Category: Samples

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Best Samples: Big Beat

Did you know that Billy Squier is most sampled classic rock artist of all-time? The most surprising thing is the tune “Big Beat”, not one of Billy’s big hits, has...

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Best Samples: Got To Be Real

Cheryl Lynn’s hit “Got To Be Real” is one of the most recognizable disco/funk bass grooves of all-time. The tune spent three weeks at #12 on the pop chart and...

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Best Samples: I’m Coming Out

Diana Ross released the tune “I’m Coming Out” in 1980 and it climbed to #5 during the last days of disco. Seventeen years later, The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy...

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Best Samples: Magic Carpet Ride

After Run-DMC’s 1986 mashup with Aerosmith on “Walk This Way”, rap artists started exploring sampling rock tracks. In 1988, Grandmaster Flash and the newly reunited Furious Five decided to blank...

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Best Samples: True

The guitar riff from the 1983 number one hit song “True” by Spandau Ballet is instantly recognizable. Whenever the 1980s are recreated cinematically, this iconic melody by Spandau Ballet is mystically in...

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Best Samples: Every Breath You Take

Per Wikipedia, “I’ll Be Missing You” is a song recorded by rapper Puff Daddy and Faith Evans, featuring R&B group 112, in memory of fellow Bad Boy Records artist Christopher...

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Best Samples: Owner of a Lonely Heart

Did you know that Owner of a Lonely Heart” by Yes was sampled in a fun rap song “Tic Tac Toe” by Kyper? “Tic Tac Toe” charted on the Billboard...

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Best Samples: Valerie

One of my favorite samples of all-time is from Steve Winwood’s 1987 remix of the tune “Valerie”. In 2004, Eric Prydz sampled “Valerie” in his dance hall hit “Call on...

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Best Samples: Wild Thing

One of the best samples of all-time is Tone Loc’s 1989 hit “Wild Thing” which samples Van Halen’s “Jamie’s Cryin”. The smooth combination of the familiar Van Halen rock track...

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Best Samples: It’s Tricky

Do you know what tune is sampled in Run DMC’s tune It’s Tricky? The Knacks’ 1979 hit My Sharona is sampled in It’s Tricky. Jam Master Jay’s excellent timing and...