Top 10 Songs That Use Samples

The Top Ten

Hung Up - Madonna Hung Up - Madonna Cover Art

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... "

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

Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio Cover Art

The chorus samples “Pastime Paradise” by Stevie Wonder.

Hips Don't Lie - Shakira Hips Don't Lie - Shakira Cover Art

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.

On the Floor - Jennifer Lopez On the Floor - Jennifer Lopez Cover Art

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

Stan - Eminem Stan - Eminem Cover Art
No Love - Eminem No Love - Eminem Cover Art
Sing for the Moment - Eminem Sing for the Moment - Eminem Cover Art

Cool, I heard this song today on the radio. It samples Dream On by Aerosmith.

We Will Rock You - Queen We Will Rock You - Queen Cover Art
U 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.

Mc Hammer version it's so bad ten I have to go with Rick James

Stronger - Kanye West Stronger - Kanye West Cover Art

The Contenders

Wind It Up - Gwen Stefani Wind It Up - Gwen Stefani Cover Art

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

Return 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

The 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

Gimme Some More - Busta Rhymes Gimme Some More - Busta Rhymes Cover Art
Take Me As I Am - Mary J. Blige Take Me As I Am - Mary J. Blige Cover Art

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

Ice 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. "

Who Gon Stop Me - Jay-Z & Kanye West Who Gon Stop Me - Jay-Z & Kanye West Cover Art
Just One Fix - Ministry Just One Fix - Ministry Cover Art
No Church in the Wild - Jay-Z, Kanye West & Frank Ocean No Church in the Wild - Jay-Z, Kanye West & Frank Ocean Cover Art
Idioteque - Radiohead Idioteque - Radiohead Cover Art
Hotel Room Service - Pitbull Hotel Room Service - Pitbull Cover Art

Hotel Room Service used a sample from Push the Feeling On by Nightcrawl & many people enjoyed it. Yet the riff also fit with this as well & gave it a new style.

When Love Takes Over - David Guetta

This took a huge sample from Clocks by Coldplay. Yet a mashup with Clocks was even performed live.

Don’t Wanna Go Home - Jason Derulo Don’t Wanna Go Home - Jason Derulo Cover Art

It used samples from the Banana Boat song by Harry Belafonte & Show Me Love by Robin S. However with the original Banana Boat song playing at 123 bpm & Show Me Love playing at 120 bpm, Jason and his producer had the song Don’t Wanna Go Home played somewhere in between those tempos, at 122 bpm.

Ridin' Solo - Jason Derulo Ridin' Solo - Jason Derulo Cover Art

It sampled Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve which sampled The Last Time by the Andrew Oldham Orchestra. The sample was clearly heard in the 1st version of Ridin’ Solo, but it wasn’t cleared at the time, so Jason reworked different sounding instruments while using the same melody. The original sample is still heard in the remix though & makes great reference to Bittersweet Symphony & The Last Time.

The Sounds of Science - Beastie Boys The Sounds of Science - Beastie Boys Cover Art

This song samples five Beatles songs: Back in the USSR, When I'm 64, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise), and The End. It also samples Walk from Regio's by Isaac Hayes, My Philosophy by Boogie Down Productions, Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved by James Brown, and Don't Sniff Coke by Pato Banton. If you want a masterclass in sampling, look no further than Paul's Boutique.

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