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10 songs that never need to be sampled again

John Bonham
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Whatever your feelings about sampling, what can't be denied is that its impact on popular music has been immense. In recent years, countless hits have been built around loops lifted from existing songs.

During this time, it's become apparent that certain records attract the attention of samplists more than others. In fact, some tracks have been sampled so many times that the time has come for us to say, enough already...

1. Club Nouveau - Why You Treat Me So Bad

The distinctive hook from this classic slice of '80s R&B has been rinsed by the illustrious likes of P Diddy on Satisfy You (opens in new tab), Ashanti's Only U (opens in new tab) and, perhaps most famously, on The Luniz crossover hip-hop classic I Got 5 On It (opens in new tab).

2. The Isley Brothers - Make Me Say It Again Girl

The mellifluous yet funky ascending keys and bassline from one of the Isley Brothers' very finest moments was put to good use by Naughty by Nature on their anthemic Hip Hop Hooray (opens in new tab), Gangsta Blac's Ain't No Love (opens in new tab), and the legendary Tha Crossroads by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (opens in new tab).

3. George Clinton - Atomic Dog

Various elements from George Clinton's epic '80s funk track have been used to create the foundation of gangsta rap classics like Ice Cube's My Summer Vacation (opens in new tab), American Way by Nas (opens in new tab), Snoop Dogg's Who Am I (What's My Name?) (opens in new tab) and even MC Hammer's ghetto-tastic Pumps And A Bump (opens in new tab).

4. The Korgis - Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime

The melancholic piano and vocal from The Korgis' 1980 hit has been repeatedly sampled by dance artists, most notably NRG for 1992's breakbeat classic The Real Hardcore (opens in new tab) and Marc Et Claude for their trance interpretation I Need Your Lovin' (opens in new tab).

5. Isaac Hayes - Ike's Rap II

A track clearly beloved by Bristol trip-hop heads, the soulful strings and descending bassline of Ike's Rap II from the Black Moses album were sampled by Portishead for Glory Box (opens in new tab) and Tricky for Hell Is Round The Corner (opens in new tab), both in the mid-'90s.

6. Jimi Polo - Better Days

The lo-fi piano loop from this acid house-era classic has been reinterpreted by dance artists such as Congress for their rave anthem 40 Miles (opens in new tab), Slipmatt on his proto happy hardcore outing SMD#1 (opens in new tab), and even Norman Cook on Song for Lindy (opens in new tab) from the first Fatboy Slim LP.

7. Dave & Ansel Collins - Stalag 17

One of the classic dancehall riddims, Stalag 17 formed the basis of Bam Bam by Sister Nancy (opens in new tab), Tenor Saw's Ring De Alarm (opens in new tab), Fat Joe's Watch the Sound (opens in new tab), and DJ Dexterous and Rude Boy Keith's jungle rinse-out Wicked (opens in new tab).

8. The Mohawks - The Champ

The distinctive horn riff from this '60s funk workout has been sampled on dozens of hip-hop tracks, including Eric B and Rakim's Eric B Is President (opens in new tab), Big Daddy Kane's Smooth Operator (opens in new tab), KRSOne's Step into a World (Rapture's Delight) (opens in new tab) and T La Rock's It's Yours (opens in new tab).

9. Kraftwerk - Numbers

While Afrika Bambaataa's interpolation of Trans-Europe Express by Kraftwerk is arguably the most famous reinterpretation of the German futurists' work, their track Numbers has also featured on its fair share of tracks. These include '80s UK hip hoppers The Cookie Crew's Got to Keep On (opens in new tab) and 7 Aurelius's Numbers.

10. Led Zeppelin - When The Levee Breaks

While Led Zep were heavily inspired by blues artists of old, it's not as if they haven't had their own back catalogue plundered by others. Tracks as diverse as The Beastie Boys' Rhymin & Stealin (opens in new tab), Enigma's Return To Innocence (opens in new tab) and even Sophie B. Hawkins' Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover (opens in new tab) used the famous When The Levee Breaks beat.

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