10 Rock Song Remixes Worth Listening To

A lot of popular rock bands add remixes as bonus tracks on singles and albums. Some remixes are made completely independently. Here are some of the best rock remixes made from the 80s to the present. 

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Nine Inch Nails vs. The Beatles - "Come Closer Together" (DJ Zebra Mashup)

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Though this is technically a "mashup," this remixed song combines Nine Inch Nails 1994 hit "Closer" with The Beatles 1969 classic "Come Together" to make the two great songs mesh seamlessly. French DJ Zebra created this mashup which perfectly integrates the two songs on "Come Closer Together."

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A Perfect Circle - "The Outsider" (Renholder Apocalypse Remix)

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A Perfect Circle's 2004 aMOTION remix CD included "The Outsider" (Renholder Apocalypse Remix). Arguably the best remix on the album former is by former Nine Inch Nails sideman turned producer Danny Lohner. His expansive mix keeps much of the song's original tracks but augments the song with additional instrumentation, effects, and creative rearrangement. 

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Linkin Park - "1stp Klosr" (With Korn's Jonathan Davis - Humble Brothers Remix)

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Linkin Park's album 2002 Reanimation is a remixed version of 2000's Hybrid Theory album with special guests and a couple of non-album tracks. Among the album's best tracks is the remix of "One Step Closer", renamed "1stp Klosr", which reworks the band's first hit with creative sampling, added electronics and some new instrumentation. There's also an added bridge section with Jonathan Davis of Korn on vocals. Linkin Park liked the remix so much that they added this bridge section to live performances of "One Step Closer" from 2003 to 2006. 

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30 Seconds To Mars - "Night of the Hunter" (Flood Remix)

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30 Seconds To Mars enlisted their 2009 This Is War album producer Mark Ellis, better known by his professional pseudonym Flood, on their "Night of the Hunter" (Flood remix) which appeared as an early album bonus track. The remix adds a funky bass line, a dance beat, electronics, samples, effects, and is much more experimental than the original album track.

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Foo Fighters - "Rope" (Deadmau5 Remix)

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Foo Fighters commissioned EDM (electronic dance music) DJ Deadmau5 to create a remix for their song "Rope" as a bonus track for an extended edition of 2011's Wasting Light album. The remix puts a different spin on the Foo Fighters' hit changing it from a melodic rock song into a progressive house dance song. Foo Fighters and Deadmau5 actually collaborated on a live remix at the 2012 Grammy Awards as seen in this video.

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Queens of the Stone Age - "No One Knows" (Unkle Remix)

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This remix by the British trip-hop duo Unkle strips Queens of the Stone Age's original music away and tweaks Josh Homme's haunting vocals over a completely new dark electronic arrangement. The remix, which appears on QOTSA's 2004 Stone Age Complications B-Sides and Rarities album twists "No One Knows" into a jungle electronic remake of QOTSA's biggest hit.

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Rob Zombie - "Dragula" (Si Non Oscillas, Noli Tintinnaire Remix)

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Rob Zombie has never been a stranger to electronics, using movie samples, keyboards, and drum machines in much of his solo work. This remix of "Dragula" comes from Zombie's 1999 American Made Music To Strip By remix album. The remix adds more electronics and experimentation while keeping the song's original musical hooks largely intact.

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Radiohead - "Climbing up the Walls" (Filla Brazilla Remix)


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British electronic duo Filla Brazilla remixed Radiohead's "Climbing Up The Walls" from 1997's benchmark album OK Computer into an ambient, downtempo version that bears little resemblance to the original except for Thom Yorke's haunting vocals. The remix appears on the bonus disc on Radiohead's 2009 OK Computer [Collector's Edition] 2 CD set.

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Deftones - "Hole In the Earth" (Renholder Remix)

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Deftones first single off of their 2006 Saturday Night Wrist album "Hole In The Earth" gets an electronic downtempo reworking here by Danny Lohner. Lohner uses the pseudonym Renholdër for remixes which stands for "Re: D. Lohner" spelled backward. The remix appears on the Lohner produced 2008 Underworld: Rise of the Lycans soundtrack album.

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Depeche Mode - "Get the Balance Right!" (Combination Mix)"

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Depeche Mode was one of the first electronic-rock acts to do an extended remix for their hit single "Get The Balance Right!" back in 1983. This remix extensively uses a fairly new musical device for the time, a sampler. Computerized samplers are used in all of the above remixes.