So Nice They Played It Twice: These Iconic Songs Covertly Sampled Other Famous Tracks

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It may not sound like the most appealing effect of listening to a song, but there’s nothing better than a good old-fashioned earworm in the music world. A tune that you just can’t get out of your head can make the difference between an all-time greatest hit and an unmemorable B-side flop. So, it’s pretty intriguing to find out that the catchy song your brain just can’t stop playing on a loop is actually derived from another song. This practice is usually called sampling in some circles and interpolating in others. Sometimes done with permission — sometimes not — sampling involves cutting and remixing a snippet of an existing song for use in brand new ways on a brand new track. Let’s take a look at some of the most famous cases.