So I dipped my toe in adding writing credits to works and ran into some issues I’d like to have clarified. My first question is: what works qualify as a “song”? The definition that appears to be used on MB is:
A song is in its origin (and still in most cases) a composition for voice, with or without instruments, performed by singing. This is the most common form by far in folk and popular music, but also fairly common in a classical context ("art songs").
This definition appears to be occasionally expanded to include other vocal performances, such as rapping. My current understanding is that basically, if a work has lyrics, it is a song. In particular I am confused by tracks that rely extensively on the use of samples. One example of an offending work is “Jack to the Sound of the Underground” by Hithouse.
This work contains lyrics but since these are samples from famous early house classics, these are not readily interchangeable with other vocal performances. Case in point: the work has been covered by D.O.N.S. and uses the same samples of “You’re No Good for Me” by Kelly Charles and “Jack to the Sound of the Underground” by Fast Eddie.
This is not a lone example. When the house phenomenon reached Europe there was a whole genre of songs that consisted of a looped hook overlaid with dozens of samples from early house classics. I would like to know how to categorize these.