Top 10 Songs that Were Sampled in Hits


The Top Ten

1 Dream On - Aerosmith

This list isn't about plagiarism - all songs were legally sampled by the newer artists, except for Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie, whose bassline was ripped off by Vanilla Ice for his hit "Ice Ice Baby". Vanilla Ice sampled the bassline illegally so to say. - Metal_Treasure

Understood. Mea Culpa. My earlier comments directly reflect my ignorance towards a particular genre. That being said, I have been led to believe that the practice of using other artists music "illegally" continues. Having not researched any of that admittedly leaves me at a disadvantage... If you feel my comments have in any way sullied your list, I will happily delete them when I check in later. This is a good list, pardon my ignorance. - Ned964

Ned964, that's OK. Don't worry. - Metal_Treasure

Sampled into Eminem's Sing for the Moment.
Why at #1? :
1) Dream On by Aerosmith is one of the greatest rock songs ever written
2) Dream On by Aerosmith is a hit song
3) Eminem song is a big hit, too - Metal_Treasure

2 Under Pressure - Queen ft David Bowie

They're both really good songs though...

The hit song of 1990 "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice is a more complicated case of sampling because the story started as a rip off case.
Vanilla Ice sampled the bassline but initially he denied the accusation of plagiarism and said he had modified it. So he did not originally pay songwriting credit or royalties to Queen and Bowie.
A lawsuit gave songwriting credit for the sample to Queen and Bowie. Vanilla Ice later claimed to have purchased the publishing rights to "Under Pressure" because buying the song made more financial sense than paying out royalties. - Metal_Treasure

3 Tutti Frutti - Little Richard

It was sampled in a 1956 novelty hit "The Flying Saucer", by Buchanan & Goodman - Metal_Treasure

4 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

Ned964, there's no problem with Kashmir and its sampling in Puff Daddy song - Puff Daddy didn't rip off Kashmir. Everything was legal and Jimmy Page was even featured in the song.
Also, as far as I know Kashmir is plagiarism-free unlike many famous Led Zeppelin songs.
This list doesn't focus on plagiarism - all songs were legally sampled except for Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie (Vanilla Ice ripped it off). - Metal_Treasure

In "Come With Me" by Puff Daddy ft. Jimmy Page.
I love Kashmir but I have mixed opinions about this collaboration (Puff Daddy and Jimmy Page). - Metal_Treasure

5 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) - ABBA

In Madonna's Hung Up - Metal_Treasure

6 Pastime Paradise - Stevie Wonder

Sampled in both Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" and Blue's "Curtain Falls". The latter was a top ten hit in several European countries in 2004, the other song was a worldwide chart topping song. - Martin_Canine

7 Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan

Samped in:
Rise by Gabrielle (1999)
The Lords Prayer by Siouxsie and the Banshees (1979)
Rayon De Soleil by William Baldé (2008).
(the song was covered over 50 times and some of the covers sampled it, too) - Metal_Treasure

8 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

I'm gonna make a list of songs this was sampled in one day. Not now, I'm bored. - isaaonrtdmtr

It was sampled in over 60 songs: from rapper Jay-Z to Prodigy...
Some of them are covers. - Metal_Treasure

9 Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne

It was sampled in:
Let's Go by Trick Daddy ft Twista and Lil Jon (2004)
Undead by Hollywood Undead (2008)
A Hunnit a Show by Nipsey Hussle feat. Rick Ross (2014)
Wir Haben Noch Zeit by Sido ft B-Tight (2006)
A Cura by Orelha Negra (2010) - Metal_Treasure

10 The Stroke - Billy Squier

Sampled in Eminem's Berzerk (2013) - phillysports

Pretty good, so was berzerk - EliHbk

The Newcomers

? Fools Gold - The Stone Roses

This great song was sampled and sadly made chavvy in Wretch 32 and Example's 'Unorthodox'. - Entranced98

The Contenders

11 Dragostea Din Tei - O-Zone

This one was sampled in Live Your Life by T.I. and Rihanna. - NiktheWiz

12 I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred

This one was sampled in Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift. - NiktheWiz

So sexy... it hurts
*cue repeated look what you made me dos* - ProPanda

13 Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon

All Summer Long by Kid Rock (2007)
Hit the Ground Running by Doves (2002)
One of Those Things by Dexys Midnight Runners (1985) - Metal_Treasure

14 Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-A-lot

This was sampled in Anaconda by Nicki Minaj. - NiktheWiz

15 Tiny Dancer - Elton John

Sampled in:
Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer) by Ironik ft Chipmunk and Elton John (2008)
Smash Your Head by Girl Talk (2006)
Tiny Dancer by Marco Demark ft Casey Barnes (2007) - Metal_Treasure

16 Thank You - Dido

Sampled in Eminem's "Stan". While acclaimed, it wasn't such a big hit in the US, peaking only at number 51, but it managed to top the charts in eleven other countries, so I guess it counts as a hit. - Martin_Canine

17 Nessaja - Peter Maffay

Sampled in the Scooter song of the same name, which entered the top ten in many countries and topped the German charts. The chorus of the Scooter song uses the first verse of Maffay's song, translated into English and re-recorded by a female singer, then pitched much higher. I don't know if that counts as a sample or only if the original recording is interpolated into the beat or used as part of the song.
Peter Maffay's 2010 re-recording was also sampled in "Erwachsen sein" by rappers Bushido & Sido, where the first verse was used as the chorus, and an instrumental string segment in the middle of the original song was used in the outro of the hip hop song. This undeniably counts as a sample, and the song has 20 million views on YouTube (an averagely successful German hip hop song has between 1 and 10 million), although it only peaked at number 29 on both the German and Austrian charts. I don't know if that counts as a hit song. - Martin_Canine

18 Marias Lied - Ilona Schulz

Sampled in Sido's "Hey Du", which peaked at number 4 on the German charts in 2009. It uses the first verse of the song as the chorus.

"Marias Lied" is a song from the West German musical "Linie 1", the sample is from its 1988 movie adaption. The movie is about a train that drives through all of Berlin, with all kinds of social groups from all classes entering. The verse of the song is about the heroine telling a stranger that appears to be sad a story about her life to help him. Sido's song is about his family escaping from East Germany to West Germany when he was little. Before the Berlin Wall was torn down and the countries reunited, Sido had to fight with bullying due to his origin, that's why he kept it secret for years, but in the 21st century, the country was so reunited that West and East Germans didn't have aby conflict anymore. In the end he concludes that even though he was once down, fate wanted him to succeed in the end, and that's what will eventually happen to the ...more - Martin_Canine

19 What is Love - Haddaway

Sampled in Eminem - No Love
Oh the irony. - isaaonrtdmtr

20 Long Tall Sally - Little Richard

Along with "Tutti Frutti", Buchanan & Goodman sampled it in their novelty hit of 1956 "The Flying Saucer" - Metal_Treasure

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