I thought I'd start a thread about how some songs sound so similar to others. I noticed this while watching Rove on Sunday and hearing Brian McFadden's new single "Twisted". To me it sounds very similar to Paul Norton's 1989 single "Stuck on You".
Do ya'll know of other songs that might fit this catergory.
"Better Off Alone" by Grinspoon has a part very similar to "Passengers" by Powderfinger.
"Wonderful" by Everclear starts identical to "Truly, Madly, Deeply" by Savage Garden. In fact, one of the B-Sides on "Truly..." is called "Santa Monica" which is Everclear's biggest hit here. They sound nothing alike, though.
"Taking Back What's Mine" by Leah Haywood could almost be sung identically with Britney's "Stronger" or Samantha Mumba's "Gotta Tell You".
A couple of famous ones..."Ghostbusters" was a rip-off off Huey Lewis "I Want A New Drug"...Huey successfully sued. And (maybe not so famous), a band called Inner City tried to sue Madonna for a possibly copying one of their tracks for "Vogue". I couldn't find anything about it on the net, and the tracks I previewed were vaguely similar. Obviously, they weren't successful in the claim.
Also, try and check out "We Used To" by Dolly Parton which is "inspired" by the slow bit of "Stairway To Heaven". It may have been intentional, which is possibly not what Bulion was getting at, but I like the song and thought I'd add it in.
- Green Day's 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams', and Travis's 'Writing To Reach You' does sound similar to Oasis's Wonderwall.
- This is one for the oldies - Have a listen to the following, and you'll notice how similar they sound to each other: - Neil Diamond's 'Cherry Cherry' - The Romantics 'What I Like About You' - John Mellencamp's 'R O C K In the USA'
I remember listening to the radio several months back and there was a discussion regarding Ricki Lee's "Love Is All Around" and how it sounds similar to Janet Jackson's "Together Again". There was another song they were comparing it to, but that song title escapes me at the moment....
The chord structure in the chorus of both Transvision Vamp's "Baby I Don't Care" and Roxette's "Dressed For Success" is identical to that in The Troggs' "Wild Thing" (other songs probably rip this off too).
Opus III I believe successfully sued the writers/producers of Kylie Minogue's "Confide In Me" claiming it was similar to their "It's a Fine Day" (which was a minor hit here in 1992). The "con*FI*de in me" chorus does sound (mainly vocally) similar to their "it's a *FI*ne day". However, It's a Fine Day was largely based on another early 80s song!
I believe Bon Jovi successfully sued the writers of Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven Is A Place On Earth" too, claiming that it plagiarised their "You Give Love a Bad Name".
It samples the a key section in the chorus of Soft Cell's 1981 single "Tainted Love".
"Tainted Love" is a song composed by Ed Cobb, formerly of The Four Preps, which was originally recorded in 1964 by Gloria Jones. It attained worldwide fame after being covered by Soft Cell in 1981, and has since been covered by numerous other groups and artists.
Soft Cell's version of tainted love can be found on 'Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret' & '20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Soft Cell
BB: I have a photographic memory for songs, and when I heard the first four bars, it tweeked my brain as being something other than a Pink song. Besides these angst-ridden femmes of today had get their balls from somewhere, and Suzi is as good a point in history for their change in direction from soppy-singers to actual recognizable forces in the music industry (my opinion).
Well you can include Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby" which ripped off Mick Jagger & David Bowie's "Under Pressure". Yes, it is obvious that he sampled their song, but Vanilla Ice vehemently denied it right into court where he was sued by them and they won.
Also, Donna Summer's "This Time I Know It's For Real" (later redone by Young Divas) sounded like Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up"... but then again, everything in the late 80's released by PWL sounded the same (ie Bananarama, Dead Or Alive, Hazell Dean, etc etc).
Martin; It was Queen and David Bowie. Mick & David did "Dancing in the Streets" together. Vanilla Ice was quoted as saying that one note was different in the version he had used as backing music, that's how he tried to get away with it, but we know it wasn't.
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I Was watching Rage This Morning and I hear a Track called "I Miss Everything" by Marc Collis (Whoever He is). Less then a Minute later I noticed it sounded similar to Savage Garden's Truly Madly Deeply even the Piano Intro sounded similar.
Visage successfully sued the writers of Kelly Osbourne's minor 2005 hit "One Word" for the obvious sampling of their big 1981 hit "Fade to Grey". I like both songs and also Chris Cox's remix of Kelly's single.
I always thought Anastacia ripped herself off. One Day In Your Life sounds exactly like I'm Outta Love, in fact when I try to sing the chorus to One Day In Your Life, I almost always transition partway and end up singing I'm Outta Love.
I just remembered this thread, so here are some recent ones (from memory, there would be many more). I'm not including obvious ones like Jay-Z's version of 'Young Forever.' Sia 'Clap Your Hands' sounds like: Lady GaGa 'Bad Romance' Flo Rida & David Guetta 'Club Can't Handle Me' sounds like: Black Eyed Peas 'I Gotta Feeling' Jason DeRülo 'In My Head' sounds like: Lady GaGa ft Colby O'Donis 'Just Dance' Lady GaGa 'Alejandro' sounds like: Ace of Base 'Don't Turn Around' Katy Perry ft Snoop Dogg 'California Gurls' sounds like: Ke$ha 'TiK ToK' Last edited:
"Club Can't Handle Me" by Flo Rida ft David Guetta sounds like "I Gotta Feeling" by the BEP which was also produced by David Guetta. The hot30 played the two songs at exactly the same time and they matched each other perfectly.
It's probably just me too but Rock that Body sounds like a recycled verson of Boom Boom Pow.
I mentioned that anton, lol. I heard that too, they really are the same song, and it's obvious that they are based on the same backing track because of David Guetta. That hasn't occured to me (RTB/BBP), but I do like RTB, which might be a difference
I think you might actually be a member in disguise, but I'm not going to say who, as I don't want to offend the member who I think it is if it isn't. I feel that the Sia song (which I like) sounds like 'Bad Romance' mainly because of the opening line. The first times I heard it I felt "who covered Gaga now?" because that line really does sound similar to some of the backing in the Gaga chorus. Of course, it is my opinion, and I'm not implying that Sia stole that riff, but I do think they sound very, very similar.
Hi Mr.Jon Bon Jovi and Desmond Child did NOT win their ridiculous and unsubstantiated law suit against myself and Rick Nowels that claimed "HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH" was "stolen" from one of Mr.Bon Jovi's anthem rock songs. The truth is that the lawsuit was dropped by the plaintiffs because it was about ego and money and pride and had nothing to do with the songs ( the musicologists proved the allegation to be without any merit). I had made 3 albums as a solo artist using many of those chords years before and Springsteen used them before that and it goes back and back to pop and rock songwriters who used the same chords, bass lines, progressions for years. Songs sound like each other. Thats the way it is. It is when a song goes beyond sounding like another and picks up the same phrasing, the same amount of bars, the same melodies used in exactly the same way, such as Mika's "We Are Golden" does to "Heaven Is A Place on Earth" that we have a real problem---not flattery, or borrowing--just stealing a bit too much.
Okay, well we all say that sounds like this that sounds like that. I was listening to the radio & Jessica Mauboy - Gotcha came on. First time listener i was... i knew the tune straight away! It's almost a carbon copy of Maroon 5 - Shiver. an unreleased track off Songs About Jane. I wonder if someone BIG is going to pick up on this...
One that i remember from awhile back was Custard's 1999 single "Hit Song" (the opening guitar lick [first 8 bars]) sounding remarkable similar (nearly note for note) too the rhythm guitar throughout The Beatles 1964 album track "You Can't Do That".... Last edited:
Thanks to me mucking it up twice in SongPop , I've noticed that the guitar solo in The Temper Trap's "Rabbit Hole" is very similar to the guitar line behind the chorus of 30 Seconds To Mars' "Kings & Queens".
And a random one, the oo-oo-oo-oohs at the start of Everclear's "So Much For The Afterglow" resemble the same thing in Plastic Bertrand's "Ca plane pour moi" Last edited: