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Sampled Up
A counterpart of Covered Up when song number 1 gets sampled in song number 2, and song number 2 becomes so famous it eclipses song number 1. Maybe not to the point that people forget about the sampling, but to the extent that most listeners would probably draw the connection between the two when hearing the original.

This shouldn't be confused with interpolation - sampling involves taking a chunk directly out of one song, whereas interpolation means replaying it on your own instruments.

A variant of Older Than They Think; as Sampling is big in hip-hop and rap, most fans are young and often they aren't aware of the song being sampled. Unless they check The-breaks.com or WhoSampled.com. If song 2 is a parody of song 1, then it's suffered the Weird Al Effect.


Examples

  • Quick, anyone know "Amen Brother" by The Winstons? You should recognize the break...it's only been used in nearly every song that uses samples. Same goes for "Funky Drummer" by James Brown.
    • Notably, entire genres have been birthed from the Amen Break - jungle, breakbeat hardcore, drum & bass, and gabba, to name a few.
  • One Beavis And Butthead episode showed them watching the video of "Super Freak" by Rick James. Upon hearing the main riff, one comments, "Hey, it's Hammer time!".
    • James seems to have retaken his position in most people's memories as of late, thanks to the "I'm Rick James, bitch!" meme. God bless you, Dave Chappelle.
  • Quick, what do you think of first: James Mtume's "Juicy Fruit", or The Notorious BIG's "Juicy"?
    • Okay, here's another one: The Isley Brothers' "Between the Sheets", or Notorious B.I.G.'s "Big Poppa"? Whitney Houston's "One of Those Days"? Or Gwen Stefani's "Luxurious"?
  • "Security of the First World" was just a quick interlude on Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back between two more aggressive tracks. Lenny Kravitz then sampled the interlude's opening for Madonna's "Justify My Love". Later, when other artists sampled the interlude, like Insane Clown Posse did for their song "Bowling Balls", reviewers believed that it was the Madonna song being sampled, not "Security of the First World".
    • There are probably rap fans who are familliar with the pummeling riffs of "She Watch Channel Zero?!" without knowing they were sampled from Slayer's "Angel of Death".
      • And KMFDM fans who only know that riff from "Godlike."
    • Also, ABBA's "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" and Madonna's "Hung Up".
  • There are at least a few persons to whom this confusion happened between Queen/David Bowie's "Under Pressure" and Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby".
  • Da-da! Da-da! Da-da! Da-da-da-da-da! No, that wasn't from Eminem's "My Name Is", it's sampled from Labi Siffre's "I Got the...". (Joss Stone references it when her live performances of Siffre's song get to that riff: "Don't worry, I'm not going to rap.") It was also sampled by the Wu-Tang Clan six years earlier in "Can It Be All So Simple."
    • And speaking of Slim Shady, how about "Stan" sampling Dido's "Thank You"...and beating that single to the top of the charts? (Well, everywhere except the U.S., at least...)
      • "Stan" didn't just sample and outperform "Thank You", but also bolstered that song's success, and by extension Dido's career. She said she was thrilled to have been sampled by Eminem and appreciative of the Colbert Bump.
    • Depending on your audience, "Dream On" is just the basis for "Sing for the Moment".
  • Daft Punk are all over this trope, borrowing from lots of funky songs.
    • "Cola Bottle Baby" was even meta-sampled: originally by Edwin Birdsong, which was used by Daft Punk in "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger", which was used by Kanye West in "Stronger" (to be fair the original was horribly out-of-tune).
    • The intro of "I Love You More" by George Duke became the basis of "Digital Love".
    • "Can You Imagine?" by Little Anthony and The Imperials was used in "Crescendolls".
    • "Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?" by Barry Manilow was used in "Superheroes".
    • Sister Sledge's "Il Macquillage Lady" had its synth bass and guitar line reused in "Aerodynamic".
    • "More Spell on You" by Eddie Johns provides the basis of "One More Time".
    • "Break Down for Love" by Tavares was chopped and rearranged for "High Life".
    • Their co-production with Todd Edwards, "Face to Face", boasts some particularly inspired microsampling from Electric Light Orchestra's "Evil Woman".
    • "Robot Rock" uses a comparatively straightforward, unaltered sample of Breakwater's "Release the Beast".
    • "Contact"—the only track on Random Access Memories that contains a sample—uses the intro from The Sherbs' "We Ride Tonight"
  • Funk and Soul songs are an entire sub-category here.
    • Curtis Mayfield has had this a bit. Kanye West's "Touch the Sky" was a blatant lift from "Move On Up". Eminem slurred the chorus of "Pusherman" for "I'm Shady". "Eddie You Should Know Better" was sampled for Snoop Dogg's "G'z Up Hoes Down".
      • Kanye West also put a dance/electro beat behind a sample from "Little Child Running Wild" to create "Flashing Lights"
    • P-Funk. So many times. Honorary mention to Dr Dre, who's made an entire career out of swiping P-Funk riffs and slowing them down.
  • Try to count how many times people have used "Good Times" by Chic.
    • Technically, the only direct sampling of it is "Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang (and Brazilian rap "2345meia78"), but more than a few people have ripped it off. A few were justified (Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust", which emerged after bassist John Deacon spent time with Chic in the studio) and others really blatant (Vaughan Mason & Crew's "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll"). Then Jimmy Spicer capitalized on the latter song by sampling it in order to do a parody of "Rappers Delight."
      • Interestingly, there's a large part of the original recording of "Good Times" where nothing except the bassline plays. As such, Chic themselves now almost always insert a few of Sugarhill Gang's lyrics at that point, when performing live.
  • The Fugees' cover of Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly" is a bizarre combination of this and Cover Version, but not to a large extent.
  • "Groove is in the Heart" by Deee-Lite. That funky bass riff? "Bring Down the Birds" by Herbie Hancock, from the Blowup soundtrack.
    • "All Nite (Don't Stop)" by Janet Jackson. That funky guitar riff? "Hang Up Your Hang Ups" by Herbie Hancock.
    • "Sanctuary" by Madonna. That ethnic flute melody? "Watermelon Man" by Herbie Hancock.
    • US3's "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)" has that name for a good reason. The piano and brass part? "Cantaloupe Island" by Herbie Hancock.
  • The persistent guitar that backed Stevie Nicks's "Edge of Seventeen" was reused for Destinys Child's "Bootylicious". Played by Stevie herself in the video, no less.
  • How long will it take before Rihanna's "SOS" eclipses Soft Cell's "Tainted Love"?
    • Or, for that matter, before "Shut Up and Drive" is better known than New Order's "Blue Monday"? Only you have the power to decide. Choose wisely.
      • Both songs sample Covered Up versions, as "Tainted Love" wasn't originally by Soft Cell, and "Shut Up and Drive" actually samples Orgy's version.
    • Not to mention "Sexy Bitch" by David Guetta ft Akon.
  • Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" takes its riff from "Ma Baker" by Boney M.
  • Bloodhound Gang's "Bad Touch" (or the "do it like they do on the Discovery Channel" song) samples Pet Shop Boys' 1985 b-side "In The Night", or at the very least almost exactly duplicates the backing track.
  • Puff Daddy's "Come with Me" has sampled up Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir". As Judge Hellfire put it: "Listen, Cream Puff. I like my Led Zeppelin, on a Zeppelin album. NOT on the soundtrack to that god-awful Godzilla movie, which was about as big a Hollywood ripoff, as your whole career!"
    • Same with "I'll Be Missing You" and "Every Breath You Take." I want The Police on a Police album.
  • Pras' "Ghetto Supastar" samples "Islands in the Stream" by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton (and written by The Bee Gees).
    • The Bee Gees acknowledged this revival of their song on their 2001 Greatest Hits Album The Record, on which they sang a newly-recorded version of "Islands in the Stream" themselves – including one chorus where the lyrics changed to those of "Ghetto Supastar".
  • Kanye West sampled an instrumental from "Ammonia Avenue" by The Alan Parsons Project for his hit song "Heartless".
    • Another Kanye example: "Gold Digger" samples Ray Charles' "I Got a Woman", but depressingly few people know that. There's a reason why Jamie Foxx, fresh from an Oscar win for Ray, sings the melody.
    • "Power" is built out of samples - specifically of obscure disco band Continent No. 6's "Afromerica", a song called "It's Your Thing" by Cold Grits, and, most famously "21st Century Schizoid Man" by King Crimson. The remix samples "The Power" by Snap!
      • Kanye is basically the poster boy for sampling, although most of his tracks don't eclipse the original. For example, his "Diamonds (from Sierra Leone)" is more or less remembered than the original "Diamonds Are Forever" by Shirley Bassey. Or "Stronger" (minus the Harder, Better, and Faster(and the Cola Bottle.)).
      • And for James Bond songs, there's also Robbie Williams' "Millennium" sampling Nancy Sinatra's "You Only Live Twice" (the music video is even an Affectionate Parody of 007).
  • If you think the guitar riff from Janet Jackson's "Someone To Call My Lover" sounds vaguely familiar, hear America's "Ventura Highway" to realize just why it sounds vaguely familiar.
    • The chorus of "Someone to Call My Lover" uses "Gymnopédie No. 1", a classical piano piece by Erik Satie. it's played by a synth part that sounds like a chime.
    • Similarly, "All For You" samples Change's "The Glow of Love".
    • And "Rhythm Nation" takes from Sly And The Family Stone's "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)."
    • "Got 'Til It's Gone" samples "Big Yellow Taxi" by Joni Mitchell.
  • Shakira's "Hips Dont Lie" from Jerry Rivera's "Amores Como el Nuestro". They're different genres and markets, so most people not knowing the original may be due to that.
    • Hip-hop fans might recognize Rivera's track through its use in Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz's "Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)".
  • Not exactly the same thing, but most people doesn't know that The Ketchups' "Aserejé" is based on The Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight".
    • Which, in turn, is at least as well-known as Chic's "Good Times", which it samples.
    • And don't tell me the Sugarhill Gang's "Jump On It" (or at least Sir Mix-a-Lot's version) is not more well-known than "Apache," the original song it sampled.
    • "Apache" was also sampled in West Street Mob's "Breakdance (Electric Boogie)".
  • Although many performers have ripped off Luniz's classic "I Got 5 On It" (Puff Daddy and R Kelly got together to pinch this one, and bog-awful UK hip hoppers Big Brovaz had a go too), the track itself is built on at least three different samples, one being "Why You Treat Me So Bad?" by Club Nouveau.
  • Fatboy Slim. Everybody knows "Right Here, Right Now", "The Rockafeller Skank" and "Praise You". Nobody, however, knows "The Ashes, The Rain And I" by The James Gang, or "Sliced Tomatoes" by The Just Brothers, or even "Take Yo' Praise" by Camille Yarbrough. Unless they brought A Break From The Norm, which collects a load of the tracks together in their original form.
    • Norman really piles on the samples. "Praise You" alone crashes Camille Yarbrough's vocals next to a piano melody sampled from a rehearsal version of Hoyt Axton's "Captain America" (the one on this LP), the drums from Ruby's "Rock Me", a guitar riff lifted from a Disco version of "It's a Small World" (yes, no kidding), and the bridge also invites the rhodes melody of "Lucky Man" by the Steve Miller Band and the "Na, na, na, gonna have a good time!" part of the Fat Albert theme to the party.
    • Norman once admitted in an interview that in order to clear the samples used in "The Rockafeller Skank", he had to divide all the royalties among the four main songwriters he had borrowed from, and as a result he doesn't earn royalties from the song.
  • "Little Fluffy Clouds" is arguably The Orb's most famous track. It's a helluva lot more famous than the original "Electric Counterpoint (Fast)" by Steve Reich.
    • When the song came out, Alex Paterson also joked that people would be surprised if they found out the source of the drums, but he had been told not to by the record company because they wanted him to wait until after they'd cleared the samples to reveal their origin (this was shortly before Grand Upright Music, Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records Inc. made sampling harder), but it eventually was revealed that the drums were sampled from Harry Nilsson's "Jump in the Fire".
  • The bass line to Grandmaster Melle Mel's "White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)" is taken from post-punk group Liquid Liquid's "Cavern" (technically not sampled, since the backing track is the Sugar Hill house band playing it). Both songs actually came out the same year, but "White Lines" became much more famous, to the point where it's been often sampled itself.
  • An extremely rare video game example: "Work That Sucker To Death" by Xavier was used in the Japanese Sonic CD boss theme. There's a reason few American gamers are aware of that.
  • Flo Rida's "In The Ayer" is much more famous than the song it sampled, Pretty Tony's "Jam The Box."
    • Helped by the original song using a Technology Marches On example, Flo Rida's "Right Round" might surpass Dead Or Alive's "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)".
    • Flo Rida also had "Sugar", which samples Eiffel 65's "Blue".
    • There's also a double (triple?) sampling: "Good Feeling", Pretty Lights' "Finally Moving", and Avicii's "Levels" all sample from Etta James' "Something’s Got a Hold on Me". It has been argued that "Good Feeling" specifically samples "Finally Moving", but it's unquestionable that "Good Feeling" was released to capitalize on the popularity of "Levels".
  • Several of Pitbull's songs use sampled electro house basslines
  • The reason the guitar riff to BECK's "Devil's Haircut" has such a 60's garage rock feel to it is it's taken from "I Can Only Give You Everything", by Van Morrison's 60's band Them. And "Jackass" does the same to their cover of Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now Baby Blue".
  • Crazytown's hit "Butterfly" is primarily a loop of the Red Hot Chili Peppers instrumental "Pretty Little Ditty" over a hip hop beat. It can be kind of hard to hear that guitar and bass groove and not start thinking "come my lady, come come my lady..."
  • The Prodigy's "Firestarter" is built around two samples: a guitar-and-drums loop from "S.O.S." by The Breeders and the girl's voice that sings "Hey! Hey! Hey!" from Art Of Noise's Close (To The Edit).
    • The main lead guitar riff (the one in the intro) is, however, an original performance by guest guitarist Jim Davies.
    • Another Prodigy track, "Smack My Bitch Up", is more recognizable than most of what it sampled: "Funky Man" by Kool And The Gang, "In Memory Of" by Randy Weston, "House of Rising Funk" by Afrique, "Like This" by Mixmaster Gee and the Turntable Orchestra, "Critical Beatdown" and "Give the Drummer Some" by the Ultramagnetic MC's, and "Crazy Man" by the Prodigy. Only "Bulls on Parade" by Rage Against the Machine is as well-known as SMBU.
  • It's not that hard to hear Van Halen's "Jamie's Cryin" and at some point sing "Wild Thing!".
    • Same deal with "Funky Cold Medina," which is based on Free's "All Right Now." Unlike the aforementioned example, however, "All Right Now" remains the more famous song.
  • In some performances, Dick Dale will actually stop playing "Misirlou" at the moment The Black Eyed Peas sampled it for "Pump It" and sing the iconic "Turn up the radio/Blast your stereo/Right now," to the amusement of the audience. Judging from his facial expression and his statements after playing the song, he is not pleased about the sampling. Although The original Misirlu is actualy an old Greek song by Tetos Dimitriades from 1927
    • "My Humps" samples the beat and riff of Sexual Harrassment's "I Need A Freak".
    • And depending on your audience, "Time of my Life" is just the basis for "The Time (Dirty Bit)".
  • Brazilian band Barăo Vermelho's version of a Brazilian samba is not only a Covered Up version of it, but also a Sampled Up "Low Rider".
  • Most of the youth today probably know the epic piano from "The Way It Is" (Bruce Hornsby) from 2Pac's "Changes".
    • Speaking of 2Pac, most probably recognize the piano from Joe Cocker's "Woman to Woman" as the backing to his and Dr. Dre's "California Love".
  • "Waiting For A Star To Fall" by Boy Meets Girl died a death when three different artists sampled it more or less simultaneously (Cabin Crew as "Star To Fall", Sunset Strippers as "Falling Stars" and Mylo as "In My Arms"). Mylo's version is by far the best.
    • Mylo's version also samples the synthesizer riff from Kim Carnes' version of "Bette Davis Eyes", which may very well end up falling victim to this trope as well.
    • The Eurobeat tune "I Remember Why I Love You" by Nathalie also samples and/or interpolates WFASTF.
  • MIA's "Paper Planes" samples the The Clash song "Straight to Hell"
    • And then M.I.A. got sampled for T.I. and Jay-Z's "Swagga Like Us"
    • Listening to "Straight to Hell" after hearing "Paper Planes" is...interesting. For most of the song,it sounds like the sample is a heavily altered version of the main tune. Until you get to the line "And Mama-san said...", at which point shit gets real.
  • Play "He's the Greatest Dancer" by Sister Sledge to anyone who grew up in the 90's, and for the first couple bars they may be expecting it to become "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" by Will Smith.
    • Will Smith is a serial offender. "Will 2K" uses "Rock the Casbah", and you'll never guess the name of the song he sampled for "Just the Two of Us"...
    • Don't forget "Wild Wild West", sampling Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" and Kool Moe Dee's song with the same name. The video actually features both of them in it, so at least he gave them their props.
    • Or "Miami", based off The Whispers' "The Beat Goes On''.
    • And "Men In Black", which samples the bassline and interpolates the chorus melody of Patrice Rushen's "Forget Me Nots", which was also sampled in George Michael's "Fastlove". Both Will and George's interpretations were Number One hits in the UK.
    • He even did this as the Fresh Prince (accompanied by DJ Jazzy Jeff), sampling the theme to I Dream of Jeannie in "Girls Ain't Nothin' But Trouble."
    • Also, his 1991 hit "Summertime" samples a loop from Kool and The Gang's "Summer Madness".
  • Enya's "Boadicea" was used in "Ready or Not" by The Fugees and later "I Don't Wanna Know" by Mario Winans. As with the example above, both uses of the sample were Number One hits in the UK.
  • When you hear "Free your mind and...", do you picture:
    • En Vogue singing "...the rest will follow" over some R&B?
    • Funkadelic chanting "...and your ass will follow?" over feedback-heavy freaky funk?
  • Ever heard of a Finnish prog-rock instrumental called "The Madness Subsides" by Pekka Pohjola? Probably not. But if the tune sounds vaguely familiar, you can thank DJ Shadow for that.
  • "Un Amor Original" by Sophy. "Istanbul" by Cora. Never heard of them, right? But how about RJD2's "1976"?
  • Steely Dan has had a fair number of songs that are obscured by sampling (well to those youngins and all who didn't really listen to their parents' music). Some songs of their's that have been sampled include "Kid Charlemagne"("Champion"-Kanye West), "Peg" ("Eye Know"-De La Soul), and "Black Cow" ("Deja Vu"-Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz)
  • Most people of the young generation are completely unaware that "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio samples the Stevie Wonder song, "Pastime Paradise." Though knowledge of this was a big part of the reason Coolio was subjected to so much derision that "Weird Al" Yankovic "disrepsected his song" with "Amish Paradise."
  • WWF/E fans may remember Metallica's "Sad But True" as The Undertaker's theme song, Kid Rock's American Badass when he started his "Bikertaker" gimmick in May 2000.
  • Several disco songs from the 70's became well known club house hits in the 90's and 00's. Jackie Moore - This Time Baby, Michael Zager - Let's All Chant and The SOS Band - Take Your Time were all used for the foundations for tracks from Freemasons, Gusto and Maximillion respectively
  • Perhaps one of the most famous example of a sample going completely viral is the a capella of Loleatta Holloway's "Love Sensation" which was used by Black Box (in 1989 worldwide chart-slayer "Ride On Time"), Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch and Cevin Fisher amongst countless others.
  • SWV's "Right Here" samples the intro (and then some) of the Michael Jackson song "Human Nature". In turn, Chris Brown sampled "Right Here" in "She Ain't You".
    • Jermaine Dupri's "Been Away" (of Drumline fame) borrows liberally from "I Wanna Be Where You Are," including some of the vocals.
  • The music in the Harlem driving levels of Die Hard Trilogy for the PlayStation samples Public Enemy's "Bring The Noise", which has also been sampled in many real-life songs, eg The Prince of Rap's "This Beat Is Hot", 4Hero's "Mr. Kirk's Nightmare", and DJ Schwede's "Here We Go Again".
    • Freestylers' "Freestyle Noize", Bomb The Bass' "Megablast"... yeah, it gets sampled a lot.
    • And a meta-Sampled Up from the same song: "Bring The Noise" opens with a sample of a Malcolm X speech. And then Hideki Naganuma samples that same speech for the final boss theme of Sonic Rush.
    • The titular sample of Public Domain's "Rock Da Funky Beats", also used in DJ Faber's "Music I Like" and the above-mentioned Freestylers song, comes from another Public Enemy track, "Caught, Can We Get A Witness?"— a track which, ironically enough, is all about Public Enemy's own use of sampling.
  • "Ooh, I just know that something good is gonna happen..."Utah Saints had a hit with "Something Good" in 1992 featuring that line, which charted again with a remix in 2008. Both versions were more popular than Kate Bush's "Cloudbusting", the source of the sample.
  • "Another Dimension" by Timmy Vegas and Bad Lay Dee samples the organ riff from Crystal Waters - Gypsy Woman(which has been sampled several times before), and the robotic vocals from the Beastie Boys - Intergalactic.
  • The acid riff from the Pump Panel remix of New Order's "Confusion", heard in Blade, was sampled up by Public Domain in "Operation Blade", and by the Warp Brothers in "Phat Bass" around the same time. More recently, it appeared in Oscillator X's "Singularity".
  • Orbital's "Halcyon (& On & On)" uses reversed vocal samples from the Singing Simlish refrain of Opus III's "It's a Fine Day".
    • The break of "One Perfect Sunrise" samples/interpolates the second interlude of Kraftwerk's "Autobahn", which was also sampled in New Order's "Krafty".
  • The obscure one-track wonder Dominatrix - "The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight" was sampled in Junior Cartier's "Women Beat Their Men", then meta-sampled in Terranova's "Angie(OST)".
  • PM Dawn's "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" uses samples from '80s New Wave stars Spandau Ballet's song "True".
    • And "Looking Through Patient Eyes" is based largely on George Michael's "Father Figure".
  • True Faith & Final Cut's "Take Me Away" was sampled by The Crystal Method, in "Come With Me", and The Prodigy, in "Warrior's Dance".
  • That catchy electronic riff that's the basis for Smash Mouth's "Walkin' on the Sun"? That's actually sampled from "The Swan's Splashdown", a track by electronic music pioneers Perrey and Kingsley's album In Sounds from Way Out.
  • Does Vittorio Monti's "Csárdás" sound familiar to you? Maybe a little, right? Well, I'll tell you why. Feast your ears.
    • On a related note, there's a good chance you're familiar with Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina's song "Stereo Love", it being a popular song in North America nowadays (read: 2010). That said, there's a much better chance that you've never heard "Bayatılar", a song composed by Eldur Mansurov, who is Azerbaijani, which "Stereo Love" is built around. Maya himself stated that he "[hopes] to personally meet with Eldur Mansurov".
  • Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love => Mariah Carey - Fantasy. Does anyone remember the original? It's actually mentioned on one-hit wonder retrospectives a lot, but would it have made it on without the sample? Probably not.
    • Genius of Love was also sampled by Mark Morrison for "Return Of The Mack".
  • Did "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr. sound familiar to you? Huey Lewis thought so. And a court agreed with him, awarding damages to Lewis for the fact Parker had basically lifted the riff from "I Want A New Drug" for the song.
  • Heard of "South Bronx" by Boogie Down Productions, or "Watch Out Now" by The Beatnuts? They were both sampled in music/Jennifer Lopez's "Jenny From The Block".
  • "Man in the Moon" by Fragma (2003) samples the riff from "Cafe Del Mar"(Three n One remix) by Energy 52 (1997), and so is basically that song With Lyrics.
  • How about Booty Bounce by Dev? The song will probably sound unfamiliar to you. Then, Poppin' bottles in the ice...
    • Of course, both songs were released in 2010, and Dev did get a credit on the single.
  • Len's "Steal My Sunshine" is tightly anchored around the piano solo from Andrea True's 1976 disco hit "More More More".
  • Garbage's "Stupid Girl" prominently samples the opening drum part from "Train in Vain" by the Clash. In fact, "Stupid Girl" opens with the drum part, so when you hear it on the radio you have to wait a few seconds to find out if you're listening to it or "Train in Vain".
    • If it helps: Garbage's song starts with the drums at a steady volume and some background industrial noise, The Clash have the drums fade in slowly by themselves.
  • The intro of Rick Castle(aka Andrea Girbaudo aka Starkly Ice)'s "Dolce Vita Tonight" samples the bassline of the obscure 80's song "Dolce Vita" by Ryan Paris.
  • The famous "It Takes Two" song by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock uses samples from Lyn Collins' song "Think".
    • Also, the lyrics of the refrain are sampled in "Two to Make It Right" by Seduction.
      • ...which also samples Tom Jones' "Think I better dance now!" from the Art of Noise's version of Prince's "Kiss", which had Jones on lead vocals. The "Think I better dance now!" line was because the song was going into a instrumental part.
    • "It Takes Two" itself might be known to younger listeners as a sample in Snoop Dogg's "I Wanna Rock" and the Black Eyed Peas' "Rock Your Body".
  • The techno song "Outa Space" (not to be confused with "Out Of Space" by The Prodigy) by Mellow Trax (aka DJ Mellow D) samples the refrain of the reggae song "Chase The Devil" by Max Romeo.
    • For that matter, so does that Prodigy song.
  • Cybotron's "Clear" sampled the ascending synth glissando from Kraftwerk's "The Hall of Mirrors", then it was meta-sampled in Missy Elliot's "Lose Control".
  • The one-track wonder "Pump Up the Volume" by M|A|R|R|S sampled its titular phrase from "I Know Ya Got Soul" by Eric B. & Rakim, as well as using two dozen other obscure samples.
  • The now mostly-forgotten (at least in the US) "Smalltown Boy" by Bronski Beat has a memorable riff that has been the basis for "Tell Me Why" by Supermode, was also interpolated in "Cry For You" by September, and been borrowed for a fair few other songs besides.
  • Furries in a Blender released a song called Crazy, which promptly disappeared into obscurity until a YouTube Poop that combined it with the theme from I. M. Meen was put up. Nowadays, the I.M. Meen version is much more well-known, to the point where most people don't even realise it was a different song in the first place.
  • The refrain of Candi Staton's rare B-side "I Know" has been sampled a lot, including in Bowa's "Different Story", the Freestylers' "Don't Stop", and Tiga's "You Gonna Want Me".
  • Parodied in "Magic Man" the Bad Lip Reading of "My Chick Bad" by Ludacris, which omits Nicki Minaj's involvement and pretends to have sampled (another Bad Lip Reading of) "Too Much Heaven" by the Bee Gees.
  • Mr. Scruff's "Get A Move On", famous from its use in commercials, is based on the little-known Moondog song "Bird's Lament".
  • Jordin Sparks' "SOS (Let the Music Play}"(not to be confused with the other SOS song mentioned above) seems to have to done this to Shannon's original "Let the Music Play".
  • Many viewers of X-Men: First Class were left puzzled as to why Gnarls Barkley's "Run" was used in a montage sequence in the otherwise 1960s Period Piece. Of course, the answer is that the background music was actually Keith Mansfield's "Junior Jet Set".
  • "Nautilus" by Bob James, the jazz song most sampled by hip-hop artists. According to The Other Wiki, "Some of the hip hop songs that have sampled or interpolated this song include "Beats To The Rhyme" by RUN-DMC, "Children's Story" by Slick Rick, "Follow The Leader" and "Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em" by Eric B. & Rakim, "Daytona 500" by Ghostface Killah, "My Mind Spray" by Jeru The Damaja, "Job Song" by Consequence, "Murray's Revenge" by Murs, and "Take It Back" by the Wu-Tang Clan."
  • The songs "Werewolves of London" and "All Summer Long", by Warren Zevon and Kid Rock respectively, are almost identical interpolations of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama". Same tempo, same chord progression, same main instruments. "All Summer Long" was indeed based on both "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Werewolves of London," not to mention the former being referenced in the lyrics.
  • "Whoomp! (There it Is)", the sole hit of Tag Team, samples its bassline from the intro of "I'm Ready" by Kano.
  • Baz Luhrmann's "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" does this to "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)" (using both the chorus and the musical backing from the version featured in Romeo + Juliet, which was directed by Luhrmann).
  • Older Than Radio: Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture samples (or "quotes") the French national anthem La Marseillaise. It also samples God Save the Tsar, the Russian anthem prior to the Russian revolution.
  • Stigma & Master Mixin' Mondo's "Don't Knock It" samples the synth of The Police's "Wrapped Around Your Finger".
  • Color Me Badd's "All 4 Love" heavily samples the minor 1966 soul hit "Patch My Heart" by The Mad Lads (co-written by Isaac Hayes), to the extent that it's only a couple steps away from being a full-on remake with new lyrics.
  • A vocal sample from Sylvester's 1970's disco hit "You Make Me Feel" made its way into Real 2 Reel's 90's dance hit "I Like To Move It"; repeated throughout the song, although casual listeners (especially people who associate the song with Madagascar) might not recognize it in its context. The instrumental backing of YMMF was also the basis for the late 90's filter disco-house track "Fly Away" by Eyes Cream (not Eye Scream).
  • "Call on Me" by Eric Prydz, famous for its stripperific eroticized aerobics video, derives its Looped Lyrics from an '80s song, "Valerie" by Steve Winwood. In turn, "Call on Me" was sampled in LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" and one of the remixes of Cobra Starship's "Good Girls Go Bad".
  • The first and third verses of Supertramp's "Breakfast in America" ("Take a look at my girlfriend, she's the only one I've got...") is now best-known by younger audiences for its usage in Gym Class Heroes' "Cupid's Chokehold" (and it's not even the original, but a cover by Patrick Stump).
  • One-hit wonders 3rd Bass did a diss track in 1992 called "Pop Goes The Weasel", a rap calling out the commercial success of MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice, and their respective heavy looping of "Super Freak" and "Under Pressure" to craft their hits...all the while sampling up Peter Gabriel's hit, "Sledgehammer". Of course, it climbed the pop charts, and the video got MTV airplay with the same kind of mainstream audience Ice and Hammer helped them reach.
  • Shaggy's "Angel" uses "Angel of the Morning", recorded by various artists beginning with Juice Newton and Merilee Rush.
    • It also uses "The Joker" by the Steve Miller Band.
  • "Battle Flag" by Lo Fidelity All-Stars caused an unusual variation that could be called "remixed up": It was originally created as a remix of a song of the same name by Pigeonhed, which set that song's vocals to totally different music and threw in some additional rapping. After appearing on Pigeonhed's 1997 remix album Flash Bulb Emergency Overflow Cavalcade of Remixes, it became the lead-off single for Lo Fidelity All-Stars' 1998 album How To Operate With A Blown Mind, newly credited as "Lo Fidelity All-Stars featuring Pigeonhed".
  • A chain of samples: the "Knight Rider" theme by Stu Phillips was sampled in "Fire It Up" by Busta Rhymes, which in turn was used as the basis for "Mundian To Bach Ke" by Panjabi MC, whose intro was sampled in the track "Grand History" from the game "La-Mulana". Phew!
  • Covenant's "Slowmotion" samples the rhythm and bassline from Aphex Twin's "Polynomial-C", which itself sampled the Amen Break.
  • The spoken-word lyrics from Praga Khan's "Phantasia" were sampled near-simultaneously in three different trance tracks: "Waves" by Space Planet, "Into My Brain" by Mario Lopez & Red Sector, and "X-Santo" by DJ Jan.
  • The techno loop in Max Payne's Ragna Rock stage is actually a snippet from the song "Corruptor" by former Future Crew member and MOD musician Skaven, who was also a member of the development team at Remedy Entertainment.
  • Robin S.'s 1993 house hit "Show Me Love" (no relation to the 1997 R&B song by Robyn) is mostly unknown by the current generation, but its synthesizer riff appears in Jason Derulo's "Don't Wanna Go Home", which also interpolates Harry Belafonte's "Day-O (Banana Boat Song)". It's riff also made a less obvious appearance in Kid Ink's "Show Me".
  • Beyoncé's "Crazy In Love" samples the horn hook from The Chi-Lites "Are You My Woman", and the horns provide a base for the song.
  • How many people recognized Sly and the Family Stone's "Trip to Your Heart" in LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out?"
  • Biz Markie used "(You) Got What I Need", a relatively obscure 1968 R&B hit by Freddie Scott, as the basis for "Just a Friend". Austin Mahone then turned it into his own hit, "Say You're Just a Friend".
  • People familiar with Ini Kamoze's "Here Comes the Hotstepper" might be surprised to know the "na na na na na..." chorus is actually from "Land of a Thousand Dances."
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