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In the words of producer Mark Ronson, "In music, we take something we love and build on it." Sampling is just that: taking a song we love and crafting it into something new and of our own identity. It's an art, one that's found its way into iconic classics.
Sampling in music is defined as "the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a sound recording in a different song or piece." Its origins began with experimental musicians who would physically handle tapes and vinyl. But the popularity of sampling caught on quickly with electronic and disco music in the 1970s and 1980s and spread like wildfire. Sampling has been the backbone for the development of several different genres, but this holds especially true for hip-hop, which stems from spinning and sampling.
The larger impacts of the craft are evident, but to what lengths have samples influenced songs that were inspired by them? Here are the top five sampled songs of all time.