10 Pop Stars Who Sampled Other Artists’ Songs
What do Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Beyonce each have in common? Apart from killer range and pop supremacy, these singers have all borrowed material from other musicians. That's right: "Crazy in Love," "The Way" and "Don't" aren't completely original in their musical makeup.
With permission, most performers are able to legitimately remaster or outsource music components from songs that don't belong to them. Sampling is a common practice in the music industry, and you'd be surprised to know which artists have engaged in the popular trend.
Don't call it a rip-off: Below, discover ten pop stars who used samples for their biggest bops.
Miley Cyrus' 2013 twerk jam, "We Can't Stop," samples Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick's 1985 hip-hop classic "La Di Da Di."
Ariana Grande's 2013 Mac Miller-featured track samples Big Pun's 1998 jam "Still Not A Player." It also uses rhythms from Brenda Russell's 1979 tune, "A Little Bit of Love."
Britney Spears' intoxicating 2003 single "Toxic" samples the 1981 duet "Tere Mere Beech Mein," created by Indian singers S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and Lata Mangeshkar.
Rihanna's salacious 2016 anthem, "Work," draws from the 1998 Jamaican banger “Sail Away Riddim" by Richie Stephens and Mikey 2000.
Beyonce's iconic "Crazy in Love" samples Chi-Lites' 1970 groove, "Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)."
Ed Sheeran's 2014 jam, "Don't," derives grooves from Lucy Pearl's 2000 record "Don't Mess With My Man."
Coldplay's sing-along anthem "Viva La Vida" cites arrangements from Joe Satriani's 2004 song, "If I Could Fly."
One Direction's unforgettable bop, "Best Song Ever," famously samples The Who's 1971 ditty "Baba O'Riley."
Jennifer Lopez's "On the Floor" mirrors French-Brazilian pop group Kaoma's familiar chorus heard in their 1989 track, "Lambada."
Jason Derulo's 2010 breakout "Whatcha Say" samples Imogen Heap's 2005 song, "Hide and Seek."