They Sampled Who? The Surprising Songs Behind Some of Our Favorite Jams

April 26, 2012 ‐ By


Ever been somewhere and heard a song that stopped you dead in your tracks? Not because it was just THAT good, but simply because you knew you you had heard that song in a different form sometime before. Or maybe that’s just me. It happens all the time to moi, and these days, there aren’t too many songs that haven’t been sampled. And when I tell people, “Did you know that ____ sampled ____??” the shock and surprise on their face is highly amusing. Maybe that’s why I decided to do this list. Some of these you might already know, some of them you won’t, but I can guarantee you’ll have some awesome new selections to put on your iPod/iPhone. Listen and learn.

“Hey Lover” by LL Cool J feat. Boyz II Men samples…

“The Lady in My Life” by Michael Jackson

If you have the Thriller album, you should know “The Lady in My Life.” It’s the ultimate smooth night cap jam, and if you know “Hey Lover,” it’s kind of in the same realm, but a bit more on the seductive side. I didn’t notice the sample until a New Year’s party where someone played this track, and someone else asked, you know what this sounds like? And for some reason, Boyz II Men came to mind. I was close, because this is more LL’s track, but the beat is identical. Just sped up. Check for yourself.

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  • Jadaboo

    Love this!!

  • Ariel B

    Actually, Beyonce’s ‘Party’ intro sounds almost identical to Stevie Wonders ‘For Your Love’

  • Camilled1991

    If you like this kinda stuff you should check out who sampled .com. Also the Amen break has been sampled 100s of times. It’s in everything!

  • Onetn

    Most music now of days are sample ,beyounce donna summer naughty girl, Destiny childbee ges emtions, Ashanti big foolish, romeo luther true love

  • Onetn


  • Guestie

    Stevie’s ‘Visions’ is a very deep song and still holds true today.
    I’d suggest any fans of Stevie or just music period to look up that song’s lyrics and listen to the song. It won’t disappoint.


    mary j is the queen of samples

  • Guest

    what about all the songs Ashanti sampled like baby- Scarface-mary jane

  • Snowglobe Diva

    Excellent site for this info

  • Dechayne

    Mo  Money, Mo Problems(Diana Ross-I’m coming out)

  • ElvisWasAHero2Most

    Ahhhhh, my area has a handful of record stores in walking distance.  Nothing better than waking up on a Sunday, getting some brunch, and then digging through the crates at the record shop.  Though “All Falls Down” is a great Yeezy song, the sample is too obvious (as is Beyonce’s use of LaDiDaDi) a more impressive use of sampling from Kanye (production wise, the beat was for Alicia Keys) is his use of The Main Ingredient’s “Let Me Prove My Love to You” in Alicia’s hit “You Don’t Know My Name”  

    See below…..’t%20Know%20My%20Name_The%20Main%20Ingredient-Let%20Me%20Prove%20My%20Love%20to%20You/ 

  • IllyPhilly

    Mary shouldn’t have been on that list, almost ALL her songs have some kinda sample in it. 

  • 2damnfunny

    Who is great site for music sample info.

  • HoneyBrown1976

    The Wu-Tang Clan’s track sampled Barbara Steisand’s “The Way We Were”.

    • Get real

      As done by Gladys Knight

  • Mabnurse73

    LaDiDaDi has been sampled to death.  Nearly every line in the song has been repeated in another rapper, Snoop Dogg even did a remake of the whole song.  

    • IllyPhilly

       LOL and anything by Debarge.


    Oh yeah, just thought about these…
    Usher’s “Lil Freak” — Stevie Wonder’s “Living For The City”
    Snoop’s “Gin & Juice” — Slave’s “Watching You”
    MC Lyte’s “Cold Rock A Party Remix” — Diana Ross’s “Upside Down”
    Monica’s “The First Night” — Diana Ross’s “Love Hangover”

    • MNEditor2

       YES, I knew about “Little Freak” and “Living for the City”! As well as the Monica one, but I was too mad Usher touched “Living For the City” for a song as random as LF…


    Nice article…I’m one of those people who calls out the name of the sample when I hear a song on the radio. Lol But you forgot one of the “kings” of sampling, Will Smith. Lmao
    Miami (And The Beat Goes On)
    Men In Black (Forget Me Nots)
    Will 2K (Rock The Casbah)
    Wild Wild West (I Wish)
    Gettin Jiggy Wit It (He’s The Greatest Dancer)

    • Ladybug94

      Speaking of Will Smith “Summertime” (Summer Madness)

    • Ladybug94

      Oh and “Parents Just Don’t Understand” (I Dream of Jeannie, theme song)

  • MIssK

    Jazmine Sullivan’s “Bust Your Windows” sampled the beat from Soulja Boi’s “Crank Dat”… I wonder where she is these days?

  • Galenafiel

    Very informative article!

  • All for You by Janet is The Glow of Love by Luther 

  • Misbombshell

    interesting post !! im always interested in stuff like this and it’s good to educate the young folks about the origin of the songs they like 🙂