Sometimes, you just want to listen to a familiar classic you already know all the words to — probably because your parents played it all the time when you were young. Other times, you want to bump a track with a beat you can feel in your rib cage, something that wouldn’t be out of place on the club floor or in a desert festival mosh pit. Every once in a while, you want to do both at the exact same time. If that description fits you, you’ve come to the right place.
Countless DJs and producers of the 21st century have combined the nostalgic power of oldies with the liberating boom of 808 drums, sharing their creations with millions of listeners on YouTube and SoundCloud. The musical magic of old-meets-new has become such a phenomenon that sometimes, legendary artists who dominated radio years ago have reached out directly to EDM ingenues for epic crossovers that give long beloved hits a second time in the mainstream sun.
Elton John, for instance, has long been partnering with Australian dance music trio Pnau, whose mashed up takes on “Rocket Man,” “Sacrifice” and “Kiss The Bride” — newly titled “Cold Heart” featuring Dua Lipa — went No. 1 in the UK, making John the first musician to have top 10 singles in six different decades.
And then there’s Madonna, who in early 2022 enlisted Fireboy DML for a flaming remix of her 1998 hit “Frozen” after it had already experienced a bass-boosted renaissance when Canadian producer Sickick transformed it into a TikTok viral trap mix.
Keep reading to see Billboard’s 50 favorite remixes of classic hits.