Here’s something odd. “Maps,” the 2003 song by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is one of the most influential songs of the past decade. Why? Because it’s been sampled and its makeup copied so many times in so many big songs.
Musicologists have looked at “Maps” and compared it to t he composition and recording of a series of big singles and found its DNA in all sorts of places. If you know what to listen for, it’s involved in the construction of “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry. Black Eyed Peas’ “Meet Me Halfway.” Beyonce’s Lemonade album. “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson. And those are just a few examples.
More evidence of how one good song can pollinate many, many others.