11 Suspiciously Sound-Alike Songs

Robin Thicke joins a long list of artists accused of borrowing their grooves

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Lesando
Lesando

Nobody owns a chord progression

a.k00
a.k00

One Direction copied The Who's Baba O'Reily with Best Song Ever

garywhughes
garywhughes

If you speed up "A Taste of Honey" by the Beatles, parts of the melody sound very similar to Pharrell's, "Happy."  I think it's likely only coincidental that many songs sound similar to previously recorded tunes.  There may even be something going on in the minds of songwriters that conjures up catchy runs from past memories.  We all build things based on the knowledge we've gained from past experiences.

JenziSilverman
JenziSilverman

...And I always thought Chicago got that chord sequence from Led Zeppelin's version of Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You...same progression! Ironic...

BobPA
BobPA

That's just descending down the scale. I don't know if anybody could "own" that. Beatles' Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds does the same (and in the same key as 25 or 6 to 4).

WeWee
WeWee

Robbie Williams ripped off the start of a BB King song. I think it was for Rock DJ ?

johnnydinkis2
johnnydinkis2

You could probably do a whole list just with Green Day and songs they've ripped off

JMo
JMo

The very first time I heard Lady Gaga's Born this Way I said to my wife "that song is Madonna's Express Yourself".  That is by far the worst rip off of a song sing Ray Parker ripped off Huey Lewis in 1984...  

MelOdum
MelOdum

With the advent of the digital age came the creation of drum machines and samplers. This is when all the out right plagiarism began. This allowed people who wanted to be musicians but were not get into the music business. As they had no musical knowledge their only recourse was to (most of the time) plagiarize other artists' music. The genre of rap didn't help because now these same people who in the decade of the 90's (Tupac, Jay-Z, Biggie and all of them) who would have been flipping burgers somewhere, now didn't have to sing. This is hard to hear for kids that came to age during this period of music. However, as artists have traditionally influenced the next generation it is likely that in the future we will hear songs repeatedly sampled. Hell, after they claimed Brittany Spears the new Madonna in the early 90's, I predicted we'd see Madonna's image for at least another thirty years. Hence, Ga-Ga.  

LukeCowan
LukeCowan

Brain stew and last resort from papa roach very similar riff

spookym123
spookym123

There's an endless list of songs out there that sound alike and nobody could ever have the (life) time it would take to compile. Nobody is completely original, and everybody is influenced by someone or some music.

MadMan
MadMan

Vanilla Ice is Under Preasure

TheKing!
TheKing!

The choruses to "All Through the Night" by Cyndi Lauper and "You Learn" by Alanis Morissette.

LyssHall
LyssHall

If credit is given, then its not a rip-off. I am not familiar with all of the songs mentioned in these posts..... But are NONE of them credited? Sampling is very acceptable among some musicians/lyricists. Some are even flattered by it. I guess that is most true if the original music is thick with dust or was never popular. But there are exceptions.

DavidSchachne
DavidSchachne

'Once Rihanna starts singing about “red lipstick,” though the songs diverge.'  I disagree. She starts with the "lipstick" lyric at 0:17.  The guitar sample [that a sounds similar to truncated version of Andy Summer's guitar intro from "Message"] continues UNTIL 2:08 at which point the song THEN diverges as producers of this Rihanna vehicle next chose to beat to death a 2 chord sequence for the next 4 minutes, without a SINGLE reference to the first {semi-pilfered} theme.  Nicely done.  Now that's song writing. (not)



DavidSchachne
DavidSchachne

 @PacificSage  U got it so wrong. Thicke & 2 producers DID cop the FEEL of M Gaye's tune, but only the FEEL.  Thicke & co. wrote & recorded different drums, bass, lyric and melody lines. No samples here. The (money-hungry children in the) estate of Gaye apparently noted a similarity in the FEEL of Thicke's tune and thought they could suck a few more bucks outta their dad's legacy.  The estate got the litigation rumor mill going.  TRhick & co-producers just (wisely) beat them to the punch in order to shut them up.  No damages claimed by Thicke; he's pursuing more of a "shut your stupid mouth" gag order kinda thing against the estate.  Thick's song is a respectful, ORIGINAL tribute.  The "estate" are the ones who have "no class or respect".  I guess these children of a chart-topping dad don't even understand the basics of song writing:  you can't copyright "feel".  Everyone's hating on the white boy.  What about his non-white co-production team? You think Thicke created that fantastic #1 track of summer 2013 all by his white-ass lonesome self?  So whose the rude punk now?

Pogonip
Pogonip

It was a long time ago....maybe nobody cares now, but Gale Garnett's "I'll Sing in the Sunshine" is "Three Coins in the Fountain" with new (and better?) lyrics.  I'm sure she didn't realize it, either.

TomO'Bedlam
TomO'Bedlam

First of all, Stairway's opening riff is lifted in turn from a Spirit song called "Taurus". Zep wouldn't dare sue because they would have to admit they stole the progression in the first place. Dolly has in fact covered "Stairway" quite admirably. Also along the same line,  the part of "25 or 6 to 4" plays remarkably like the chord progression of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". "La Bamba" and "Twist n' Shout" - same song.

Terinnyc
Terinnyc

Sweet Home Alabama and Werewolves of London...

TheKing!
TheKing!

@Terinnyc I think you're thinking of "All Summer Long" by Kid Rock which samples both.

benjaminjotto
benjaminjotto

@Terinnyc  your association of these 2 songs is due to kid rock's melding of the melodies of both to form the musical backdrop for the unartful, uninspired lyrics of his abysmal personal nostalgia song

sirprzemyslaw
sirprzemyslaw

There's one more comparison to add to this list: Pearl Jam's "Yellow Ledbetter" (1992) and The Pixies' "Here Comes Your Man" (1989).

GregLBeckett
GregLBeckett

@robbyzheng  so what you're really saying is that both were influenced by Jimi Hendrix? If you say Pearl Jam ripped off the Pixies then I could in turn say Pixies ripped off Jimi. And the world keeps turning.

glennra3
glennra3

How did they miss Andrew Lloyd Webber ripping off Pink Floyd's "Echoes" for the most famous riff of his most famous musical, "Phantom of the Opera"?



PaulDirks
PaulDirks

Ogden Nash once said, “Middle age is when you’ve met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else.” 

What he didn't say is that the exact same thing applies to songs.

PacificSage
PacificSage

Robin Thicke is one reason why I HATE the music industry & download torrents (but absolutely the biggest)

Why? Because of the legal attack on the Marvin Gaye estate. Punk rick kid has no class or respect.

Why pay a thief for their crime?????

OttoTorrens
OttoTorrens

Where's his sweet home Alabama weird song thing

jssk
jssk

You mean Mitt Romney's campaign theme is a rip off of a song called "Ugly As I Seem"? Who'd thunk it.

zzlatz
zzlatz

@CrackerJack 

precisely!

but it's not only rap songs. There are musicians that are trying to replicate SOUNDS of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger... 

You see, the originality of ALL  musicians in 1950s thru 1970 was their sincerity and beliefs in dreaming of the future and the present. They all made the present glorious and atmosphere warm. 

You could feel it, it was in the air, the moment you turned the radio in the car, you were in tune with the sounds, you were part of this song or a tune.

This type of music from the bottom of the heart will never happen again. Todays "music" is as disgusting as it possibly can be. It has no tune, no sound that grabs you, no lyrics, no soul.

I'm not talking about Jazz for example. Jazz is evolving all the time, thanks god.


zzlatz
zzlatz

I understand why these  "musicians" are copying most beautiful music from the most beautiful music era of 1950s-1970s.

Real music doesn't exist today, didn't exist not 10 years ago, and not 20...30 years ago. The most beautiful music lived until 1983 when the last of the classic rock era musicians, legendary Rick James released his last hit "Give it to Me Baby". 

The music went downhill from then on and it's on the very bottom of the barrel filled with "music"-crap.

So, yes, it's understandable, these so called "musicians" understand one thing - in order to be popular and famous, they need to copy the real music. They changed the rhythm, and changed the lyrics with some usual garbage.

Baby Boomers produced the Best Music.

Baby Boomers also produced first computers

Baby Boomers produced best movies, best actors, best songwriters, best singers...

What is the reason ? why ?

one reason, they're multi-talented, 

second reason - their objective was never Money, but CREATION.

as oppose to today's narrow minded "music" "producers" that are focusing on one thing - MONEY. 

That's why music today and yesterday - stinky piece of filth.

JMo
JMo

@zzlatz There is good music in every generation - you just have to find it.  For me, it was INXS, Green Day, and The Smithereens of the '80s and '90s.  For my kids, its Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, and The Black Keys.  Everyone has their favorite time frame of music, so you can't blindly say "this is better than that".  Music is very personal - you attach memories to certain songs and those songs become better in your mind because of what you were going through at the time.  When I hear certain '70's and '80's tunes, they will remind me of summer, or the holidays, or something more than just the tune.  Yes, there is some really bad music out today, just like there was bad music in every decade.