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18 Famous Songs That I Bet You Didn't Know Sampled Other Famous Songs

Wait, Destiny's Child sampled Stevie Nicks?!

1. M.I.A's hit "Paper Planes" samples the melody from "Straight to Hell" by The Clash.

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2. The guitar riff at the start of Destiny's Child's "Bootylicious" is straight from "Edge of Seventeen" by Stevie Nicks.

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3. That very same riff is also used in Miley Cyrus' "Midnight Sky."

4. You might not realise that the chorus of "Stan" is a part of a whole song other song – Dido's "Thank You."

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5. Enya’s “Boadicea” has been sampled loads of times, but the most unexpected genre blend is in Mario Winan’s “I Don’t Wanna Know.”

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6. The guitar on DJ Khaled & Rihanna's "Wild Thoughts" is right from "Maria Maria" by Santana.

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7. Quite randomly, Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" uses the melody from "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred.

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8. And Eminem obviously loves a good sample because he used elements from Aerosmith’s 19773 hit “Dream On” in “Sing for the Moment.”

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9. 00’s kids will know that the chorus of Jason Derulo’s “Watcha Say” was born from a few lines of “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap.

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10. And Madonna used the synthesized melody from Abba's "Gimme Gimme Gimme" to spice up her 2004 hit "Hung Up."

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11. The “oh-a-oh’s” in Nicki Minaj and Will.I.Am’s "Check it Out" are lifted straight from the 1981 history-making hit "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles.

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12. Drake’s “Nice for What” takes inspo from a lot of different places, but his use of “Ex-Factor” by Lauryn Hill is just *chef’s kiss.*

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13. Drake also used Timmy Thomas’ ‘70s hit “Why Can’t We Live Together” for “Hotline Bling.”

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14. If you’ve heard Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust,” you know that it’s heavily used in “Hollaback Girl.”

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15. Most artists tend to draw on older songs for samples, but Kendrick Lamar's 2017 hit “Loyalty” borrowed vocals from a song that was released just a year before – “24k Magic” by Bruno Mars.

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16. Stevie Wonder fans will know that Ja Rule used the hook of “Do I Do” in his 00’s hit “Livin’ it Up.”

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17. While Amy Winehouse wrote the lyrics to “Tears Dry On Their Own,” the creators of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” are credited for the melody.

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18. And finally: this technically isn't a sample, because One Direction didn't give anyone from The Who writing credits for "Best Song Ever," but parts of it sound incredibly similar to "Baba O'riley."

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You can listen to all of the sampled songs and the hits they spawned in the playlist below, and don't forget to tell us your favourite song samples in the comments!

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