The Most Sampled Artists of All Time

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Numbers pulled from music database WhoSampled have produced a list of the most sampled artists of all time. The winner, in a landslide, is James Brown.


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Brown’s music appears in twice as many songs as Public Enemy and Beside, the next two artists on the list. Priceonomics broke down the rest of the top 20:

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In the individual track category, Beside’s “Change the Beat” takes the top spot followed closely by The Winstons and “Amen Brother.” The Amen Break (starts at 1:26) is one of the most famous six bars in hip-hop history. The Godfather of Soul is the only artist with two songs on that list. “Funky Drummer” is one of them:

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    Wouldve thought Ohio Players would be up there as well

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