11 Times You Heard Led Zeppelin And Didn’t Even Know It

These iconic riffs continue to ripple across the radio to this day — just not on your regular classic rock station. Get to know the ever-strong rock ‘n’ roll roots of Led Zeppelin even better by streaming their entire catalog, now available on Spotify.

1. Beastie Boys – “She’s Crafty”

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The classic from Licensed to Ill, produced by Rick Rubin, is entirely built upon Jimmy Page’s riff from “The Ocean.”

2. Enigma – “Return to Innocence”

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The iconic Bonham drums from “When the Levee Breaks” serve as the backbone to your favorite music infomercial moment of the ’90s.

3. Sean Kingston – “Me Love”

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The band’s reggae vibes from “D’yer Mak’er” get lifted from the start of Kingston’s 2007 hit song.

4. Eminem – “Kim”

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Just as Dr. Dre used “When the Levee Breaks” to back up a major moment on The Chronic, he employed the same deep drums on “Kim” as he helmed production on The Marshall Mathers LP, kicking in at the 0:13 mark.

5. Bun B – “Gladiator”

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The dark and fuzzy tones of “No Quarter” supply some power to the Houston rapper’s hit single from 30 seconds in and onward.

6. Björk – “Army of Me”

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With a slight skip and jump, the “Levee” drums are also the driving force behind Björk’s breakout single from 1995.

7. Ice-T – “Our Most Requested Record”

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The West Coast and elsewhere went crazy when Ice-T made “Heartbreaker” all his own back in 1987.

8. Sophie B. Hawkins – “Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover”

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John Bonham’s heavy breakbeat from “When the Levee Breaks” kicks into the bridge at 0:59.

9. Jurassic 5 – “Lesson 6: The Lecture”

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Bonham’s brilliantly syncopated breakbeat from “The Crunge” takes over this iconic group’s instrumental at the 2:18 mark.

10. Seal – “Crazy”

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The heavily percussive bridge of this ’90s cornerstone is also interwoven with John Bonham’s beats from “The Crunge” at the 2:44 mark.

11. Beastie Boys – “What Comes Around”

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Zeppelin stayed part of the Beastie Boys’ formula when they began to work with The Dust Brothers instead of Rick Rubin, who used the intro drums of “Moby Dick” as all the featured breakbeats on “What Comes Around” from Paul’s Boutique.

Check out all the samples head-to-head against the originals right here, and dive even deeper into the Zeppelin library right now on Spotify.

All references thanks to WhoSampled.com

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