7 Mashups That Totally Shouldn't Work, But Somehow Totally Do

5 October 2015, 13:10 | Updated: 15 November 2016, 16:28

Unlikely Mashups
Liam Dryden

By Liam Dryden

Some opposites create the perfect mix...

Music is weird. There are so many different genres, from chart-topping pop to hardcore metal, which are so far flung apart from each other in how they sound; yet on rare occasions, when you put some of these together, they create something beautiful.

We've compiled some of our favourite bizarre yet amazing genre-crossing combos; from pop-punk/R&B hybrids to Kanye mixed with an orchestra, there's something for everyone in this list of mashups that totally shouldn't work, but somehow totally do:


Justin Bieber/Slipknot - "Psychosocial Baby"

This classic mix of Slipknot's "Psychosocial" and the Biebs' "Baby" from mashup master Isosine had some major viral success in 2011; Infuriating fans on both sides and amusing everybody else, it's almost unholy how well the two work together.


Fetty Wap/Panic! At The Disco - "I Write Trap Queens Not Tragedies"



Mark Ronson/The White Stripes - "Seven Nation Funk"

"Seven Nation Army" is a marching mid-2000's rock anthem; "Uptown Funk" is the biggest grooviest song of the past year. Neither feel like they should ever be mashed up with anything, but together they create something incredible.


Taylor Swift/Korn - "We Are Coming Undone"

Another ridiculous smashing of genres from Isosine turns TSwift's chirpiest breakup anthem into Korn's chirpiest existential crisis.


Bastille/Daft Punk - "Pompeii Gets Lucky"

Forget the insensitive title (too soon? IT WAS 79AD); this mix of Daft Punk's disco jam and Bastille's anthemic track is nothing short of glorious.


Kanye West/The Lord Of The Rings - "Touch The Sky (Shire Theme)

If you want to hear how Frodo would sound rapping in the Shire after destroying the One Ring, it would probably go a little something like this piece of epic ridiculousness.


Katy Perry/Fall Out Boy - "E.T. Centuries"

Because we couldn't end our list without getting a bit of Fall Out Boy in here, we found one of the weirdest mixes possible; if only because KP's major single about problematic alien sex is weird enough on its own without the epic backing of "Centuries".