The Chainsmokers' 'Don't Let Me Down' Remixes: Listen to 9 Best Now
The Chainsmokers' "Don't Let Me Down," a collaboration with the singer Daya, held strong at No. 4 on the Hot 100 this week. The track maintained the top spot on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for the 10th week. On top of these accomplishments, "Don't Let Me Down" climbed to No. 1 on the Pop Songs airplay ranking – the first pop airwaves chart topper for both performers.
"Don't Let Me Down" is bouncier than the Chainsmokers' first top ten hit, "Roses." The single centers around a simple rising and falling melody – a motif similar to what you might find in DJ Mustard hits, Major Lazer's "Lean On," or Kygo tracks – that sounds like it's played on a keening guitar. After Daya sings the pleading title phrase, there's a small synth-brass detour for the head-bangers before everything slips back into the traditional pop structure. The lyrics tell a simple tale of absence and longing: "Running out of time/ I really thought you were on my side/ But now there's nobody by my side."
The rise of "Don't Let Me Down" has been aided by a steady stream of reworks – several of which have accumulated millions of their own plays on SoundCloud. Billboard Dance rounded up nine of the best below.
One for the bass-lovers.
W&W switch it up with some hardstyle on their rework's surprise second drop.
T-Mass embellishes the central melodic theme of "Don't Let Me Down" with a synthesizer programmed to the "Eric Prydz" setting and a heavy dose of percussion -- especially big claps that push relentlessly into the hook.
3LAU's repositions the beginning of "Don't Let Me Down" as a piano ballad before incorporating rubbery bass. Starting in this fashion makes the hook's development seem all the more dramatic.
Hardwell & Sephyx
This rendition offers the reverse of 3LAU's remix: Hardwell & Sephyx's intro is all speed and build, so when the recognizable riff from the Chainsmokers and Daya finally arrives, it offers sweet relief from the fury. Every time the synth barrage pushes things dangerously far into the red, Hardwell & Sephyx pare back to the original melodic core.
Frac Attack Dancehall Fix
Frac Attack makes minor alterations to The Chainsmokers track to elongate it's curves. This would benefit from the appearance of a dancehall singer.
DJ Nelson Reggaeton Remix
This is one of the most joyous reworkings – though the lyrics (which sound re-sung here) contemplate need, the beat suggests total self-sufficiency, and the brassy parts of the original are well-suited to this sort of festive rumble.
Like 3LAU, Illenium focuses first on teasing out the mournful ballad aspects of "Don't Let Me Down" before bringing in wall-shaking drums.
Ricky Remedy Remix
Remedy plays with the pitch of Daya's vocal, pushing it into chipmunk territory. But as the voice squeaks, the beat continues to thunder.