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Amen Break
Four bars. 5.2 seconds.

In 1969, a Soul/Funk group called the Winstons came out with an album called Color Him Father. On the B-side of that album was a song called "Amen Brother". It contained within it a 5 second drum solo. This drum break, called the amen break, has the distinction of being the single most sampled piece of music in modern history. Every genre, from Hip-hop, to Techno, to Rock has used it at one time or another. It is one of the most ubiquitous pieces of music in modern pop culture. Whole genres of music owe their very existence to it. The genre(s) of Jungle and/or Drum-n-Bassnote  are pretty much built entirely around the creative use of the Amen Break; sometimes chopping the sample into tiny pieces and building completely new beats out of pieces.

It can be heard here. Hear more about its history here. Read one scientist's theory on how it is mathematically perfect here


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    Music 0- 9 
  • ΅-Ziq – "Carpet Muncher"
  • ΅-Ziq – "Grape Nut Beats (Pt.1)"
  • ΅-Ziq – "Meinheld"
  • Two Live Crew – "Feel Alright Yall"
  • 3rd Bass – "Wordz of Wisdom"
  • 3rd Bass – "Portrait Of The Artist As A Hood"

    Music A-D 
  • A-Sides and MC Fats – "Crazy V.I.P"
  • Abstract – "The Message"
  • Acetate – "Cold Steel Pressure"
  • Acetate – "Noir"
  • Afro Kid – "Yo DJ"
  • Alaska - "Alaska"
  • Altern-8 – "Re-Indulge"
  • Amazon II – "Booyaaa!"
  • Amon Tobin – "Nightlife"
  • Andy C – "Cool Down"
  • Aphrodite – "Bomber"
  • Artificial Intelligence – "There For You (D Kay Remix)"
  • Atari Teenage Riot – "Sick To Death"
  • Atari Teenage Riot – "Raverbashing
  • Atari Teenage Riot - "Deutschland (Has Gotta Die)"
  • The Avalanches - "Tonight (Commix Remix)"
  • Babylon 5 – "Yes Yes"
  • BabyMetal - "Catch Me if You Can"
  • Back 2 Basics – "Horns 4 95"
  • Bassnectar and Datsik - "YES"
  • Daniel Bedingfield - "I Can't Read You"
  • Bizzy B – "16 Track Relic"
  • Bizzy B – "2099 Dub"
  • Bizzy B – "Afraid Of The Dark"
  • Bizzy B – "Bad Boy Sound"
  • Bizzy B – "Bless This Sound (feat. Equinox and TDK)"
  • Bizzy B – "Creation"
  • Bizzy B – "Darkside"
  • Bizzy B – "Deep, Dark And Nastie"
  • Bizzy B – "Deep In My Soul"
  • Bizzy B – "Exceeding The Speed Of Sound"
  • Bizzy B – "Fire"
  • Bizzy B – "Flava"
  • Bizzy B – "Jah Works"
  • Bizzy B – "Merda Style 2004 (feat. Equinox)"
  • Bizzy B – "Sound Test"
  • Bizzy B – "Strength"
  • Bjφrk - "Crystalline"
  • Bombah - "Bumbarasclaat"
  • Bong-Ra - Most, if not all, songs by this artists
  • Bokusatsu Shoujo Koubou - "Amen Storm"
  • David Bowie – "Little Wonder"
  • Breakage - "Staggered Dub"
  • Brockie, Ed Solo & DJ Kane – "Outboard"
  • C418 - "If you don't know what to do just steal the amen break"
  • Capone – "Jah"
  • Ceephax Acid Crew – "Dog Drum N Bass"
  • Cex – "Am I Soundboy"
  • City Connection - "Impact"
  • Clint Mansell - π Soundtrack: "πr^2" and "2πr"
  • Concept 2 – "Cause n Effect"
  • Covenant - "Slow Motion"(resampled from Aphex Twin's "Polynomial C")
  • Covenant - "Storm"(chopped and sped up)
  • The Crόxshadows - "Flame"
  • Cuevox - "Feathers & Machineguns"
  • DΕΕTH – "Illuminator"
  • – "Droppin' Science Vol. 1"
  • Dead Dred – "Dred Bass"
  • Deee-Lite – "Come on In, the Dreams are Fine"
  • Digital – "Sounds Of Freedom"
  • Digital – "Waterhouse Dub"
  • Digital – "Waterhouse Dub (A-Sides Remix)"
  • Dillinja – "Acid Trak"
  • Dillinja – "Fluid"
  • Dillinja – "Fusion (Remix)"
  • Dillinja – "I Wanna Know"
  • Dillinja – "Mutha* ucka"
  • Dillinja – "Super DJ"
  • Dillinja – "The Angels Fell"
  • Dillinja – "Violent Killa"
  • DJ Format - "Vinyl Overdose"
  • DJ Hype – "Tigerstyle (Krome & Time Remix)"
  • DJ Hype & DJ Zinc – "Musically Dope (Ganja Kru Remix)"
  • DJ Rap – "Digable Bass"
  • DJ SS – "Black"
  • DJ SS – "Orange"
  • DJ SS – "Rollidge"
  • DJ SS – "The Intro"
  • DJ Starscream – Sword Sharpening Remix feat. Shannon Mitchell
  • DJ Sy – "The Chain"
  • DJ Zinc – "6 Million Ways"
  • DJ Zinc – "Feel"
  • DJ Zinc – "It's Like That"
  • DJ Zinc – "On Fire Tonight"
  • DJ Zinc – "Reachout (Remix)"
  • DJ Zinc – "Super Sharp Shooter"
  • DJ Zinc feat MC GQ – "Bring The Danger"
  • Downlink - "Android"

    Music E-H 
  • Ecchi-chan - Most, if not all, songs by this artist
  • Ellis Dee - "Junglist Warrior"
  • Ellis Dee & MC Fats – "97 Style"
  • Enduser – "Kill It"
  • Eric B and Rakim – "Casualties of War"
  • EMF - "Unbelievable"
  • Equinox – "Acid Rain V.I.P"
  • Equinox – "Do You Understand Me?"
  • Eurobeat Brony - "A True, True Friend"
  • Feint- "We Move"
  • The Flashbulb – "Amen Iraq"
  • Foozogz - "Twilight's Insanity," "Sweetheart," etc.
  • Foul Play- "Finest Illusion"
  • Freestylers – "Breaker Beats Part 1"
  • Funky Technicians – "Airtight"
  • Ganja Kru – "Magic"
  • Ganja Kru – "New Frontiers"
  • Ganja Kru – "No Fear"
  • Ganja Kru – "Plague That Never Ends"
  • Ganja Kru – "Science"
  • Ganja Kru - "Super Sharp Shooter"
  • Gearwhore - "Passion (Harley mix)"
  • Goldie – "Chico: Death of a Rock Star"
  • Heavy D – "Let it Flow"
  • Heavy D – "Flexin'"
  • Heavy D – "MC Heavy D!"
  • Heavyweight – "Oh Gosh"
  • Hive – Ultrasonic Sound
  • Hixxy & Sharkey – "Toy Town"
  • Hrvatski – "Apostle"
  • Hrvatski – "Atelier"
  • Hrvatski – "Carrot (Hrvatski's Nightvision)"
  • Hrvatski – "Catstep/My Kitten/Catnip-Vatstep DSP" remix of Kid 606
  • Hrvatski – "Cirrus Minor", a cover of the Pink Floyd song
  • Hrvatski – "Corcoran"
  • Hrvatski – "El-Ron are Dangdut Kings"
  • Hrvatski – "Epoxy (Live)"
  • Hrvatski – "EWC 1"
  • Hrvatski – "Ghatam)"
  • Hrvatski – "Paint It Black", a cover of The Rolling Stones song
  • Hrvatski – "Pulse"
  • Hrvatski – "Rhetoric"
  • Hrvatski – "Routine Exercise"
  • Hrvatski – "Sucka"
  • Hrvatski – "You Didn't Look High Enough"

    Music I-L 
  • Icu – "Chotto Matte A Moment!"
  • Jackal Queenston - "Bus Rida"
  • Jackal Queenston - "Humanoid"
  • The JB – "Back To Life (The Dedication)"
  • J Majik – "Your Sound"
  • J Majik – "Arabian Nights"
  • JMJ & Richie - "Beyond Therapy"
  • John B – "Green"
  • John Rolodex – "Rinse It (Amen Mix)"
  • Johnny Jungle - "Johnny"
  • Josh Wink - "Higher State of Consciousness"
  • Juggler feat. Errol Wild - Bad Boys
  • Just Jungle - "Come Fe Nice It Up"
  • Just Jungle - "Double Crisp"
  • Just Jungle - "Pause"
  • Ray Keith – "Chopper (Original Mix)"
  • Ray Keith – "Dark Soldier"
  • Ray Keith – "Dirty Chopper"
  • Ray Keith – "Dread Colony
  • Ray Keith – "Dread Jungle Techno"
  • Ray Keith – "Eastern Promise"
  • Ray Keith – "Jah Dread"
  • Ray Keith – "Nina's Rinse"
  • Ray Keith – "Plasma"
  • Ray Keith – "Sinister (Bad Boy)"
  • Ray Keith – "Tear Out"
  • Reizoko Cj - Most, if not all, tracks by this artist
  • Kings of the Jungle - "Bad Boy Tune"
  • Kitsune^2 - "Everybody Rush"
  • KLF – (as The One World Orchestra) – "The Magnificent"
  • Klippa - "Turn Back"
  • KMFDM - "Son of a Gun"
  • Krome & Time – "Ganja Man"
  • Krome & Time – "The Licence"
  • L Double & Younghead - "New Style"
  • Lemon D – "Get Dirty"
  • Lemon D – "Static"
  • Lemon D – "This is Los Angeles"
  • Lenny De Ice - "We are I.E."
  • Lesser – "Mensa Dunce Squad (Leg Up Program)"
  • Lesser – "This Is What We've Become"
  • Lifer's Group – "Jack U. Back (So You Wanna Be a Gangsta)"
  • Lords of Acid – "Crablouse"
  • LTJ Bukem – "Demon's Theme"

    Music M-P 
  • MA 3 – "Those DJ's"
  • Mad Capsule Markets - "Pulse"
  • Maestro Fresh Wes – "Bring it On"
  • Mampi Swift – "Rock It"
  • Mampi Swift – "Tripped"
  • Mantronix – "King of the Beats"
  • Mask – "Mad Professor"
  • Mask – "Square Off"
  • Mask & Gang Related feat Swabe – "Dictation (Remix)"
  • Mayhem - "120 Red"
  • Mayhem - "Spinback"
  • Alex Megane - "Stars"
  • Mental Power – "Red"
  • Moby - "Feeling So Real"
  • Monstar - "You're Gonna Want Me"
  • Movement Ex – "KK Punani"
  • Moving Fusion – "Thunderball"
  • Mr. 76ix - "Dr. Eamprie Stress"
  • N.W.A. – "Straight Outta Compton"
  • Nasenbluten – "Big Gonads"
  • Nasenbluten – "Hurricane 2000"
  • Nasty Habits – "Shadow Boxing (Remix)"
  • Nelly Furtado - "Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)"
  • Netsky - "Memory Lane"
  • Netsky - "Prisma"
  • Nice & Smooth – "Dope Not Hype"
  • Noisia - "The Tide"
  • Paul Oakenfold "James Bond Theme (Bonus Beats)
  • Oasis – D'you Know What I mean?'
  • Omni Trio - Who Are You (Aquasky Remix)
  • Orbital – "Satan"
  • Paradox – "Hologram"
  • Pascal – "Turn It Over"
  • Perry Farrell - "Whole Lotta Love" (a cover of the Led Zeppelin song)
  • Pitchshifter - "Genius"
  • Pitchshifter – "Hidden Agenda"
  • Pitchshifter - "Microwaved"
  • Prisoners Of Technology – "The Trick Of Technology"
  • Prizna - "Fire (Urban Shakedown Jungle Mix)"
  • The Prodigy – "Mindfields"
    • "Poison"
  • Public Enemy & Anthrax - "Bring the Noise"

    Music Q-T 
  • Ram Trilogy – "Huggy Bear"
  • Ram Trilogy – "Titan"
  • Remarc – "Bad Bwoy"
  • Remarc – "Bad No Bloodclart"
  • Remarc - "Help Me"
  • Remarc - "Menace"
  • Remarc – "R.I.P"
  • Remarc – "Ricky"
  • Remarc - "Soundmurderer"
  • Remarc - "Soundmurderer (Loafin' In Brockley Mix)"
  • Remarc - "Thunderclap"
  • Remarc - "Virtua Cop"
  • Renard Queenston - Most, if not all, songs by this artist
  • Renegade featuring Ray Keith – "Terrorist"
  • Rennat & inZtance - "Serenity"
  • Salt-N-Pepa – "I Desire"
  • Schoolly D – "How a Black Man Feels"
  • Seba - "Car Crash"
  • Seba - "Forever"
  • Secret Chiefs 3 – "Jγbalqγ"
  • Shitmat – "Amen Babylon"
  • Shitmat – "More Fire('93 Ting Mix)"
  • Shy FX and UK Apache – "Original Nuttah"
  • Shy FX - "Funksta"
  • Shy FX – "This Style"
  • Skeptic – "Tear"
  • Skream & Cluekid - Sandsnake
  • SL 2 – "S.L. Electro"
  • Slip Knot – "Eyeless"
  • Sonic Youth - "Bull in the Heather"
  • Soundmurderer & SK-1 - "Dreader Than Dread"
  • Soundmurderer & SK-1 - "Dreader Than Dread (Remix)"
  • Special K – "Twist (Ray Keith Remix)"
  • Special K & The Dream Team – "Switch (Remix)"
  • Splash – "Babylon"
  • Splash Collective Vol.3 – "Rebels"
  • Squarepusher – "A Journey to Reedham "
  • Squarepusher – "Anstromm-Feck 4"
  • Squarepusher – "The Barn "
  • Squarepusher – "Bonneville Occident"
  • Squarepusher – "Central Line"
  • Squarepusher – "Come On My Selector"
  • Squarepusher - "Cooper's World"
  • Squarepusher – "Eviscerate"
  • Squarepusher – "Go! Spastic"
  • Squarepusher – "Hello Meow"
  • Squarepusher – "I Wish You Could Talk"
  • Squarepusher – "Male Pill Part 5"
  • Squarepusher – "Mind Rubbers"
  • Squarepusher – "The Modern Bass Guitar"
  • Squarepusher – "My Red Hot Car"
  • Squarepusher – "North Circular"
  • Squarepusher – "Planetarium"
  • Squarepusher – "Plotinus"
  • Squarepusher – "Port Rhombus"
  • Squarepusher – "Problem Child"
  • Squarepusher – "Steinbolt"
  • Squarepusher – "Tomorrow World"
  • Squarepusher – "Tundra"
  • Squarepusher – two untitled tracks on "Burningn'n Tree"
  • Squarepusher – "Vic Acid"
  • Squarepusher – "Welcome To Europe"
  • Stephen Walking - "Motions"
  • Technical Itch – "The Rukus"
  • The Third Eye Foundation – "Semtex"
  • Third Rail – "The Apprentice" trilogy
  • Theory – "Conquering Lion"
  • TNT – "2 Degrees"
  • Total Science – "Squash"
  • Total Science – "Squash VIP"
  • Trampa - "Daleks (Drumstep VIP)"
  • Trampa - "Something"
  • Trinity – "Amen Bleeps"
  • Twisted Anger – "Dread Come To Conquer"
  • Twisted Anger – "Dread Come To Conquer (Remix)"
  • Twisted Anger – "Mothership"

    Music U-Z 
  • Urban Shakedown – "Some Justice '95"
  • Undercover Agent – "Oh Gosh"
  • Unreal Tournament – Alexander Brandon – "Foregone Destruction"
  • Unwritten Law – Introduction track on "Here's to the Mourning"
  • Varien- Mirrors
  • Venetian Snares - "Aaron2"
  • Venetian Snares - "Circle Pit"
  • Venetian Snares – "Dance Like You're Selling Nails"
  • Venetian Snares - "Eurocore MVP"
  • Venetian Snares - "Gentleman"
  • Venetian Snares - "Ghetto Body Buddy"
  • Venetian Snares - "Hajnal"
  • Venetian Snares - "Hajnal 2"
  • Venetian Snares - "Hand Throw"
  • Venetian Snares – "Herbie Goes Ballistic"
  • Venetian Snares - "Koonut-Kalifee"
  • Venetian Snares – "Kιtsarkϊ Mozgalom"
  • Venetian Snares – "Mαsodik Galamb"
  • Venetian Snares – "Szamαr Madαr"
  • Venetian Snares – "Szerencsιtlen"
  • Venetian Snares - "Twelve"
  • Venetian Snares - "Welfare Wednesday"
  • Venetian Snares - "Who Wants Cake?"
  • Wots My Code – "Dubplate"
  • Yoshiki Hayashi of X Japan, in some of his drum solos.

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Hoo boy, it'd be easier to list songs that don't have this break in some form.
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