Behold DJ Earworm’s 50-year music mashup. How many can you identify?

DJ Earworm, one of the best mash-up artists in the world, has put together this retrospective of pop hits from 1970 to 2020 (There are two for 1985.) How many can you identify? (The full list can be found below. No peeking.)

  • 1970 – Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There
  • 1971 – Rod Stewart – Maggie May
  • 1972 – Derek and the Dominoes (Eric Clapton) – Layla
  • 1973 – Stevie Wonder – Superstition
  • 1974 – Kool & the Gang – Hollywood Swinging
  • 1975 – Average White Band – Cut the Cake
  • 1976 – Rose Royce – Car Wash
  • 1977 – Supertramp – Give a Little Bit
  • 1978 – Little River Band – Reminiscing
  • 1979 – Rupert Holmes – Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
  • 1980 – Peter Gabriel – Games Without Frontiers
  • 1981 – Billy Squier – The Stroke
  • 1982 – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message
  • 1983 – Men Without Hats – Safety Dance
  • 1984 – Nena – 99 Luftballoons
  • 1985 – (2 songs) – Madonna – Crazy for You – Tears for Fears – Shout
  • 1986 – Janet Jackson – Nasty
  • 1987 – Steve Winwood – Back In The High Life Again
  • 1988 – Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me
  • 1989 – Milli Vanilli – Baby Don’t Forget My Number
  • 1990 – George Michael – Freedom ’90
  • 1991 – Happy Mondays – Step On
  • 1992 – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under the Bridge
  • 1993 – Arrested Development – Mr. Wendal
  • 1994 – Beck – Loser
  • 1995 – Dave Matthews Band – Ants Marching
  • 1996 – Eric Clapton – Change the World
  • 1997 – Chumbawamba – Tubthumping
  • 1998 – The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
  • 1999 – Lou Bega – Mambo No. 5 (a Little Bit Of…)
  • 2000 – Britney Spears – Oops!…I Did It Again
  • 2001 – Sugar Ray – When It’s Over
  • 2002 – Ja Rule ft. Ashanti – Always On Time
  • 2003 – Thalia ft. Fat Joe – I Want You
  • 2004 – J-Kwon – Tipsy
  • 2005 – Maroon 5 – Sunday Morning
  • 2006 – Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean – Hips Don’t Lie
  • 2007 – Rihanna – Umbrella
  • 2008 – Mariah Carey – Touch My Body
  • 2009 – All-American Rejects – Gives You Hell
  • 2010 – Young Money – Bed Rock
  • 2011 – M83 – Midnight City
  • 2012 – Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa ft. Bruno Mars – Young, Wild and Free
  • 2013 – American Authors – Best Day Of My Life
  • 2014 – Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang
  • 2015 – Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  • 2016 – Justin Bieber – Sorry
  • 2017 – Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee – Despacito
  • 2018 – Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – Meant to Be
  • 2019 – Post Malone, Swae Lee – Sunflower
  • 2020 – The Weeknd – Blinding Lights

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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