We have all heard our parents bang on about how music these days is rubbish and that it’s just “doosh doosh” crap, and that music from their generation was “real music”. If our parents went to nightclubs, they would be absolutely fuming when realising that DJs and today’s artists sample and cover old songs, giving oldies another excuse to whinge about young people.
Though you might feel a bit let down that much of today’s clubbing hits aren’t original at all and that your parents were partying to slower versions of these songs way back when, it doesn’t mean they still can’t make clubs go off. Hell, old people should be grateful that today’s DJs are acknowledging old fogie songs as they further make young people have to respect their elders for helping create the party hits we love today.
1. The Boys Of Summer
DJ Sammy made a very danceable clubbing hit that you can’t help but feel ecstatic from in 2002 from his excellent album Heaven. However, this song is a cover of an ’80s song by Don Henley, frontman for The Eagles. Though overall I personally prefer Henley’s slow, downbeat and even haunting version of this song, DJ Sammy really did this song justice by presenting it as an upbeat track to a new generation. The rock version by The Ataris is also tops.
2. Fight For You
As the verses and meanings of the songs are different, technically Jason Derulo sampled the 1982 hit ‘Africa’ by Toto rather than covered it. But nonetheless, Derulo use the chorus from this well known song that many guys probably first heard while playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
3. Do Ya Think I’m Sexy
Though N-Trance’s version of ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?’ from 1997 is now old enough to get a cover version of its own, that would be redundant and seem silly as that is a cover version of a Rod Stewart song from 1978. Imagine that: a cover of a cover. Yet again, there was a video game based on the Street Fighter movie that was already based on the original fighting games, so record producers might soon flog this song once more.
4. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
Though this very slow, trippy song by Nancy Sinatra has been around since 1966, it got another chance at life from being on the Kill Bill soundtrack. I’m guessing Audio Bullys saw the first Kill Bill when it was released in 2003, because only two years later, they released a very catchy, danceable version of the bleak ballad. You have Quentin Tarantino to thank/blame for this song.
5. Listen To Your Heart
The song may not help you listen to your heart with romantic matters, but if you listen with your ears, you’ll realise that DHT’s dance hit is a cover of a Roxette ballad. Roxette’s version will make want to cry in bed, but DHT’s version will make you want to hit the dance floor!
6. Call On Me
Eric Prydz’s ‘Call On Me’ was a huge hit in 2004, much of its success being due to the music video of the bimbos in tights bending over suggestively in an aerobics class. Guys were too aroused and women were too offended to notice that the chorus of this song is from a 1987 pop song called ‘Valerie’ by Steve Winwood. Not only does sex sell, it distracts!
7. Star To Fall
Cabin Crew’s upbeat dance track ‘Star To Fall’ was a huge hit in 2005. This upbeat tune you can’t help but be happy from came from a hit pop song from 1988 by pop duo Boys Meets Girl.