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Say Hallelujah! Classic Samples Of Classic Songs

If you've caught Panic! at the Disco's new single, "Hallelujah," then you've heard the way the Vegas-formed band has utilized a sample of Chicago's "Questions 67 & 68" to great effect...and if you haven't caught the single yet, we've embedded the video below, so there's that problem solved! In celebration of this use of a classic song to create a new classic, here are four other occasions when a similar sonic situation has occurred.

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1. Wu-Tang Clan, “Preacher’s Daughter” / Dusty Springfield, “Son of a Preacher Man”

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In 2011, Raekwon announced that the Wu-Tang Clan were in the process of working on a new album, and while it likely took longer than anyone in the group ever anticipated, 2014's A Better Tomorrow thrilled fans to no end, as it was the first full-length effort from the Clan in seven years. While the critics were less pleased - it's hard to deliver a perfect Wu-Tang album without Ol' Dirty Bastard - there were nonetheless highlights to be had, one which was "Preacher's Daughter," a track built around an easily recognizable sample from Dusty Springfield's classic single, "Son of a Preacher Man."

2. Meek Mill, “Amen” / The Doobie Brothers, “Minute by Minute”

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Released as the first single from his full-length debut, 2012's Dreams and Nightmares, Meek Mill's "Amen" - a collaboration with Drake which features uncredited contributions from Jeremih - was called blasphemous by some religious organizations. Ironically, that's also what a number of Doobie Brothers fans called it when they felt their memories of "Minute by Minute" were tarnished by a sample of the song turning up in "Amen." Hey, you can't please everyone.

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3. Lupe Fiasco, “All Black Everything / Jimmy Durante, “I’ll Be Seeing You”

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When Lupe Fiasco first presented Atlantic Records with his album Lasers, their reaction was less than enthusiastic, to the point where they countered by offering him some other songs to record, but when the album finally came out, it hit #1, so it's obvious Fiasco was onto something. Still, you have to consider what the label must've thought when they heard "All Black Everything" and found a Jimmy Durante sample. ("The Old Schnozzola," as he was known, was great, but he's not exactly hot with the kids.)

4. Kid Rock, "All Summer Long" / Warren Zevon, "Werewolves of London"

Actually, Kid Rock's 2007 party anthem samples more than just one artist - it doesn't exactly take serious concentration to hear Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama," and you can find Steve Miller and Michael Jackson in the mix, too - but it's that piano from the late, great Warren Zevon's signature single, "Werewolves on London," that stands head and shoulders above them all.

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