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A truly great mashup takes two vastly different songs and makes them sound like they were meant to be. A college student recently created such a phenomenon—and Twitter is loving it.
Noah Charlick (@noah_charlick) tweeted Monday that he’d either “made a great discovery or a terrible mistake,” along with a mashup recording of Kendrick Lamar’s “Backstreet Freestyle” and the 1985 hit single “Take on Me” by A-Ha. In only a couple days, the video has over 6 million views.
i’ve either made a great discovery or a terrible mistake pic.twitter.com/hhz1dnxjpW
— Noah Charlick (N0̷4H) (@noah_charlick) October 16, 2018
The video has also been shared over 500,000 times. Twitter users can’t seem to get enough of it.
— Daniel Charlick (@DCharlick) October 16, 2018
This is the best thing I've ever heard in my life https://t.co/tQyl6nInkJ
— Samwell (@SamToop_) October 16, 2018
it’s official, music has been completed, it’s all downhill from here https://t.co/r7URSP1ffe
— aliyah (@almostaliyah) October 16, 2018
Charlick’s creation has all the elements of a brilliant mashup: Two highly unlikely songs melded together to sound like they were meant to be mashed all along.
The whole genre of mashups, which spiked in popularity in the late 2000s and early 2010s, just aren’t as currently popular in today’s music. Despite that, many people have Charlick’s remix on repeat. He’s made the song available on his SoundCloud and YouTube account, but be warned: It may get stuck in your head, too.
Alexis Tatum studies journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She's an editorial intern with the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in Orange magazine and the Daily Texan.