10 Songs That Use Samples You May Recognize

You ever hear a song and think “I’ve heard that before.”? Chances are, you have. Artists sample from older records all the time. Sometimes it’s just a quick snippet, sometimes it’s the entire beat. Here are 10 songs that use samples, along with the original songs!

Now, I could do 3 posts alone on Beyonce, Kanye, and Drake…so I’ll leave them out of this one. I could make this a weekly thing.

1. Notorious B.I.G. – Big Poppa

I’m sure you all know this track. What do you think it sampled?

I’ll tell you.

It’s the entire beat of the 1983 baby-maker, Between The Sheets by the Isley Brothers.

Here are both songs so you can hear it for yourself.

Man, both of these songs are great. There’s a possibility that I was conceived to Between The Sheets, but I don’t want to think about that.

2. Rihanna – S.O.S.

This one may be obvious.

Here’s a hint:

If you know 80’s music, you should hear the sample from Tainted Love by Soft Cell.

Check it out!

3. Mary J Blige – No More Drama

This one isn’t quite as obvious for everyone. You have to be a big fan of soap operas to get this.

Blige sampled the theme song for The Young And The Restless, titled Nadia’s Theme. If you check the songwriters on No More Drama, you will find the names Perry Botkin Jr. and Barry De Vorzon, the writers of Nadia’s Theme.

4. Panic At The Disco – Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time

Panic frontman Brandon Urie was influenced by a ridiculous song from the 80’s. He said he heard it when he was younger and thought “This is a party”

That song is Rock Lobster by the B-52’s.

You’ll hear that guitar riff throughout the song.

5. 2 Pac ft. Dr. Dre – California Love

I remember thinking I was cool blasting this song in my car…in Erie, PA. The least California-like place on the planet.

Pac and Dre used a sample from So Ruff, So Tuff by Roger Troutman, which isn’t the most obvious one on the list.

6. Mariah Carey – Honey

Mariah sampled not one song, but two on Honey.

The Body Rock by the Treacherous Three and Hey DJ by The World’s Supreme Team.

Let’s see if you can spot them.

7. Cardi B and Bruno Mars – Please Me

One baby-maker turns into another. Please Me samples Freek’n You by Jodeci. This one is pretty easy to spot.

8. Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise

It took a bit of time for Stevie Wonder to approve of this sampling of Pastime Paradise because of all of Coolio’s swearing. He finally got approval after he cleaned it up. This one is SO obvious.

9. Fall Out Boy – Centuries

This is one of many songs that sampled from the first song to ever be converted to MP3, Tom’s Diner by Suzanne Vega. You’ll hear the “duh duh duuuda duh”

10. Janet Jackson – That’s The Way Love Goes

This song is FULL of samples. Not one or two…four.

James Brown demanded approval of the lyrics before he would allow Jackson to sample Papa Don’t Take No Mess because he was pissed at rap groups for using his songs with foul language. Janet got approval pretty quickly for this one.

She also uses samples from Impeach The President by The Honey Drippers, If It Don’t Turn You On (You Oughta Leave It Alone) by B.T. Express, and Georgy Porgy by Toto.

Here are all 5 songs for you.

Conclusion: 10 Songs That Use Samples That You May Recognize

There we have it. 10 songs that use samples that you might recognize. There are countless more out there, so we will do this regularly. It’s fun to hear the songs side by side.

Hope you all enjoyed it and lets all have a great week!

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