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

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.

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 Contenders

11 Dragostea Din Tei - O-Zone
12 I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred

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
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 Super Freak - Rick James

When this song comes on, I always think it's U Can't Touch This. - allamassal

Sample on you can't touch this

17 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

18 Maria Maria - Santana
19 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

20 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

21 What is Love - Haddaway

Sampled in Eminem - No Love
Oh the irony.

22 Long Tall Sally - Little Richard

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

23 Sunny - Bobby Hebb

Sampled in Cro's "Easy", which peaked at number 2 in Germany and number 4 in Austria. - Martin_Canine

24 Children - Robert Miles
25 The Last Time - Rolling Stones

Orchestral version sampled in Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve

26 You Gotta Fight for Your Right - Beastie Boys

Sampled in Eminem's Berzerk - EliHbk

27 Stand by Me - Ben E. King

Sampled in:
Stand by Me by The Beatles (cover)
Beautiful Girls by Sean Kingston (2007)
My Darlin' by Miley Cyrus ft Future (2013)
Don't Play That Song (You Lied) by Ben E. King (1962)
My Banyo Queen by Andrew E. ft Rica Peralejo (2001) - Metal_Treasure

28 Shape of My Heart - Sting

What hit song was it sampled in? I know it's sampled in Sugababes' "Shape", but I think this was only of moderate success in all countries it was released in. - Martin_Canine

Sampled in:
The Message by Nas (1996)
Shape by Sugababes (2002)
Rise and Fall by Craig David ft Sting (2002)
Emotional by Carl Thomas (2000)
Break You Off by The Roots ft Musiq Soulchild (2002) - Metal_Treasure

29 Hot Blooded - Foreigner

Sampled in:
Polkas on 45 by "Weird Al" Yankovic (1984)
Funky Cold Medina by Tone Loc (1989)
Las Vegas by Pablo Francisco (1997) - Metal_Treasure

30 When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin
31 Crazy on You - Heart
32 Knuck If You Buck - Crime Mob
33 Amen Brother - The Winstons
34 Smooth - Santana
35 Tere Mere Beech Mein - Lata Mangeshkar & S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

Sampled in Britney Spears’ “Toxic”. - SoulEater8

36 Are You My Woman? - The Chi-Lites

Sampled in “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé. - SoulEater8

37 Take On Me - a-ha

Sampled in “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull. - SoulEater8

38 Pon de Floor - Major Lazer

Sampled in “Run The World (Girls)”, by Beyoncé. - SoulEater8

39 A Little Bit of Love - Brenda Russell

Sampled in “The Way” by Ariana Grande. - SoulEater8

40 It’s My Party - Lesley Gore

Sampled in “Pity Party” by Melanie Martinez. - SoulEater8

41 Freedom! '90 - George Michael

Freedom listen to it makes you hear his sinning voice

42 Acidjazzed Evening - Janne Suni

A chiptune that was sampled illegally in the Timbaland & Nelly Furtado song 'Do It'. Timbaland's comeback for stealing the tune was the fact lots of musicians use samples (clearly flawed when they do it legally and he didn't) and acted like it was okay just because Janne Suni isn't widely known worldwide. I'm still thanking the Gods this so-called 'king' is rightfully fading away from the mainstream himself. - Entranced98

43 Eighties - Killing Joke

Sampled in Nirvana's ‘Come As You Are’ - Undistinguished

44 Kids - MGMT

Heavily sampled in 'Opposite of Adults' by Chiddy Bang. The original is a million times better - the Chiddy Bang one is pretty obnoxious. - Entranced98

45 Fools Gold - The Stone Roses

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

46 Lovefool - The Cardigans

Some of the chorus was blatantly sampled in 'Love Me' by Justin Bieber. - Entranced98

47 Push the Feeling On - Nightcrawlers

Heavily sampled in 'Hotel Room Service' by Pitbull. - Entranced98

48 21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson

Sampled in POWER by Kanye West - kempokid

49 Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
50 Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
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