Obviously any list titled the “best dubstep remixes of popular songs” is going to be open to debate and interpretation concerning not only which are the best remixes, but also which fits the criteria of a “popular song”. Everyone has different taste and different opinions, of course, and the tracks selected below reflect my own tastes.
This list is a constant work in progress, and I’ll be adding both old and new dubstep remixes to it as they are produced and/or I find out about them.
If you believe there wasn’t something included which should be, please let me know in the comments and I’ll take a look at it! I’ve tried to make it as comprehensive as possible, but I’m sure there’s been tracks that I’ve missed or could have simply forgotten to include.
Frew – Deep Love (Protohype Remix)
Released: January 2013
Frew’s “Deep Love” goes back at least a few years. In its original form, Frew’s “Deep Love” is already a piece of electronic music, though in a much more relaxed tone than Protohype’s dubstep remix does to it!
Protohype released this dubstep remix of Frew’s “Deep Love” in January of 2013 on his soundcloud, where you can still find it for free download.
Chamillionaire – Ridin’ Dirty (Dotcom Remix)
Released: December 2012
Lil’ Flip – The Way We Ball (Crizzly Remix)
Released: October 2012
It might not seem like it, but Lil’ Flip released “Undaground Anthem”, the album in which “The Way We Ball” was included, just over 10 years ago in August of 2012. This was the first major studio album for Lil’ Flip at the time, and he gained a massive audience after its release – debuting at number 12 in the Billboard top 200, the album soon sold 68,000 copies in the week that it was released, and by December of 2002 the RIAA had awarded it platinum status for shipping over 1 million copies.
Crizzly, the self proclaimed master of “Crunkstep“, his own hip hop/rap influenced sub niche of dubstep, released this dubstep remix of “The Way We Ball” on October 22nd of 2012. As is with all of his tracks/remixes, he released it for free download via soundcloud where it can still be downloaded free of charge.
Cash Out – Cashin’ Out (AFK & Protohype Remix)
Released: September 2012
John-Michael Hakim Gibson (Ca$h Out) released “Cashin Out” when he was signed initially to independant record label “Bases Loaded”, which was later released on his debut mixtape “Its My Time”. L.A. Reid (the head of Epic Records) later heard the song and met with Gibson in order to discuss signing him to Epic Records, which he did. The song was re-released through Epic Records in March of 2012 after which it received massive amounts of attention/success, eventually landing at 36 on the Billboard Top 100.
AFK & Protohype, by far one of my favorite remix duos, released this dubstep remix of the popular track in September of 2012 for free download.
Naughty By Nature – O.P.P. (The Bolivian Marching Affair Remix)
Released: August 2012
Another old school hip hop anthem that you’ll have a hard finding someone who hasn’t heard it, “OPP” was recorded and released in 1991 by the rap group “Naughty By Nature”. The song was so successful that it ended up reaching the U.S top ten and eventually peaking at number six. A music video was also made to accompany the song. Allmusic described the song: “There was not a bigger, more contagious crossover radio smash in the autumn of 1991 than Naughty by Nature’s ‘O.P.P.’”.
The Bolivian Marching Affair seems to have a “gift” for remixing old school hip hop tracks – Last year, my introduction to them was their moombahton remix of Kriss Kross’s “Jump”, which remains one of my favorite moombahton tracks to date. Following the successful release of their “Escape Reality EP”, released this remix of the popular song on their soundcloud for free download!
Jibbs – Chain Hang Low (Crizzly & AFK Remix)
Released: July 2012
This was a long awaited dubsep remix out from Crizzly & AFK, at least for me! After actually seeing Crizzly drop this track live a couple of months before, I searched everywhere and couldn’t find anything other than a few videos of DJ’s like Excision dropping it live. Finally in July of 2012, Crizzly & AFK released it as a single and free download on soundcloud!
Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed (Minnesota Remix VIP)
Released: July 2012
“Starry Eyed” was the second single of Ellie Gouldings’s debut album, which was released in February of 2010 digitally in the UK. The music video for the song actually preceded the release of the single, appearing around a month earlier in January of 2010.
Ellie Goulding is another artist that seems to have an endless amount of electronic music remixes in general. Ellie Goulding dubstep remixes have been done by many producers both amateur and professional, with few standing out above the rest. Minnesota’s VIP of his remix that he did a year or so earlier is one of the few – it’s even a little more calm/chill than the original remix, but in my opinion it sounds much better. Both were released as free downloads via soundcloud.
Waka Flocka Flame – Rooster In My Rari (Borgore Remix)
Released: May 2012
“Rooster In My Rari” was released on Waka Flocka Flame’s second studio album entitled “Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family”. The album features guest appearances from Drake, Nicki Minaj, B.o.B, Trey Songz, Ludacris, Travis Porter, Meek Mill and production from longtime collaborator Lex Luger, Troy Taylor, and Southside. It was released in the United States on June 12, 2012.
Borgore put his usual filthy dubstep spin on the already bass heavy original track by Waka Flocka Flame, and released his remix as a single.
A$AP Rocky – Peso (Vaski Remix)
Released: March 2012
ASAP Rocky, or in the stylized way in which he displays his name, “A$AP Rocky”, is a rapper and member of “A$AP Mob”. “Peso” was the first single to be leaked from his debut album entitled “Deep Purple”, and was eventually picked up by some radio stations with huge audiences. Soon a music video was made for Peso along with a couple of other tracks featured on the album.
In March of 2012 Vaski released this dubstep remix as a single and as a free download on his soundcloud, where you can still get it now!
Ellie Goulding – Lights (AFK & DKS Dubstep Remix)
Released: December 2011
Ellie Goulding dubstep remixes are everywhere (there’s more than one on this page) due to her popularity to mainstream audiences as well as electronic music producers puzzling love for doing remixes of her songs. Regardless of the reason, there are plenty of them out there yet few worth mentioning – this is one of the few.
AFK & DKS even knew at the time that Ellie Goulding dubstep remixes had been done to death (the actual title on soundcloud for the remix reads “Ellie Goulding – Lights (AFK & DKS know its been overdone, did it anyway RMX)”) but thankfully they decided to produce one of the best dubstep remixes of her songs to date, AND make it available for free download via soundcloud!
Hollywood Undead – I Don’t Wanna Die (Borgore Remix)
Released: November 2011
Hollywood Undead, a “rock/rap” hybrid group consisting of six members from Hollywood, California, released “I don’t wanna die” on their second studio album entitled “American Tragedy”. The album itself went on to sell 67,000 copies in the first week and actually became the 142nd best selling album in the US for the year 2011.
The Borgore remix was included on Hollywood Undead’s “American Tragedy – Redeux”, released November 2011, which included remixes from Wideboys, Obsidian, Borgore, and other electronic music producers.
Lady Gaga – Telephone (MRK1 Remix)
Released: November 2011
Lady Gaga released “Telephone” in 2009 on her second EP “The Fame Monster”. The song was so huge that it was nominated for the Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 2011. Selling over 7 million copies worldwide (including digitally) as well as topping the music charts worldwide, it’s almost a guarantee that you’ve heard it in one way or another.
Due to her popularity, Lady Gaga dubstep remixes are EVERYWHERE, but few of them are actually good – or at least good enough to justify including. This dubstep remix of the it song actually “makes Lady Gaga cool” to me as he writes on his description on soundcloud, where it was released by itself as a free download.
Kreayshawn – Gucci Gucci (Helicopter Showdown Remix)
Released: September 2011
The original “Gucci Gucci” was released by female rapper “Kreayshawn” as her debut single in June of 2011. After uploading it to youtube in May of the same year, it ended up getting around 3 million views until the digital download was made available. It eventually peaked at 57 on the Billboard top 100 in the United States, and even saw a remix done by Lil Wayne which put on his mixtape “Sorry 4 the wait”.
An interesting choice for a dubstep remix by a group of producers made entirely of five guys, but one which ultimately worked amazingly well. Helicopter Showdown released their remix in September of 2011 as a free download. It received a lot of attention and in many peoples opinions (mine included) remains the best dubstep remix that was ever done of it!
Foster The People – Pumped up kicks (Vaski Dubstep Remix)
Released: August 2011
One of the most popular songs to be released in 2011 in ANY genre, Foster The People released “Pumped Up Kicks” in 2010 as their debut single. The Indie-Pop band soon started receiving massive attention after posting the song online as a free download, eventually landing them a record deal with Columbia Records. Even though it was released in 2010, it wasn’t until 2011 that it started to get the amount of attention that eventually lead to their stardom and actually made it to number THREE on the Billboard Top 100 and was the first Billboard Alternative Songs number one single to reach the top five since Kings of Leon in 2009. The song even went on to receive a grammy nomination for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.”
Despite the INSANE amount of lame remixes this tune ultimately was subjected to due to its popularity, Vaski’s remix is easily the best dubstep remix of the track to have been made yet. He released it as a free dubstep download on his soundcloud where it still remains available to be downloaded.
Nicki Minaj – Did It On’Em (Calvertron Remix)
Released: August 2011
“Did It On Em’” was the fourth single on Nicki Minaj’s debut album “Pink Friday”, and was written by Nicki Minaj with the help of J. Ellington, Safaree Samuels, and Shondrae. Eventually peaking at number nine on the billboard top 100, a music video was even made for the song.
Calvertron released his own dubstep remix of the song in August of 2011 as a free download on his soundcloud. As can be expected, Calvertron changes it into a hyped up filthy track compared to the original, which is pretty much completely changed from. It’s referred to as “Shitted On Em’ on Calvertron’s soundcloud.
California Swag District – Teach Me (Terravita Remix)
Released: Summer 2011
“Teach Me How To Dougie” was produced in 2010 for Cali Swag Districts debut album “The Kickback”, which was actually released in 2011. The song itself was released in April of 2010 as the first single from the album through Capitol Records. It turned out to be a huge hit, and ended up hitting number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaked at number 9 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and peaked at number 6 on the Hot Rap Songs. It was even certified as platinum in the United States.
Terravita came out with this INSANE dubstep remix of the song soon after in the summer of 2011, after which it promptly began showing up in live sets and mixes everywhere.
Chris Brown – Look At Me Now (Sluggo & Nerd Rage Dubstep Remix)
Released: May 2011
Chris Brown (accompanied by Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes) released this track as the second single from Chris Browns fourth studio album entitled “F.A.M.E.” in February of 2011. Diplo & Afrojack, two big names in modern electronic music, were primarily responsible for the dirty south style hip hop beat. The song itself was extremely successful in the United States (and abroad), where it peaked at number six on the top billboard 100 following its release.
Sluggo and Nerd Rage, known for producing some of the filthier dubstep out there, released this remix of the popular song in May of 2011 as a free download – go visit the soundcloud in order to pick it up! Although there are plenty of Chris Brown dubstep remixes out there, this is one of the few seriously worth a look.
Pokémon – Theme Song (Dubstep Remix)
Released: May 2011
For all of our readers that were into pokemon as kids (the majority of us, I’m sure!) this one definitely hits the nostalgia nerve hard. This dubstep remix of the pokemon theme song has almost 3 million views on youtube since its release from Arion in May of 2011!
The Legend Of Zelda – Lost Woods Theme (Ephixa Remix)
Released: April 2011
Ephixa of Monstercat Records released an entire EP entitled “Zeldastep” which featured the Lost Woods remix, as well a dubstep remix of “Song Of Storms” and the “Gerudo Valley” theme songs. All of them are excellent, but this one is by far my favorite! This one not only gets props for tickling my nostalgia nerve, but also being easily one of the best dubstep remixes of a video game song/music that’s out there!
Band Of Horses – The Funeral (Butch Clancy Remix)
Released: March 2011
Taken from “Band Of Horses” first album named “Everything All The Time”, The Funeral was released in March of 2006 in the United States. It appeared in popular media including movies and television multiple times and even was named the 67th best song of the 2000′s by Pitchfork Media.
Butch Clancy came out with this soft, melodic dubstep remix of the popular song in March of 2011, and has been available for free download on his soundcloud ever since.
Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At (HULK Rave monster Remix)
Released: January 2011
“Basement Jaxx”, an early British electronic dance music group consisting of two people, released “Where’s Your Head At” in December of 2001. Composed from samples from Gary Numan’s songs “This Wreckage” and “M.E.”, the track actually made its way to number 29 in the United States on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, which was the only charting single the group ever had in the country.
Although this song saw a lot of remixes from notable electronic music producers, the one we’re most concerned with is the dubstep remix by Hulk, dubbed the “HULK Rave Monster Remix“. It remains a free download on their soundcloud!
MIA – Internet Connection (Flux Pavilion Remix)
Released: January 2011
One of the few songs on this list whose remixes actually became more popular than the original – a search for “M.I.A – Internet connection” pulls up this Flux Pavilion remix long before the original in both google and on youtube.
Shirley Bassey – Diamonds Are Forever (Butch Clancy Remix)
Released: December 2010
Named for being the soundtrack to the James Bond film of the same name in 1971, this was a very interesting and original choice for a dubstep remix.
In my opinion, this was the track that really got Butch Clancy the attention that really lead to his being blown up as much as he is today. When this was released in December of 2010, EVERYONE was playing it! Without being “filthy” or grimy much at all compared to a lot of the best dubstep songs and remixes that were beginning to get a lot of attention at the time, this remix simply seemed to strike a chord with people.
MGMT – Kids (Datsik Remix)
Released: July 2010
The third single on MGMT’s “Oracular Spectacular” album, it was released in October 2008 as a single where it soon received critical acclaim. It went on to receive a number of awards, including a nomination at the 52nd grammy awards under the category of “Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals”.
Datsik did the dubstep remix of the hit single in mid 2010, where it got a lot of positive attention. Not only is it a great remix in and of itself, but it differs substantially from Datsiks usually grimy, filthy style.
Muse – Knights of Cydonia (Nostalgia Dubstep Remix)
Released: April 2010
Alternative rock band “Muse” released the song “Knights Of Cydonia” on their album Black Holes And Revelations, released in June of 2006. It debuted in the UK singles chart at number 10 and also hit number 10 on the billboard modern rock tracks in the United States in the same year.
Nostalgia, the Minnesota based drum and bass and dubstep artist, produced this dubstep remix of the hit which soon became extremely popular amongst the dubstep community. It remains available for free download on his soundcloud.
Imogen Heap – Hide And Seek (Roksonix Remix)
A tune that became extremely popular for a short time after being featured in the season finale of the OC which inspired a number of parody’s which included the song, Roksonix did this dubstep remix of the song in late 2009.
Mike Posner – Cooler Then Me (Kaney Dubstep Remix)
Released: November 2010
Mike Posner released this as his debut single in April of 2010, after which it soon garnered tons of attention – peaking at number six and actually hitting number ONE on “Hot Dance Airplay” on Billboard.
Kaney released this hype dubstep remix about six months later in November of 2010, and remains the best dubstep remix of this song that you’ll find, despite many attempts by other producers!
La roux – Bulletproof (Chrispy Remix)
Another huge tune from La Roux which appeared on the exact same debut album as their other hit “In For The Kill”, Bulletproof actually reached number one on the UK singles chart. At the same time, it also became a “sleeper hit” in the United States, where it ended up hitting number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in June of 2010. It even hit number 25 on Rolling Stones “Top 25 songs of 2009″ list.
Chrispy “Chris Snape”, a young dubstep artist from the Liverpool England, did a remix of the hit song a few months following the release of the track in June of 2009.
Stephen Jerzak Ft. Leighton Meester – She Said (The Killabits Remix)
Released: January 2010
Released in 2010 by what would then be an 18 year old Stephan Jerzak featuring female vocals from Gosspi Girls Leighton Meester, this epic sounding dubstep remix by the Killabits remains one of my favorite dubstep remixes of a pop song.
La Roux – In For The Kill (Skrillex Remix)
Released: September 2010
La Roux has been a big name in electronic music for a few years now, and the original “In For The Kill” arguably was the track to skyrocket the duo into the eyes of the public as well as other producers who had a go at remixing not only “In For The Kill”, but just about any other La Roux track out there. I’d go as far as saying La Roux might be one of the most remixed artists/duos for the past few years, right up there with Ellie Goulding. “In For The Kill” appeared on La Roux’s debut self entitled album “La Roux” on March 15th 2009. At the height of its popularity “In For The Kill” peaked at number two on the UK singles chart, and even went on to receive a grammy for “Best Dance Recording” two years later in 2011.
Both Skream and Skrillex, two of the bigger names in dubstep as a whole these days, did a remix of the original – Skreams “Let’s Get Ravey” remix received a lot of attention, as did the Skrillex remix.
Passion Pit – Sleepyhead (Borgore Remix)
Released: May of 2010
Record Label: RMX Records
The original of this was released by Passion Pit, an Indie “electropop” band formed in Massachusetts in 2007. “Sleepyhead” was released on their EP “Chunk of Change”.
“The first and only single to be released from the EP, “Sleepyhead”, received a good deal of exposure through its use in numerous media campaigns and advertisements, while the video for the song, directed by The Wilderness, was included on Pitchfork’s Top 40 Music Videos of 2008 list. The song contains samples of “Óró Mo Bháidín” by Irish singer and harpist Mary O’Hara.”
The Borgore remix remains one of my favorite dubstep remixes to this day – It’s not overly heavy, which Borgore is arguably known for, and stays true to the original while putting just the right amount of dubstep wobble and flavor in there.
Ludacris – How Low (Caspa Remix)
Released: April 2010
As the lead single from the 7th album from ludachris entitled “Battle Of The Sexes”, the song debuted in October of 2009 at the BET hip hop awards in Atlanta. It wasn’t long until Caspa did a dubstep remix which started popping up around soundcloud and other music blogs in early 2010. Mercury Records, host to tracks from names such as Sub focus and Chase & Status, own the rights to the Caspa Remix and were the ones to release it.
Da Cali Anthem – Rusko
A hip hop anthem that even your parents have probably heard before, Tupacs “California Love” was released in 1995 after tupac was released from prison. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman also appeared on the track, and it went on to be his number one song of all time – reaching number on on the billboard hot 100 alongside “How Do U Want It”.
Rusko put his own little flavor on it and released “Da Cali Anthem” in around March of 2010. Although not a dubstep REMIX exactly, the use of the “California Love” sample as well as the basic structure of the track warrants its inclusion on this list!
Sublime – Doin’ Time (Zeds Dead Summer Grime Remix)
Released: October 2009
Very grimey (especially for its time) remix of the famous “Doin’ Time” by Sublime from Zeds Dead! It was released for free download by Zeds Dead in October of 2009, which at the time dubstep was just starting to take the form that it has today. To this day, Zeds Dead dubstep remix of Doin’ Time remains a classic.
Kid Cudi – Day N Nite (Rusko Remix)
In February of 2008 Kid Cudi released “Day N Nite” as a track featured on “Man On The Moon: The End Of Day”. Ranked 15 on a list of “25 best songs of 2009″ by rolling stone, it’s no wonder it was remixed by multiple rappers and producers, which some thus attribute to the success of the track overall.
Released very early in Rusko’s career, his own dubstep remix of “Day N Nite” was made the same year and released on his own under no record label. It was later included in a 16 track dubstep album entitled simply the “Rusko Remix Collection“, which featured a number of remixes that he had done over the course of 2006 through 2010 or so.
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