Songs That Sound a Bit TOO Similar


11 Feb 2006, 22:41

I made an iTunes playlist a bit ago when I noticed that Warning definitely ripped off the guitar riff on Picture Book. With the help of my sister, we have discovered other other tunes that are sound relatively close to each other.

Call Me took off Easy Livin''s opening.

Here Comes the Sun takes its bridge from Badge (makes sense, because George Harrison played guitar on "Badge").

What You Waiting For? sounds vaguely like Hash Pipe.

Wonderwall's chords are used in Boulevard of Broken Dreams. The geniuses behind Dean Gray caught on, and released Boulevard of Broken Songs!

Lust For Life's jingle is blatantly used in Are You Gonna Be My Girl.

Brain Stew, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, and 25 Or 6 To 4 use the same basic chords.

Billie Jean's beats are used at the beginning of Hella Good.

In the middle of Echoes, the "duhhhh, dah na na naaaa" is used in The Phantom of the Opera and Pink Floyd threatened to sue but I don't think they did.

Bittersweet Symphony illegally sampled part of an orchestral version of The Last Time.

What I Got resembles Lady Madonna in chord structure. And The Joker and Magic Carpet Ride and Sweet Home Alabama, for that matter.

Fight Test bears a striking similarity to Father And Son; indeed, The Flaming Lips paid Cat Stevens a sum of money to appease him for inadvertently stealing his song.

There are some elements in Leave It that have been taken by When I Was a Young Girl. I can't really explain- it's the synthesizers, I think.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers inadvertently made headlines in 2006 when people noticed Mary Jane's Last Dance sounded eerily like the hit at the time, Dani California. Also, in Rolling Stone Petty said that Last Nite ripped off American Girl, but he seemed okay with it.

The opening drum solo in Red Light almost mirrors the beginning of Keep Fishin'.

Rush basically copied their own song Time and Motion's intro with newer song Far Cry. They seem to have done this before, too, with Peaceable Kingdom mirroring the beat of Half the World.

I don't quite know why (I think it's because they're in the same key), but Lover's Rock is reminiscent of Tops. I think it's just coincidence in this case, not plagiarism.

The beginnings of Digital Man and Distant Early Warning sound like Walking on the Moon.

Viva la Vida's chord progression sounds ridiculously similar to If I Could Fly. . . hmm. . .

I'm Not Angry sounds like SOME song I heard from the 1960s/70s but I can't think of the lyrics or who sang it. Boo :(

What I Am has the same groove and swing of Murder By Numbers. This could just be me noticing slight similarities, however.

Shut Up and Let Me Go's bassline is very close to Rapper's Delight, and the song that it sampled, Good Times.

When The Way I Are came out, I picked up on the beat- it seemed identical to some song I knew but I couldn't place it. Then I realized it was like the beat of Push It!

A few granddaddies of unintentional song-stealing: My Sweet Lord plagiarized He's So Fine. George Harrison actually had to pay the owners of "He's So Fine" copyright for accidentally stealing the tune. Also, when The Rolling Stones were recording Anybody Seen My Baby?, someone noticed it was quite similar to k.d. lang's Constant Craving. To avoid any type of litigious trouble, the band members gave lang and Ben Mink a songwriting credit.

The guitar strums at the beginning of The Weight and Shooting Star are almost the same.

Deal Goin' Down's main riff SO ripped off Pride (in the Name of Love)'s main riff.

For that matter, Angel of Harlem stole Like a Rolling Stone's beginning.

Oasis wanted to release their song Step Out off of their seminal album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? but its chorus was too close to Uptight (Everything's Alright)'s to not get sued. They also kinda stole the opening chords of Imagine for another song off that album, Don't Look Back in Anger.

Bang A Gong (Get It On) and It's Only Rock N' Roll use the same chords are in the same key. . .

Any more?


  • Boogeyman

    It might be a stretch, but My Bloody Valentine's Cupid Come and the Strokes' Last Nite?

    12 Feb 2006, 23:11
  • sabertoothbliss

    I think every Strokes song sounds similar.

    20 Feb 2006, 2:35
  • superbife

    i think something confused you. wake me up when september ends has nothing from wonderwall. it just uses a pair of one the most old pop riffs out there, can be similar to hundreds of things. but not to wonderwall.

    22 Feb 2006, 6:14
  • superbife

    the only resemblance are the chords on i'd like to say to you and that's all, a common descendence in the scale...

    22 Feb 2006, 6:16
  • ChiefKrazyHorse

    Boston- More than a Feeling Nirvana- Smells Like Teen Spirit

    23 Feb 2006, 4:33
  • LINK2K9

    I never noticed the Wonderwall-Wake Me Up(...)comaprision. Always sounded different to me.

    25 Feb 2006, 6:53
  • PreatorArtanis7

    I'm gunna have to be cliche and say Ice Ice Baby sounds alot like Under Pressure. Also, many of the songs by The Darkness sound very similar to AC/DC songs. Of course, this isn't a bad thing.

    6 Mar 2006, 4:40
  • mcteethinator

    Elastica - Connection sounds a lot like that song by Wire.

    13 Mar 2006, 2:57
  • orion27

    Coldplay's In My Place starts the same way as Led Zeppelin's When the Levy Breaks.

    18 Mar 2006, 6:39
  • tzot

    Remote Similarities #2 and Remote Similarities #1 You might check these, but especially this: Similarities #1

    3 May 2006, 14:41
  • shakeitmadam

    I think they deliberately sampled it, though.

    27 Jun 2006, 13:10
  • dijdij

    There are a lot of songs. Of course parts of them are going to sound similair to others. It doesn't mean they are ripping off the other band.

    24 Ago 2006, 21:39
  • vihreatee

    The main riff for Your Time Has Come is exactly the same as the main riff in Bad Seed. Your Time Has Come is a better song though. Too bad it's a copy!

    27 Nov 2006, 17:48
  • redlemon

    Black Cab completely rips off I've Got Something On My Mind.

    7 Feb 2007, 20:19
  • sokemoto

    led zeppelin - how many more times Pink floyd - money

    3 Jul 2008, 12:46
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