Andy Williams, "Can't Get Used to Losing You" (1963)
Conceptually, using 1963 smash "Can't Get Used to Losing You" feels like a brilliant marriage linking past and present. Beyoncé, Diplo and Ezra Koenig gave the sample a reggae lilt — perhaps inspired by the English Beat's 1980 ska cover. Beyoncé and co. slow the beat down and give it a more relaxed groove. The original has a jaunty feel, giving "Hold Up" a tone of bitter amusement. It's a dynamic Beyoncé herself replicates, transforming the sincere lament of "Maps" into sardonic irony, as if — surprise! — her man did exactly what she'd expected, even though it wasn't what she'd hoped. She sees everything for exactly what it is, running through heartbreak's clichés — "How did it come down to this? Scrolling through your call list" — while recognizing their predictability.