This week in 1990, Vanilla Ice would start a four-week run at #1 on the charts thanks to a little sample from Queen & David Bowie’s Under Pressure.
What other samples can you think of that are borrowed from Rock & Roll?
Here’s another Queen sample, this time it’s We Are the Champions on Dame featuring Kanye West, Cam’ron & Beanie Sigel Feat. Young Chris & Twista
Kid Rock Samples Metallica’s Sad But True in American Bad Ass
Call it a collaborative remix, Linkin Park released a few songs with Jay Z samples:
On Public Enemy’s 2015 release Man Plans, God Laughs they sample Rolling Stones Honky Tonk Women & Sympathy for the Devil
The Offspring sneaks in a sample of Def Leppard’s Rock of Ages at the beginning of Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
Beastie Boys are Sample-Masters!!
No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn samples AC/DC’s TNT riff, as played by Slayer’s Kerry King.
Although Hey Ladies main sample is Sweet’s Ballroom Blitz – you can hear all sorts of other funk samples if you listen hard enough.
I’m Down samples Beatles Help
She’s Crafty samples Led Zeppelin’s The Ocean.
Jimmy James samples Jimi Hendrix Foxey Lady, Third Stone from the Sun, Are You Experienced, Voodoo Child (Slight Return) and Still Raining, Still Dreaming.
Rhymin’ and Stealin’ samples Led Zeppelin’s When the Levee Breaks
Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun samples Pink Floyd’s Time
Rock Hard samples AC/DC’s Back in Black
Eminem samples Aerosmith Dream On on Sing for the Moment
This counts too right? Fabulous collaborative sampling by Aerosmith & RUN DMC
For some more songs that feature rock samples you may not know, click HERE.