10 songs you didn’t know where sampled

Can you give me an ex-sample?

They say that eventually there will be no new music, in the same way that the ‘Original Thought Theory’ suggests that everything ever said, has already been said by someone else.

This lot (below) however, prove it’s simply a case of either changing the key or upping the tempo. Sampling is a production method that’s been used by artists for years, in which they select a part from another artist’s song and cram it into their own.

It’s not a new technique by any means and it remians as prolific as ever in today’s music scene. The trick is sourcing a fairly unknown track from years gone by, and therefore allowing the listener to assume they’ve came up with that catchy pop riff, all on your own. Easy peasy.

Music will undoubtedly chase its own tail but maybe this is a good place to start when thinking about where today’s music is coming from. I apologise in advance if I’m about to ruin your favourites artist’s once thought creative genius.

1. Flo Rida – I Cry / Brenda Russell – Piano In The Dark

2. Eric Prydz – Call On Me / Steve Winwood – Valerie

3. Will Smith – Miami / The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On

4. Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight / Chic – Good Times

5. Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger / Edwin Birdsong – Cola Bottle Baby

6. Public Enemy – Harder Than You Think / Shirley Bassey – Jezahel

7. Prodigy – Stand Up / Manfred Mann Chapter III – One Way Glass

8. Pitbull ft TJR – Don’t Stop The Party / Toots & The Maytals – Funky Kingston

9. Rizzle Kicks – When I Was a Youngster / The Clash – Revolution Rock

10. Kanye West ft Lupe Fiasco – Touch The Sky / Curtis Mayfield- Move On Up

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