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Eclipsed by the Remix

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A form of Older Than They Think where the original version of a song is lesser known than the remix or revised version. Unlike Covered Up, the original artist themselves is outshining the previous version of their song. This often occurs when a song gets a more danceable Speedy Techno Remake. On the internet, it's not uncommon to see Nightcore videos with more views than the original song's videos.


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.

  • The most popular version of Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation" is a remix by Junkie XL, released in 2002 (25 years after the King died). This remix was a #1 hit in much of Europe.
  • DJ Taucher's remix of Ayla's self-titled song was radically different and far more popular than the original 1995 mixes, therefore nearly all subsequent remixes, including frontman DJ Tandu's own 1999 remix, were based on Taucher's arrangement.
  • Russian rapper and producer Breezy Montana recruited LSP, a hip hop act from Belarus, to feature on his track "Bezumie" (Madness). LSP, who only got to sing the hook of the original, wanted to add a verse of his own, but Breezy objected since he felt that would drag on the song for a bit too long. LSP settled on recording a remix (with a guest verse from Oxxxymiron). The remix was released a month after the original dropped (which took some time). LSP and Oxxxymiron's version of the track ended up absolutely eclipsing the original, becoming one of LSP's signature songs. In fact, after the relationship between LSP and Oxxxymiron went south (a long story in its own right), LSP recorded a solo version of the remix, with a new second verse.
  • 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 1997 version of Pigeonhed's "Battle Flag" never charted, but once the British group Lo-Fidelity All Stars completely revamped it the following year, it became a massive hit on American alternative rock radio and reached #6 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.
  • Public Enemy's original 1987 release of "Bring the Noise" was a sleeper hit at best and has since faded into obscurity. The best known version is the 1991 rap metal remake with Anthrax.
  • For most audiences, the definitive version of Energy 52's trance hit "Cafe del Mar" is the 1998 "Three 'n' One" mix, which eclipsed the original from 1993.
  • The original version of "Caramelldansen" is actually a midtempo Eurodance song. The version 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 the two versions that became hits were remixed from the original. The 1985 single added a horn section, while the 1990 version was fully remixed with an Alternative Dance beat for their Mixed Up album. The former is the best known version in America, while you're more likely to hear the latter on British radio. The original album cut is barely heard in comparison.
  • The more upbeat, Single mix of "Cooler Than Me" by Mike Posner is more popular than the original. Still, the original was the version that was converted into Similish for The Sims 3.
  • New Order's "Confusion" isn't too much known, if compared to its remix by Pump Panel, as it appears in the soundtrack of the movie Blade. Note that both versions of the song lacks similarities, except the lyrics, that were vocoded in the remix.
  • 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 Crookers remix of Kid Cudi's "Day 'n Nite" is more popular and better known than the original, becoming an international dance hit and being featured on numerous video game soundtracks such as Midnight Club: Los Angeles, NBA Live '09, and Watch_Dogs.
  • "Despacito" was originally by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. The most popular version is a remix with Justin Bieber that features some lyrics in English. The remix is the version that's usually played on non-Spanish language radio stations.
  • 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.
  • Azzido Da Bass's "Dooms Night" was eclipsed twice, first by the Timo Maas remix, then by the Stanton Warriors "Revisited" mix.
  • Rob Zombie's "Dragula" is one of his most popular songs in his solo career, but the Hot Rod Herman 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.
  • Solarstone's remix of Moonman's "Galaxia" was the most popular version, and became the basis for Ferry Corsten's own remake on his 2005 LEF album.
  • 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.
  • Jennifer Lopez's first version of her 2001 single "I'm Real" is a upbeat pop song that was initially popular, but it was then remixed into a slower R&B ballad featuring Ja Rule and its own popularity exploded with it having many times more views on YouTube and being seen as the real version of the song.
  • The Hani Num remix of Deborah Cox's "I Never Knew" overshadowed the original album version.
  • 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.
  • Whitney Houston's original version of "It's Not Right But It's Okay" from her 1998 album My Love is Your Love is a well-known song, but the Thunderpuss remix released shortly after soon overtook the radio stations and was more requested of the two singles (to the point that it eventually wound up on her next Greatest Hits album).
  • 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.
  • The popular version of Faithless's "Insomnia" is actually the "Monster Mix", which had its lyrics almost completely rewritten due to the original's referencing weed (marijuana) use.
  • The 2000 breakbeat remix of Sonique's "It Feels So Good" was the hit version, while few people remember the original 1998 trance mix.
  • Crush's lone hit "Jellyhead" was originally a dance-rock tune remniscent of fellow British group Republica. The better known version, included on their self-titled album, is the Motiv-8 remix.
  • Loreena Mc Kennit's "The Mummers' Dance", if only because the version in the music video is the remix by DNA.
  • Freddie Mercury released the single "Living On My Own" from his first solo album Mr. Badguy, which only peaked at #50 on the UK charts. Two years after his death, a remix by No More Brothers climbed straight to #1 in the UK and did similarly well in other markets. In addition, an earlier remix by Julian Raymond was included on Queen's Greatest Hits III instead of the original.

  • The Art of Trance's original version of "Madagascar/Madagasca/Madagasga" was overshadowed by the almost completely different Cygnus X mix, which in turn was the basis for the even more popular Ferry Corsten remix.
  • 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] Wake.), and then it was remixed and put into Undertale (specifically, it's Sans' boss battle music). The Undertale version is the most well known.
  • BTS' "Mic Drop" was eclipsed by the Steve Aoki remix, mostly due to the fact that the music video uses the remix and not the original song.
  • Todd Terry's deep house remix of Everything But The Girl's "Missing" outshone the Sophisti-Pop original to the point that the band underwent a total Genre Shift to the remix's style.
  • The DotEXE Dubstep remix of "Monster" by Meg and Dia is much more well-known than the original.
  • The Sinister Strings mix of Brainbug's "Nightmare", with its characteristic Jaws-esque strings ostinato and creepy pizzicato synth hook, completely eclipsed the original melodic trance version.
  • 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.
  • Lil Nas X's remix of "Old Town Road" featuring Billy Ray Cyrus is more well-known than the base song. It's the version used in the music video.
  • Bad Boy remix of 112's "Only You" is more popular than the original.
  • The most known version of Nightcrawlers' "Push the Feeling On" isn't the original version, but "The Dub of Doom", mixed by Mark Kinchen, while the true original version is this, released in 1992. Wait... Is that the same song? Yes. Note the lyrics sampled in 1:14 and 1:29.

  • Several remixes of "Run Rabbit Run" by Massive are more popular than the original.
  • As with the aforementioned "Insomnia", the trance remix of Faithless's "Salva Mea" is far better known than the original trip-hop version.
  • Real Life's 1989 remix of "Send Me An Angel" out-performed the original 1983 version.
  • 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. Even UK listeners are far more likely to be familiar with the Kevorkian remix as although the original can be found on CD, both Upstairs At Eric's and their most popular "Best Of" collection Only You contain the remix.
  • 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.
  • Rock group Terrorvision's biggest hit was a dance remix of "Tequila" (an original song, not a Champs cover). It was something of a Black Sheep Hit for them.
  • Age of Love's 1990 single "The Age of Love", reognized as one of the first genuine trance songs, is better known from the 1992 Jam & Spoon "Watch Out For Stella" mix, which added the iconic synth climax not present in the original.
  • The original mix of Tiesto's "Theme from Norefjell" was apparently lost and never released to the public. The definitive version is the "Magikal Remake" mix. Ironically, the 2004 remix, featured on the Olympic Games live mix album Parade of the Athletes as "Coming Home", was based on the DJ Jan & Christophe Chantzis mix, which has a completely different melody than the other versions.
  • "Toca's Miracle", a mashup of Fragma's trance instrumental "Toca Me" with the vocals of Coco Star's UK garage single "I Need a Miracle", was far more popular than either of its predecessors.
  • 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?"), Night of Nights (a remix of Sakuya's theme "Flowering Night"), and Bad Apple!! feat. nomico (a remix of the stage 3 theme "Bad Apple!!" from Lotus Land Story) , perhaps the Signature Song of the entire Touhou remix community (especially in Rhythm Games; it's hard to find a current arcade rhythm game that doesn't have it).

  • Although Vera Lynn's 1939 recording of "We'll Meet Again", backed by a solo electric organ, was hugely successful at the time, it has since been eclipsed by the orchestral remake produced for the 1942 film of the same name.
  • The more familiar version of the Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls" featured on their Please album is slower and has somewhat different lyrics than the original single version.
  • The 1999 remix of "You Gotta Be" by Des'ree quickly rose to the charts and has been given more airwaves compared to its original version.

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