Top 5 Favorite Remixes

By Tyler Clark

Everyone has that favorite song listened to on repeat for days, months, and if it’s really good, years. Nevertheless, the song eventually becomes old no matter how it perfectly constructed it seems.  Luckily, there are tons of DJs and producers who have made a name for themselves remixing songs, rejuvenating tired, overplayed, and overexposed songs. These are my top 5 all-time favorite remixes.

5. Christina Aguilera – Your Body (Martin Garrix Remix)

     It seems Christina can’t put together a decent album, but she has amazing singles. “Your Body” was the only moderately successful track from the low-selling album Lotus. Though the song peaked only at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the music video was very cheesy, it’s Christina’s strongest single to date. “Your Body” remix done by up-and-comer Martin Garrix, a 17-year-old DJ from Amsterdam, makes it a solid club track. This was Garrix’s first remix and was featured on the deluxe edition of Lotus. The remix adds a new intro, rearranges the lyrics, and has beautiful drop in the chorus. Martin Garrix is currently signed with Justin Bieber’s manager and has US Top 40 hit with his track “Animals.”

4. Demi Lovato – “Neon Lights (Cole Plante with Myon and Shane 54 Remix)”

     Demi’s “Neon Lights” is my favorite song she has thus far. The song started out as a Ryan Tedder demo, but Demi worked with Tedder to make the song her own and re-wrote the lyrics. Tedder stayed on board to produce the song for her fourth album, Demi.

While it did not chart as well as previous singles or fit with well other tracks on the album, it’s nice to see Demi take risks and pursue genres that aren’t her cup of tea.This remix was done by label mate DJ Cole Plante and producer duo Myon & Shane 54. The remix starts out with a crisp intro leading to an epic drop, then the production pulls back to almost no music to let Demi’s insane vocals shine through. Cole Plante is currently touring with Lovato on her Neon Lights Tour.

3. Madonna – “Girl Gone Wild (Madonna vs. Avicii – Avicii’s UMF Mix)”

     What do you get when you put together a pop legend and one of the biggest names in EDM? A smash remix. Avicii’s remix of “Girl Gone Wild” accentuates the song in a way that makes it much better than the bland original track. The remix was even used as Avicii’s line up at 2012’s Ultra Music Festival where Madonna joined him onstage. Avicii has since gone on to win a grammy for “Levels” and released a Top 10 album last year. According to his Instagram feed, he and Madonna are currently working in collaboration.

2. Selena Gomez – Come & Get It (Jump Smokers Extended Remix)

     Whether or not you are a fan of Selena Gomez, chances are “Come & Get It” was stuck in your head for the majority of 2013. “Come & Get It” is a perfect pop song with lyrics filled with innuendos and the tribal beats are innovative, creating a pop sound that is not cliché–a perfect recipe for a Disney girl trying to make it as an adult pop star. Just when I thought this song couldn’t get any better, Jump Smokers’s remix was released. The remix is by far the best truly transforms the song from tribal pop to an urban, hand-clapping party jam.

1. Beyoncé – Partition (Dave Audé Radio Remix)

     Why would anyone remix the most powerful song on the strongest album of 2013 by one of the biggest best-selling artists of all time? Dave Audé apparently thought he was fit for the job and he did not disappoint. He transformed Queen Bey’s most aggressive and sexual single into a trappy delight. While the bass and the beat of the original song were already intense, Audé found a way to make them go harder. This is truly, a remix masterpiece.