There is new, original, and amazing music being created everyday by your favorite artists. BUT, these artists also can appreciate and honor the work of many of the hit songs from the past — one-hit-wonders or not. What's happened a lot in recent years, is that quite a few popular songs from the 90s are being reinvented, transformed, and sampled to become a brand new version.
Across several genres, including pop, hip hop, R&B, and EDM, artists are recreating and putting a new spin on many hits from the past. Take a look at some of the songs breathing new life into your 90s favorites below. And for more 90s awesomeness, listen to iHeartRadio's iHeart90s Radio station.
Diplo, Herve Pagez & Charli XCX's "Spicy" reimagines Spice Girls' iconic "Wannabe"
In 1996, the ultimate 90s girl band the Spice Girls released their most iconic hit: "Wannabe." Diplo teamed up with French artist Herve Pagez and lover-of-all-things-90s Charli XCX to reimagine the beloved song as a 2019 version.
DJ Khaled's "Wild Thoughts" samples Santana's "Maria Maria"
DJ Khaled brought back all the 90s feels when he sampled Santana's 1999 smash hit "Maria Maria." That unmistakeable rhythm and iconic electric guitar riff is used all throughout "Wild Thoughts" as Rihanna and Bryson Tiller sing new lyrics.
Machine Gun Kelly feat. Camila Cabello - "Bad Things" samples Fastball's "Out of My Head"
In case you're not familiar with Fastball, their song "Out of My Head" was featured on their second studio album called All the Pain Money Can Buy. The song hit No. 3 on the US Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, No. 8 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart, No. 10 on the Top 40 Tracks chart, and No. 20 on the Hot 100.
For their part, MGK and Camila sampled the song's melody, even using similar lyrics for the chorus. Fastball starts off "Was I out of my head or was I out of my mind?" and "Don't matter what I say, only what I do/I never mean to do bad things to you," while in "Bad Things," Camila sings, "Am I out of my head? Am I out of my mind?" and "No matter what you say/Don't matter what you do/I only wanna do bad things to you."
Tory Lanez's "Luv" samples Tanto Metro & Devonte's "Everyone Falls In Love"
We can all thank Tory Lanez for bringing back everyone's middle school dance anthem. For his 2016 hit, Tory sampled Jamaican dancehall duo Tanto Metro & Devonte's hit from 1997, "Everyone Falls In Love." The melody and lyrics from "Everyone Falls In Love" are refreshed in Lanez's "LUV" — and honestly, it's hard NOT to love "LUV." 😍
Nevada featuring Mark Morrison & Fetty Wap refreshes Mark Morrison's classic "Return of the Mack"
Mark Morrison's 1996 R&B classic "Return of the Mack" is over two decades old now, but it's still a dance floor favorite! The track became a No. 1 or a Top 10 hit in several European countries that year, and also reached No. 2 in the US in 1997. To celebrate the song's 20th anniversary in 2016, Stockholm-based songwriter/DJ/producer, Nevada reinvented the track by using Morrison's well-known sample, also adding a verse from Fetty Wap -- complete with plenty of "SQUAWs."
Zendaya featuring Chris Brown "Something New" samples TLC's "Creep"
A few years ago, Zendaya released a single featuring Chris Brown called "Something New." Well, that "Something New," featured something a little older — TLC's 1994 hit "Creep" from the trio's CrazySexyCool album. Zendaya previously told us in an interview that when she first heard the song, the sample was already in it, which is what drew her to it. "I think [that's what] drew me to the song. I had to cut it."
Zendaya also told us, "T-Boz, I wanted to make sure that she was cool with the song, and get her blessing, I guess you could say in a sense. Because you gotta respect artists and their art, and what they do. And you can't sample a song like that, or do your take on a song and not get the blessing if that person is here. And so, I was like, let me make sure I go through the proper protocol and everything, because you don't wanna be disrespectful. I happen to have a good relationship with her anyway, because we connected on charity and Sickle Cell Anemia. She was doing a benefit concert for Sickle Cell [Anemia], and that's kind of how we connected, was through our other passions for charity work. And then it just happened, this was the song I wanted [to release] first, so I wanted to play it for her, and she was so into it."
David Guetta, Cedric Gervais & Chris Willis teamed up to put their own spin on Charles & Eddie's "Would I Lie To you?"
Let's throw this one back to 1992. American pop-soul duo Charles & Eddie may have only released two full length albums, but they are best known for their hit song "Would I Lie To You?" The track was a big international success for them reaching No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks, and becoming a Top 20 hit in the US (it peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100).
Star producer/DJs David Guetta and Cedric Gervais, along with singer/songwriter Chris Willis, decided to refresh Charles & Eddie's 1992 smash in a more upbeat way, and it's pretty awesome — we wouldn't lie to you. 😉
Belgian DJ/producer Lost Frequencies gives us the 2016 version of Haddaway's "What Is Love"
WHAT IS LOVE? BABY, DON'T HURT ME, DON'T HURT ME. NO MORE. While this song may make you think of Will Ferrell and Chris Katan as the awkwardly head-bobbing, nightclub-obsessed Butabi brothers from the "Saturday Night Live" sketches and 1998 flick A Night at the Roxbury, the track from Eurodance artist Haddaway was released in 1993 for his debut album The Album, and became an international hit. If you're a dance music fan of any capacity — this is a commercial classic.
The track (while still staying true to its memorable qualities like the melody and lyrics) got a complete makeover from Belgian producer/DJ Lost Frequencies — "What Is Love 2016." This new version of the song is included on LF's debut album Less Is More.
All we have to say is, if less is more, then this must be what love is. ❤️
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