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* In ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'', the melody sung by the two ThresholdGuardians is that of Martin Luther's "Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh' darein." Its arrangement is a stylistic homage to Music/JohannSebastianBach's chorale preludes.
6th Feb '16 11:19:20 AM nombretomado
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* Just about every [[AustralianRulesFootball Australian Football League]] club theme song is an existing song with rewritten lyrics, as can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSANBgZzi6o&feature=related here]]. The only exceptions are Fremantle (which includes a small section from "Song of the Volga Boatmen"), Port Adelaide and West Coast. * The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbqQLsPCAhQ Perth Wildcats' anthem]] is to the tune of the "Hallelujah Chorus".

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* Just about every [[AustralianRulesFootball [[UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball Australian Football League]] club theme song is an existing song with rewritten lyrics, as can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSANBgZzi6o&feature=related here]]. The only exceptions are Fremantle (which includes a small section from "Song of the Volga Boatmen"), Port Adelaide and West Coast. * The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbqQLsPCAhQ Perth Wildcats' anthem]] is to the tune of the "Hallelujah Chorus".
1st Feb '16 9:01:18 AM RAMChYLD
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* ''WesternAnimation/JuliusJr'' also uses ''What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor'' with original lyrics in ''Perfect Pirate Day''. They then sang ''Brahms Lullaby'' to original lyrics about staying awake in ''Smellalicious Flower''

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* ''WesternAnimation/JuliusJr'' also uses ''What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor'' with original lyrics in ''Perfect Pirate Day''. They then sang a song with original lyrics about staying awake to the tune of ''Brahms Lullaby'' to original lyrics about staying awake in ''Smellalicious Flower''
1st Feb '16 8:56:37 AM RAMChYLD
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* ''WesternAnimation/JuliusJr'' also uses ''What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor'' with original lyrics in ''Perfect Pirate Day''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JuliusJr'' also uses ''What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor'' with original lyrics in ''Perfect Pirate Day''. They then sang ''Brahms Lullaby'' to original lyrics about staying awake in ''Smellalicious Flower''
1st Feb '16 8:47:27 AM RAMChYLD
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* ''WesternAnimation/JuliusJr'' also uses ''What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor'' with original lyrics in ''Perfect Pirate Day''.
30th Jan '16 8:42:53 AM BKelly95
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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS1E12ComparativeReligion Comparative Religion]]" ends with the group performing an inclusive, secularized rewrite of "Silent Night". (''Sensible night, appropriate night / Snow on ground, left and right...'')

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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** When Pierce tries to write a song for the college, he repeatedly does this with children's songs. It also turns out he did this with ads for Hawthorne Wipes. After a comment from Annie, he finally writes a school song...set to "The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby And The Range.
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"[[Recap/CommunityS1E12ComparativeReligion Comparative Religion]]" ends with the group performing an inclusive, secularized rewrite of "Silent Night". (''Sensible night, appropriate night / Snow on ground, left and right...'')


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* Rebecca from ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' hired a songwriter to compose a jingle for the bar only to discover his method was to do this with children's songs. She fires him, only to discover his previous jingle was rather effective.
* One task on ''[[Series/TheApprentice The Celebrity Apprentice]]'' was to make an ad for a Mexican-themed beverage. Ian Ziering repeatedly tried get his team to use his suggestion: a jingle to the tune of "La Cucaracha''. However, he was rejected just as repeatedly. After his team lost, he brought it up in the boardroom. Trump was so infuriated that he wanted to use a song he couldn't use, he fired Ziering immediately.


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* The short lived cartoon ''Pro Stars'' originally had a theme song with new lyrics set to Music/{{Queen}}'s "We Will Rock You". This was rather appropriate given that the song is a staple of sporting events and the main characters were fictionalized versions of famous athletes (Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, and Bo Jackson). Unfortunately, Queen frontman Freddie Mercury died from AIDS a couple of months into the show's run and a new theme song was put in place.
22nd Jan '16 1:32:47 PM tropesinreadiness
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** The tune itself, though technically an original melody, is [[Suspiciously Similar Song a reference to]] "The Anvil Chorus" from ''Il Trovatore'' by Music/GiuseppeVerdi. Listen to the "Come, friends who plough the sea" bit.

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** The tune itself, though technically an original melody, is [[Suspiciously Similar Song [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong a reference to]] "The Anvil Chorus" from ''Il Trovatore'' by Music/GiuseppeVerdi. Listen to the "Come, friends who plough the sea" bit.
22nd Jan '16 1:32:21 PM tropesinreadiness
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* The [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney franchise]] is known for adding new lyrics to traditional kids' songs, notably the theme song and the closing tune "I Love You," sung to Yankee Doodle and This Old Man respectively.

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* The [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney franchise]] is known for adding new lyrics to traditional kids' songs, notably the theme song and the closing tune "I Love You," sung to Yankee Doodle "Yankee Doodle" and This "This Old Man Man" respectively.


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* In a case legally ruled to be plagiarism, "Hail! Hail! The Gang's All Here" appropriated the tune of "With Catlike Tread" from ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance''.
** The tune itself, though technically an original melody, is [[Suspiciously Similar Song a reference to]] "The Anvil Chorus" from ''Il Trovatore'' by Music/GiuseppeVerdi. Listen to the "Come, friends who plough the sea" bit.
* Music/GeorgeHarrison's ''My Sweet Lord'' from ''Music/AllThingsMustPass'' was ruled to have plagiarized the melody of The Chiffons' ''He's So Fine'', in a case of what the judge called "unconscious copying". Harrison later bought the rights to the song to avoid further legal entanglements.
* "Twinkle twinkle, little star..." / "A B C D E F G..." And they're all based on the French song "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman" -- which itself inspired a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:12_Variations_Tema.ogg 13-part]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Variation_I.ogg Mozart piece]].
** Germans know this one as "Morgen kommt der Weihnachtsmann" ("Tomorrow comes Santa" -- a Christmas song!)
** In Hungary it's known as "Hull a pelyhes fehér hó" ("Fluffy white snow is falling") -- Another Santa-themed song (maybe a translation of the German one?).
** Finnish children learn both the ABC song and the star song (called "Tuiki tuiki tähtönen"). There was a third song to the same tune, "Lapsukaisten koululaulu" (starting with "koska meitä käsketään"). It's been pretty much forgotten about, probably because it's basically propaganda of 50's values.
** ''Twinkle twinkle, Little Star'' not only shares it's tune with ''The Alphabet song'', but also sounds suspiciously close to ''Baa baa, Black Sheep'', and to a lesser extent, ''I Have a Little Nut Tree''.
* Music/{{Coldplay}} [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z2x8q5wMfk have been accused of doing this]] with their song "Viva la Vida" (which, itself, is about a king), being accused of copying the melody from four different sources: alternative rock band Creaky Boards (who retracted the claim and decided that both bands probably stole the tune from VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda), guitar virtuoso Music/JoeSatriani's "If I Could Fly," and Cat Stevens' "Foreigner" suite. And "Talk" borrows ITS main riff and parts of ITS melody from Music/{{Kraftwerk}}'s "Computer Love" -- though they sought permission before releasing it, and the members of Kraftwerk are credited with co-writing the song.
** On the topic of "Viva la Vida", there's more than that, actually. The above three are the most well known because they were the only 3 to accuse Coldplay of plagiarism. There's actually more things that sound similar to Viva la Vida, like Francis Limon, Ding Dong Song, J'en Ai Marre, Hearts, and Dirty Diaper Blues. Or at least that's what [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxSIAXGakuk&feature=related this video]] is saying. And there may be more. And there may be similar sounding songs made ''after'' Viva la Vida. Someone should make a medley based on that single melody and its variations.
** Music/MitchBenn wrote a song, referencing his earlier "Everything Sounds Like Coldplay Now" about new bands copying Coldplay's style, called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2pdv6faw8M Now Coldplay Sound Like Everything Else]]" (to the tune of 'Viva la Vida'.)
* As pointed out in ''Film/MrHollandsOpus'', "A Lover's Concerto" by The Toys uses the sweet strains of Christian Petzold's "Minuet in G" stretched to four-quarter time.
* A huge number of Music/ElvisPresley's hits were new lyrics written for old music. "It's Now or Never" is a cover of the 1898 Neapolitan aria "O sole mio". "Can't Help Falling in Love" uses a melody from 1780. "Love Me Tender" is a version of "Aura Lee", written in 1861. "There's No Tomorrow" is another.
* "Danny Boy" is only one of many lyrics set to the tune of "Londonderry Air" (though "Danny Boy" originally had a different tune, believe it or not). Just try to explain the "simple" progression here: The theme to the anime ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'' is "Inori~You Raise Me Up〜" sung by Lena Park. That was a take-off of "You Raise Me Up" by Rolf Løvland of Secret Garden. This was taken from "Danny Boy", which is, in turn, set to the tune of "Londonderry Air".
* Music/BrightEyes' "Road To Joy", as the title hints, takes ITS melody from Beethoven's "Ode To Joy".
* A related phenomenon: Jazz compositions often consist of new melodies laid over the chord changes of some standard. "Hot House" (based on Music/ColePorter's "What Is This Thing Called Love?") may be the most famous example.
* Music/EdwardElgar's ''Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1'', composed in 1901, was almost immediately given words to turn it into the patriotic hymn ''Land of Hope and Glory'' for King Edward [=VII=]'s coronation in 1902. In the [=US=], it is still often performed without the lyric, most often at school graduations.
* "My Way," most famously performed by Music/FrankSinatra from ''Music/MyWay'', is set to the tune of a French song, "Comme d'habitude" by Claude François.
* Music/MichaelJackson was accused of doing this with "Will You Be There" from ''Music/{{Dangerous}}'', apparently set to the tune of a song by Italian singer Al Bano. Italian courts eventually ruled in favor of Jackson. Bano had to pay Jackson's legal fees. The song does start with a snippet of Music/LudwigVanBeethoven's 9th Symphony, however (and this Jackson also got in trouble for as initial releases lacked the proper credit; this was promptly fixed.)
* "This Land Is Your Land", by Music/WoodyGuthrie is from the traditional folk song "Oh, My Loving Brother"
* The Music/RedHotChiliPeppers were accused of ripping off Tom Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance" with their own "Dani California".
* Music/{{Nirvana}} were accused of copying the bass riff from "Eighties" by Music/KillingJoke for their song "Come as You Are".
** Kurt Cobain admitted that with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" he was trying to write a Music/ThePixies}} song, and the end result sounds quite a bit like their song "U-Mass" in terms of overall sound and "Debaser" in terms of the main riff. And then when the song came out non-alt rock people thought it sounded like "More Than a Feeling", which he was also aware of:
-->"It was such a clichéd riff. It was so close to a Boston riff of 'Louie Louie'."
* "Alouette" = "Down By the Station"
* "I Fear IKEA" by The Lancashire Hotpots is sung to the tune of "The Wild Rover". ("That's why I fear IKEA (clap-clap-clap-clap) I won't go there again! I don't want a bookcase called Billy, or a table called Sven!")
** Others include "Bitter Lager Cider Ale Stout" (to the tune of "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain") and "Dolby 5.1" (to SuspiciouslySimilarSong of "Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs").
** Actually most Hotpots songs. Some aren't quite so obvious to people without a folk music background, though.
** On another note, when hearing ''The Wild Rover'''s chorus for the first time, most Germans start singing ''An der Nordseeküste'' (At the north sea's coast), a silly song by silly East Frisian singers ''Klaus & Klaus''.
* Music/PetShopBoys' "It's a Sin" was alleged by the 80s DJ Jonathan King to have plagiarized Cat Stevens' "Wild World" and remixed Stevens' vocals to the PSB version onto a single (see the George Harrison case above; it was the B-Side to this single). The funny thing is that Stevens' version actually sounds a lot more like "It's a Sin" than King's version.
* Music/TheKinks' "Catch Me Now I'm Falling" has a guitar riff similar to Music/TheRollingStones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash", while the ending of "U.K. Jive" recalls Music/TheWho's [[Music/MyGeneration "My Generation"]].
** Music/TheWho's "I Can't Explain" has a similar feel and guitar tone to Music/TheKinks' "You Really Got Me". Both were produced by Shel Talmy, and Townshend himself admitted "Explain" was written as a Kinks ripoff. TheClash later used the riff from "I Can't Explain" twice, once for "Clash City Rockers" and again for "Guns On The Roof".
** As does Music/TheDoors' "Hello, I Love You" from ''Music/WaitingorTheSun'' to "All Day and All of the Night."
* Music/BruceSpringsteen's "Outlaw Pete" has a similar melody to Music/{{Kiss}}' disco single, "I Was Made For Lovin' You" from ''Music/{{Dynasty}}''.
** The Boss is a phenomenal songwriter otherwise, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtrOYsNCPmg Radio Nowhere]] is essentially [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBHJqtgo8RA 867-5309]] made heavier and more awesome.
* Mägo de Oz, a Spanish PowerMetal[=/=]FolkMetal band, is very prone to this. As an example, they have a song, "En Nombre De Dios", which is basically "The Gates of Babylon" by Rainbow + new lyrics about the CorruptChurch.
* Music/{{Radiohead}}'s "Karma Police" from ''Music/OKComputer'' uses piano passages that are lifted almost verbatim from the Beatles' "Sexy Sadie" from ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum''.
* Music/EricCarmen's hit song "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" is essentially the 3rd movement of [[Music/SergeiRachmaninoff Rachmaninoff]]'s 2nd Symphony.
* Music/{{Cherry}}'s "Yes I Will" uses the tune of Music/{{Pink}}'s "U & Ur Hand" verbatim.
* When Music/BillyJoel wrote "Uptown Girl", he in part (accidentally) plagiarised a Mozart piece.
* Music/{{Metallica}}'s "The Unforgiven II" sounds almost exactly like "Children of the Damned" by Music/IronMaiden (which itself resembles "Simple Man by Music/LynyrdSkynyrd).
* Music/ChuckBerry may have spawned a lot of (textual) copyings, starting with the tune ''Too much monkey business'', which led to Music/BobDylan`s "Subterranean Home Sick Blues" from ''Music/BringingItAllBackHome'', which eventually inspired Music/{{REM}} to make ''It`s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)'' from ''Music/{{Document}}''. Music/BillyJoel also joined in, with ''We didn`t start the fire'', almost certainly ripped from Dylan.
* "Si pido otra cerveza" by Los Inhumanos uses the tune of "Oh! Susanna" by Stephen Foster.
* Solarstone's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vE80EivmL04 Part of Me]]" is based on the tune of the Celtic standard "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZAlG0xokS4 "She Moved Through The Fair]]".
* Music/{{Les Luthiers}} have fun with this trope: in one of their shows, the narrator mentions Johann Sebastian Mastropiero always used the same music for all his operas. He describes a scene from one, but then they perform a scene from another opera ("La Hija de Escipión").


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** And not only ''that'', but the Roman Catholic Liturgy often does this trope to ''itself''. "The Mystery of Faith" and "The Great Amen" are generally sung to the same tune (assuming, of course, that they are sung).
* Renaissance composers such as Josquin, Ockeghem and Dufay who created the foundations of our musical language worked almost ''exclusively'' with melodies that were not their own. Many of their settings of the Catholic Mass were even called "parody Masses", in the sense that they used short pieces of music (not just a melody) composed by others as a starting point. (Parody does not imply a humorous appropriation in this case.)
* All over the place in just about any hymnal:
** The hymns "For the Beauty of the Earth" and "As with Gladness Men of Old" both use "Dix", a melody composed by Conrad Kocher.
** "What Child Is This," a Christmas song, was written with the melody from "Greensleeves", an English folk song.
** Likewise, the hymn "Lord of the Dance" copied "Simple Gifts", a Quaker song.
** The traditional Gaelic hymn tune "Bunessan" has been used for the Christmas carol "Child in a Manger" and more commonly for the hymn "Morning Has Broken".
** "Battle Hymn of the Republic" comes from "John Brown's Body", as does "Oil Thigh," the FootballFightSong of Queen's University.
*** "John Brown's Body" was itself sung to an even earlier tune, "Say, Brothers, Will You Meet Us."
*** In turn, the union hymn "Solidarity Forever" used the same tune.
** Overall it's a common practice for even new lyricists to repurpose existing familiar tunes for new hymns.
** When the (Liverpool) Spinners performed the folk song "Old Johnny Booker" they got one woman complaining that the song was "sacrilegious" because it has the same tune as her favourite hymn. What she didn't realise is that both the hymn and the folk song lifted the tune from an earlier song.
** The tune "Winchester Old"; best known as the UK tune for "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night", but also the tune of several other hymns (and ''nearly'' the same as "There Is A Green Hill Far Away").
** Really, you could pick up any two hymnals at random and find that they have totally different melodies for the same words. The fact that a lot of hymns are in CommonMeter really helps.


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* The famous "Habanera" from Bizet's ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}'' was based on what the composer originally thought to be a folk melody, but turned out to be a composition of a contemporary Spanish musician Sebastian Iradier called "El Arreglito". Bizet acknowledged this in the score.
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* "La vallee de Dana" is a French song that topped the charts in the 90's, about a battle between Gauls and Cimmerians, to the tune of "Tri Martolod". The original is a folk song about three sailors.
* Scooter's "How much is the fish?" uses an old French song about cider (Son ar Chistr) as its {{Leitmotif}}.


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* The many, many, ''many'' remixes of ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}'' music occasionally uses other tunes from {{Creator/Mozart}} to Music/IronMaiden.
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14th Jan '16 9:13:52 AM tropesinreadiness
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See also InTheStyleOf and SuspiciouslySimilarSong. SampledUp is when this version completely eclipses the original. {{Filk Song}}s are very frequently set to the tune of existing songs.

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See also InTheStyleOf and SuspiciouslySimilarSong. SampledUp is when this version completely eclipses the original. {{Filk Song}}s are very frequently set to the tune of existing songs.
songs. Writing a song To The Tune Of an ''instrumental'' piece of music is so common that it has its own subtrope: WithLyrics.
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