Number 1, of course, is the source of the Amen Break. But a surprise or two lurks in the top 10, as calculated by Who Sampled, a truly amazing website that tells you the when and where and what of samples for singles over the last few decades.
Song Artist Year Sampled
1 Amen, Brother The Winstons 1969 2,239
2 Change the Beat (Female Version) Beside 1982 1,853
3 Think (About It) Lyn Collins 1972 1,588
4 Funky Drummer James Brown 1970 1,302
5 La Di Da Di Doug E. Fresh 1985 794
6 Funky President James Brown 1974 736
7 Bring the Noise Public Enemy 1987 686
8 Synthetic Substitution Melvin Bliss 1973 658
9 Impeach the President The Honey Drippers 1973 650
10 Here We Go (Live at the Funhouse) Run-DMC 1985 635
Here are some interesting oddities of sampling:
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