* {{Mazinkaiser}}'s opening theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCWVMZoRHhY Fire Wars]] by {{JAM Project}} sounds very much like {{Bon Jovi}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrZHPOeOxQQ&feature=kp You Give Love a Bad Name ]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogSFZJXRC-8&#t=9m35s "Tension" music]] from {{Slayers}}. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWp430Ik4tU#t=2m54s "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 1"]] by KingCrimson. You may notice a slight similarity.
** "Beginning", from ''Mobile Suit Gundam III'' sounds very similar to Crimson's "Prince Rupert Awakes". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0hiaikO9Ds Observe]].
* From 1974s JackToMameNoKi , [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z9hB0yC69w No One's Happier Than I]] sounds eerily similar to the Music/{{Carpenters}} [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1u6628Rdqs Top Of The World]]
* Orochimaru's theme in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' borrows part of its melody from [[JohannSebastianBach Bach's]] Music/ToccataAndFugueInDMinor.
** The opening to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4v3xvUY4dM Sarutobi]], the Third Hokage's BattleThemeMusic, is an almost exact copy of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jfso3CiHwN8 Ozzy Osbourne's 'Bark at the Moon']]...
* ''Anime/BombermanJetters'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZaSgnYLceQ Mujoe's theme]] is very similar to the Series/{{Seinfeld}} [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V2sBURgUBI theme]].
* The theme "Nunnally" from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' uses the same melody, same lead instrument, SAME KEY, and a similar chord progression to the main theme from an obscure Music/EnnioMorricone-scored film, ''Malena''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzJxHw4JF10#t=0m52s Hear for]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK0msdFrqt8#t=1m16s yourself.]]
* For whatever reason, Gojou Shioji from ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' appears to have "[[{{Queen}} Another One Bites the Dust]]" as his theme song, with a few courtesy notes thrown in.
** The second episode uses a parody of Music/{{Metallica}}'s "Sad but True."
* ''Nandemo Q'' was a children's television show which aired on NHK between 1995 and 2004 that featured educational Suspiciously Similar Songs of popular western songs that often featured {{Pun Based Title}}s such as "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20cAmTQgwrU Hotaru California]]".
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'': "Tokkou Yarou", a background theme used in that series is incredibly similar to the theme from ''Series/TheATeam''. Lampshaded with a ThemeTuneCameo as a cellphone ring tone and someone says it's sounds like an old American TV show (which indeed was called ''Tokkou Yarou A-Team'' when broadcast in Japan).
** Also, in ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', the ending song, "Kimi Ni Fuku Kaze" sounds VERY similar to Music/{{Santana}} and MichelleBranch's "The Game of Love".
* One of Shirou Sagisu's pieces ("Decisive Battle") for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is suspiciously similar to a JohnBarry composition, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTSg-k-f9VU "007,"]] used in the early ''Film/JamesBond'' films.
** Another example ("Barefoot in the Park") is suspiciously similar to "The Girl from Ipanema" used when the characters are having a coffee break.
** Shinji's theme, "I. Shinji" is basically a minor-key version of "God Save the Queen" mashed-up with "Film/TheGodfather Waltz".
** On the soundtrack for ''Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance'', the track "2EM05_KK_B09" sounds suspiciously similar to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4JpDUMXBqo "The Third Man Theme"]] by Anton Karas.
** Another example of this, also from the soundtrack of "Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance", in which the track "L'Agresseur (2EM03)" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bzLh0UCKrU]] sounds pretty much the same like "Dennis steals the Embryo" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67kUTkrB_sY]] from the soundtrack to Jurassic Park.
** "Misato's Theme" also shadows parts of "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" which has been covered by artists like Diana Ross.
** "Komm, Susser Todd" or that song that plays when [[spoiler:everyone gets turned into Tang]] - sounds a lot like "Hey, Jude."
*** The slide guitar solo at the end of the song owes a bit to the ending solo of Pink Floyd's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmeyocnsEIk&feature=player_detailpage#t=315s High Hopes]].
* In what can only be called a hilarious example of FollowTheLeader , ''Anime/RahXephon'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNHdbiZPdOo The Chariot]], aka Ayato's kill music, which is a hybrid of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5Qo9iAB9q0 "Decisive Battle"]] with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHRBFTWSguY "The Beast 2"]] (the theme of berserk Eva-01). Since "Decisive Battle" already sounds suspiciously similar to "007" above, this turns it ''doubly'' suspicious.
* The Italian version of ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'', which composed all-new songs, made many of them sound suspiciously like the songs they were replacing. Try comparing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVkfIRhbYd8 Assoluto Amore]], Sara's VillainSong, with its original, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kkazt9DMCyU Return to the Sea]], and see what we mean.
** A closer similarity is within the original version of the series itself, and intentional: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eJrg-k2EIA Tsubasa wo Daite]], Michel's VillainSong, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geTcMZFQr5k Ashita ga Mienakute]], Michal's ImageSong. Their names already matched, as did the names of their birds, and they couldn't be active at the same time... but when their ''songs'' matched, all bets about coincidence were off.
* One episode of ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfiLVdEceO8 Suspiciously Similar Song to the Rocky theme]]. This gets [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Gintoki and Kagura.
** Speaking of ''Film/{{Rocky}}, the boxing OVA ''Bewitching Nozomi'' featured a Suspiciously Similar Song to "Eye of the Tiger".
** Another Suspiciously Similar Song of the same often accompanied the Bear's appearance in GakuenAlice.
** In Gintama, there's also a Supiciously Similar Song of FistOfTheNorthStar's ''Ai wo Torimodose''. Hilariously, the song lyrics only consist of the parts of "You Wa Shock" changed into "I Am Shock"
** Gintama's ''Manga/DragonBall'' parody ep introduced the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbyVUdeCY0g&feature=player_detailpage#t=588s "Dondake"]] (basically a Japanese "WTF?"), a Suspiciously Similar Song to Hironobu Kageyama's ''Dragon Ball'' themes.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' occasionally uses a music piece that sounds like that damn Milkshake song.
** And one that sounds oddly like the opening to "[[Music/TheRollingStones Gimme Shelter]]".
* The ''Anime/SCryed'' theme "Reckless Fire" sounds slightly similar to Ricky Martin's "She Bangs".
* ''Manga/AirGear'' was inspired by the JetSetRadio series, and has several background songs that are soundalikes to the music used in those games. Compare: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUvBiG1U7yM Not Hummin' But Vibin']] (Air Gear) vs. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EElSzVpbHeg Hummin' The Bassline]] (Jet Set Radio); [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNpiuVzJHbE Sky 2 High]] (Air Gear) vs. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QywxbS4pzsM Fly Like A Butterfly]] (Jet Set Radio Future).
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]: Both series have the same composer, Hideki Naganuma (who did all the work for ''Air Gear'' under a pseudonym, so as to not break his contract with Sega).
** Manga/AirGear also has a ''non''-JSR example in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSutWNf_4Vg Rise Electric]]", which is suspiciously similar to Europe's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZkllM8znx4 The Final Countdown]]".
* The TrainingMontage in the first episode of ''{{GunBuster}}'' uses a musical cue essentially ripped off from Vangelis' theme from ''Chariots of Fire''. So much so, in fact, that StudioGainax ordered the US distributors to replace the music in the North American re-release.
** Public Domain Example: The last episode uses a conspicuously-synthesised piece of music that sounds suspiciously similar to the Hallelujah chorus. Considering that the original song would later turn up in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', this example's rather perplexing.
* In an earlier example of ripping off Vangelis, the music from the first scene in the original ''BubblegumCrisis'' [=OVAs=] is suspiciously similar to the opening theme from ''Film/BladeRunner''.
** The intros to "Victory" and "Akuma to Tenshi no Kiss" are derived from different parts of the intro to "Nowhere Fast", the opening theme from ''StreetsOfFire''.
** The guitar riff in "Say Yes" from OVA 7 resembles Music/{{U2}}'s "Where the Streets Have No Name".
** "Konya wa Hurricane" is very clearly an attempt to create a song in the style of Music/JimSteinman, particularly those from ''Streets Of Fire''.
* The opening theme to ''Anime/TheBigO'' sounds suspiciously like Music/{{Queen}}'s "Film/FlashGordon". This one was also replaced for the USA DVD re-issue, although not from Creator/AdultSwim, the full version also contains a tiny hint of Bohemian Rahpsody, it appears the artist is a major Queen fan.
** "Roger, I love you, but we only have 14 hours to save Paradigm City."
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnaQZgZaOkg second theme tune]] is heavily inspired by Barry Gray's theme tune for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpMcHro9Dfc UFO]].
* ''BattleProgrammerShirase'''s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXF1bVF_1RQ opening tune]] bears an uncanny resemblance to, you guessed it, Rick Astley's ''"Never Gonna give You Up"''.
* Kogarashi's Theme from ''KamenNoMaidGuy'' is suspiciously similar to of the ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' theme (or a pastiche thereof). This doesn't prevent it from being awesome.
* An ImagineSpot in ''Anime/LuckyStar'' of a trip to the dentist as a SuperRobot show is accompanied by a brief Suspiciously Similar Song to the ''{{Gunbuster}}'' theme "Active Heart".
** And don't forget the repeated use of an almost-but-not-quite "Gunbuster March" cue.
** And the 1942 beat used a few times... And Series/TwentyFour, and... A lot of others.
* The music from ''Mr. Lonely Chaser'', theme song for the TransformingMecha show ''[[SuperHighSpeedGalvion Galvion]]'' sounds suspiciously similar to MichaelJackson's "Beat It". The lyrics, however are something else altogether.
* One of the riffs from ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'''s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1z7CyPFtq0 Dango Daikazoku / Chiisana Te No Hira - Rock Version]] sounds like "Oh Come All Ye Faithful".
* [[GurrenLagann Viral's]] {{Leitmotif}} ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZz74yFLkvg Nikopol]]'' sounds a lot like Linkin Park's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTlgHM6qLnY Points of Authority]], minus the rap bits.
* It's a lot harder to recognize than most examples, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgHNzgZn2SM Shinken]] from one of the Love Hina soundtracks is suspiciously similar to "Eye Of The Tiger".
* The ''{{Trigun}}'' theme is eerily similar to Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog".
* A recurring piece in MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha, from A's on, is suspiciously similar to the VideoGame/{{Metroid}} main titles.
** Don't forget [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsSjvKOdL8M Ace of Aces]] sounding a great deal like the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLlJD7EAsYg Main Title]] from CharsCounterattack.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', one of Mello's themes sound like the ''Terminator2JudgmentDay'' theme.
** The ''Death Note'' soundtrack is actually [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYmIKcP7Nbc quite notorious for this.]] For instance, L's theme sounds like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYmIKcP7Nbc Tubular Bells]] from ''Film/TheExorcist''.
* "Ark" from YokoKanno's ''BrainPowered'' soundtrack starts off like the ''Terminator'' theme with bagpipes. Och, I'll be back, laddie!
* Also by YokoKanno, "Jig" from ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' resembles John Williams' "Letting Off Steam" from ''Far and Away''.
* In ''Anime/GenesisOfAquarion'', Kanno's piece "Exodus" borrows from "Victorius Titus", from the ''[[Theatre/TitusAndronicus Titus]]'' score by Elliot Goldenthal.
* Somebody in charge of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'''s soundtrack seems to be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfyHeQO7-Ww a fan]] of [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera Andrew Lloyd Weber]]...
* Near the end of the ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' OVA, a Suspiciously Similar Song to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27amour_est_bleu "L'amour est bleu"]] shows up in the scene where Keiichi works several part-time jobs to buy Belldandy a ring.
* On the soundtrack for ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'', Mitsuo Hagita directly copies, note for note, extensive parts of two pieces from James Horner's ''{{Brainstorm}}'' score: "The Battle of Solomon Sea" was ''Brainstorm'''s "Race For Time", and "Burn Down" was "Lillian's Heart Attack".
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeq36PYSdJU "The Winner"]] (especially the English [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW6Mcl8z1Wg version ]] sung by Ritchie Kotzen) from the same show, sounds somewhat like "Danger Zone" from ''Film/TopGun''.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 Gundam F91]]'' is ''full'' of Suspiciously Similar Songs to ''Franchise/StarWars'' pieces, most notably the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDiTaoTcoL0#t=0m45s Imperial March]].
** And ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'''s dub theme had to be changed because one of the original openings sounded a little too close to George Michael's '80's hit "Careless Whisper".
*** The opening and ending themes in Japan were written by Neil Sadaka (for which he made Suspiciously Similar Songs to some of his past works).
* "Rush! Issei and Yohshi" from the score of ''GiantRobo'' OVA 2 is a suspiciously similar to the ''How the West Was Won'' theme.
** "Vogler's Landing" from OVA 3 rips off a passage from Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring".
* YokoKanno pulled this off again several times in ''MacrossFrontier'':
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIoQ6T_4RfI&feature=related "Big Boys"]] sounds suspiciously like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvnMQ9Z5K3g "Will & Elizabeth"]] from ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLfiq40iojc "The Target"]] takes more than a few cues from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHGXfFJ2TMk the TIE Fighter theme]] from ''Franchise/StarWars''.
*** By the same token, the TIE Fighter theme can be considered a modification of the magic spell from "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", which "The Target" also resembles.
** The beginning of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3o_NjnIvl6A Sayonara no Tsubasa ~ the end of triangle]] sounds suspiciously like school food punishment's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eub-Ro3OZEI#t=9s futuristic imagination]] with some parts switched around.
* Speaking of sorcerers, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvvN1DpLdH0 "Materialise"]] from Kuniaki Haishima's ''Anime/MaiOtome0Sifr'' soundtrack copies verbatim from the Eagles' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rOMGIbY-9s "Journey of the Sorcerer"]], better known as the theme from ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''.
* YukiKajiura isn't immune from this either. The track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUSAzjEwsXo "Sacrifice"]] from ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' shares many similarities with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOtoIBrBAYE "Navras"]] from ''Film/TheMatrix Revolutions''.
** Listen to Handel's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91sfrw106xs "Sarabande"]], better known as the theme music to ''BarryLyndon''. Now listen to the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KvVli3poq8 main theme]] from the seventh ''Literature/KaraNoKyoukai'' movie. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Notice anything?]]
* Episode 7 of SetoNoHanayome has a Suspiciously Similar Song to Wagner's "Music/RideOfTheValkyries".
** So does ''{{Ponyo}}''; or rather, JoeHisaishi reworks the ''Ponyo'' theme InTheStyleOf "Music/RideOfTheValkyries".
** Seto no Hanayome also has a Suspiciously Similar Song to the ''Terminator2JudgmentDay'' theme (the iconic metallic beat) because, well, one of the characters IS the Terminator.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwSgaLMkcb8 "Daybreak Symphony"]] from ''YakitateJapan'' sounds quite suspiciously like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx3m4e45bTo a certain other Britpop "Symphony"]]... with the "We Will Rock You" beat also thrown in just for good measure.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz43HbQA3KU opening theme]] of ''Tenamonya Voyagers'' is suspiciously similar to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph6GIWOCiO8 theme]] from Mel Brooks' ''Silent Movie''. Both are played by marching bands.
* [[VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Jessica's image song]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHlhrhPKgPU Dokkyun Heart]] is a faster-sung and slightly cheerier version of [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Tsurupettan]].
* One of the BGM tracks in ''CoyoteRagtimeShow'' sounds strikingly similar to the ''Series/MissionImpossible'' theme song.
* The BGM track from ''Manga/KOn'' called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6amYBsNtWM "Pinch Daisuki!"]] is suspiciously similar to the 1970s synthesizer piece [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y_VHOCp7Lw "Popcorn"]].
** For that matter, JeanMichelJarre's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DDEl7JnWvo "Oxygène IV"]] sounds a bit like a slowed-down version of "Popcorn", which was released five years before.
*** ...which Jarre himself covered a few years earlier.
** And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JraVFiq2wQ "Happy End"]] sounds a lot like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQNqk54HPdE "Daydream Believer"]].
** A Suspiciously Similar Song to Pachelbel's Canon plays during the graduation ceremony in K-ON!! episode 24, which is peculiar because, again, it's in the public domain.
** When the music store clerk tells the history of Sawako's guitar, images of Music/EricClapton, [[Music/{{ACDC}} Angus Young]], [[Music/BlackSabbath Tony Iommi]] and [[TheWho Pete Townshend]] are shown, along with Suspiciously Similar Songs to Sunshine of Your Love, Thunderstruck, Paranoid, and Won't Get Fooled Again respectively.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6icpkcgfVs The opening riff in "Cagayake GIRLS!"]] sounds oddly similar to the melody that occurs 20 seconds into [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clcirPeGqMs&t=21s a piece]] of music from the unreleased SegaGenesis version of the game ''Time Trax''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7fOuZjASLE The track "The Ebb and the Flow"]] in ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' is a very blatant ripoff of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWM54LRIstI "War"]] from the ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' soundtrack. It is an almost note for note copy of what you might call the "Human Theme" (as opposed to the Na'vi Theme) from "War".
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZSnlZoTR-Y "A New Foe Rears His Head"]] is just as blatantly a ripoff of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDcPv6olllQ Terminator Salvation opening theme]]. In a way, this one is almost forgivable; even the original show had a song that sounded suspiciously similar to the Terminator theme, which was used in a scene that was lifted straight from the movie, in the middle of a story arc that was taken straight from the movie (the Trunks and Android sagas, of course.) Can you really blame the composer for thinking originality wasn't necessary?
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFCnj2yQ1JQ "Kamigami no Bolero"]] sounds like a tribute to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Urfjyj4FnUc Ravel's "Bolero"]].
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV_KYL62kaw# first opening]] of ''Manga/WeddingPeach'' lends some notes from 1960s singer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5aeeSmkPwQ# France Gall]].
** ''SugarSugarRune'''s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zopSafJApeU theme]] is based on the same song, only more blatantly.
* The second opening of Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun sounds sort of like [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Hong Meiling's stage theme.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FTG7JFmU7A Take a]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbqoImQZ-EY listen.]]
* One of the pieces of music from ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' sounds like the stock music piece "Valse Aux Champs-Elysees", which was used on RenAndStimpy.
** That's minimal, Read or Die's [[EarWorm main theme]] rips off from every musical aspect of James Bond's main theme... without actually ripping a note from it, and made a much more cohesive, surprising and captivating version, like Picasso (allegedly) said "Good artists borrow, great artists steal".
* The first ending theme in the English dub version of ''{{Jungle Wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu}}'' sounds suspiciously like the soul classic "T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)".
* The opening song of the ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' English dub sounds an awful lot like Blink 182's "Dammit" at times.
* A track on the ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' soundtrack, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOYA5zb6dbA Yurumikatta Kannou no Dance]]", sounds distinctly similar to the famous "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whFUUFo1eXQ Habanera]]" from Suite No. 2 of Bizet's ''Carmen''.
* One of the songs from Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia , "Carrots and Sticks", is sung by Belarus and Ukraine. If you pay attention to the background music, it sounds like a pitched-down, remade version of t.A.T.u.'s All The Things She Said.
** To say nothing of the music cue for the opening titles, which strongly evokes "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (AKA the ''2001: A Space Odyssey'' theme).
* The ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' anime has "[[Film/TheWizardOfOz Over The Rainbow]]" played multiple times; it's even explicitly referred to as such. Except, it's instrumental and only vaguely sounds like it. The song isn't in the public domain. I don't know if the original Japanese version had this problem or not.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RprSeqWwUM This parody scene]] of ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'' from ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' has a Suspiciously Similar Song to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7eH9qnH8TM "I'm Kissing You" by Desiree]].
* The chorus of the song "Cendrillon" from by Kagamine Ren sounds an awful lot like the chorus of the ''TransformersAnimated'' Japanese opening theme. Or is it the other way around?
* In ''UltraManiac'', a Suspiciously Similar Song to the theme song of ''ThePowerpuffGirls'' plays whenever Nina's cousins arrive. The creator of the manga, by the way, ''loves'' the PPG.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'', the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jl1607KKfaU Suteki Meppou]] by Kousaki Satoru has a jazzy piano chord progression and rhythm that sounds like Paul Desmond and the Dave Brubeck Quartet's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzpnWuk3RjU Take Five]]'' There's also ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZjvybtoDJs Hyouri]]'', which sounds quite a bit like ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7yjB08yCLw Tubular Bells]]'', of ''Film/TheExorcist'' fame.
* The song "HARDBOILED" off of the ''SoraWoKakeruShoujo'' soundtrack sounds like it could have been an outtake from [[Music/PinkFloyd David Gilmour's]] solo album ''On An Island''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYdKHsuX-ks Momiji's song]] in the ''FruitsBasket'' anime is just a few notes off from "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3C5ELNQ1ek Momiji]]" (a folk song). Given the name, it's doubtful that it was a coincidence.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLTFlif70Uo The Anger of Crimson Lotus]]'' from ''Manga/FairyTail'' sounds as if composer took Grass Theme from ''[[VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic Heroes of Might and Magic IV]]'', cut it in pieces, sew them randomly together, and added rock-style accompaniment over all of it.
** A little breakdown: first listen to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-gnjMemqdE#t=2m30s this]], then to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9-PsHkDbVY#t=1m36s this]], then [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9-PsHkDbVY#t=1m36s this]], and for last one go to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-gnjMemqdE#t=2m30s the first part]].
** And this is far from being the only song in the soundtrack.
** The theme used for Lucy's summoning is eerily similar to a bit from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' (the track called "Fireworks" to be specific).
** The intro to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSsmv2nWfsU Eternal Fellows]] sounds very similar to [[Manga/KOn Cagayake!]] [[http://youtu.be/gnd1wSIyN-g?t=7s GIRLS]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' has very short song that's suspiciously similar to Vangelis' ChariotsOfFire in episode 8, when Taiga is practicing swimming for the competition.
* There's a series of Youtube videos from a Japanese cartoon that are suspiciously similar to various western rock songs. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zei1LXw1qfU NOT "Separate Ways" By JOURNEY]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvVK77gC6EU NOT "Don't Look Back" By BOSTON ]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG_CyNfjUZs NOT "All You Need Is Love" by BEATLES]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9yCA5uCnJo NOT "Europa" by SANTANA]], and many others. They can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/user/yusacinosh on this Youtube channel]].
* The GingaDensetsuWeed song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcIugqglkp4 "Dash!"]] sounds almost identical to the Anime/DigimonAdventure02 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CySGjCDaRy4 opening theme]].
* ''[[RoninWarriors Yoroiden Samurai Troopers]]''' first opening theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKIpzkoAqC0 "Stardust Eyes"]], borrows heavily from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf3Ay1Y2Kks "It's A Sin" by The Pet Shop Boys.]]
* The ''Kodomo No Jikan'' ending "Hana Maru Sensation" sounds almost exactly like the chorus from TheOffspring's One Fine Day, which in turn sounds like the chorus of the KiteretsuDaihykka theme song "Suimin Bosukou".
* The final battle theme of ''Anime/CowboyBebop: TheMovie'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiUjOFYDiBE Pushing the Sky]], sounds very similar to the Lunatic Calm song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0X6BeszEXm4 Leave You Far Behind]].
* In ''Anime/ZoidsChaoticCentury'', the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RShfhjV2Y2Y#t=1m50s theme]] that plays when the Ultrasaurus awakens sounds an awful lot like the ''JurassicPark'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8zlUUrFK-M#t=1m40s theme]]. They sound almost identical when both themes climax. Also consider how similar the scenes with the Ultrasaurus first moving and Dr. Grant seeing the living Brachiosaur are, especially since the aforementioned themes start playing in both instances.
* ''SkipBeat!'' is an interesting example in that it's a plot point when some random band comes out of nowhere and plagiarizes Fuwa Sho's released work and [[KarmaHoudini make it big.]] No one in the industry comments, and Sho ends up getting only more and more pissed. Then [[BewaretheNiceOnes Kyouko]] [[ItsPersonal enters the picture.]]
* PrettyCure:
** SmilePrettyCure had a piece of background music that sounded like the beginning of the song "Friends Are There" from GarfieldAndFriends.
** In the episode of DokiDokiPrettyCure introducing the Love Heart Arrow, when the girls introduce themselves, rock music that sounds like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2SWy3gHPCc this]] USAcres song plays as background music. It's commonly used in the series, usually during scenes about Cure Sword and/or Cure Ace.
*** Which then played in PrettyCureAllStars New Stage 3 during a scene with Cure Sword and in episodes 13 and 15 of [[HappinessChargePrettyCure the next series]] before they scrapped it.
** Episode 2 of HappinessChargePrettyCure features a song that sounds like "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilaria that's used as background music.
* The chorus of the theme song to PrismGenerationsPrismMagical sounds a lot like the chorus to the theme song to TakashiMurakami's [[http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm12968795 Six Hearts Princess]].
* The beginning part of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwVIZ2U4tbs Yliaster Battle Mode]]'' from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' sounds similar to the first part of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q52bJ3E19DU Sword of Promised Victory]]'' from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJiOf_sld3k "Oi, Oi"]] from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' has a timpani rhythm that sounds exactly like the timpani rhythm in Music/FatboySlim's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KITOnupL1bw "Everybody Loves a Carnival"]], just a half-step lower.
* The theme "The Original Sin" from the ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' RAID OST has a lot in common with the famous track "Ave Satani" from ''Film/TheOmen''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MdDeMuBT5s Gundam AGE-FX]], the theme used by the eponymous mobile suit from the third generation of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' is very similar in tune in tune and atmosphere, albeit faster, as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lLZOT0BfHs Into Anger and Fears]], used when Annelotte use her [[spoiler:SuperpoweredEvilSide]] in ''QueensBlade Rebellion''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugnDt9SD9rQ Merry Go Round of Life]] from ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'' is quite similar to the opening phrases of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_FeLLZ7eIU Memories of Fanelia]] from ''Anime/{{Escaflowne}}''. Joe Hisaishi (composer for ''Howl''), the composer for Studio Ghibli, was the one to discover Yoko Kanno and lead her into anime music composition. However, ''Escaflowne'' actually came first, meaning the teacher referenced the student.
* The chorus of the Getbackers' song, Namida no Hurricane, sounds an awful lot like "Hey Mickey."
* The opening theme to ''Anime/OuranHighschoolHostClub'' has an underlying guitar melody taken note-for-note from the bridge synth of "Kiss Me Deadly" by Lita Ford.
* There is a particular BGM track in Manga/YuYuHakusho in which the bassline interpolates the opening riff in The Four Tops' "Sugar Pie Honey Bunch". Another one is a soundalike of "[[Music/MichaelJackson Thriller]]".
** Yet another piece of BGM is a pastiche of "Time of the Season" by Music/TheZombies.
* The chorus of the first SuperSonico opening, "Beat Goes On!" sounds like the chorus of "Hot Patootie" from TheRockyHorrorPictureShow.
* The last part of ''Manga/GokukokuNoBrynhildr'''s first opening is reminiscent of the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon's theme.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHwtxMYnXcg "Scatterbrain"]] from the original ''Manga/SailorMoon'' OST sounds like the original ''Series/SesameStreet'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHp_Mq0hdxo theme.]]