Interpolation of a Song

Interpolation is a common practice in popular music, where a songwriter or producer will take portions of a melody from one song and re-record it to use in another. The word "interpolation" comes from the Latin word "interpola," which means "to insert."

When interpolating, the artist or label typically owns the rights to the piece of music they are taking—meaning they can legally sample it—but they may be reluctant to license the sample for use in another project. This might be because they're worried about how their fans will react to hearing their original work used in another context, or because they want to keep the original song intact with no changes. It's also possible that licensing fees could be too high for an artist's budget.

Popular Songs that were Interpolated

Olivia Newton John Physical Dua Lipa Physical
Kodak Black No Flockin' Cardi B Bodak Yellow
Jane Taylor Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Nicki Minaj Starships
Harry Belafonte Day-O Jason Derulo Don't Wanna Go Home
Christina Aguilera Genie in A Bottle Camilla Cabello Crying In The Club
Merilee Rush and the Turnabouts Angel of the Morning Shaggy Angel
Paramore Misery Business Olivia Rodrigo good 4 u
Mariah Carey Fantasy Latto Big Energy
Rodgers and Hammerstein My Favorite Things Ariana Grande 7 Rings