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Old 06-19-2019, 10:32 AM
Treppenwitz is offline
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Which hit single was most dependent on a sample?

A month or two ago a decades old legal row was resolved when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards signed over all their publishing for Bitter Sweet Symphony to Richard Ashcroft. Up until that point the song was credited to Jagger/Richards for use of a sample from Andrew Oldham Orchestra's version of The Last Time in a song which was otherwise created by Ashcroft/The Verve.

Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
The Last Time - Andrew Oldham Orchestra (sampled)

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the situation, there is no doubt that the sample is a significant part of the song. Which got me thinking - which hit single (or for that matter, I guess, non-hit) was most dependent on a sample?

This is the other example that springs immediately to my mind:

Rockafeller Skank - Fatboy Slim
Sliced Tomatoes - The Just Brothers (sampled)

So: what others do we have? (A link to song and sample for each example would be nice.)


(Utterly irrelevant aside: when Trep junior was a youth footballer, he played against a Brighton side that was sponsored by Fatboy Slim, and featured his logo on their kit. So hats off to the fella for supporting sport for kids in the community!)