6. Lily Allen, “Nan You’re A Window Shopper”
Sample: 50 Cent, “Window Shopper”
On her debut album, Alright, Still, Allen reinterprets 50 Cent’s “Window Shopper” as an ode to her grandmother.
7. Mariah Carey, “Boy (I Need You)”
Sample: Cam’ron, “Oh Boy”
Just seven months after Cam’ron’s single blew up on the radio, Mariah re-purposed “Oh Boy” for her own album. Carey traded played her high octaves off the Rose Royce’s sped up vocals.
8. Mario, “Just A Friend 2002″
Sample: Biz Markie, “Just A Friend”
Apparently 2002 was a big year for rap songs. Mario is the third singer on the list to put out a re-interpreted rap song. This time, Mario revisits Biz Markie’s classic jam, “Just A Friend.” Though, nothing tops the original.
9. Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
Sample: Doug E Fresh and Slick Rick, “La Di Da Di”
Like Beyonce before her, Cyrus samples Fresh and Rick’s prolific rap classic. Now, “La Di Da Di” is always going to be associated with ‘dancing with Molly.’
10. Monica, “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)”
Sample: LL Cool J, “Back Seat (Of My Jeep);” Public Enemy, “Bring The Noise”
Monica’s breakout single made good use of LL Cool J’s ’93 summer record, “Back Seat (Of My Jeep).” She kept the mellow vibe but flipped the script on the boys – making it a female anthem.