Tracklib finds sampling still rising – and the 2000s are hot


Sample-clearance service Tracklib has published its end-of-year report: ‘State of Sampling 2022‘. It’s an interesting take on some of the trends underpinning the tracks that made Billboard’s Hot 100 chart hits in the US.

This year, 17% of those hits sampled from previously released songs, up from 14% in 2021 and 13% in 2020. Tracklib also noted that the 2000s is now the most popular decade to sample – again, remember we’re talking about tracks that made the top 100, so hits rather than the full catalogue of new music.

The 2000s have dislodged the 1990s as the most-sampled decade in Tracklib’s analysis. “Gen Z’s generation of producers – with their own sense of what’s ‘nostalgic’ – has made its entrance into the charts,” the company explained.

It also noted another passing of the baton: R&B overtook hip-hop as the most sampled genre for hits in 2022, while samples from dance music are also on the rise.

Written by: Stuart Dredge