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The 50 best remixes ever

  • 50 - Bjork, ‘Human Behaviour’ (Underworld Remix) [1993] They basically morph this 12-minute revamp into an entirely different animal, leaving nothing intact but her vocals. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 49 - Midlake, ‘Roscoe’ (Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Remix) [2008] Erol Alkan’s psych persona delivers a relaxing take on the beardy classic. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 48 - Scott Grooves, ‘Mothership Connection’ (Daft Punk Remix) [1998] Because the French duo never do a half-assed remix. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 47 - The Fugees, ‘Ready Or Not’ (Aphrodite Remix) The D'n'B DJ takes a Lauryn Hill classic and makes it utterly his own. Kept the Enya too - nice. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 46 - Yeah Yeah Yeahs, ‘Cheated Hearts’ (Peaches Remix) [2006] Basic and simple yet deadly effective. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 45 - MGMT, ‘Electric Feel’ (Justice Remix) [2008] The original triggered worldwide love for the hipster duo, and the remix earned Justice a Grammy for Best Remixed Recording (Non-Classical) in 2009. Listen to it here

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    Added: 09 Jul 2009

  • 44 - The Prodigy, ‘Voodoo People’ (Chemical Brothers Remix) [1994] Two old school dance legends go head to head on a track so mid-nineties it should come dressed in Hypercolour. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 43 - Metric, ‘Monster Hospital’ (MSTRKRFT Remix) [2006] From Kylie to The Kills, Bloc Party to Wolfmother, Canadian duo MSTRKRFT have made some amazing tracks, but their take on Metric tops the lot. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 42 - Miike Snow, ‘Animal’ (Fake Blood Remix) [2009] Producers turned songwriters Miike Snow see their pop track go back to the source as Fake Blood works his magic. See also FB's take on Little Boots, Hot Chip and Noah & The Whale. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 41 - Roberta Flack, ‘Uh-Uh Ooh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes)’ (Hurley’s House Mix) [1988] Chicago House legend Steve Hurley pioneers the 'take the vocal, ditch the rest, make your own track' approach to remixing back in the House heyday. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 40 - Nine Inch Nails, ‘Closer (Precursor)’ (Coil/Danny Hyde Remix) [1994] Two different aspects of industrial music collide in an epic meeting of minds which shot to fame through horror film Se7en. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 39 - Method Man, ‘Release Yo’ Delf’ (The Prodigy Remix) [2010] The gruff raps are distinctly Method, and the sirens and beats unmistakably Prodigy. Could sit on either of their albums - a perfect splice. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 38 - Gorillaz, ‘DARE’ (DFA remix) [2007] A scuzzy, bouncy, cowbell-fuelled treat. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 37 - Rapture, ‘Sister Saviour’ (DFA Remix) [2003] Retaining only Luke Jenner's vocal and filling the void with Simian Mobile Disco-esque synths and a beat that practically frogmarches you to the dancefloor, DFA pull off another classic. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 36 - Bloc Party, ‘Where Is Home’ (Burial Remix) [2007] Dubstep pioneer Burial adds a menacing moodiness to the Bloc Party classic - perfect for late, late, late night listening. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 35 - Le Tigre, ‘Deceptacon’ (DFA Remix) [2006] Le Tigre's indie disco classic gets a Daft Punky rework to awesome effect. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 34 - Missy Elliot, ‘Get Your Freak On’ (Jacknife Lee Remix) [2001] Because sometimes it’s nice to add guitars in a remix, rather than take them out. Listen to it here

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    Added: 06 Aug 2010

  • 33 - Curses!, ‘The Deep End’ (Holy Ghost Remix) [2010]. Drop The Lime’s short-lived guise as Curses! yielded a top notch track made better by the DFA stalwarts. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 32 - The Gossip, ‘Standing In The Way Of Control’ (Soulwax) [2007] It’d be a crime not to have this in, really. The original never sounded the same afterwards Listen to it here

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    Added: 18 Jun 2009

  • 31 - Kylie Minogue, ‘Slow’ (The Chemical Brothers Remix) [2007] One of those tunes that make you nod your head and just say “yeah” when the beat kicks in. Listen to it here

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    Added: 23 Jul 2010

  • 30 - Nu Yorican Soul, ‘I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun’ (4 Hero Remix) [1997]. Chillout, but better than that sounds, featuring Jocelyn Brown’s inimitable vocals and some blissful balaeric pianos. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 29 - Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, ‘Bellbottoms’ (Unkle’s Old Rascal Remix) [2008] The most hip hop he’s ever sounded. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 28 - The Prodigy, ‘Voodoo People’ (Pendulum Remix) [2009] They might make unlistenable d’n’b nonsense in their day job, but they know their way around a mix. Listen to it here

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    Added: 14 Jul 2009

  • 27 - Friendly Fires, ‘Paris’ (Aeroplane Remix feat. Au Revoir Simone) [2009] Why stick to one band when making a remix when you can throw two together. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 26 - Goldie, 'Inner City Life (Roni Size & DJ Krust Remix)' [1994] Three D'n'B hevyweights come together for five minutes of bliss. Hear it here.

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    Added: 18 May 2011

  • 25 - Eric B & Rakim, ‘Paid In Full’ (Seven Minutes Of Madness The Coldcut Mix) [1987] “This is a journey into sound”, the hip hop mash-up begin, and it certainly helped launch the Ninja Tune duo’s career in the mid 80s. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 24 - James White And The Blacks, ‘Contort Yourself’ (August Darnell Remix) [2008] Turning the dance side of the post punk classic up a notch. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 23 - Primal Scream, ‘Loaded’ (Terry Farley Remix) [1990] Taking on a stone cold classic - a bold move. Farley, a Weatherall associate, pulls it off though. Blissful. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 22 - Super Furry Animals, ‘Man Don’t Give A Fuck’ (Howard Marks Remix) [1996] The classic SFA set closer gets a six minute workout to mesmerising effect. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 21 - Blur, ‘Movin’ On’ (William Orbit Remix) [1997] Only a vague snippet of chorus remains in the legendary producer’s dark edit. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 20 - 808 State, ‘Flow Coma’ (AFX Remix) [2001] A barmy headfuck from the intro onwards, this AFX (aka Aphex Twin) take on the techno legends’ suitably titled track is a masterpiece. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 19 - Salem, ‘ASIA’ (Jokers Of The Scene Remix) [2010] Nine minutes of crushingly epic doomstep power. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 18 - Death From Above 1979, ‘Romantic Rights’ (Erol Alkan's Love From Below Re-Edit) [2004] Most remixes of DFA 1979 are worth a listen, as is most of Erol's output. However, this track (intro aside) is the pinnacle of both catalogues. Thunderous, frantic and utterly addictive. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 17 - Klaxons, ‘Atlantis To Interzone’ (Crystal Castles Remix) [2007] A mid-noughties rave classic. Listen to it here

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    Added: 02 Feb 2011

  • 16 - Mos Def, ‘Umi Says’ (Zero 7 Remix) [2007] They weren’t just a coffee table ambient band you know. Conversely, Joker’s mix of Zero 7’s ‘Everything Up (Zizou) is also worth a spin. Listen to it here

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    Added: 24 Jun 2010

  • 15 - Soulwax, ‘E Talking’ (Tiga’s Disco Drama Remix) [2005] If you were into taking pills and clubbing in the mid-noughties, this was the set text. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 14 - Florence And The Machine, ‘Drumming Song’ (Boy 8-Bit Remix) [2009] Still criminally underrated, Boy 8-Bit remains a niche remixer, but this slow-build rework of the top Florence track is astonishingly good. Listen to it here

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    Added: 06 Oct 2009

  • 13 - MIA, ‘Paper Planes’ (DFA Remix) [2008] Taken from the 'Homeland Security Remixes EP', it's the best of the impressive crop of reworks. There you can also find remixes of the track from Scottie B, Afrikan Boy & Rye Rye, Diplo, Scottie B and DJ Eli. Listen to it here

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    Added: 22 Dec 2010

  • 12 - Grace Jones, ‘Williams’ Blood’ (Aeroplane Remix) [2008] Belgian duo Aeroplane are renowned for their blissed out balearic disco mixes, but their extended Grace Jones monster is perhaps their very best. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 11 - Happy Mondays, 'Hallelujah (Club Mix)' [1989] Paul Oakenfold and Andrew Weatherall do the honours on this late 80s classic. Hear it now.

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    Added: 22 Jul 2011

  • 10 - Paul Weller, ‘Wild Wood’ (Portishead Remix) [2007] On which Portishead respectfully keep the vocals and acoustic intact, but smear their trademark trip hop skank all over it. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 9 - Klaxons, ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’ (Soulwax Remix) [2006] If you heard this one at a rave, your head might just explode. Edit Caption

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    Added: 08 Jul 2011

  • 8 - Gucci Mane, ‘Bird Flu’ (Salem Remix) [2009] A perfect combo of rap and witch house that proves music can still innovate when it wants to. Listen to it here

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    Added: 12 Oct 2010

  • 7 - Donna Summer, ‘I Feel Love’ (The Patrick Cowley Megamix) [1978] How to make one of the greateast disco - nay, overall - tracks ever better? Stretch it to 15 minutes of course. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 6 - Justice vs Simian, ‘We Are Your Friends' [2006] In 2006, you couldn't stop by a student union without hearing this track under hundreds of drunk students chanting along. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 5 - La Roux, ‘In For The Kill’ (Skream Remix) [2009] On which a South London dubstep chancer takes a bog standard electro track and creates a monster, elevating his favourite genre to mainstream status in the meantime. Listen to it here

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    Added: 05 Jan 2011

  • 4 - Florence & The Machine, ‘You’ve Got The Love’ (The xx Remix) [2007] One of the more thoughtful yet powerful mixes in our list. The xx break it down to the bare bones. Download it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 3 - Tori Amos, 'Professional Widow' (Armand's Star Trunk Funkin' Mix) [1996] Armand van Helden's remix of the Tori Amos classic (which is rumoured to be about Courtney Love) became way bigger than the original itself. Repetitive, but in a good way. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 2 - Cornershop, ‘Brimful Of Asha’ (Fatboy Slim/Norman Cook Remix) [1998] Does what the truly great remixes do - render you unable to enjoy the original. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jul 2011

  • 1 - My Bloody Valentine, ‘Soon’ (The Andrew Weatherall Mix) [1990] My Bloody Valentine always sounded epic, but they never sounded this fun. One of Weatherall's best, of many. Listen to it here

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    Added: 21 Jan 2009