Sampling—the practice of surgically excising a short passage from one song and then using it to build a brand new song—has been with us since the late 1970s.
So here’s a question: what song has been sampled by more people and used in more songs than any other? According to the excellent database WhoSampled, the answer is a tiny snippet at the end of a 1982 track by Fab 5 Freddy called “Change the Beat,” which is actually credited to “Beside” (as in B-E-S-I-D-E; geddit?). Here’s the sample [https://youtu.be/UbGtcLGQr9o]. That seven seconds has been used in no fewer than 1,786 other songs. And has Fab 5 Freddy received any royalties for that? Nope. But at least he has bragging rights, huh? More on sampling next time.