These are the biggest pop songs to sample classical music in the last 25 years

10 September 2017, 00:00

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Classic FM have released the top 25 hits from the last 25 years that sample classical music. Explore the list below!

To celebrate our 25th birthday, we thought we'd see just how many pop songs from the last 25 years are directly influenced by classical mucis. It turns out there are rather a lot, so we're releasing this list of the biggest-selling tracks from each year to feautre a classical music sample.

Our very own John Suchet said: "This list of hits from the past 25 years is so fantastic because it confirms just how relevant classical music is to our lives.  We are on a mission to make classical music accessible to everyone, regardless of age or background."

"A quarter of a century on from our launch, we’re dedicated to breaking down the barriers around classical music and broadening its appeal. These 25 hits reinforce how inspiring and important classical music is to music today."

We also spoke to Professor Green about it, and he had this to say: "The world of rap has huge respect for classical music.  Myself along with lots of contemporary artists recognise the value and the importance classical music has on our music making and it has often played a big part in my song writing. It’s a real shame when people say that its outdated and not relevant to today’s music scene."

"The ability to evoke emotion and take a listener on a journey - to effectively tell a story without narration should speak enough about its importance."

Here's that list in full:

2017: G-EAZYCarnage and Thirty Rack, ‘Guala(Erik Satie, Gnossienne No.1)

2016: Zayn, ‘Blue’ (Johann Sebastian Bach, Prelude No.1 in C major from The Well–Tempered Clavier)

2015: Muse, ‘Drones’ (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Benedictus from Missa Papae Marcelli)

2014: David Guetta, ‘Dangerous’ (Ezio Bosso, Symphony No.2 ‘Under the Trees’ – 4th movement)

2013: Little Mix, ‘Little Me’ (Gabriel Fauré, Pavane in F-sharp Minor)

2012: Alicia Keys, ‘Piano Mash Up’ (Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor ‘Moonlight’ – 1st Movement)

2011: Dizzee Rascal, ‘Nutcrackerz’ featuring Giggs (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker)

2010: NDubbs and BodyRox, ‘We Dance On’ (Johann Pachelbel, Canon in D Major)

2009: Lady Gaga, ‘Alejandro’ (Vittorio Monti, Csárdás)

2008: Beyonce, ‘Ave Maria’ (Franz Schubert, Ave Maria)

2007: Alicia Keys, ‘As I Am’ (Frédéric Chopin, Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp Minor)

2006: Professor Green feat. C.O.R.E and Chynaman – ‘Upper Clapton Dance’ (Brahms’Hungarian Dance No. 5 in F♯ Minor)

2005: Bright Eyes, ‘Road to Joy’ (Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No.9 in D minor – 4th movement ‘Ode to Joy’)

2004: The Farm ‘All Together Now’ (Johann Pachelbel, Canon in D major)

2003: Nas, ‘I Can’ (Ludwig van Beethoven, Bagatelle No.25 in A minor ‘Für Elise’)

2002: The Streets, ‘Same Old Thing’ (Antonín Dvořák, Symphony No.9 in E minor ‘From the New World’ – 1st movement)

2001: Ludacris, ‘Coming 2 America’ (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, ‘Dies Irae’ from the Requiem in D Minor)

2000: S Club 7, ‘Natural’ (Gabriel Fauré, Pavane in F-sharp minor)

1999: Puff Daddy, ‘Hate Me Now’ (Carl Orff, ‘O Fortuna’ from Carmina Burana)

1998: Sweetbox, ‘Everything's Gonna Be Alright’ (Johann Sebastian Bach, Air on the G String)

1997: Puff Daddy, ‘I’ll be Missing You’ (Samuel Barber, Agnus Dei)

1996: Celine Dion, ‘All by Myself’ (Sergei Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor – 2nd movement)

1995: Take That, ‘Never Forget’ (Giuseppe Verdi, ‘Tuba mirum’ from the Requiem Mass)

1994: 2 Unlimited, ‘The Real Thing’ (Johann Sebastian Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor)

1993: UB40, ‘I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You’ (Jean – Paul - Égide Martini, Plaisir d'Amour)

1992: Madonna, ‘In This Life’ (George Gershwin, Prelude No.2 in C-sharp minor)