10 Hits You Didn't Realise Sampled Other Songs

8. Ride On Time - Black Box

Italian dance outfit, Black Box, scored an unexpectedly huge hit in 1989 with Ride On Time, a light-hearted, unashamedly trashy house number, which stayed at the top of the UK charts for an impressive six-week run. In fact, it became the best-selling UK single of that year, and made the top ten across Europe.

Black Box, aka Daniele Davoli, Valerio Semplici, and Mirko Limoni, landed in some hot water following the single's success, when it emerged that the recording featured an unlicensed sample from singer Loleatta Holloway's 1980 track, Love Sensation. Holloway objected to Black Box's misdemeanour, leading to the group hiring future M People vocalist, Heather Small, to re-record the contested section.

Further controversy arose when it was revealed that, during live performances, fashion model Katrin Quinol was, in fact, miming over the main vocals, which had actually been recorded (legitimately) by American singer, Martha Wash, who contributed her talent to many of the songs on Black Box's debut long-player, Dreamland.

Ride On Time proved to be the only significant hit the band ever enjoyed.


Chris Wheatley is a journalist and writer from Oxford, UK. He has too many records, too many guitars and not enough cats.