Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” inspired countless memes, tributes, and mashups almost as soon as it was released. Sometimes a good cover can seem even better than the original, and while we’re not sure these weird one-offs are a one-up on Tay’s version, they definitely add a bit of fun to a pretty dark and dramatic tune.
It started with the OG, the mashup that blew everyone’s mind when it revealed that “LWYMMD” interpolated Right Said Fred’s ’90s hit, “I’m Too Sexy.” The one-hit-wonder group received a songwriting credit for their contribution, and Swift and co-writer/producer Jack Antonoff sent them a lovely thank-you bouquet.
YouTuber Jon Cozart — AKA Paint — mashed up “LWYMMD” with High School Musical 2‘s “Bet on It,” complete with a dramatic lip-syncing performance. The two sound so similar that he demanded Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) get his songwriting due too.
The day after the video was released, YouTuber Andy Wu mashed up the music and visuals from “LWYMMD” with Britney Spears’ pop masterpiece “Toxic.” The beat of Swift’s song leads off before the strings at the start of “Toxic” come in, and Swift’s foray into choreography is edited alongside Spears doing her thing in her nude, sparkly bodysuit. It all works better than it should.
Then Spencer Pratt got in on the “LWYMMD” action. After posting several Snapchat stories of himself lip-syncing and dancing along to the song, he edited them all together into a full-length video interpretation of his own. The clips feature Pratt’s wife, Heidi Montag, his beloved crystals, his beloved hummingbirds, and more. It’s kind of already as iconic as the original.
Then Swift made her way to the Jersey Shore. Twitter user @iamRY2K thought the line, “I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh! ‘Cause she’s dead!” would be a perfect mashup with a savage moment from season one of Jersey Shore. In it, Snooki picks up the phone and tells Angelina’s friend that she can’t come to the phone, ’cause “she’s dead.” SAVAGE. Snooki even tweeted her support of the mashup, saying, “LOL when that happened I immediately thought about that Miami episode! I LIVE for this!”
And because it wouldn’t be a meme if someone didn’t edit footage of President Obama’s speeches into a rendition of the song, here we have, well, footage of President Obama’s speeches edited to make it sound like he’s singing “Look What You Made Me Do.” Internet, you’ve done it again.
Do you have a favorite cover or mashup of “LWYMMD?” Let us know @BritandCo!
(Photo via Taylor Swift VEVO/YouTube)