably "A Tout La Monde" which was rearranged with Cristina Scabbia singing guest vocals. The reaction to this was mixed. It attracted a lot of new fans, but many older fans were annoyed because they felt the rerecorded version would overshadow the original (and for a brief period, they were right).
  • New Order was infamous for rearranging their own songs, numerous times. In particular, they re-recorded from scratch "Temptation" and "Confusion" (two non-album singles that were the band's first major hits) for the 1987 compilation "Substance", leaving the 1987 versions of the songs the only versions available on CD for years, until "New Order: The Singles" was released in 2005. They also remade their hit song "Blue Monday" in 1988, shortening the song down to 4 minutes in order to get the seven minute long song played on the radio as well.
    • They played a pretty awesome drum'n'bass inflected update of their 1980 Joy Division song 'Isolation' at the 1998 Reading festival and it's on a John Peel session recording.
    • Similarly, Paul Hardcastle's singles "19" and "Rain Forest" were re-recorded for his self-titled album, and for many years, these were the only versions available on CD.
  • Pet Shop Boys turned their bombastic synthpop song "Can You Forgive Her?" into an early-'40s big band arrangement, complete with chilled-out, breathy vocals, for the B-side of the single.
  • Michael Jackson's Thriller 25, with 2008 versions of Beat It, P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing), Billie Jean, The Girl is Mine and Wanna Be Starting Something.
  • The original version of "Empire State of Mind" with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys has been broken down just by Alicia into a slower, melodic version called "Empire State of Mind II, Broken Down".
  • Mike Oldfield has released at least four different versions of "Tubular Bells", each slightly different to the one before.
  • Bon Voyage (the Starflyer 59 side project) featured two different versions of a song on the same album, Lies (and not even as a bonus track, either). "Monster" is the original, and "Bad Dream" is the same lyrics with the backing music chopped into tiny pieces and rearranged.
  • Woven Hand has made two soundtrack albums, Blush Music and Puur, which feature rearrangements of prior songs (usually to make the songs longer).
  • The Split Enz tribute album "eNZso" features old hits retooled into orchestral versions performed by various vocalists and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
  • Used liberally in Irish rock band Gaelic Storm's stage shows where they'll announce that one of their shows has been picked up by <insert famous singer> and then performing the song in the given style of the artist.
  • Shudder To Think's Craig Wedren apparently likes doing this with his song "Day Ditty": Shudder To Think first recorded it as a 2 minute minimal ballad on Funeral At The Movies, then it later reappeared on the First Love Last Rites soundtrack as a fairly lavish 4 minute Phil Spector homage, with Angela McCluskey on guest vocals. And then Wedren's more electronic-based project BABY retitled it "Leaving Day Ditty" and gave it more of a trip-hop feel.
  • Kylie Minogue has done this alot. She has remade various songs into ballads, jazz, and electronica.
  • One-Hit Wonder trance group Binary Finary's "1998" has seen about a dozen arrangements.
  • One-Hit Wonder Real Life rearranged "Send Me an Angel" in 1989 to a more Hi-NRG type sound, this version has frequently been misattributed to the Pet Shop Boys or Erasure.
  • Ayla's self titled single, originally released in 1996, was rearranged by DJ Taucher(Ralph Armand Beck) in 1997, so much that it sounded nothing like the original, which promptly faded into obscurity. In turn, DJ Tandu (another alias of Ingo Kunzi, the main man behind Ayla) did a rearrangement based on Taucher's version in 1999, then that version itself was covered by Kosmonova.
  • Radiohead has done this with "Morning Bell" (rearranged on their next album, Amnesiac, as (appropriately enough) "Morning Bell/Amnesiac") and the b-side "Fog" (a live piano version titled "Fog (Again)").
  • The Justified Ancients of Mu-Mu aka The KLF are credited with pioneering a new approach to song mixing. They would continually tweak, remix, and rerelease their material, with no version being the definitive one. Engineer Mark Stent told Sound on Sound magazine:
    It was in working with Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty that things really started to happen in a new way, using mixing as a work-in-progress, rather than an end stage. We were running everything live in the studio, from sequencers and samplers. Obviously there was also stuff on tape, but they would come in with their Ataris and Akai samplers, and we would end up rearranging the whole song whilst mixing things. They would then take away what we did, work on it again, and come back a while later, and I'd mix stuff again. My KLF work put me in the picture, and after that the phone never stopped ringing.
    • Their Signature Song "What Time Is Love?" went through numerous permutations. First it was an instrumental acid house song in 1988. In 1990, the "Live at Trancentral" mix transformed it into stadium house, cranking up the volume and adding rap vocals. (A shortened version of this mix appeared on their 1991 album The White Room.) In 1991, it gained glam rock vocals and guitars to become "America (What Time is Love)". Then, for KLF's 1997 reunion show (under the name 2K), they remixed it yet again as "Fuck the Millenium", adding a brass band, a harder techno beat, angry chanting, samples from nearly all of KLF's prior singles, and a church hymn as an interlude. And that's not even counting all the "What Time Is Love?" remixes by other artists that appeared as KLF b-sides...
  • Chiodos did two different rearrangements of the demo "Thermacare" (recorded with old vocalist Craig Owens). After the band's split, Chiodos recorded a different version of the song with different lyrics, "Stratovolcano Mouth" featuring new vocalist Brandon Bolmer, whereas Owens recorded a new song over Thermacare's lyrics, "The Only Thing You Talk About".
  • Bruce Springsteen has done this on his live shows on occasion. His live version of "Atlantic City" more fully incorporates the E Street Band(the original version from the album "Nebraska" was just him on guitar and harmonica). He also entirely rewrote the melody of "Born in the USA" making it slower and sadder, in keeping with the song's lyrics and making it seem less like a patriotic anthem.
    • Also, while touring with the Sessions Band(the band with which he recorded "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions"), he re-arranged "If I Should Fall Behind" as a waltz.
  • Coil took their 1991 signature song "Teenage Lightning" and released a new version in 2004. Both editions are notable for fully displaying the sound and technological aesthetics of the band during their respective periods.
    • A flamenco guitar version (retitled "Lorca not Orca") and an edited version ("Teenage Lightning 1") appear on the CD version of their album Love's Secret Domain.
  • Marcus Kinchin's dub remix of the Nightcrawlers' "Push The Feeling On" so eclipsed the original that it became the basis for all subsequent remixes. In turn, the song was re-recorded in 2003 with new lyrics, in addition to re-interpolating the Simlish vocal snippets.
  • Underworld's biggest song, "Born Slippy .NUXX" is actually an In Name Only remix of their song "Born Slippy". ".NUXX" became so popular that it overshadowed the original after its use in the film Trainspotting. Underworld revisited ".NUXX" in 2003 for a greatest hits album, downplaying the relentless percussion-only accompaniment with a piano part.
  • A rare unreleased edition of the Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way", subtitled "No Goodbyes", had revised lyrics:
    No goodbyes (Ain't nothing but a heartache)
    No more lies (Ain't nothing but a mistake)
    That is why (I love it when I hear you say)
    I want it that way
  • Bjorn Lynne(formerly Dr. Awesome)'s Revive album consisted of reworks of his old MOD songs.
  • Collage's signature song "I'll Be Loving You" was rerecorded in 2007.
  • Also in 2007, Stevie B. remade "Spring Love" with Pitbull.
    • In 1999, Stevie updated Jaya's "If You Leave Me Now", which he produced and sang backup on, as a duet between him and Alexia Phillips.
  • Butthole Surfers' 1991 Pioughd had them remaking their 1983 noise-rock rant "Something" In The Style Of The Jesus and Mary Chain as a joke.
  • The Residents had a tradition of revamping their first official single "Santa Dog" every four years, with the purpose of demonstrating their musical development and the new technology available to them since then. Among the most dramatically changed versions were "Where Are Your Dogs? Show Us Your Ugly", which added a lot more lyrics and stretched the originally under 2 minute song to almost 13 minutes, and the self-explanatory "Santa Dog for Gamelan Orchestra". There was also the album Our Finest Flowers, which deconstructed their own songs both by using different instrumentation and combining bits and pieces of different songs from throughout their career into new compositions.
  • When Violent Femmes had to re-record "Blister In The Sun" for the Grosse Pointe Blank soundtrack, they submitted one version that was as close to the original in arrangement as possible, and one that slowed down the tempo and arranged the song for saxophone, xylophone, violin, bass and drums. Both ended up on the soundtrack, with the second version being dubbed "Blister 2000".
  • When "No Rain" became Blind Melon's biggest hit and they started getting bored of playing it at every show, they started playing a much slower, psychedelic blues version of the song, which arguably fit its lyrics about depression better than the relaxed folk-rock of the original. A studio recording of this version appeared on the outtake / Posthumous Collaboration album Nico, under the title "No Rain (Ripped Away Version)". When performing the song on Saturday Night Live, they combined the two versions, starting out with a minute or so of the "Ripped Away" arrangement before transitioning to the more familiar one.
  • Ministry's "Halloween (2010 Evil Version)" essentially updates their old Synth Pop single "Everyday Is Halloween" to their current Industrial Metal sound.
  • On Skinny Puppy's 1987 double album CD, Bites & Remission, "Assimilate" and "The Choke" were reworked as the "R23" and "Regrip" mixes, respectively. The stand-alone CD rerelease of Remission included revamps of "Film" and "Icebreaker", the latter of whose intro was extended into a prelude track titled "Manwhole".
    • Their 2013 album Weapon includes a new version of "Solvent", originally released on Remission.
  • Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen rerecorded "We Are The Champions" with Robbie Williams in 2001, for the soundtrack to A Knight's Tale.
  • "Not Over Yet" by Grace (a project of Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne) was rearranged by Planet Perfecto (another Oakenfold supergroup) in 1999, then more drastically as "It's Not Over" in 2006 on Oakie's A Lively Mind album.
  • Fear Factory collaborated with Gary Numan to remake his hit single "Cars" In The Style Of Industrial Metal.
  • In addition to having a straight Unplugged Version of the song, Tonic also released an "Adult Version" of "If You Could Only See": This was a lighter and softer take on the song tailored specifically for soft rock stations.
  • Nena released a completely new version of her famous 1980s hit "99 Luftballons" in 2002.
  • Older Than Radio in religious circles, as hymns have often been sung with new melodies and new arrangements for hundreds of years. That famous melody that everyone knows? Probably not the original melody the hymn was first sung with. Modern Christian artists have taken to reusing the lyrics and adding new choruses to them. For example, Chris Tomlin's Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone).
    • Many of J.S. Bach's sacred cantatas include movements based on Lutheran hymns, or chorales, of the time. The most famous is Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (BWV 80), which utilizes the melody of Martin Luther's hymn of the same name in almost all of the movements. Bach also appropriated the chorale melodies for his chorale preludes.
  • Assemblage 23's "Decades V2", released on the Meta album, is a revamped version of the original "Decades" that was released on the compilation Accession Records: Volume 3.
  • The US version of Covenant's "Edge of Dawn", from Dreams of a Cryotank, is a bit different from the original European version, with rerecorded vocals and a Vader Breath-like sample during the intro. The US edition of the album also had a remixed version of "Theremin" as a bonus track. In addition, "Voices", "Speed" and "Figurehead" were reworked for the Theremin EP.
  • Kraftwerk's The Mix is a compilation of rearrangements of their greatest hits.
  • O' Cracker Where Art Thou? had Cracker rearranging their own songs in more of a bluegrass style, in collaboration with Leftover Salmon.
  • Sound Horizon almost always plays rearranged versions of their songs on Territorial Expansion tours. How much they rearrange any given song varies. Sometimes it's simply rearranging the vocalists, other times they change they change the instrumentation or make medleys, and then there was the one time they did a duet version "Koibito wo Uchiotoshita Hi" — On an accordion.
  • Sixties mod group The Creation did a much more synthesized rendition of "Making Time" for their aborted 80's comeback album Psychedelic Rose. Unfortunately for those looking for the original version, only the eighties remake is available on itunes.
  • In the line-dance era (mid-1990s), countless Country Music songs were given "dance mixes" that mainly consisted of amping up the bass and drums, and adding an instrumental "breakdown" in the middle to draw out the song for another minute or two.
  • My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden loves electronic music, so her first two albums (Bring Me the Workhorse and A Thousand Shark's Teeth) were each followed by albums of other artists remixing the songs from those albums (Tear It Down and Shark Remixes, respectively).
  • Calexico had a dark, stripped-down folk song named "Trigger" on their album The Black Light. Later, on their album Carried to Dust, they re-recorded it as a fast instrumental, reminiscent of an orchestral Western film soundtrack, and called it "El Gatillo (Trigger Revisited)".
  • Bananarama's 2005 remixes of "Venus"(produced by Mark Almond of Soft Cell) and "Saying Something", both featured on their comeback album Drama.
  • Londonbeat remade their hit "I've Been Thinking About You" as a duet with Damae Klein of Fragma.
  • 4 Strings' "Take Me Away (Into the Night)" is a vocal rearrangement of an instrumental simply titled "Into the Night". In turn, it was reworked again in 2006. Also, Carlo Resoort reworked "Turn it Around", an older production of his originally sung by Alena, as a 4 Strings song with Vanessa on vocals.
  • Alex Megane's trance/dance hit "Hurricane" was remixed in 2009 with a new singer.
  • Humpty Vission & Rozalla - "Everybody's Free 2000"
  • The 1993 compilation No Alternative featured a live version of The Beastie Boys' "New Style" that was entirely different from the Licensed To Ill version aside from most of the lyrics - it seemed like an attempt to update the song to their current sound.
  • Groove Coverage has reworked their cover of Mike Oldfield's "Moonlight Shadow" at least twice, first as a Softer And Slower Cover in 2006, then as an electro-rap version with P.S.Y. (not to be confused with PSY of "Gangnam Style" fame) in 2012.
  • The Beach Boys did two editions of Help Me Rhonda, the first being the single release, and the second with the false fade-outs at the end.
  • Cyndi Lauper did a slower reggae-style arrangement of "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" in 1994, with a Shout-Out to "Come and Get Your Love" by Redbone ("Hey now, hey now, what's the matter...") added.
    • Her album "The Body Acoustic" consists mostly of re-worked versions of her own songs, including an acoustic version of She Bop.
  • Two of the three b-sides of Versailles's single "ROSE" are redone versions of older songs: a rerecording of "The Red Carpet Day" and the Japanese version of "Love will be born again", which turns it into a Power Ballad.
  • One of the B-sides of D's single "Snow White" ("Snow White 'Another Gift'") is a harder arrangement of the titular song, turning it from a Power Ballad to straight-up metal. They've also recorded a parody version of their Signature Song "Night-ship 'D'", called "Nyanto-shippo 'De'!?"
  • Ferry Corsten/System F produced no less than four arrangements of his hit single "Out of the Blue": the original 1999 version, the 5 AM mix, the 2002 Second Edition remix, and the 2008 Violin Edit, which incorporates an orchestral interlude, but is otherwise identical to the original. Ferry also updated two of his early singles originally produced under the alias Moonman; "Galaxia" in 2005, released on his LEF album, and "Don't Be Afraid" in 2012, on Wknd.
  • Rygar, one of several Italo-spacesynth projects fronted by Michiel van der Kuy, rerecorded his/their classic single "Star Tracks" in 2012, also replacing MVDK's vocoder vocals with synthetic female vocals. "Space Raiders" also recieved an update as "Space Raiders Part II".
  • Melvins' Electroretard was half cover songs, half new versions of their own songs - the rearrangements usually included more electronic experimentation and calmer, more intelligible vocals. The song with the most pronounced difference may be "Revolve" - the original was a fairly accessible straightforward hard rock song, whereas the Electroretard version removes the driving rhythm, replaces the distorted guitar tone with a strange phasing effect, adds some atonal high-pitched synthesizers, and omits the chorus entirely.
  • Broken Social Scene released an alternate version of "Lover's Spit" as a B-Side (as later collected on the compilation Bee Hives): It's a longer, more stripped down take on the song, but more notably Feist sings lead vocals instead of Kevin Drew.
  • Der Dritte Raum, a German techno duo, remade their classic trance track "Hale Bopp" as a jazz house tune titled "Swing Bop", featured on their 2010 album Rosa Rausch.
  • In 1997, Silverchair collaborated with Electronica / Industrial Metal artist Vitro on "Spawn", a song for the soundtrack of The Movie of the comic of the same name. A couple of years later, they re-recorded it for Neon Ballroom as "Spawn Again" - the drum machine and industrial effects Vitro added to the song were removed, putting more emphasis on the guitars, the introduction was entirely different, and the vocals became more aggressive.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach occasionally turned his concertos in a variety of different instruments into harpsichord concertos. Quite a few of these harpsichord concertos are the only existing versions of now-lost concertos for other instruments.
    • Bach also rearranged several violin concertos by Vivaldi into harpsichord concertos. Perhaps the most insane example is Bach's arrangement of Vivaldi's Concerto No. 10 in B minor for four violins, cello and strings (RV 580) into the Concerto for four harpsichords and strings (BWV 1065).
    • Bach is also famous (or infamous, depending on who you ask) for using themes from earlier works in later pieces, a technique called "parody". One very obvious example involves the third movement of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 1. Much of it was reworked into the first movement of the secular cantata Auf, schmetternde Töne der muntern Trompeten (Arise, blaring tones of high-spirited trumpets). In fact, the cantata is almost literally the Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 with lyrics!
  • Keith Urban completly re-recorded "Where the Blacktop Ends" for the single version.
  • Joe Diffie completely re-recorded "John Deere Green" for the single release, giving it a "cleaner" instrumentation and slightly different vocal track while cutting down on some of the repeated lines. Also, for the single release of "Third Rock from the Sun", the clavinet and slide guitar were removed, and the reverb was turned down on the vocal track.
  • Tim McGraw re-recorded the vocal track for the radio version of "She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart", which also had the huge wall of backing vocals toned down on the chorus.
  • Tracy Byrd re-recorded "The Keeper of the Stars" for the single version. The re-recording, which is a half-step lower than the album version, was also used in the music video.
  • Afro Celt Sound System has released several remixed versions (or just edited-for radio versions) of their songs (some remixed by other musicians, some remixed by themselves), generally as b-sides on singles. Their most dramatically changed song was possibly "Release": the original was a moody Celtic song over African percussion; Rollo & Sister Bliss remixed it into a clubby trance song, while Bi-Polar remixed it into a jazzy ska song. The remix album Pod collects ACSS's favorite of these remixes, and adds a number of completely new mixes (with new instrumental parts recorded specifically for that album). And the albums Release and Seed both conclude with an instrumental remix of a vocal track.
  • In the mid-late 2000s, it's become a bit of a trend for Country Music singers to do alternate, acoustic versions of their hits. Most of the time, they're bonus tracks on the album, or used for alternate versions of the corresponding music video. Other times, they're only available as downloads from either iTunes or the singer's website.
  • For no particular reason, Faith Hill re-recorded her 1996 single "You Can't Lose Me" exclusively for the video.
    • Much later, she rerecorded "The Way You Love Me" for pop radio with a heavier pop beat and Auto-Tuned backing vocals.
  • On his 1984 album He Thinks He's Ray Stevens, Ray Stevens re-recorded his 1962 single "Furthermore", changing from the goofy Motor Mouth inflections and muted trumpets of the 1960s to a more subdued country waltz. He also changed some of the lyrics, most notably the final verse, which was no longer identical to the first.
  • Neil Sedaka's first version of "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" is fast and upbeat. The re-released version is a Softer And Slower Cover.
  • In 2012, Blake Shelton asked Michael Buble, whose "Home" he covered in 2008, to do a Christmas-themed rewrite of "Home". Bublé obliged, and sang it with Blake on the latter's Christmas album Cheers, It's Christmas.
  • Machinae Supremacy recorded a cover of Britney Spears's "Gimme More" in their usual SiD-metal format.
  • Hank Williams, Jr. re-wrote his 1982 hit "A Country Boy Can Survive" with Y2K-themed lyrics in late 1999. He gave it to Chad Brock, who sang it with guest vocals from Williams and George Jones. Williams re-recorded it again after 9/11 with patriotic lyrics under the title "America Will Survive".
  • The radio edit of Zac Brown Band's "Chicken Fried" abridges a couple of the solos; oddly, it also has a few organ notes dubbed into the final chorus for no real reason.
  • Florida Georgia Line remixed "Cruise" for pop radio with a heavy dose of Auto-Tune and a guest verse from Nelly.
  • The Frozen Autumn re-recorded their 1995 classic "Wait For Nothing" in 2010 with Arianna(Froxeanne) on vocals.
    • Previously, in 1999, they produced a futurepop remix of "This Time", released on the Updated Re-release of Pale Awakening.
  • Mary Lambert's "She Keeps Me Warm" is basically to Macklemore's "Same Love" what Alicia Keys' ""Empire State of Mind II" is to Jay-Z's "Empire State Of Mind": A singer expanding their guest appearance on a rap song into a song of their own. Unlike that example though, the lyrical theme is changed somewhat between the versions: "Same Love" is focused on delivering a Gay Aesop, while "She Keeps Me Warm" is a love song that happens to be about a same-sex relationship.
  • Countless songs that have been hits in more than one genre are usually remixed for the other genre. For instance, many Taylor Swift songs have different mixes for country and pop, with the country mix usually being the one present on the album. Inverted with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", where the pop mix is the one present on the album, and the country mix being much harder to find.
  • Kristin Hersh's 1994 version of “Your Ghost” was mainly based around her vocals and acoustic guitar playing - the only other instrumentation on the song was cello, guest backing vocals by Michael Stipe, and very minimal percussion. In 2004, she re-recorded it with her band 50 Foot Wave, using a louder, distorted-guitar-based arrangement that brought it at least a couple notches up the Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness (from a one to around a three or four).
  • The Morning Musume album The Best! ~Updated Morning Musume~ is entirely devoted to this.note  For instance, the bubbly, upbeat "I WISH" is reworked into a mellower tune, while "Aruiteru" goes in the opposite direction (for better or for worse.)
  • Midnight Resistance reworked "Second Skin", originally released in 2008, for his 2012 second album.
  • Markus "Captain" Kaarlonen remade his 1991 MOD track "Space Debris" Laserdance-style for the 2011 platform game Rochard.
  • Steven Stapleton of Nurse with Wound has a habit of resampling and re-arranging his work so often that what sounds like the same song can get released several times over a few years.
    • "Nylon Coverin' Body Smotherin'" and "Brained by falling masonry" are nearly identical and came out within months of each other.
    • "Registered Nurse" was re-arranged and re-released as "Registered Nurse (Second Coming)." Ditto with "Automating" and "Automating (again)".
    • "A short dip in the glory hole", "Brained"'s b-side, has seen a few edits.
    • The songs from Gyllensköld, Geijerstam, and I at Rydbergs were re-arranged for inclusion on Large Ladies with Cake in the Oven.
    • A Sucked Orange and Scrag were assembled from the same master tapes. Several pieces appear in both but are blended in a different way on each one.
    • The album Thunder Perfect Mind consists of two songs. "Cold" was re-edited several times, including for a single release as "Steel Dream March of the Metal Men". The beat midway through "Colder Still" resurfaced many times, including "Two Golden Microphones" from Rock'n Roll Station and half of the album Who Can I Turn to Stereo, amongst other places. Both songs appear in snippets throughout Rat Tapes One.
    • "Salt" gained additional samples of machinery and talking to become "Salt Marie Celeste". The piece would later be blended with Echo Poeme to become "Soundpooling #3".
    • Four whole albums revolved around the concept: Angry Eelectric Finger was issued in a "Raw Mix" form alongside three re-interpretations by friends of Stapleton: Jim O'Rourke, Cyclobe and irr. app. (ext.) Surprisingly, O'Rourke and irr. app.(ext.)'s versions sounded eerily similar, despite not hearing each other's work until they were finalized. The source material itself had similarities to "Salt".
    • A few pieces were edited from their transition from vinyl to cassette to CD over the years. The cassette version of "Great Balls of Fur", for example, contained an intro sampling a Johnson's Baby Lotion ad which didn't make it to vinyl or later CD pressings of the album it was from.
  • Shania Twain was one of the first country singers to remix her songs for pop radio and international airplay, usually by stripping the fiddles and steel in favor of more electric guitar and synth. But perhaps one of the most bizarre was "From This Moment On", which was originally a duet with Bryan White and redone for pop as a solo song.
  • Lonestar did this twice:
    • The pop mix of "Amazed" adds a Truck Driver's Gear Change that is not present in the original.
    • "Tell Her" was completely re-recorded for country radio. The radio version features a full string section and a more forceful vocal, compared to the more subdued, nearly acoustic version on the album. Oddly, their Greatest Hits Album has the album version, even though it has the radio edits of several other songs.
  • Bowling for Soup has done at least five different covers of their song "Belgium", each in a different musical style.
  • Bon Jovi has released an entire album of acoustic rearrangements of songs from previous albums, entitled "This Left Seems Right".
  • The radio edit of Pam Tillis' "Maybe It Was Memphis" replaced the electric guitar solo with a steel guitar solo. It also looped the chorus into a fadeout near the end to cover up another guitar solo.
  • The Sakanaction songs "Mikazuki Sunset" and "Inner World" were originally from Dutchman, members Ichiro Yamaguchi and Motoharu Iwadera's former band. When they formed Sakanaction, they rearranged both songs and included them in the band's debut album.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • This trope is very common in professional wrestling. Christian has been using a cover of his "Just Close Your Eyes" theme by Story Of The Year, originally by Waterproof Blonde.
  • Triple H's theme song, "The Game" by Motörhead has gone through several remixes, starting off as the instrumental "Higher Brain Pattern", gaining lyrics from Chris Warren as "My Time", then finally achieving its current form after Motörhead covered it. Drowning Pool also did a cover that's rarely used.
  • The Rock's theme continually evolved from when he entered the WWF as Rocky Maivia; first becoming more bluesy as he joined The Nation, then becoming more percussion heavy and adding an electric guitar track after his Heel-Face Turn, and becoming more elaborate as he became a bigger and bigger star.
    • Basically, based off his signature line "If you smeeeellllllll .... what the Rock ... is ... cookin'!"
    • It has been reworked many times and had a one-time-only rap version by Method Man.
  • Hard to believe after almost 20 years of gradual remixing and added levels of epic but the Undertaker's theme is ultimately a version of Chopin's Funeral March.
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin's iconic in-house music was remixed with lyrics by Disturbed when he made his highly publicized return in September 2000, all up until July 2001, when he made an ill-fated heel turn and used a one-time-only slowed-down version. Afterwards he used a theme that vaguely sounded like H-Blockx's "Oh, Hell Yeah" until the end of the Invasion.
  • Kurt Angle's theme in the WWF/WWE took a slight turn around 2006 with his Heel-Face Turn. By this time, it was practically obliged for people to chant "You Suck!" during a two-note solo melody in his song. The newer version edited this portion out, so as to keep people from chanting it regardless of his Face turn.
    • Ironically, the chants were originally just his name, with the crowd singing "Angle!" along with the music, inspired by an Edge and Christian bit where they played his theme on a kazoo. It wasn't until later that it turned into "You Suck!" (also thanks to Edge) You'd think the crowd would just go back to chanting his name.
    • After the Invasion, Kurt briefly used a metal remix of his theme.
  • The Corre theme song, "End of Days" was tweaked many times in their 6 months of existence.
  • During Jacques Rougeau's run as rouge lawman The Mountie, he used the narcissist "I'm the Mountie!" (a heel marching tune) as his entrance theme. When he began teaming with Pierre Oulette as The Quebecers in 1993, the theme was reworked to "We're Not the Mounties," with Rougeau and Oulette re-recording the theme as a duet. The instrumentation was slightly re-worked, but the only changes to the lyrics were the title line and first-person pronouns (e.g., I, my) were made plural (we and our, respectively).

    Radio 
  • Radio 4's PM has a business news section called "Upshares, Downshares". Every week, it's introduced by a different arrangement of the Upstairs Downstairs theme, many of them sent in by listeners.

    Theatre 
  • Played for Drama in Gypsy, where "Let Me Entertain You," the song which Baby June sang in vaudeville, becomes Gypsy Rose Lee's song in her first burlesque debut. (The burlesque band is said to be provided with the exact same arrangements used earlier; this is obviously not actually true.)
  • Also used within the show of Dreamgirls to represent two songs being Covered Up: Jimmy and the Dreamettes' exuberant version of "Cadillac Car" is replaced by a practically easy-listening version by Dave and the Sweethearts, while Effie's soulful "One Night Only" vies with Deena and the Dreams' disco version.
  • Cirque du Soleil's concert tour Delirium merged this with Rewritten Pop Version for a set list of songs derived from most of the shows from Saltimbanco through Varekai.
  • In addition to the many cut songs, the songs of Vanities: A New Musical were often rearranged, shortened, extended, or had their lyrics changed slightly between productions, e.g. the middle verse of "I Can't Imagine" and the first verse of "An Organized Life 1968" were cut; "Let Life Happen" was rearranged when it was moved to where "We're Gonna Be Ok (Feelin' Sunny)" used to be; "In The Same Place" became "The Same Old Music"; "Counterpoint", a repetitive short reprise of "I Can't Imagine", was turned into a longer Dark Reprise titled "The Argument"; "Friendship Isn't What It Used to Be", originally a solo by Kathy, was rewritten as a trio, and its bridge completely reworked; and "Looking Good" had its final chorus extended and a short reprise of "Setting Your Sights" added as an outtro.
    • This was also done in-show with the scene intro song("Hey There, Beautiful", "Setting Your Sights", or "Mystery", depending on the production) as well as "An Organized Life" (and "Nothing Like A Friend" in the original Theatreworks run), for each scene.
  • The 2011 stage adaptation of Aladdin uses the full original lyrics of "Arabian Nights", and also restores the previously unused reprises of that song.
  • The songs in Jersey Boys are subtly rearranged from the original versions by Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons. Most of the songs are slightly faster, with a different instrument mix and a verse cut out so they can all fit in a two-hour musical.

    Video Games 
  • Katamari Damacy and We Love Katamari have the same tune rearranged several times.
  • Rocket Knight Adventures reuses quite a few of its tunes in this fashion.
  • Command and Conquer: Red Alert 's constant changing of the classic "Hell March" theme.
  • Both of Halo's sequels rearranged the characteristic theme in several ways.
  • Time Crisis 3 uses a very different theme tune than the other installments, although you can still hear vestiges of the original, and on top of that, it features an epic rearrangement of Wild Dog's theme. In turn TC 3's theme was rearranged for the fourth game.
  • Most of Raiden IV's sound track consists of remixes of songs from Raiden II, as well as rearranging the Raiden I boss theme.
  • Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain used an undoubtedly epic orchestral arrangement of the series theme. That version was in turn rearranged for Dark Mirror. Logan's Shadow had a different main theme, but still featured a slow neoclassical-style arrangement of the original theme.
  • Most of the music from Resident Evil was rearranged for the GameCube remake; and consequently became much creepier. Compare the mansion second floor theme from the original and the remake.
  • The Final Fantasy franchise has been known to recycle some of its themes. Notably, several different versions of the Chocobo theme have appeared in several games.
  • "Simple And Clean" appears as a J-Pop remix in the opening titles of Kingdom Hearts, but the menu trailer features a full-orchestra arrangement. A slower pop version also plays at the end of the game. Kingdom Hearts II does the same thing with "Sanctuary". Different games in the series also feature different versions of "Dearly Beloved".
  • While each new game in the main series of Pokémon adds many new tracks to the Pokémon music library, there are some tracks that have remained constant throughout the series, being rearranged time and time again. They are the Pokémon main title/opening theme, the Pokémon Gym Interior theme, the Pokémon Center theme, and the Pokémon Evolution theme.
  • "Moon Over the Castle" from Gran Turismo has been the main theme of the series since its inception (well, in Japan at least) and each incarnation in the main series has featured a new arrangement of it for the opening movie.
    • Subverted with the spinoff and preview games. Most don't feature the song at all, or in the case of Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, actually have a new arrangement of the song playing over the ending credits.
    • Super Mario Bros. uses this frequently, both in its rearrangements of the overworld and underworld themes from the first game for subsequent games, and (especially in Super Mario World) also within a game.
  • Rainbow Six: Lockdown switched to a rock version of the series theme. In fact, every installment reworked the main theme in some way.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog games since Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) have used an orchestral rearrangement of the game's theme song (or, in that first case, Sonic's Image Song) for the final boss fight; Unleashed uses an orchestral version of "Endless Possibility" and Colors has an orchestral version of "Reach for the Stars". Generations lacks this, as its soundtrack is comprised almost entirely of remixes of songs from older games, and as such it doesn't have a proper theme song.
    • Several pieces of music have been reused and rearranged many times, most notably the drowning music and the results music. Drowning music has been used since the first game but it's always rearranged. The results music has been generally the same since Sonic 3 And Knuckles but again, it's been rearranged
    • Starting with Sonic the Hedgehog 3, the multiple Acts for each stage will often be rearrangements of the first Act's music.
  • The first Metroid Prime used a rearrangement of the series' traditional title screen music that added a new part to the melody. The second one took that part and made it the main melody, with the traditional melody still appearing, but only later in the song.
  • For its Anniversary Enhanced Remake, Halo: Combat Evolved had its soundtrack re-recorded and remastered by Pyramind Studios, as well as having its orchestral pieces conducted by the Skywalker Symphony Orchestra.
  • The arpegio from the menus in Touhou 8: Imperishable Night has been included in many later songs.
  • The Battletoads arcade game has a screen counting up all the enemies defeated in a level, aptly titled the "Korpse Kount". The music for this screen is a subtle remix of the NES game's first level theme.
  • The Extra Mode in the home version of RayStorm has an optional "Neu Tanz Mix" rearrangement of the soundtrack. Some of the remixes, such as "Geometric City", are radically different from the originals.
  • Many examples in the Angry Birds series:
    • Many of the "Seasons" levels have rearrangements of the main theme appropriate to the season.
    • "Rio" uses a samba arrangement of the main theme.
    • "Space" uses a bombastic orchestral arrangement of the theme in the style of John Williams.
  • Double Dragon Neon's soundtrack includes rearrangements of, in addition to the series' iconic title theme, the Mission Bumper, City Slum, Industrial Area, Cave 2, and Palace themes from Double Dragon 1; and the Mission 1, Stage Clear, and Intermission themes from Double Dragon II.

    Web Original 
  • Atop the Fourth Wall introduced its theme song on the Secret Defenders #10 episode (June 16, 2009). Starting with the Maximum Clonage episode (October 26), it took on its current arrangement, with fuller orchestration, a stronger vocal track, and overall better production.

    Western Animation 
  • Ben 10: Alien Force is a mostly new song, but threaded through it, arranged Action Movie style is an instrumental arrangement of the first two sung lines from the original, bubblegum pop-style Ben 10 theme song.
  • American Dragon Jake Long got a new version of the Theme Tune to go with the Art Shift in Season 2. The original version was sort of light and mystical-sounding. The Season 2 rearrangement was full of crunchy guitar and was definitely made to sound more like rock.
  • The Simpsons theme has been rearranged countless times in the series, to the point where it is almost a Running Gag.
    • But that's mostly during the closing credits, within the body of an episode, or on special episodes. There have only been three versions of the main opening theme: the original Danny Elfman arrangement, another Elfman arrangement for season 2, and the Alf Clausen arrangement from season 3 onward.
      • Lisa's sax solo does change from week to week, however, and the couch gag often features different music.
    • Green Day perform their own version for The Movie.
      • Their cover has a vocal, which appears on the teleprompter as "DAH DAH DAH DAH DAH DAH DAH..."
  • There have been four versions of the South Park theme.
  • Transformers always keep the same theme tune and re-arrange it, generally depending on which musical style is popular with children - compare the hair metal-style theme from The Transformers: The Movie to the rap-inspired theme from Transformers Cybertron.
  • Kim Possible rearranged the theme into a parody of James Bond themes for The Movie.
  • The 2008 CGI version of Speed Racer uses the same lyrics as the theme song for the original Anime's English translation, but uses an entirely different tune.
  • Noddy In Toyland uses a remixed version of the theme to Chorion's earlier Noddy production Make Way For Noddy.
  • The final episode of Drawn Together featured many of the show's songs being performed in radically different styles from their previous versions. (For instance, the Disney-esque ballad "Black Chick's Tongue" was performed in a hard rock style, while the Ling-Ling battle theme was transformed into a sultry jazz number.) The show was also prone to rearranging its theme song to suit the needs of certain episodes; for instance, a Tejano-style version of the theme was used for an episode which took place in Mexico.
  • The theme of Batman: The Animated Series got a few special remixes in Batman Beyond, at various times performed by a full orchestra, howling electric guitars; these tended to happen at significant moments, like the times Bruce actually got involved.
  • Extreme Ghostbusters turns the franchise's famous theme song into a sinister Alternative Rock number.
  • In the first season of The Raccoons, the ending theme "Run With Us" was sung by Steve Lunt and was a Single Stanza Song, but in all subsequent seasons, it was performed by Lisa Lougheed (Lisa Raccoon) with additional lyrics.
  • In the Discworld novel Soul Music, Buddy follows up playing his beautiful, haunting harp masterwork "Sioni Bod Da" by grabbing his guitar and playing a Music With Rocks version of the same piece. The Animated Adaptation's "The Messenger" captures this beautifully.
  • Virtually all of the music in Inspector Gadget is the theme song rescored to match the musical style of the part of the world that episode takes place in.
  • For a scene in Justice League Unlimited where Batman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman (along with more era-appropriate heroes like Jonah Hex are riding through the Wild West on horses on their way to the lair of the episode's Big Bad, a Western-ised version of the theme music from the original Justice League plays.
  • Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! had its theme redone in season two to a more bubblegum pop arrangement.
  • When Alvin and the Chipmunks switched from Ruby-Spears to Murakami-Wolf-Swenson in its sixth season (later to DiC that same year), a re-mixed version of the theme song was used for the main titles (a completely new instrumental theme was used for the end titles).
  • The two Teen Titans spin-offs each have a theme based on the original.
    • Even in the original series, They had two versions of the Theme song. The English version for "Serious" episodes, and the Japanese version for "Silly" Episodes.
  • A slightly different version of the Daria theme song "You're Standing On My Neck" played in the first four episodes (And a few season one episodes after that) of the series, though it was still performed by Splendora, who performed the standard version of the theme, and was almost the same as the standard version instrumental-wise. It's possible that this "first version" was a demo.
  • For the second season onward, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers featured a brand new opening with several new clips that also replaced its synth tune theme song with a brand new pop version (based off the full-length edition of the theme recorded by the Jets). Interestingly enough, some later episodes would still use the original opening but with the new remixed song. And just to make things more confusing, some VHS tapes from the early 90's also featured the the show's second opening but with the original mix of the song. The original mix was also featured on some read-along cassette tapes, and it can still be seen in most of the first season episodes on the first volume of the show's DVD release.
  • A lot of people don't know this, but the opening to Darkwing Duck is a rearranged version! Before the show premiered in syndication in the fall of 1991, the Disney Channel aired it on weekend mornings over the preceding spring and summer. The opening for those airings, as seen here featured a heavy guitar riff, no sax in the background, and some completely different singers. Unlike the case for Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers, the original arrangement, has never been used again in any reruns, home media or any other material, suggesting the original masters of it may have been Lost Forever.


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