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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New Music Friday!

Time to clock out for the weekend because it’s New Music Friday! We’ve got chart-topping stars AND indie/small label artists today!

Classic. Don’t do caffeine pills, kids.

Ariana Grande – Test Drive

Test Drive comes off of Ariana Grande‘s Positions Deluxe edition. It’s 1 of 5 new tracks on the album, and it stays with that promiscuous theme.

Sex. It is most definitely about sex.

As you could imagine, Ari stans are losing their minds on social media.

It’s even killing people with Asthma

Let’s go ahead and listen to what all the chaos is about.

Pull up, pull up on me, ayy-ayy
Might just recline the seat when I want it
Give you a set of keys ’cause you own it
Pull up, pull up on me, ayy-ayy
No second-guessing, checking the rearview
Ain’t looking back unless it’s right at you

The Fiasco – Played Me At My Own Game

In our latest Indie Artist Interview, I talked to Adam and Tim of The Fiasco ahead of their newest release. The 4-man alt-rock band from England gives off that original Warped Tour vibe, and I am here for it. Influenced by bands like The Offspring and All Time Low, you can understand why.

Played Me At My Own Game will smack you in the face with nostalgia. Be sure to check out the interview and follow these guys before they blow up.

You changed up all the rules
To make me the fool
And god knows
I had a close escape

24kGoldn – 3,2,1

Only 20-years-old, Golden Landis Von Jones has himself another hit. Coming off the massive success of his last chart-topping single, Mood, 24kGoldn might be trending on TikTok again soon.

TikTok and Mood gave us this gem from @jrzl: Asian Mood.

The young 24kGoldn has a bright future ahead of him. Here’s his new single, 3,2,1.

3 sides to the story
Yours and mine and the god damn truth girl
2 lies that you told me
Said you love then you hate me I don’t know what to do girl
But 1 thang for sure
You can back that ass up n baby I want more

Trippie Redd, Travis Barker, Machine Gun Kelly, blackbear – PILL BREAKER 

This is an interesting collaboration that is blending the genres of hip-hop and rock together. Trippie Redd teamed up with former Blink 182 drummer, Travis Barker, to produce this fusion album, NEON SHARK vs Pegasus.

Redd’s new album features collaborations with Chino Moreno of the Deftones, MGK, blackbear, Scarlrxd, and Zillakami.

This drug-infused love song slaps, and honestly…I’m digging the whole 40-track album so far.

There’s purple in my 7up
I’m hurtin’ this is not enough (I’m hurtin’ I can’t fix it though)
I ate a Percocet for lunch (pop that perky yea)
I’m in heaven off this angel dust

Jane Handcock – Ion Like Dat

Introducing: Estabrook Road Records artist, Jane Handcock. The Oakland-born R&B singer-songwriter is coming in hot and she’s ready to make herself known. She has worked with some big names as a songwriter, including Kelly Rowland (who also has a new track out today,) Dr Dre, Ma$e, and producer Teddy Riley.

Jason Payne, CEO of Estabrook Road Records is putting Jane in the spotlight with her new single, Ion Like Dat.

“We just dropped Jane Handcock’s first single with us and I have to say, there’s a lot of excitement and buzz going on with this track. Jane is definitely a new artist on the rise and we are grateful to be apart of this journey with her.” Payne said.

Ion Like Dat is now available on all streaming platforms, and she will surely be hitting radio stations near you very soon!

That’ll do it for this week’s New Music Friday! For more new music from Chris Brown, Conan Gray, Lil Yachty, Luis Fonsi, and much more, listen to Spotify‘s New Music Friday playlist right here.

Tell me your favorite new track in the comments below!

Happy weekend, everyone!