Greatest Songs That Use Samples

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1Hung Up - Madonna

The music is based on ABBA's "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight). " Madonna wrote to ABBA members Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson personally to get their permission to use the sample. This was the second time ABBA had granted such a request.
Bjorn Ulvaaeus explained to the Sunday Telegraph how they were granted permission to the Queen of Pop: "Madonna wrote a very, very nice letter saying please please we have had a wonderful idea which involves Gimme Gimme. We said we would have to listen to it first but after half a minute I knew it was brilliant. That is one of the few we have allowed... " - Alexandr

Both the original and Hung Up are great- leave it to ABBA and Madge!

2Hips Don't Lie - Shakira

The intro comes from the song "Amores Como El Nuestro" by Jerry Rivera. The trumpet flourish was taken from the song "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)" by Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz.
This song was the most-played pop song in a single week in American radio history. It was played 9, 637 times in the week ending June, 2, 2006.
This was the top-selling single in the world during the 2000s. - Alexandr

3On the Floor - Jennifer Lopez

The song incorporates a sample of the 1989 hit single "Lambada" by Kaoma. Anyway, Jennifer and Pitbull made it look unique in its own way. On the Floor became a huge international hit. Thanks to them, younger people know who Kaoma is - Alexandr

4Return to Innocence - Enigma

The song's drum beat was sampled from the Led Zeppelin song "When the Levee Breaks. "
The song was used to promote several types of media in the mid 1990s, including being used in a television commercial to advertise the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Very beautiful track - Alexandr

5Wind It Up - Gwen Stefani

This song uses a sample of "The Lonely Goatherd" from the musical The Sound of Music.
Gwen Stefani says in the Daily Mail September 28, 2007: "You can only do a song like this if you don't care what people think. I grew up with that film and I cried when I heard the finished song. "
By the way, Gwen's track is awesome - should have been much bigger - Alexandr

6The Power - Snap!

"The Power" was a massive hit, and it was based on the rap from Chill Rob G's "Let The Words Flow" and a sample of Disco singer Jocelyn Brown's song "Love's Gonna Get You, " which is where the "I've got the power" line comes from.
The Power is one of the most memorable hits from the 90's - Alexandr

7U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer

The music is based on "Super Freak" by Rick James. That song was a hit in 1981, so many younger listeners did not know the beat was sampled. - Alexandr

8Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio
9Stronger - Kanye West
10Gimme Some More - Busta Rhymes

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11Take Me As I Am - Mary J. Blige

This samples "Garden Of Peace, " a 1979 song by Lonnie Liston Smith. Both songs are great - Alexandr

12No Love - Eminem
13Sing for the Moment - Eminem
14Who Gon Stop Me - Jay-Z & Kanye West
15Just One Fix - Ministry
16No Church in the Wild - Jay-Z, Kanye West & Frank Ocean
17Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice

This samples the 1980 song "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie. When this became a hit, it made "Under Pressure" more popular, as a lot of kids now recognized the tune. When Queen released their compilation album Classic Queen in 1992, they wrote in the liner notes: "In 1990 the bass and piano featured again on Vanilla Ice's number one single Ice Ice Baby. " - Alexandr

18Million Dollar Bill - Whitney Houston

This old school R&B/disco jam features a sample of American soul singer Loleatta Holloway's 1977 cut "We're Getting Stronger (The Longer We Stay Together). " Whitney sang it very well (RIP honey) - Alexandr

19Powerless (Say What You Want) - Nelly Furtado
20December Song - George Michael
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Top Remixes

1. Stronger - Kanye West
2. Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio
3. Gimme Some More - Busta Rhymes
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1. Hung Up - Madonna
2. On the Floor - Jennifer Lopez
3. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira
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