Browse our playlists to explore and listen to James Brown’s best loved music including his most sampled tracks, music he has produced for other artists and the music that has sampled the James Brown sound.

James Brown’s recordings have collectively been sampled thousands of times with many of the most popular recordings having been sampled hundreds of times each. The following playlist compiles Brown’s most sampled recordings, from the ubiquitous drums of ‘Funky Drummer’ (the fourth most sampled record of all time) to the infectious horns of ‘Get On The Good Foot’.

A well placed James Brown sample has been the making of countless hits with a huge number of hip hop and RnB’s finest talents having sampled the Godfather at some point in their career. This playlist showcases some timeless examples of popular cuts based on James Brown samples from Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock’s late 80s dancefloor anthem ‘It Takes Two’ to Total feat. Notorious B.I.G.’s 90 RnB classic ‘Can’t See You’.

James Brown’s impact on modern music extends beyond the influence of his own recordings as an artist. Many of the tracks that James Brown produced for other artists are among the most influential records of all time. From the classic drum breaks of Lyn Collins’ ‘Think (About It)’ (the third most sampled record of all time) to the popular horn lines of Maceo & The Macks’ ‘Soul Power 74’, this playlist highlights Brown’s most heavily sampled productions.

The late 1980s marked a golden era for creativity in hip hop with the advent of new sampling technology and the musical possibilities that technology presented. Steeped in history, the Def Jam label was at the forefront of that movement with artists such as Public Enemy, LL Cool J (and his producer Marley Marl) forging new sounds from old. The popularity of the practice of sampling James Brown has continued through to the present day and this playlist showcases some of Def Jam’s most iconic James Brown based cuts across three decades.

GET ON UP: The James Brown Story - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features studio and standout live versions of many of Brown's top soul/funk hits- from his first, 1956's 'Please Please Please' to 'Out Of Sight,' 'I Got You (I Feel Good),' 'Try Me,' 'Papa's Got A Brand New Bag,' 'It's A Man's Man's Man's World,' and 'Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine.' Also included are two previously unreleased concert recordings heard in the new film that is in theaters nationwide on August 1. These live, spine-tingling performances of 'Please Please Please' and 'It's A Man's Man's Man's World' were recorded at the historic Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida on April 23, 1966.