Greatest Songs That Use Samples


The Top Ten

1 Hung 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!

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2 Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio

The chorus samples “Pastime Paradise” by Stevie Wonder.

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3 Hips 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

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4 On 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

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5 Stan - Eminem UListen to Sample
6 No Love - Eminem UListen to Sample
7 Sing for the Moment - Eminem UListen to Sample
8 U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer

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

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

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9 Wind 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

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10 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 - Alexandr

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The Contenders

11 Stronger - Kanye West UListen to Sample
12 We Will Rock You - Queen

Queen sucks!

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13 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 - Alexandr

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14 Gimme Some More - Busta Rhymes UListen to Sample
15 Take Me As I Am - Mary J. Blige

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

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16 Who Gon Stop Me - Jay-Z & Kanye West UListen to Sample
17 Just One Fix - Ministry UListen to Sample
18 No Church in the Wild - Jay-Z, Kanye West & Frank Ocean UListen to Sample
19 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. " - Alexandr

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20 Million 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

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21 Powerless (Say What You Want) - Nelly Furtado UListen to Sample
22 December Song - George Michael
23 Anaconda - Nicki Minaj

This isn't a good song.

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

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24 Fantasy - Mariah Carey UListen to Sample
25 Mercy - Kanye West UListen to Sample
26 Clique - Kanye West UListen to Sample
27 Gold Digger - Kanye West UListen to Sample
28 Psycho - Dope D.O.D. UListen to Sample
29 Rhymin' and Stealin' - Beastie Boys UListen to Sample
30 The Way Life Goes - Lil Uzi Vert UListen to Sample
31 Idioteque - Radiohead UListen to Sample
32 Godlike - KMFDM

Samples Slayer.

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List Stats

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Top Remixes

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


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