Are you listening to normal songs still? As Sweet Brown famously once said, ain't nobody got time for that!
Today, we will look into the wild world of sped up remixes. Put simply, this is when a normal song is altered and given a sped up version. You may be asking, well why?
In this blog post we will dive into the style of music and it's rise to fame, along with reviewing some of the best sped up remixes that have been released to-date.
Our hand-crafted playlist includes a sped up version from the following songs, to name a few:
Just Wanna Rock by Lil Uzi
Miss You by Oliver Tree
Bad Habit by Steve Lacy
One Kiss by Dua Lipa
The Box by Roddy Ricch
Just Dance by Lady Gaga
Paro by Nej
Drowning by A Boogie Wit da Hoodie & Kodak Black
Sure Thing by Miguel
Lights by Ellie Goulding
To jump right in and listen to the best sped up versions of popular songs, check out our playlist on Spotify by clicking here.
Otherwise, read on to learn more about why a sped up rendition is so commonplace nowadays.
The Roots of the Trend
The trend of sped-up music is rooted in the early 2000s, but TikTok has given it a resurgence, with popular sped-up audios being used in millions of videos, often more than their regular-speed counterparts.
The success of these "Sped Up" songs is a reflection of humanity, according to producer, performer, and comedian, Oliver Tree. With the fast paced nature of moderns society, it makes sense people gravitate towards the musical counterpart.
The trend of sped up versions also highlights the challenges of balancing the drive for creativity with the protection of intellectual property rights. TikTok says that fans are empowered to become part of the music-making process, often remixing older songs with a fresh new twist, but this can create copyright issues.
Marketing Opportunity for Artists and Record Labels
Why is the rise of sped up remixes exciting for musicians? Well put simply, the trend of sped-up music has become a marketing opportunity for artists and record labels.
Artists like SZA and Steve Lacy have released official sped-up versions of their songs on streaming platforms in response to the trend. Steve Lacy's "Bad Habit" became a hit on TikTok and eventually topped the Billboard Hot 100 after his record label released an official sped-up remix.
Spotify has even curated a sped up songs playlist with more than one million followers. The trend is a marketing opportunity as it can drive up streams and help songs reach the top of the charts, either new or old.
For record labels, it now makes sense to create three to five versions of songs, in order to appeal to all fans while also referring more traffic and attention to the original release.
The Benefits and Challenges of Sped-Up Versions
Sped-up versions of music has become a marketing opportunity for artists and record labels, helping songs new and old rack up streams and climb the charts. However, the trend has also posed several challenges, particularly in terms of copyright and intellectual property issues.
The user-made nature of the trend has created difficulties for the music industry to balance the drive for creativity with the protection of artists' rights.
On the other hand, record labels and artists have begun to release "official" sped-up versions of their songs to keep up with the trend and protect their rights.
We recommend all musicians release their own official sped up version (and slowed + reverb version) in order to capitalize on the growing trend. Plus, making these edited versions takes little effort, merely a few adjustments in tempo and settings will get the job done.
The Power of TikTok
TikTok has played a huge role in the popularity of sped-up music. TikTok accounts solely dedicated to speeding up songs have gained thousands of followers, and even contributed to some of the most popular sped-up audios.
The user-made nature of the trend is praised by TikTok, and this has given rise to the popularity of these remixes on the platform. TikTok has become a powerful tool for the music industry, and its impact on the rise of sped up songs cannot be underestimated.
The Future of Sped-Up Music
The trend of sped-up music shows no signs of slowing down, with the potential for further growth and sustainability in the future.
The impact of the trend on the music industry is likely to be significant, shaping the way that music is created, shared and consumed. Social media platforms will continue to play a crucial role in the spread and popularity of sped-up music, providing a platform for fans and artists to connect and engage with each other.
The trend has the potential to transform the music industry and bring new artists and genres to the forefront. However, the industry will need to find a way to balance the creative drive with the protection of intellectual property rights.
In conclusion, the trend of sped-up music on TikTok has become a powerful tool for artists and record labels to drive up streams and reach the top of the charts. The trend is a reflection of humanity and the fast-paced style of living in today's digital society.
However, it also highlights the challenges of balancing the drive for creativity with the protection of intellectual property rights. The success of these "Sped Up" songs raises questions about the current state of online listening habits and music ownership, and the impact these remixes will have on the industry as a whole.
Nevertheless, TikTok has become a powerful tool for the music industry and has given rise to the popularity of these remixes. To give these interesting renditions a listen yourself, click here!
Or, to listen to our favorite slowed down versions of songs, click here.