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Two Times: ‘Rich Girl’ And Other Resurrected Classics
March 27, 2012
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'You're a rich girl and you've gone too far, cause you know it don't matter anyway...'

On this week in 1977, Daryl Hall and John Oates's famous ode to spoiled heiresses hit the top spot on the charts. It was their first of six number ones on the Billboard Top 100 and arguably their biggest hit.

Skip ahead thirty-two years to Toronto, Ontario: Down with Webster borrowed elements from the song for the single 'Rich Girl$', which helped propel their success across Canada and in the States. In that same year, American rapper Flo Rida dropped his Dead or Alive-sampling 'Right Round', and Karl Wolf reworked Toto's 'Africa' for his Canadian number one debut of the same name.

We've pulled together a playlist of famous (and infamous) songs that went on to be sampled for, inspire, and heavily influence future hits.

Originals by George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on Grooveshark

Other than the more obvious selections, the list includes two of the most sampled drumloops of all-time: James Brown's 'Funky Drummer' and 'Impeach The President' by the Honey Drippers (not the Page/Plant side-project). Many people have pointed out Tom Petty's influence on Red Hot Chili Peppers's 'Dani California', while 'Fergalicious' has its roots in J.J. Fad's tune 'Supersonic', and Sean Kingston found 'Me Love' in Led Zeppelin's 'D'yer M'ker.'


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