Acapella: "21 Guns" - Green Day
Instrumental: "True Faith" - New Order
"21 Guns" is one of my favorite Green Day songs, and while many mashups use the instrumental, almost none use the acapella, so I figured it was unavailable. Wrong! A quick Google search revealed a nice clean studio acapella, which baffled me. Why are the vocals so underused in the mashup community? As a singer and former lyricist, the vocals are the emotional crux of the song for me.
So... I made a mashup. I quickly paired it down to three potential suitors, slept on it, then woke up to narrow it down to a late-80s electro-pop dance track that fit so well, the mashup was pretty much done in 5 minutes. I spent hours tweaking it, just to feel like I actually really worked on it. Not sure anyone besides me is going to care about a Green Day vs. New Order mashup in 2020, but hey, my little modern rock heart loves these two songs, separated by 22 years, yet sounding perfect together.