Sounds that Were Sampled in Hits

Nobody’s ever made a list like this on this website in history, so here’s a unique list I thought about & is clever. Everyday sounds & unique sounds that were sampled in hit songs.

The Top Ten

Australian Pedestrian Traffic Signal Stutters

These are heard when an Australian pedestrian traffic light says go, a stuttering sound that caught Billie Eilish’s ears to sample it in her #1 hit Bad Guy. Yet she said “that sounds lit” & recorded a sample for her song. Bad Guy’s unique for its authentic sounds including this & became her most popular song, ending the record-setting streak of Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road (ft. Billy Ray Cyrus) as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, breaking that record at the time.

Billie Eilish has lot's of weird sounds like that used in her music matches striking Invisalign being removed etc.

Airplane Roars

The roar of airplanes have been used in some songs such as electronic songs including Madonna’s songs from her album Confessions on a Dancefloor.

Cat Meows & Purrs

The meows & purrs of cats were sampled in the songs in Run the Jewels’ album Run the Jewels 2.

Mario Coin Sounds

Mario’s become really popular & the sound of the coins in the games are no exception. In fact they were sampled in Boys by Charli XCX pitched up by 2 keys.

Howie Dorough’s Windbreak

His repulsive windbreaks were recorded by Max Martin and sampled in the Backstreet Boys’ song The Call. How crazy is that?

Loon Stutters

The stutter of a loon was sampled in Nicki Minaj’s notorious song Anaconda which blatantly sampled Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-Lot even though the song’s titled Anaconda which is a type of snake.

Elephant Trumpets

Elephants make trumpeting sounds which were not only sampled in the roars of tie fighters in Star Wars (which also sampled the sounds of road vehicles braking on wet roads), but were also sampled in Missy Elliot’s song Work It. They were also sampled in Bang on the Drums All Day by Todd Rundgren.

Horse Neighs

The neigh of a horse was sampled in many renditions of the song Sleigh Ride, which is fitting as animals like horses were related & especially the giddy-up line. They were also sampled in the song Bang on the Drums All Day by Todd Rundgren. Yet they were also sampled in Good Guys Only Win in Movies by Mel & Tim (which got sampled in Insane in the Brain by Cypress Hill) along with the clean version of Sexting by Blood on the Dancefloor in place of the profanity.

Chicken Clucks

The song Bang on the Drums All Day by Todd Rundgren sampled the sounds of animals including chickens, which is crazy as animal sounds were a big part of the hit song. Yet they were also sampled in the clean version of Sexting by Blood on the Dancefloor in place of the profanity.

Water Dripping

Water drops are common sounds we hear everyday. In fact the sound of one was sampled in the song Labyrinth by Noah Cyrus. Such beautiful artistry sounds like this can make.

The Contenders

Helicopter Roar

The song Another Brick on the Wall by Pink Floyd sampled a helicopter's roar as the story included the Marine corps & troops. Though it wasn’t Kobe Bryant’s helicopter. R.I.P. Kobe & Gigi.

Heart Beat

It’s a known fact that Taylor Swift sampled her own heartbeat in Wildest Dreams. She captures a lot of attention for her reasons. Yet Halsey sampled her own heartbeat in the darker song Killing Boys.

3-Series (F30) BMW Start Up Chime

The startup chime of a 3-Series (F30) BMW was sampled in Sad by XXXTentacion. His death was a sad day for the rap & general music industry. R.I.P. XXXTentacion 1998-2018.

Facetime Ringtone

The popular ringtone from FaceTime was sampled in Power by Ellie Goulding (which also sampled Be The One by Dua Lipa).

Phone Number Dial Tone

The dial tone heard when you press a phone number button was sampled in I Like Him by Princess Nokia.

Busy Phone Tone

It was sampled in the live version of Hung Up by Madonna as well as Telephone by Lady Gaga.

Alarm Clock Ring

The familiar sound of an alarm clock ticking & ringing was sampled in Hung Up by Madonna, her greatest dance song of all time.

Used in “Time” by Pink Floyd

Cash Register

From "Money" by Pink Floyd

Squeaky Bed Springs

The sounds of bed springs squeaking were sampled in songs such as Some Cut by Trillville, Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay by Big Sean ft. Kanye West & Roscoe Dash, & Bad by Wale ft. Tiara Thomas.

School Bell Ringing

It got sampled in many songs. The latest hit to sample it was Ain’t My Fault by Zara Larsson.

Church Bells

Used in “High Hopes” and “Fat Old Sun” by Pink Floyd.

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