Top 10 Songs That Were Slowed Down or Sped Up in Remixes or Remasters

You know when songs get released, they get remastered & even remixed later at some point, but did you know remixes get made & can be played at faster or slower paces? Yet remasters are also made & can get the same treatments. The speed of tracks is measured in beats per minute (bpm) which equals a quarter of measures (also known as bars or notes) per minute.
The Top Ten
1 It's Tricky - Run-DMC It's Tricky - Run-DMC Cover Art

Originally played at 128 bpm (32 measures/bars/notes per minute) in 1987 though the 1999 remix with Jason Nevins played at 135 bpm (33.75 measures/bars/notes per minute).

2 Monster Mash - Bobby Boris Pickett Monster Mash - Bobby Boris Pickett Cover Art

The original mix played at 141.2 bpm (35.3 measures/bars/notes per minute), but the Volume 6 1 Hit Wonders version played at 134 bpm (33.5 measures/bars/notes per minute). Either way, he became a 1 hit wonder for it. R.I.P. Bobby Pickett.

3 I Feel Love - Donna Summer I Feel Love - Donna Summer Cover Art

It was originally 125 bpm (31.25 measures/bars/notes per minute), but many of the remixes played it at 128 bpm (32 measures/bars/notes per minute). R.I.P. Donna Summer (the queen of disco).

4 Beautiful Stranger - Madonna Beautiful Stranger - Madonna Cover Art

Originally 122 bpm (30.5 measures/bars/notes per minute) when it came out, but the Calderone remix of it was 128 bpm (32 measures/bars/notes per minute).

5 What You Waiting For? - Gwen Stefani What You Waiting For? - Gwen Stefani Cover Art

Originally 136 bpm (34 measures/bars/notes per minute) but 129 bpm (32.25 measures per minute) in Jacques Lu Cont's TWD Mix.

6 Love Bites - Def Leppard Love Bites - Def Leppard Cover Art

The original mix was 130 bpm (32.5 measures/bars/notes per minute), but the remixes were played at even faster paces, the karaoke mix for example was 131 bpm (32.75 measures/bars/notes per minute).

7 Love Shack - The B-52's Love Shack - The B-52's Cover Art

Originally 134 bpm (33.5 measures/bars/notes per minute) when it came out in 1989, but the 2000's radio edit played at 132.8 bpm (33.2 measures/bars/notes per minute). It was a smash hit nonetheless.

8 Mickey - Toni Basil Mickey - Toni Basil Cover Art

It was originally 150 bpm (37.5 measures/bars/notes per minute) in the 1979 demo by Racey (in the album Smash & Grab) as Kitty, but the 12" version (as Mickey) was 144 bpm (36 measures per minute), the 1982 remaster (also as Mickey) was 148.8 bpm (37.2 bars per minute) & the 1997 remaster was 148.9 bpm (37.225 notes per minute). She's a 1 hit wonder nonetheless for all this.

9 Crocodile Rock - Elton John Crocodile Rock - Elton John Cover Art

It originally came out at 150.4 bpm (37.6 measures/bars/notes per minute) in 1972, but it was slowed down to 149.9 bpm (37.475 measures/bars/notes per minute) in the 1974 remaster.

10 Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran Cover Art
The Contenders
11 It’s Raining Men - The Weather Girls It’s Raining Men - The Weather Girls Cover Art
12 Friday - Rebecca Black Friday - Rebecca Black Cover Art

Originally 112 bpm (28 measures/bars/notes per minute) but the 2021 remix collaborating with Dorian Electra, Big Freedia & 3OH!3 played at 140 bpm (35 measures/bars/notes per minute) which's a huge shift that deserves its spot on here.

13 Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson Cover Art
14 Shake It - Metro Station Shake It - Metro Station Cover Art

Originally 150 bpm (37.5 measures/bars/notes per minute) but slowed to 136 bpm (34 measures/bars/notes per minute) in the remix by Foster the People.

15 West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys Cover Art

It was 113.2 bpm (28.3 measures/bars/notes per minute) when it came out in 1984 & was remastered in 1985 & 1986 as well as 2019, but it was 121 bpm (30.25 measures per minute) in the Bobby Orlando Single Mix, 123 bpm (30.75 bars per minute) in the Grum remix & 112 bpm (28 notes per minute) in the 2020 Lockdown mix. It was a #1 hit in the U.S. & the U.K.

16 What's Up - 4 Non Blondes What's Up - 4 Non Blondes Cover Art
17 American Boy - Estelle American Boy - Estelle Cover Art

It was originally 118 bpm (29.5 measures/bars/notes per minute) the Lost Frequencies remix was 124 bpm (31 measures per minute) while the Brooks & Soul Seekerz club remixes were 128 bpm (32 bars/notes per minute).

18 99 Red Balloons - Nena 99 Red Balloons - Nena Cover Art

It was 192.2 bpm (48.05 measures per minute) in the original version titled 99 Luftballons in 1984, but the dance & English version titled 99 Red Balloons was 194 bpm (48.5 bars per minute) & the remaster in the original year also with the same original title was 193.2 bpm (48.2505 notes per minute). Nonetheless it was originally their only successful hit, making Nena 1 hit wonders. This's the English dance remaster known as 99 Red Balloons & it's faster than all the other versions of it.

19 All I Need Is a Miracle - Mike + The Mechanics All I Need Is a Miracle - Mike + The Mechanics Cover Art
20 I Want It All - The Cast of High School Musical, Ashley Tisdale & Lucas Grabeel I Want It All - The Cast of High School Musical, Ashley Tisdale & Lucas Grabeel Cover Art
21 Jump (For My Love) - The Pointer Sisters Jump (For My Love) - The Pointer Sisters Cover Art

It was originally 134 bpm (33.5 measures/bars/notes per minute) & so was the single & 12" version, but it was boosted to 135 bpm (33.75 measures/bars/notes per minute) in the studio album version. It was the best-selling dance single in 1984 though.

22 All About that Bass - Meghan Trainor All About that Bass - Meghan Trainor Cover Art

It was 134 bpm (33.5 measures/bars/notes per minute) in every version except when she played it live at Spotify London at 135 bpm (33.75 measures/bars/notes per minute).

23 Days Go By - Dirty Vegas Days Go By - Dirty Vegas Cover Art
24 Edge of Glory - Lady Gaga Edge of Glory - Lady Gaga Cover Art

128 bpm (32 measures/bars/notes per minute) in the original mix, but 136 bpm (34 measures/bars/notes per minute) in the Foster the People remix.

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