It’s easy to recognize when an indie song is here to stay. “Pumped Up Kicks” continues to make its rounds, and now Gotye’s smash is still picking up steam, despite its mid-2011 release date. “Somebody That I Used To Know” is hitting new heights in its ubiquity, unsurprisngly, as it’s impossible to even type the title without singing the words as well. There are countless indicators to a song’s popularity, from its placement on the iTunes charts to the fact that its lyrics are providing your friends with content for their newest Facebook status. Our preferred litmus test on mainstream saturation to see how many remixes it generates.
With that in mind, certain corners of the Internet right now are really solely dedicated to Gotye remixes, each clamoring to be heard over the last. We waded through the masses for you, partly to see if we could get bored of that impossibly infectious chorus (jury’s still out on that), but mostly to compile this list. These are the best “Somebody That I Used To Know” remixes that are out there right now, for every occasion.
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Remixed By: Brass Knuckles
Play It When: Drinking. Dancing singalongs will abound.
Remixed By: Faux Pas
Play It When: You’re feeling weird, but still heartbroken. This one drops most of the original in favor of some excellent percussive and sampling experimentation.
Remixed By: Hannes Fischer
Play It When: Ballroom dancing. The minimalist techno makeover just adds some extra rhythm to move to.
Remixed By: M-Phazes
Play It When: Playing along on the drums. This remix dumps in plenty of extra fills and rolls that sound like it would be blast live.
Remixed By: LAZRtag
Play It When: Toying with emotions. This one uses its extended intro to fit seamlessly in an electro show mix, but then drops everything to let that chorus build on its own. Will have people go from raving to crying in seconds, and back again after the drop.
Remixed By: Damaged Goods
Play It When: You’ve got a good sound system. This remix has the big room chops to tear down a party.
Remixed By: Electric Boutique
Play It When: You’re at a barbecue. Or any laid-back, outside party, really. The laid-back funk bassline of this makes it perfect for a gathering that isn’t in any hurry to go anywhere.
Remixed By: Meridian
Play It When: Your hands are in the air. We’re fuzzy on the details of the cause-effect relationship between the song and physical reaction, but the two are definitely connected.
Remixed By: Bibio
Play It When: You can play this one any time you want. It’s a gorgeous acoustic take that retrofits the vocals in a sunny, acoustic haze.
Remixed By: Miami Nights 1984
Play It When: Time traveling. This impossibly awesome 80’s revivalist remix is guaranteed to make you feel like the coolest person in your immediate vicinity. We suggest pulling a Ryan ‘Drive‘ Gosling and taking this party to the road, nostalgia blaring.