Top 10 Songs That Use Samples

The Top Ten
1 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!

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

The chorus samples "Pastime Paradise" by Stevie Wonder.

3 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.

4 Anaconda - Nicki Minaj Anaconda - Nicki Minaj Cover Art

It directly sampled Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-A-Lot, yet that directly sampled Technicolor by Channel 1.

I agree. This song is utter garbage. Even Nicki has much better songs

This isn't a good song.

5 Stan - Eminem Stan - Eminem Cover Art
6 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

7 Gold Digger - Kanye West Gold Digger - Kanye West Cover Art

He directly sampled the vocals & lyrics from I Got a Woman by Ray Charles (which was his biggest hit). Ray Charles was WAY better than Kanye West will ever be. Gold Digger also interpolated the lyrics from Another Story to Tell by Mass & directly sampled the lyrics from Bumpin' Bus Stop by Thunder & Lightning. R.I.P. Ray Charles.

8 Run the World (Girls) - Beyonce Run the World (Girls) - Beyonce Cover Art
9 No Love - Eminem No Love - Eminem Cover Art
10 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.

The Newcomers

? Yeah! - Usher Yeah! - Usher Cover Art
? Go Hard - Kreayshawn Go Hard - Kreayshawn Cover Art

It interpolated the hook from Mr. Personality by Gillette in 1995 (which in turn interpolated the hook from Rock Lobster by the B-52's in 1978).

The Contenders
11 Cheers (Drink to That) - Rihanna Cheers (Drink to That) - Rihanna Cover Art

It directly sampled I'm With You by Avril Lavigne.

12 Whatcha Say - Jason Derulo Whatcha Say - Jason Derulo Cover Art

Directly sampled the vocals & lyrics from Hide & Seek by 1 hit wonder Imogen Heap & became his greatest hit.

13 We Will Rock You - Queen We Will Rock You - Queen Cover Art
14 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

15 Stronger - Kanye West Stronger - Kanye West Cover Art
16 Don't Stop the Music - Rihanna Don't Stop the Music - Rihanna Cover Art

It directly sampled the vocals & lyrics from Wanna Be Startin Something by Michael Jackson which interpolated Soul Makossa by Manu Dibango (1 of disco's godfathers). R.I.P. to 2 truly talented pioneers & legends.

17 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.

18 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

19 Call on Me - Eric Prydz Call on Me - Eric Prydz Cover Art

It interpolated Valerie by Steve Winwood & became his biggest hit.

20 Don’t Stop the Party - Pitbull Don’t Stop the Party - Pitbull Cover Art

It directly sampled multiple elements from Funky Vodka by TJR (who was also featured in Pitbull's track) & that directly sampled Funky Kingston by Toots & the Maytals. R.I.P. to the leader & vocalist of the Jamaican band (& without a doubt the biggest artist in Reggae after Bob Marley). Toots Hibbert (1942-2020).

21 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

22 Gimme Some More - Busta Rhymes Gimme Some More - Busta Rhymes Cover Art
23 I Like It - Enrique Iglesias I Like It - Enrique Iglesias Cover Art

Interpolated the lyrics from All Night Long by Lionel Richie & became his greatest hit (& 1 of Pitbull's too).

24 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

25 Just One Fix - Ministry Just One Fix - Ministry Cover Art
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