5 Songs You’ve Never Heard That You’ve Heard 1000 Times

5 Songs You’ve Never Heard That You’ve Heard 1000 Times


Good morning, John. I’ve heard a lot of guesses about what it is that makes humanity special. Opposable thumbs, tool use, self-awareness… But, it turns out, all those things… Other animals do those things, too. One thing I can never stop thinking about, though, is music. And of course there are other organisms that sing, but here is a thing that no other organism has ever done [Quartet singing] Oops, I did it again I played with your heart Got lost in the game Oh, baby, baby [Hank] Layers of remix and collaboration and historical context that go into that six second clip of a barbershop quartet singing “Oops! I Did It Again” are just… *kisses hand in Italian gesture* All the tools that we use to understand and manipulate the world are built brick by brick by individual humans. And, a lot of times, we can’t see those bricks, but, with music, oftentimes, we can. Several times in my life have been listening to some old, interesting song that I’d never heard before and then suddenly I realize I have heard it before. Hundreds of times! You could probably tell that that’s about to happen with this song. Ray Charles, obviously, is iconic. This song, “I Got A Woman”‘, is one of the most covered songs of all time. And you probably know that “I Got a Woman” was sampled, fairly recently, in a super popular song. [Ray Charles singing] She give me money, when I’m in need [Hank] But you very well may have known that that was a sample from Ray Charles, and Kanye West’s “Gold Digger”… But you probably did not know about this. [The Souther Tones singing] He know he threw my mother’s name Yeah, and he’s left my heart in pain The Southern Tones were a gospel group. Ray Charles heard that song in the radio, and then immediately wrote “I Got a Woman” using the same melody! So, that, my friends, is the path from “It Must Be Jesus” to “Gold Digger”! This, ridiculously beautiful lobby surfer track is wonderful to listen to. It’s called “I Got the…” It has a lot of complexity, a lot of orchestration. There’s a lot going on and you probably have never heard of it except [Song playing] [Hank] Slim Shady! I wanna know the story of how this track happened so bad! Eminem, if you would like to email me, I’m very curious. Speaking of super weird, this Timmy Thomas track “Why Can’t We Live Together” is like a weird mix of organ and percussion and It probably sounds pretty familiar to you right now, and you may have figured out already But, if you haven’t, allow me to speed it up a little bit add some reverb and take the high end off And suddenly… *”Hotline Bling” by Drake plays* Here’s another song that you almost certainly have never heard before. Singing in the background right now is Linda Lyndell She was a backup act for Otis Redding and even James Brown. And when she released her pretty spectacular R&B single “What A Man”, it went bad because she was white. The KKK told her to retire, otherwise, they would make her life miserable for being a white person who was singing Black Music. And she did that and the song was largely forgotten until… [Linda Lyndell singing] What a man, what a man, what a man What a mighty good man Say it again, now [Hank] In 2003, after Salt-n-Pepa’s song came out, Linda Lyndell actually came out and performed her song “What A Man” for the very first time in public. And now that song leaves on again in another hemisphere after Korean pop music group I Oh I did a version of it in 2016. Some people don’t like samples. They say that it shows a lack of creativity, or that they’re stealing from other artists. But, when I look at this, I see the example of the thing that actually makes humans unique and so powerful. There are no new things. I stole every one of these words I’m saying from the person who made the word up, and we don’t remember that person’s name. So I find this beautiful, and I love to be able to see a little bit into that process of human creation as long as everybody’s getting credit. Now let me leave you with an amazing funk track called “Found A Child” by Ballin’ Jack, which you have never heard, except that you have. *”Found A Child” plays in the background* Gets me every time, John. I’ll see you on Tuesday.

59 thoughts on “5 Songs You’ve Never Heard That You’ve Heard 1000 Times

  1. Is it just me or is “found a child” NOT sampled in Groove is in the Heart? Am I missing something? I mean, it’s got a lot of famous samples in it, but I don’t hear this at ALL.

  2. Title of video: songs you haven't heard that you've heard 1000 times. If you haven't heard them how could you have heard them 1000 times?

  3. There is also another version of What a Man sang by German singer Lena for the soundtrack of the 2011 movie of the same name
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7xIt-tnxcw

  4. My favourite example of this is the melody from All By Myself which is actually Piano Concerto no. 2 by the one and only Sergei Rachmaninoff.

  5. The only way I know the song what a man is because of emma a pop musical and I certainly did here it hundreds of times in rehearsals

  6. the What A Man song I know from my childhood, it was used in a show we watched in elementary school so when I heard it when I first got into Korean music I was so full on convinced it was plagiarism (before knowing that sampling is a thing, I was young). but so so so many kpop fans didn’t know it was never an original IOI song and so many kpop fans still don’t know it. thank you for putting it out there so clearly!

  7. I remember hearing the drake sample on the radio and being like “o shit” but then it kept going and there was no drake and I was like “oooooooooh shit”

  8. The Eminem sound happened because Dr. Dre played it for him the first time they met up and he just freestyled on it. There’s a cool documentary somewhere where they both talk about it

  9. “Sampling shows a lack of creativity” Kanye is one of the most creative people alive right and uses samples in 90% of his songs

  10. I’ve only heard the original “What a Man.” I didn’t know there was a cover.

    Also, what’s that last song supposed to be a reference to?

  11. That dosent explain Robin Thicke Pharrell's Blurred lines. Sounding so much like Got to give it up by Marvin gay they get sued.. even former Beatle George Harrison got sued over My Sweet Lord which is pretty much Hes so Fine by the chiffons. .john lennon said if George had changed it slightly he wouldve got away with it..cost George alot in the suit

  12. Robin thicke & Pharell blurred lines couldve avoided legal troubles , lawsuits if they gave joint songwriter credit to Marvin Gaye

  13. My favorite "you've heard it before" is Of Montreal's Wraith Pinned to the Mist being turned into Let's Go Outback Tonight…..

  14. Is it REALLY that hard to understand? The producers enjoy the originals and then use the samples to construct new beats. How is this difficult to grasp? It's been done since the beginning of hip hop, and by musicians for as long as music has been written.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *