The Top Sample List

Via Bitter Cinema, a list of 1219 sample sources from movies, television, politics, and other diverse sources. Not surprisingly, the most-frequently sampled source appears to be Blade Runner, with 215 samples in over 100 songs (all of which are doucmented here). Other frequently sampled sources include Apocalypse Now, Videodrome, Aliens, and 2001: A Space Odyssey, among films, and political leaders including Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. Current President Bush ranks 114th (but I know I’ve heard at least two other Bush samples).

The project grew out of one film and music fan’s observation that he recognized several samples while watching Videodrome one night in 1993.

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