If you want a heated debate among music lovers, then suggest that Queen stole their idea for Another One Bites the Dust from Good Times by Chic. Or sampled them even. But did they?

Here’s the facts. Chic’s Good Times came out in 1979. Another One Bites the Dust came out in 1980 an was written by bass-player John Deacon. According to Wikipedia: Chic co-founder Bernard Edwards stated, “…that Queen record came about because that Queen bass player… spent some time hanging out with us at our studio”.

If you analyse the notes quite clinically, you can easily say that they are not exactly the same, but the arrangement of both is at least similar. The Queen version is much more simple. Still, on WhoSampled.com the comment-sections are filled when Queen as a sampler is not only linked to Chic, but also the track Christmas Rappin’ by Kurtis Blow from 1979. So Queen sampled Kurtis Blow? You could even argue that Rapture by Blondie was ‘sampled’ from Chic. Or Kurtis Blow.

The versions by Chic, Queen, Blondie and Kurtis Blow have all been sampled so many times, (including the hold it now!-lyric by Kurtis Blow) it wouldn’t even be funny to list them all here. A few are very notable however.

Of course the Sugarhill Gang’s Rappers Delight from 1979 was one of the first hip hop hits. As a result that track has been sampled a zillion times also (Hotel, Motel, Holiday-Inn) and the entry for that song alone on WhoSampled is two pages long.  The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel by Grandmaster Flash from 1981 mixes, Chic, Queen, Blondie and quite a few others together in one track. KRS-One’s Step Into a World (Rapture’s Delight) from 1997 borrows it’s slightly differently sung vocal line break Rapture by Blondie, but it’s ironic that the Rapture’s Delight references both the Blondie song, but also Rappers Delight, even though KRS-One doesn’t sample that at all in the song.

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