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7 Awesome Mash-ups

  • By AndyVale
  • 20 March 2013

A mash-up is two (or more) songs that have been mashed together.

This won't apply to all of you, but let's get this out of the way first. It's not sacrilege. It's not disrespecting the original artist. If you spout that guff then rid it from your head now because I can tell it's making you miserable and intolerably boring.

It's just making something new out of 2 (or more) things that already existed. Sometimes it works well, others it doesn't.

Firstly, some rules for this list:

- NO cover mash-ups. We've all seen the four-chord video, we know how relatively easy it is to put songs together with an acoustic guitar or a keyboard. I'm looking at ones where the originals are used.
- NO mash-ups featuring two songs from the same artist
- I'll try avoid mash-ups featuring two artists from similar genres. This is mostly to keep it interesting.
- NO Big DJ mixes. I mean ones where there's loads of songs all together in a mix. IMHO a mash-up is putting all/most of the songs together at once.
- I'll try avoid ones that were officially released by the artist, eg. Numb/Encore, Walk This way.
- It must contain both the music and vocals (where present) of all featured tracks.

Have a favourite mash-up? Tell us in the comments box below.

I have looked through hours of shocking material to pick these out. There are many very very bad mash-ups out there, it's almost an argument against technology. It's more than just putting the vocals of one song over the music of another

These aren't really in any order. Actually, yes they are. No they aren't, not that it makes a difference. Listen to them and find something you enjoy:

Justin Bieber vs Slipknot - Psychosocial Baby

We've got a bit of flack on here for covering Justin Bieber too much lately (perhaps people should stop clicking on those stories and start clicking on the reviews or new music ones instead?) But this mash-up has been in my head for months. The incongruity of the duo means that something pairing them would be inevitable.

Unlike most mash-ups, I honestly think that this one is better than both originals. For me, 'Psychosocial' wasn't Slipknot's strongest number and the less I say about 'Baby' the better. But those sweet Pop keys give a desperate emotion to Corey Taylor's savage roar.

"And now my heart is breaking,
but I just keep on saying...

Led Zeppelin vs The Beatles - Whole Lotta Helter Skelter

I've ignored my "no 2 artists of similar genres" rule here. Mainly because in chatting to people, those who won't give mash-ups (or anything new) a fair chance almost always bang on about the sanctity of bands like Zeppelin and The Beatles. So if you're one of them, here's your gateway drug.

Two titans of Rock clash together and create a beast that could've been a defining hit of any era. This one works so well that if you were an alien you'd be shocked to find they were actually two different songs. I'm sure some music theory buff could tell me why this is the case, something to do with chords and time signatures I'm guessing. But how it works doesn't matter, the fact that it does is what's important. Shiver for me now.

Nirvana vs Destiny's Child - Smells Like Bootylicious

I swear this was on Kerrang all the time about 10 years ago. It seemed like the most insane thing to those of us in school that you could put a POP song with a ROCK song. Those were boundaries you just didn't cross. Begrudgingly liking this felt like sleeping with the enemy when I was 14, but that didn't stop me repeatedly going back for more.

The KLF vs Eminem - Mashes of Mu Mu

Did this get taken downat some point? How on Earth does this only have 59 views? The most controversial rap and dance outfits of all time mashed together into something that sounds ever so... Lion King. It has a Mega-Drive vibe to it. This was how Eminem would sound if he had teamed up with Will Smith in the early 90s instead of Dr.Dre in the late 90s.

Pink Floyd vs The Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive In The Wall

The Disco meets Roger Waters' rampant internal paranoias.

Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg vs Grease - You're The One That I Want In The Next Episode

I'm including this for one primary reason. It isn't the fact that it's a very fun and upbeat track. It isn't the fact that I love the idea of Dr. Dre and Snoop being 1950s Doo-Wop Shoop-Shoop backing chorus singers. It isn't even because it shows just how Snoops flow would work with ANYTHING that matches his beat. It's this:

You better shape up.
'Cause I need a man.


Iron Maiden vs Bob Marley - Exodus Revelations

It's Iron Maiden and it's Bob Marley put together in a manner that is well observed and respectful to both. This shouldn't need me to write any more. But I want to point out what really sold me on this one was how the inclusion of Maiden's lyrics actually meant something in the context of the song. That takes a bit of time and thought.

Enjoy them? Hate them? Have a favourite of your own that I've missed out? Let me know in the comment box below.

Andy is a Supajam writer who has been a small-fry at numerous Commerical, BBC and Student radio stations over the last 6 years. He is also a music promoter in the South-East of the UK. He has a website where he interviews musicians with only one question, and he is currently typing in third-person. You can tweet abuse at him if you fancy letting off some steam.