Over the past year or more, the internet has been going crazy with DIY mash-ups of popular songs popping up all over YouTube. And for some reason most of them seem to involve ‘All Star’ by Smash Mouth.
In the interests of balance, we’ve compiled a list of the best and most creative mash-ups in history, and tried really hard not to let Smash Mouth make the list.
1. Stranger Things x Starboy (C418 Remix)
This mash-up is pretty much the sound of 2016: it combines the theme song from the biggest show of the year with one of the biggest songs of the year, and it weirdly works.
2. Soda_Jerk & The Avalanches – ‘The Was’
To celebrate the release of The Avalanches’ second album, the New York-based artists Soda_Jerk released a mash-up video that’s part music video, part experimental film. The 13-minute clip mashes songs from the album with over 150 clips from films and TV shows in what can only be described as the visual version of The Avalanches’ sound.
3. Danger Mouse – The Grey Album
Ever since that IInsane’ remix with Killer Mike featured on Flume’s mixtape, everyone knew how well rap could work with his tracks. Jaymee Franchina saw this potential and used it to make two mash-up albums of Flume’s work, pairing Flume’s albums with popular hip/hop artists. The most recent mash-up album combines Tupac with Flume’s second album and its companion EP.
5. Wait What – The Notorious XX