7 Pop Hits You Didn't Realize Were Remakes

The songs before the songs.

Sampling has always been a huge feature in hip-hop. It's amazing to hear how producers can excavate decades-old soul, funk, jazz, and even country songs to reimagine them as the hits that dominate your Spotify playlists today. 

Here are seven tracks you may not realize heavily sample songs from pretty unexpected genres and eras.


1. "Are You My Woman," The Chi-Lites, 1970...

...can be found in "Crazy in Love," Beyonce ft. Jay Z.

2. "Lambada," Kaoma, 1989...

...can be found in "On The Floor," Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull.

3. "No More 'I Love You's," Annie Lennox, 1995...

...can be found in "Your Love," Nicki Minaj.

4. "Any Time, Any Place," Janet Jackson, 1993...

...can be found in "Poetic Justice," Kendrick Lamar ft. Drake.

"Poetic Justice" comes from the name of a film featuring Janet and Tupac

5. "Walk on the Wild Side," Lou Reed, 1972...

...can be found in "Can I Kick It?" A Tribe Called Quest.

6. "I'll Take Care Of You," Gil Scott-Heron, 2010...

...can be found in "Take Care," Drake ft. Rihanna.

7. "I Keep Forgettin'," Michael McDonald, 1982...

...can be found in "Regulate," Warren G ft. Nate Dogg.

Listen to Regulate here

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