Though the mash up era has come and gone, I kind of wonder when my interest in it stopped. One of the pinnacles of the mash up era hit with the song 'Boulevard of Broken Songs' by mash up DJ Party Ben. The California-based DJ worked on local radio with his half hour show 'Sixx Mixx' and built a name for himself with the rise of the mash up. Currently, Party Ben works at Pandora Radio working with dance and electronica.
'Boulevard of Broken Songs' was Party Ben's break out song and went viral on the internet pretty quickly. The track takes samples from 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' by Green Day, 'Wonderwall' by Oasis, 'Writing to Reach You' by Travis, and 'Sing for the Moment' by Eminem which was later replaced with 'Dream On' by Aerosmith. The result is what all mash ups aim for: a hard driving hook-heavy song that mixes perfectly in key, tone, and tempo. I absolutely love this song and toss it on whenever I want to transport myself back to the early aughts.