* As seen by the main page quote, Music/VanillaIce tried to avoid paying royalties for "Ice Ice Baby"'s [[SampledUp musical background]] by adding an extra note to [[Music/{{Queen}} "Under Pressure"]] (he later was forced to credit Music/{{Queen}}).
* "Neighbors" by Music/Camouflage sounds a lot like "New Dress" by Music/DepecheMode
* The Music/TheSpiceGirls song "Last Time Lover" sounds similar to Music/TheMaryJaneGirls: "All Night Long".
* MazzyStar "Fade Into You" sounds similar to BobDylan "Knocking On Heaven's Door"
* Music/BillyJoel's "My Life" takes its melody from Johnny Rodriguez' "Love Put A Song In My Heart".
** His "This Night" has almost exactly the same tune as Louise Tucker's "Midnight Blue." But he's not ripping off "Midnight Blue," they're ''both'' borrowing from Beethoven (Sonata No. 8). Billy Joel gave Beethoven writing credit.
* Ditto for Four Non-Blondes' "What's Up?", from Bobby [=McFerrin=]'s "Don't Worry, Be Happy".
* The fade-out of Music/DireStraits' "Money For Nothing" from ''Music/BrothersInArms'' is set to Music/ThePolice's "Don't Stand So Close to Me"--{{lampshaded}} by Mark Knopfler having Sting sing it and giving him co-writing credits.
* Music/Safetysuit's "Stay" sounds incredibly similar to {{Switchfoot}}'s "Meant to Live". They sound enough alike that most people seem to initially think that "Stay" is a cover of "Meant to Live".
* "The Show Goes On" by LupeFiasco rips off "Float On" by ModestMouse. With Modest Mouse's permission, though.
* Both Music/TheKillers' "Mr. Brightside" and Music/MyChemicalRomance's "Bulletproof Heart" are reminiscent of {{Placebo}}'s "Special K". MCR even sings "gravity" in the same way; this may have been done intentionally.
** Then there's also {{Muse}}'s "Time Is Running Out". It doesn't sound like "Special K", but "Mr. Brightside" and "Bulletproof Heart" sound a lot like it.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8FsXAlN3KY&feature=plcp&context=C4552707VDvjVQa1PpcFOy2mGtH3HrDUAkWKgTZnMR8CwSyMehyz8= "I Missed Us"]] by SWV samples a Suspiciously Similar Version of the Fairy Fountain theme from VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda.
* One popular example is the obvious similarities between "Roar" by KatyPerry and "Brave" by SaraBareilles, to the point that the latter only became a hit on the back of the controversy. Despite all this, [[http://www.crushable.com/2013/09/18/entertainment/sara-bareilles-katy-perry-plagiarism-not-mad-roar-brave/ Sara Bareilles has said]] that [[ShrugOfGod she really doesn't care and thinks people are making too big a deal out of it.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1H8pwehAkY "Lamb of God"]] by Music/MarilynManson has a basically identical verse to the earlier [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbtZyuOMdHI "Climbing Up the Walls"]] by Music/{{Radiohead}}.
** Manson has done this more than once: "I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)" (taken from the heavily Music/DavidBowie-influenced ConceptAlbum ''Mechanical Animals'') is a dead ringer for Bowie's own "Fame".
** "The Fight Song" is quite similar to Music/{{Blur}}'s "Song 2".
** In a more odd example of this, former guitarist Daisy Berkowitz claimed that the song "1996" stole and sped up his "She's Not My Girlfriend", an earlier Marilyn Manson song (back when it was Marilyn Manson and The Spooky Kids), from when Manson wrote only the lyrics, and Daisy wrote the music. The likelihood of this is reduced when you remember that Marilyn Manson (the person) considers "She's Not My Girlfriend" to be the worst song he ever wrote.
* Creator/DavidHasselhoff's "Crazy For You" all but shares its tune with, of all songs, "[[Music/VillagePeople YMCA]]".
** Disney's 1982 exercise album ''Mousercise'' features a song called "Keep on Trying", which also sounds like a Suspiciously Similar version of YMCA.
*** And another Disney album gives [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Sport Goofy]] an ImageSong that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tY5R-k3iFg&feature=PlayList&p=B164A244186ADD62&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=34 was also used on TV]] and sounds an ''awful'' lot like Music/{{ABBA}}'s "Take A Chance on Me".
** David Hasselhoff actually made Suspiciously Similar versions of multiple songs... his song "Looking for freedom" sounds like very much like "Rivers of Babylon" by Boney M. But actually, David Hasselhoff's 1989 version of it isn't the original one... it was originally done by Marc Seaberg who released it back in 1978 when "Rivers of Babylon" was still in the charts. Other sound-alike songs by David Hasselhoff are "Do the Limbo Dance" (sounding like Boney M's "Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday") and "Hands Up for Rock'n'Roll" (similar to Pia Zadora's "Let's Dance Tonight").
** Taiwanese pop singer Cyndi Wang's "Honey" is also another "YMCA" ripoff.
** "YMCA" itself was clearly influenced by The Trammps' "Disco Inferno".
* Brinck's Eurovision 2013 entry was "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRdg6ueRpuk Human]]. Having the exact same structure and guitar notes as PlainWhiteT's "Hey There Delilah"
* Music/{{ABBA}} did this with the follow-up to "Waterloo", "So Long", which was intentionally done to ensure another hit. It wasn't as successful.
* CharlotteGainsbourg's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YphYOAEooSc 5:55]], composed by Music/{{Air}}, sounds exactly like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqcPSbkS9TQ Dire, Dire Docks]] from SuperMario64.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pf4aSxDvlPw5 Train's 50 Ways to Say Goodbye]] sounds exactly like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej1zMxbhOO0 the title song to Phantom of the Opera.]]
** In turn, the title song to Phantom of the Opera nicks its opening melody from PinkFloyd's "Echoes". Roger Waters was pissed off at this ("I couldn't believe it when I heard it. It's the same time signature - it's 12/8 - and it's the same structure and it's the same notes and it's the same everything.") but commented that "I think life's too long to bother with suing Andrew fucking Lloyd Webber."
* Scooter's Roll Baby Roll featured a sample of ABBA's Arrival which it turned out the band hadn't asked to use. As a result, the rerelease of the album it was on (The Stadium Techno Experience) features a remix of the song called Swinging In The Jungle, which has a Suspiciously Similar version of the Arrival sample.
** Scooter have done this so much that it has become a sort of trademark to expect certain songs in a particular style on each album. Maria (I Like It Loud) and One (Always Hardcore) are the most notorious and there is one song like them on every album since. Similarly, Break It Up and Leave In Silence are both techno ballads and have pretty much the same chord progression and laid back feel.
* Music/DavidBowie tried to do a lyrically less-than-faithful glam rock version of "Comme d'Habitude," but Paul Anka took the rights from under him for "My Way." He changed the tune slightly (but not the chord progression), and the result was "Life on Mars." Note that on the back cover of the album the song is parenthetically noted as being "Inspired by Frankie" -- as in Sinatra, who made "My Way" famous.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1raCtM3UGk "She's a Rebel" by Green Day]] lifts the majority of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37dBq_4TsZI "Boxcar" by the little-known but influential Jawbreaker]].
* Music/RageAgainstTheMachine's "[[http://youtube.com/watch?v=B1T8xgHdMEM Wake Up (Theme from The Matrix)"]] and Music/LedZeppelin's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQH3LtNePgI Kashmir"]].
** The opening riff to Music/{{Audioslave}}'s Cochise is pretty similar to Zeppelin's "The Ocean" too. And, of all things, I'm Broken by Music/{{Pantera}}!
*** Ironically enough, "Cochise" also sounds like a faster version of the main riff of Soundgarden's "Get On The Snake". And Chris Cornell sings both songs!
** Another song, Show Me How To Live, lifts the riff from the obscure Rage Against The Machine song "Producer".
** The opening of Heart's "Barracuda" was lifted directly from "Achilles Last Stand".
** Going the other way, Page has admitted he took the distinctive "da-da-da-da-duh" of "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You" from Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4".
** Sean Kingston's "Me Love" gets it melody from "D'yer Maker", which ironically got its name from a joke about Jamaica.
-->Guy: My wife's going on holiday in the Caribbean.
-->Friend: Jamaica?[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke "Did you make her?", in full.]][[/note]]
-->Guy: No, she wanted to go.
* Music/IronMaiden's opening riff to The Wicker Man does sound an awful lot like Running Wild by Music/JudasPriest...
** Similarily a few of their songs' intros do this. on ''The X Factor'', "Fortunes of War" and "Look for the Truth'' have a very similar chord progression. "Blood Brothers" from ''Brave New World'' and "Face in the Sand" from ''Dance of Death'' open with the same four chord progression, with the latter being slightly more upbeat.
** Also; The Pilgrim's intro and When The Wild Wind Blows middle section have a similar Celtic sounding part, Brighter Than A Thousand Sunsmiddle section and The Legacy's exunt have similar four chord progressions.
** The main synth riffs in Muse's[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-r02_A-3LOc "MK Ultra"]] sound a lot like the synth riffs in Maiden's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSZbbTjM0Es "Can I Play With Madness]]. Ironically, a year later, Maiden released [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xo6wmz_iron-maiden-satellite-15-the-final-fronteir-lyrics_music "Satellite 15... the Final Frontier]], whose baseline does bear a slight resemblance to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dm_5qWWDV8 "Hysteria"]] by Muse.
* "Stay" by Safetysuit sounds incredibly like Switchfoot's "Meant to Live".
* Australian musical comedy group Tripod have, on occasion, included a version of the ''Series/{{Mash}}'' theme in their concerts. When the concert was being recorded to be put on DVD, the song had to be changed - the last note of every phrase goes in a different direction (the final note in the first line, for example, goes up rather than down.)
** This was incredibly amusing on the DVD- they sang it properly (crowd joining in) then stopped and said that if it was going to make it on the dvd they'd have to change it, so Scod gets the audience to sing said 'revised' version, which he's improvising, leading to a very confused chorus.
** Apparently they did get the rights for the song anyway- a later performance has them telling the audience that the final stage was sending their version off to the guy who wrote it for his approval, so they wrote a song about ''him''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWHm-wZ75dw Here it is, folks.]]
* Music/LinkinPark's "Shadow of a Day" was rather heavily criticized for its uncanny resemblence to U2's "With or Without You".
* The sheer similarity between the intro of "No More Sorrow" and the last 30 seconds of Megadeth's "Silent Scorn". They even use similar 'military' drums. Of course, they may well have sampled it up, rather than outright copied it, but it still sounds like a Suspiciously Similar version.
* Trivium is often reviled by metal fans for making songs that allegedly copy the notes from other metal bands' songs, primarily Metallica. In fact, most people see them as trying to "copy" Metallica.
* Music/{{Metallica}}'s "The Four Horsemen" and Music/{{Megadeth}}'s "Mechanix" bear a massive resemblance. The reason? Dave Mustaine, while a member of Metallica, wrote the song "The Mechanix" which is included in some of their early demos. However when he was kicked from the band's roster they kept the song and rewrote the lyrics and some parts and made "The Four Horsemen". Later when Mustaine formed Megadeth he dropped the "The" in the same and sped up the main riff and included the track on his debut album.
* There's a Website/YouTube series called "Metal that sounds like other metal" based all around this trope, pointing out the similarities between songs intentional or not.
** Heck, just watch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25O-bLjreaA these]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XEUjvEDvro videos]].
* The Cat Empire's song "Voodoo Cowboy" briefly pastiches the theme from ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''.
* A techno song called "E" included the melody from a popular Music/{{Eminem}} song. However, when that techno song got popular and got released in a larger scale, they changed the melody to the Suspiciously Similar Version. The funny thing was that Eminem ''mocked'' techno in this song.
* A few of Japanese singer {{Gackt}}'s songs are Suspiciously Similar versions of other songs; "Another World" is very similar to the JosieAndThePussycats song "Three Small Words", "Vanilla" is ''very'' reminiscent of Ricky Martin's "Livin' la Vida Loca", and "Emu~for my dear~" sounds very much like {{U2}}'s "With or Without You".
* The signature guitar riff for "I Feel Fine" by Music/TheBeatles is a very slightly altered version of the riff for Bobby Parker's minor 1960 hit [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvtabNAb_wE "Watch Your Step"]]. The drums on the two songs are also very similar. However, Music/JohnLennon himself freely admitted that he borrowed the riff. The riff was also borrowed by Jimmy Page for the Music/LedZeppelin instrumental "Moby Dick".
** The same riff was then borrowed more-or-less untouched for Sugarloaf's "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You."
** Sugarloaf's first hit "Green-Eyed Lady" sounds a lot like "25 or 6 to 4" by Music/Chicago, which was popular around the same time.
* Music/TheBeatles more or less admittedly used this technique to craft the song "Come Together" out of Music/ChuckBerry's "You Can't Catch Me", even taking one of the lines ("Here come ol' flat top"). Berry tried to sue them; they settled out of court. The same thing is often alleged to have been done by GeorgeHarrison's solo hit "My Sweet Lord", which sounds a lot like "He's So Fine". That one ''wasn't'' settled out of court: Harrison was successfully sued; his defense (that if he had plagiarized it was unintentional and subconscious) is actually considered a landmark decision in American copyright law.
** When the Beatles' press officer started working for TheByrds, Harrison asked him to tell the band's guitarist that he created the Beatles' "If I Needed Someone" out of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGFb_xZR3K0 two]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTlS2JhaBJM of]] their songs[[note]]Though the former is a cover[[/note]].
** In a similar vein, Music/TheBeachBoys' song "Surfin' U.S.A." inadvertently copied Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen" and in re-issues is credited to Berry. Meanwhile, some people have noticed a resemblance between "Sweet Little Sixteen" and Clarence Garlow's 1953 ListingCities song "Route 90".
** It wasn't Chuck Berry who tried to sue, actually. Morris Levy had snapped up the publishing rights to a score of songs from the 1950s and 60s, including "You Can't Catch Me", and jumped at the opportunity to extort a dollar from Lennon (and, eventually, an album - "Rock 'n Roll"). Lennon remained in good stead with Berry and performed with him on occasion.
* Music/KeithRichards has claimed that the guitar riff for Music/TheRollingStones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" came to him in a dream in a Florida hotel room. But listen to Martha and the Vandellas' "Nowhere to Run" and tell me if that notion holds water.
** Music/NeilYoung then swiped the same riff for Buffalo Springfield's "Mr. Soul" a couple years later.
** The chorus of The Rolling Stones' "Anybody Seen My Baby?" sounds a lot like kd lang's "Constant Craving": It's reportedly a coincidence, and since this came to the band's attention before ''Music/BridgesToBabylon'' was released, they actually credited lang (and ''her'' co-writer, Ben Mink) as co-writing the song to help prevent any kind of lawsuit.
* "Still Take You Home" by The Arctic Monkeys borrows a riff from "Out On Patrol" by Music/TheOffspring.
* One of Music/TheResidents' songs share the bass line of Music/MichaelJackson's "Billie Jean". Which one? Their cover of Kaw-Liga. Funnily enough, The Residents usually avert this so their [[CoverVersion covers]] usually only share the lyrics and the basic rhythm of the original song.
* And then there was the time that John Fogerty got sued for "The Old Man Down The Road" ripping off Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival's "Run Through The Jungle", a song written by... John Fogerty. (There's a lesson here about reading the fine print in your record contract.)
* The power metal band Music/{{Dragonforce}}'s music drew much inspiration from computer and video games, including the synths, complete with occasional SID-style arpeggios, ala Machinae Supremacy. In fact, the solo section from "Black Fire" contains the beginning of the ''Double Dragon'' theme verbatim.
* Afrika Bambaataa used a slightly altered version of the main riff from Music/{{Kraftwerk}}'s "Trans Europe Express" in his popular song "Planet Rock"(you may know the Paul Oakenfold remix from the ''Swordfish'' soundtrack), and needless to say, got sued over it.
** He didn't help his cause by using the beats from "Numbers" in the ''very same song''. Eventually the case was settled out of court.
* LennyKravitz's "It Ain't Over Til It's Over" has a strong resemblance to "That's the Way of the World" by Music/EarthWindAndFire (mostly in the arrangement and chorus).
* The opening of ProcolHarum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" is clearly... ahem, ''inspired'' by [[JohannSebastianBach Bach's]] "Air On A G-String", aka "The Hamlet cigar music" in the UK. Ironically, the authorship of the song (and thus the royalties) is now disputed between the band members...
* ReelBigFish's song "Suckers" features a little riff that sounds suspiciously like the ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' theme played on horns.
* Speaking of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'', {{Kakkmaddafakka}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58rUBL4-XwA "Touching"]] sounds like a decent homage to the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7bvnjQMgq4 "Athletic theme"]].
* Compare the opening riffs of Music/{{KISS}}' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlnmNkMivHc "War Machine"]], {{Danzig}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P-eJoZaCO8 "Snakes of Christ"]], and Stone Temple Pilots' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s3lmr09oVg "Sex Type Thing"]].
** Harry Slash and the Slashtones produced a Suspiciously Similar version for Wrestling/{{Taz|z}}'s Wrestling/{{ECW}} entrance music [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4pGwkHFpEM "Survive If I Let You"]]
* Music/{{Silverchair}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGr2YNZy30Y "Suicidal Dream"]] is only a solo away from being a guitar cover of Music/AliceInChains' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PYegfhgiZo "Bleed The Freak"]].
* The Music/VillagePeople's "Go West" has a somewhat similar tune to the hymn "Give Thanks", released a year earlier, as many have noted.
** "Go West" also sounds a lot like Pachelbel's Canon in D. The Pet Shop Boys' cover sounds even more like Canon in D, as Neil Tennant was a huge classical music fan.
*** The cover of "Go West" also ''heavily'' interpolates the Soviet national anthem.
** Pachelbel's Canon has seen Suspiciously Similar versions produced [[PachelbelsCanonProgression countless times]], of course, even by classical musicians.
* The main guitar riff of Music/{{Weezer}}'s "Take Control" is almost the same as that of "Children of the Revolution" by [[Music/MarcBolan T Rex]].
** Another odd Weezer example: their single "Troublemaker" has been reviled by their fanbase as just a rehashing of the song "The Good Life" despite only having a vague resemblance. This is mostly a case of an incredibly BrokenBase, though.
* Music/NineInchNails' "A Warm Place" has a very similar keyboard melody to "Crystal Japan" by David Bowie, as well as the same overall ambient feel. Reznor himself admitted inspiration from Bowie ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0RQCT69y5s link]]), but specifically cited the album ''Low'', which doesn't include the song (it was added to ''Scary Monsters'' as a bonus track much later on), so it seems to be a bizarre coincidence.
** Before that, his very first single, "Down In It", was very admittedly a rip off of "Dig It" from Music/SkinnyPuppy.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r6u_mHTfyQ&feature=related This video]] tells us about how Music/{{Nirvana}} (with "Come As You Are") ripped off Killing Joke ("Eighties"), who ripped off Music/TheDamned ("Life Goes On"), Who ripped off Music/TheBeatles ("Day Tripper", though this one is debatable).
** Also from Nirvana, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was considered similar to Music/{{Boston}}'s "More Than a Feeling", "Debaser" and "U-Mass" by Music/ThePixies, and "Godzilla" by Music/BlueOysterCult. Kurt Cobain himself agreed: "It was such a clichéd riff. It was so close to a Boston riff or [The Kingsmen's] 'Louie Louie'", but admitted only that he was "trying to write a Pixies song". So it's more likely he was doing a Suspiciously Similar version of the Pixies track rather than Boston.
** In turn, Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage's WCW theme music "Self High-Five" is a Suspiciously Similar version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
* Music/{{Journey}}'s song "Faithfully" sounds awfully similar to "Working Class Man" - with good reason. They were both written by Jonathan Cain, keyboardist for Journey.
* Asher Roth's "I Love College" was originally based around a sample of "Say It Ain't So" by {{Weezer}}. Once it got an official release, he couldn't get the sample cleared, so it became a Suspiciously Similar version... which accidentally made it sound a little like "Waiting On The World To Change" by John Mayer instead.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic used to do this early in his career, especially with non-vocal orchestrations. But as he got famous enough to ask direct permission from artists, these got closer and closer to the originals. He also continues to do "style parodies" that sound a lot like a specific song or artist, but are not actually the same. For example, "Dare to be Stupid" riffs on the style of Music/{{Devo}}, while "Germs" parodies the style of Music/NineInchNails.
** On occasion, Al's "style parodies" have been so close to actual songs that fans began to consider them as true parodies. The most obvious examples are "Traffic Jam" (Prince's "Let's Go Crazy"), "I Remember Larry" (TheyMightBeGiants' "See the Constellation"), "The Night Santa Went Crazy" (Soul Asylum's "Black Gold" - in fact, a mash-up exists to prove that the songs are nearly identical), and "Albuquerque" (The Rugburns' "Dick's Automotive"). "Albuquerque" comes so close to its source, in fact, that a handful of fans accused Al of flat-out plagiarism. After this occurred, Al began crediting style parody inspirations in his CD booklets.
*** Also, compare the choruses of "Young, Dumb & Ugly" and Music/{{ACDC}}'s "For Those About To Rock (We Salute You.)"
** Al's soundalike skills actually landed him in legal trouble once - the incidental music for the 'Gandhi II' scene in UHF is a spoof of the Shaft theme; and the copyright owners for that song weren't amused.
** A strange example is "Buckingham Blues," the lyrics of which seem to fit perfectly with John Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane." In fact, the song was written as a Mellencamp parody, but legal issues prevented Al from recording it this way. For the final version, he matched the lyrics to a completely different tune that in no way resembles Mellencamp's song.
** "I'm So Sick of You" not only parodies the style of Elvis Costello, but also has similar chorus patterns to that of "I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone" by The Monkees.
** The verses of "Virus Alert" might sound similar to those of Gao Silver's theme music from ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger''.
* Zilch's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNQd4QpQ0UY "What's Up Mr. Jones?"]] pretty much an English version of Music/XJapan's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejPTlnY930I "Drain"]]. Explained by the fact that Zilch was founded by [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]], who wrote the original version and owned the rights to it.
* Jim Steinman, the songwriter-producer most commonly associated with Music/MeatLoaf, tends to recycle certain musical hooks in songs written for different artists. Compare the intro to the song "Stark Raving Love" off his solo album, ''[[TheBandMinusTheFace Bad For Good]]'', to the intro of Bonnie Tyler's "Holding Out For a Hero", which he wrote, and you'll note that aside from the drum track the two are note-for-note identical.
* Gary Jules' "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N3N1MlvVc4 Mad World]]" (also known as the [[strike:''GearsOfWar'' commercial theme]] [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic that sad song from the climax of]] ''DonnieDarko'') sounds like a slow, calm version of TheOffspring's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=numCZoBFcv4 "Gone Away"]]. Of course, Music/TearsForFears [[CoveredUp performed it]] two years before Music/TheOffspring even existed.
* The choruses to Bonnie Tyler's "If You Were a Woman (and I Was a Man)" and Music/BonJovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" are Suspiciously Similar versions of each other. Probably because they were written by the ''same guy''...
* Music/JustinTimberlake's "Nothin' Else" sounds like a Suspiciously Similar Version of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black."
* The beginning of Music/{{Sublime}}'s "What I Got" ''is'' an acoustic "Lady Madonna" with different lyrics and a note changed here and there.
** Sublime has an entire laundry list of this, as demonstrated [[http://sublimestp.com/?page=pages/rs here]].
* The chorus of Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" is Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" reset in a major key.
** Also Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" chorus.
** That's Desmond Child at it again (albeit not for Belinda Carlisle), and he does it yet again with FM's Bad Luck.
* In another "You Give Love A Bad Name" soundalike case, the bassline for "Comedown" by Bush sounds like the guitar riff of the former.
* The guitar riff of Music/MichaelJackson's "Black or White" is similar to that of Music/TheRollingStones' "Rock and a Hard Place."
** Which is itself extremely similar to that of the Stones' own "Brown Sugar." It's a very regularly recycled riff in classic rock.
** The vocal melody sounds strikingly similar to that of the Music/DuranDuran song "Hungry Like The Wolf".
** It actually sounds a lot more like the riff to John Mellencamp's "Hurts So Good". In fact, some listeners born after about 1980 might hear "Hurts So Good" nowadays and [[WeirdAlEffect think, "Hey, 'Black or White'!"]]
*** But then, there was an old Mountain Dew commercial (The "doing it country cool" one) that resembled "Hurts So Good."
* An intentional, parodic example is The Offspring's "Why Don't You Get a Job?", which is patterned after "[[Music/TheWhiteAlbum Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da]]."
** The riff to "Hammerhead" sounds ridiculously reminiscent of "Ace of Spades" by Music/{{Motorhead}}.
* [=MOD=]/demoscene example: Purple Motion's "Fracture In Space", one of his earliest songs, was a Suspiciously Similar version of Dr. Awesome's "Space Deleria".
* Three 6 Mafia's "Late Night Tip" song sounds an awful lot like Lisa Fischer's "How Can I Ease The Pain". They never mention whether it was sampled or not.
* Many cheaper compilations during the nineties were full of Suspiciously Similar versions. One label (Mecado) is credited with ''[[GenreKiller killing an entire genre of music]]'' by oversaturating the market with subpar copies in the Netherlands and was succesfully sued over misleading customers.
* OlderThanTelevision: The tune most commonly used in the U.S. for the Christmas song "Away in a Manger," typically called "Mueller", was written by James R. Murray. Most other countries use "Cradle Song" (1895) by William J. Kirkpatrick, which sounds much like a Suspiciously Similar version of "Mueller". (Both tunes are in F major and 3/4 time with virtually identical phrasing, and both even end on the same four notes.) And "Mueller" itself is itself an example, according to TheOtherWiki: "The first half of the melody is identical to the beginning of the second theme of Waltz #4, transposed down a fourth, in G'schichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325 by Johann Strauss Jr., composed 19 years earlier."
* [[{{Vocaloid}} Hatsune Miku's]] version of "Ievan Polkka" has a ''very'' similar opening to Music/TheBeatles' "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da".
** Vocaloid does this a lot. Bonus Points go to Rin Kagamine's "Clockwork", which sounds EXACTLY like the Hooktail Castle theme from VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor, especially the opening. [[WebVideo/VocaloidInTheWalfasverse "I bet Nintendo would sue her if she wasn't a program."]]
** Altough this might be a coincidence, since Ievan Polkka is an old Finnish folk song.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Anthem_of_Bosnia_and_Herzegovina national anthem of Bosnia and Herzegovina]] ([[http://www.navyband.navy.mil/anthems/ANTHEMS/Bosnia%20and%20Herzegovina.mp3 MP3 file]]) sounds a lot like the theme of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variations_on_a_Theme_by_Haydn Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Haydn]] without being exactly the same melody.
** Bedrich Smetana's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdtLuyWuPDs Die Moldau]] (the melody in question begins about a minute in) is a tweaked version of the Italian song [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Mantovana La Mantovana]], which is best known as the tune for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjfFpFW9OdA Hatikva]], the Israeli national anthem (about thirty seconds in on that video).
** Calixa Lavallée, in composing a national anthem for [[CanadaEh Canada]], borrowed very heavily from a march in ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute''.
*** Conversely, Leo Arnaud's "Bugler's Dream" (the 1958 fanfare most commonly associated with the Olympics) shares the same first six notes as "O Canada".
* DJ Tiesto's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtJju8htq0A "Forever Today"]] sounds suspiciously similar to the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68I3j2luW64 theme]].
** The main riff in DJ Session One's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJvQO-J6Ygg "Journey Through the Time"]] also resembles the Terminator theme. The secondary climax riff of the Syntone remix is similar to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0r05IfnGI4 "Fly Away"]] by Vincent de Moor, which was also ripped off by {{Scooter}} in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ABiH89JMtw "I'm Lonely"]].
* The main riff from Music/GreenDay's "Warning" is a Suspiciously Similar Version of the main riff of Music/TheKinks' 1968 song "Picture Book". The melodies are different but the verses of the two songs also have some structural similarities.
** 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 The Who's "My Generation".
*** Music/TheWho's "I Can't Explain" has a similar feel and guitar tone to The Kinks' "You Really Got Me". Both were produced by Shel Talmy. Townshend himself pretty much admitted that he just churned out a Kinks copy with that song.
* The main melody of Solar Stone's "Solarcoaster" is a faster tweaked version of "Marwood Walks" from ''Withnail & I''.
* Music/TomLehrer's "That's Mathematics" was originally intended to use the tune from "That's Entertainment" but it had to be changed. Still pretty much the same rhythms though.
* VelvetAcidChrist's "Fun With Drugs" copies Purple Motion's "Second Reality" almost verbatim.
** Tenth Planet's "Ghosts"(original mix), Darude's "Music"(original mix), and Aura's "Project Soar" also bear resemblences to Second Reality.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOgpDdx6iTI&feature=related Rihanna's "Unfaithful"]] is very similar to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7spBU4Yv8fE Rob Thomas's "Lonely No More"]].
** So is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnnP5NHQ3xA Dima Bilan's "Never Let You Go"]]. However, both of these examples are worlds apart compared to Swedish singer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnnP5NHQ3xA Shirley Clamp's "Mina minnen"]], released at practically the same time as LNM (early 2005). The choruses even rhyme!
*** Rixton admitted to lifting the chorus in their "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JJfJgyHYwU Me and My Broken Heart]]" (2014). Indeed, Rob Thomas got a writing credit for the song.
* Not only does the riff of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNYO2X47_jk Fefe Dobson's "We Went For A Ride"]] strongly resemble that of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWqj6Twzd5Y Anouk's "Nobody's Wife"]], the song also includes the lyrics "Here we are alone together." Anouk's album was called ''Together Alone''.
* Amber's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecnIW2KKe6w "This Is Your Night"]] is an almost note-for-note copy of Real [=McCoy=]'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pav2f4b-1ZE "Another Night".]]
** Not only are the titles similar, but the bridge of Jennifer Lopez' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_66jPJVS4JE "Waiting for Tonight"]] also resembles that of the aforementioned "This Is Your Night."
* As rife with Suspiciously Similar tracks as the Eurodance genre may be, the chorus of Swedish act [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrRC7Xds6l4 La Cream's "Say Goodbye"]] (1999) still sounds ''eerily'' similar to that of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKbj27A2oz8 Fun Factory's "Take Your Chance"]] (1994).
* Raheem Devaughn's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZfU7PeMrtg I Don't Care]] sounds suspiciously similiar to KanyeWest's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkwQbuAGLj4 Touch the Sky]], itself a song that was [[{{Sampling}} sampled]] from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z66wVo7uNw Move On Up]] by Curtis Mayfield.
* The Eurobeat tune [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06DcqW98-NA "Livin' In The Night" by Pamsy]] is a Suspiciously Similar version of Maggie Reilly's "Everytime We Touch".
* Music/MariahCarey's "Emotions" sounds very similar to "The Best of My Love", a song by... The Emotions... as well as "Got To Be Real" by Cheryl Lynn.
* As of April 1st 2010, the '''PPCA''' AKA ''Phonographic Performance Company of Australia'', a group organisation representing the interests of record labels and recording artists, will force places such as fitness centres to either pay a large licence fee to play any original music or be only allowed to play ''Suspiciously Similar Songs''. Any club caught playing the original stuff will be fined.
* "Viva La Vida" by Music/{{Coldplay}} was accused of ripping off [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z2x8q5wMfk other songs]].
* So many songs copy the chord progression (or variations thereof) of "Louie Louie" that it's not even funny. An exhaustive list would be insanely long, but just to mention a few notables: "Wild Thing," "[[SteveMillerBand The Joker]]," "[[Music/TheRollingStones Get Off Of My Cloud]]," "Good Lovin'," "Hang On Sloopy," "Back 2 Back" from the ''VideoGame/{{Sonic Rush|Series}}'' soundtrack, "[[KatrinaAndTheWaves Walking on Sunshine]]"...
** It's highly unlikely that I IV v IV repeated ''ad nauseam'' originated with "Louie Louie." The quite similar I IV V I is possibly ''the'' most common chord progression in western music.
* {{Opeth}} has listed the 70s prog-rock band Camel among their inspirations, which would explain why "Benighted" sounds extremely similar to "Never Let Go".
* Hall & Oates wrote [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u9FrXBWu_I Kiss on my List]] and [[SelfPlagiarism then created a Suspiciously Similar Song with]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anLfoy2XsFw Private Eyes]]!
** "Maneater" owes much to "You Can't Hurry Love" by TheSupremes. Interestingly enough, a cover of "You Can't Hurry Love" by Phil Collins was also making the charts that same year (1982).
* The trance tunes Green Court - Moonflight, and Digital Plexus - Into The Blue, are both Suspiciously Similar versions of System F - Out of the Blue.
* "Clint Eastwood" by Music/{{Gorillaz}} is a subtle one because the entire arrangement was changed, but it got its name from its melody being a variant on the theme from ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''.
** Here's another one: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QBwtHzdSFM "On Melancholy Hill"]] vs. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJb1ssF7040 "I Just Called to Say I Love You"]].
* Barclay James Harvest's "Poor Man's Moody Blue" resembles "Nights in White Satin" by Music/TheMoodyBlues.
* Music/{{Kesha}} "Tik Tok" and Music/KatyPerry's "California Gurls."
** And before those, Music/LadyGaga's "Just Dance"
** Ke$ha also has "Your Love Is My Drug" to Gaga's "Poker Face".
** "Just Dance" was even more blatantly copied in JasonDerulo's "In My Head".
*** Furthermore, parts "In My Head" ''greatly'' resemble [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXAbVZpKyTs the character select theme]] from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 2''.
** The synth melody of "Just Dance" was also interpolated in Karmin's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_I0DBUA_GI "Hello"]], which Inna's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBaIVQvLhi4 "J'Adore"]] also sounds similar to, although the latter two songs were released nearly simultaneously.
* "Jump" by Music/VanHalen, "Jump (For My Love)" by the Pointer Sisters, and the ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' ThemeTune.
* "Seven Tears" by Goombay Dance Band sounds similar to "Auld Lang Syne"
* "Magic Joe" by ShonenKnife has a riff that sounds more than a little like the one from "Hey Bulldog" by the Beatles.
** "Riding On a Rocket" similarly has one that resembles TheWho's "Boris the Spider" quite closely.
* "Hang On" by Plumb (particularly the Dave Aude remix) is a carbon copy of "As the Rush Comes" by Motorcycle.
* We The Kings' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzpCjiLMJzI "Heaven Can Wait"]] and KellyClarkson's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRM70Jw7F4M "My Life Would Suck Without You"]].
* The Jackson Five's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUhSIoEQtSY Blame It On The Boogie]]" sounds very similar to their earlier "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptu0a7vsMcM I Want You Back]]".
* Frontline Assembly's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D29kG-JyBys "Hostage"]] sounds similar to the mini-boss theme ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuEFA8blzzU Dark Beasts as Black as Night]]) from ''[[VideoGame/{{Ys}} Ys III: Wanderers from Ys]]''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-ZEZyWK2Io "Pressure Wave"]] from the same album resembles the theme to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQlqw-0y1aY Level 8]] in the Mac version of ''{{Descent}}''
* "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None The Richer and "Fireflies" by Owl City. The latter title may also be a ShoutOut to the line "make the fireflies dance" from the former.
* Is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz2lyq7kGms 98 Degrees - My Everything]] not a ripoff of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7mb102V1F0 R Kelly - I Believe I Can Fly]]? Also compare [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBi7QTwu1U8&feature=related MG - What Do You Remember]].
* "Heaven" (no relation to the Music/BryanAdams song) by Dune was a tweaked version of "Piece of Heaven" by A7 (later remade by Akira). They didn't get away with it, as its release (and in effect, that of the entire album it was supposed to be on) was blocked by a {{plagiarism}} injunction.
** Ironically, "Piece of Heaven" was a (less obvious) version of Dune's early hit "I Can't Stop Raving", as well as using the instrumentation of Alice Deejay's "Better Off Alone", which the lyrics contain a ShoutOut to.
* "Star Runner" by mindxpander ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFXS-VZzSq8 at the end of this clip]]) sounds like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55rtX4wCJPM&feature=related the ending theme]] from ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]'', and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55rtX4wCJPM&feature=related "Floating Spaceport"]] is reminiscent of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppZItryhEvE "Planet Latis"]] from ''[[{{Gradius}} Salamander]]''.
** "Escape Velocity" by Anders Lundqvist, another space-synth artist, copies Ice Cap Zone from ''STH 3''. The synth brass intro of "Escape Velocity" also resembles the EpicRiff of Europe's "The Final Countdown", which the title may be a reference to.
*** "The Search for Otherland" rips off Laserdance's "The Challenge".
** mindxpander's [[http://www.spacesynth.de/musics/mindXpander_-_Town_Circus.mp3 Town Circus]] appears to have been inspired by Cirque du Soleil, particularly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8_qFFy6R6Q Kaze]] from ''Theatre/{{Saltimbanco}}''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mjlM_RnsVE "Monster" by Skillet]] has been compared to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8UBRBYBW6U "Animal I Have Become]]" by ThreeDaysGrace. Ironically, both songs have been in a SmackdownVsRaw game (2010 and 2007 respectively). Even more ironically, each band had a second song in said WWE game ("Hero" and "Riot," respectively).
** Yet another resemblance between the two bands can be seen in "It's Not Me, It's You" and "Home."
** Also "Monster" and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rdmG0k8S8k "Getting Away With Murder"]] by Papa Roach.
* Common practice by a number of classical composers, for a variety of reasons. Many borrowed heavily from ''themselves'', others stole from whatever sources were available - folk tunes, other composers' works, ideas brought to them from afar... Music/GeorgeFredericHandel was a master of the art, to the point that movements from his ''early'' works sound like versions of his ''later'' works.
** As Händel lived before the notion of the 'repertory' had caught on (a set of classic works that, as today, were almost continually in performance somewhere, with which professionals are expected to at least have a working knowledge and audiences expect to go to several versions over their lifetime- Theatre/DonGiovanni was probably the first to have this status from birth), every opera he wrote would be practically tossed aside to gather dust once its run closed, never expecting a revival. If he thought a tune from even a partial flop was worth recycling until it was famous, he would reuse it in hope that the next show was a hit. (He wasn't the only one to do this, either.)
** Händel also is said to have replied, when someone pointed out to him how many tunes by other composers he had used in compositions of his own: "But those swine don't know what to do with a good tune!"
** This also happened frequently when great works would become popular, inspiring whole droves of FollowTheLeader-type works. Many of those composers aren't even mentioned any more ''except'' in relation to the leader that they followed - Sigismund Thalberg, for example, is never talked about except as having done this to Music/FranzLiszt, much to Liszt's dismay.
*** Many of a composer's early repertoire, before they find their own "voice," sounds like the Suspiciously Similar version of another composer. Early [[Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]] sounds like weak Haydn; early [[Music/JohannSebastianBach Bach]] like his lesser-known predecessors (and slightly later Bach like his lesser-known ''teachers''), Dvorak like Brahms, Holst like Elgar; even more modern composers aren't immune, with the "second Viennese school" composers (Schoenberg, Webern, and Berg) pre-atonality sounding a lot like Brahms and [[Music/RichardWagner Wagner]].
** In oratorios and other religious musical works familiar chorales and hymns were freely used by most composers.
* The verses of Music/MileyCyrus' "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tXJSey-57s See You Again]]" resembles CoreyHart's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2LTL8KgKv8&ob=av3nm Sunglasses At Night]]".
** Weird as it is, the chorus of Miley Cyrus's 'Wrecking Ball' is surprisingly similar to '[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ienPq8iRKmk I Could Have Been a Dreamer]]' by no other than RonnieJamesDio!
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK4SBmqRBD0 Old Blue Jeans]]" also sounds like a really terrible knockoff of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rRB5wv2N4Q Living After Midnight]]" by Music/JudasPriest
* The synthesizer riff in Music/{{Muse}}'s "Uprising" sounds like the melody of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' theme tune.
** The overall march-like rhythm of the song (though not the synth riff, or the lyrical content, or the vocal style) is also somewhat reminiscent of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qay6bjQm48 "Psychosis"]] by Poets of the Fall.
** A synth riff similar to the Doctor Who theme can be found in the breakdown to PinkFloyd's "One Of These Days" as a throwaway joke.
** Music/ThePogues' instrumental "Wild Cats of Kilkenny" sounds suspiciously like the ''Doctor Who'' theme Irishised and played on acoustic instruments.
** "Doctorin' the Tardis" by [[TheKLF The Timelords]] is a mash-up of the ''DoctorWho'' theme with "Rock and Roll Part 2" by Gary Glitter, "Block Buster!" by Sweet, and "Let's Get Together" by Steve Walsh. The group didn't even try to hide their plagiarism, and when Glitter heard about it he wanted in on it and contributed to a remake called "Gary in the Tardis".
** The piano riff from "Resistance" closely resembles that of "Hero" by Music/MariahCarey.
* The backbeat to the Black Keys song "Howlin' For You" also sounds a lot like that of "Rock and Roll Part 2".
* The guitar riff that begins Creator/ShelSilverstein's "A Front Row Seat to Hear Ole Johnny Sing" is a disguised cover of the EpicRiff intro to Music/JohnnyCash's "Folsom Prison Blues".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o84WkZpxac Nothing Wrong]] by JimmyEatWorld, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysSxxIqKNN0 New Divide]] by LinkinPark.
** New Divide also sounds strikingly similar to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=numCZoBFcv4 Gone Away]] by Music/TheOffspring
* The intro to "San Franciscan Nights" by Music/TheAnimals includes, among other things, an obvious but brief reference to the ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' theme.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcJU6zsNWyM "Bad Girlfriend"]] by Theory Of A Deadman really doesn't hide being copied from The Cult's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNcpasj__WY Fire Woman]]" to the point that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjFSubEZM_8 people]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I94o59Ge96Y have]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uiJS-y0kLY noticed]]
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO-Ol1JQjcc Dreamin']]" by Music/{{KISS}} compared to "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNF2KNcRm-U I'm Eighteen]]" by Alice Cooper. It went to court when Cooper's old record label with the rights to the song sued with KISS settling out of court. This might have also been yet another point of argument against those who claim KISS copied Alice Cooper's makeup, too.
* First, Music/PMDawn sampled Spandau Ballet's "True" in "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss", then later, did a self-copy of that titled "Faith in You".
* The chorus of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3awPAJOW24 "Mere Lapsed"]] (Estonia's Eurovision Song Contest 1998 entry) resembles that of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj6FCKm8dhM "All I Have to Give"]] by the BackstreetBoys.
* Music/LadyGaGa's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4a8QtvOkbQ Born this Way]]" sounds an awful lot like Music/{{Madonna}}'s "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsVcUzP_O_8 Express Yourself]]". Madonna herself decided to take a shot at this by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4Y4xvG3gbM singing the chorus of Gaga's song during hers]]. Gaga {{Lampshaded}} it in a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch where she performed an alleged CoverVersion of "Express Yourself" that was actually "Born This Way". Also, there's a subtle bit of the Gap Band's "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" in there too.
** It's also a little bit similar to the Dusty Springfield song also titled "Born This Way". It was even being passed around the internet right before Gaga's "Born This Way" was to be released claiming to be the new single.
** Also, when Gaga sang at the Grammys, she wore an outfit that looks like Madonna's signature tight ponytail and cone bra during the Blond Ambition tour. YMMV, of course.
** Also, "Bloody Mary, Heavy Metal Lover" and "Electric Chapel" sound a lot like most of Music/{{Madonna}}'s ''Confessions On A Dancefloor'' album, "Isaac" and "Get Together" is particular.
** Gaga's examples without Madonna include "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvK0BDWRM4c I Like It Rough]]" with the instrumental from Rockwell's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YvAYIJSSZY Somebody's Watching Me]]", which itself was a disguised cover of the synthesizer instrumental of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNa551dR6Rc Pigs]]'' by Music/PinkFloyd from ''Music/{{Animals}}'' and "Bad Romance", which comes melodically close to "Don't Bring Me Down" by ELO.
** Part of Danity Kane's "Damaged" also sounds a little like "Somebody's Watching Me."
* Speaking of Madonna herself, her song "Has To Be", which was released as a B-side track to the "Ray Of Light" single, sounds suspiciously similar to Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" but at a slower tempo.
** And part of the synthesizer melody of "Material Girl" is based on the vocal melody from "The Name Game" by Shirley Ellis.
** Likewise, for all of her complaining about "Born This Way", "Express Yourself" is a rather blatant copy of "Respect Yourself" by The Staple Singers, to the point of it being accused of direct sampling. [[http://www.whosampled.com/sample/view/29786/Madonna-Express%20Yourself_The%20Staple%20Singers-Respect%20Yourself/ Don't believe me? Listen for yourself!]]
** The intro to Madonna's "Borderline" is very similar to the intro of "Never Knew Love Like This Before" by Stephanie Mills. Of course both songs were produced by Reggie Lucas so this isn't too surprising.
* The bass line of Bobby Brown's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cDLZqe735k My Prerogative]]" compared to The Time's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FflxnqzxDnw Jungle Love]]", both of which copied it from Michael Jackson's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U84_w4Sm9UA Thriller]]''.
** Which itself was based on Rick James' "Give It To Me Baby".
* The Chemical Brothers 2007 song "Do It Again" is the Suspiciously Similar version of Justin Timberlake's 2006 song, "Sexyback"
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt5ghXdq6Z0 Lemme Smang It]]" by Yung Humma and Flynt Flossy sounds an awful lot like Snoop Dogg's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtUVQei3nX4 Drop It Like It's Hot]]".
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGnSuTWXC9A Alesha Dixon's "The Boy Does Nothing"]] has a bit in common with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNlbPFHtnGg Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5".]] Oh, and Swedish singer [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD8Y3tSGr8o Marie Serneholt's "Salt and Pepper"]] does not resemble the former. [[SarcasmMode At all.]]
* The bridge of Music/KatyPerry's "Firework" sound similar to the bridge of Music/{{Erasure}}'s "Always".
** And "The One That Got Away" sounds strangely similar to the melody of {{Thrice}}'s "Music Box". Not a lot of people realize this because Thrice's song memorably uses a music box (hence the title). But their choruses are surprisingly alike.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSeUtkq8WSc Cascada's "Bad Boy"]] (2004) sounds similar to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhqI4UflZRI Groove Coverage's "Runaway"]] (2005), which, in turn, resembles DJ Valium's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8wm3q6zK70 Doin' It Again]] (2001). (Yes, [[SelfPlagiarism the man in the video is a member of Groove Coverage]].) Just to complicate matters further, in 2007 Cascada released a "sequel" of sorts to "Bad Boy" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyG8rT34rTY which was also titled "Runaway."]]
* ForbiddenBroadway has occasionally used ersatz tunes by Gerald Alessandrini for songs they couldn't get permission to parody.
* Finger Eleven's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtRylc98byI Paralyzer]]'' and The Cars' ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1sO6CH2bwM Moving In Stereo]]'' both copy the Golden Earring song ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGucfGj1_OQ Mad Love's Comin']]''
** Meanwhile, "Paralyzer's" vocal melody and rhythm strongly suggest "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" (see below). Not to mention, and quite possibly more blatantly, "Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand, to the point where the latter has been played in conjunction with "Paralyzer" in concert.
* The chorus melody of music/{{Shakira}}'s "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEAsxXOI3Jw Las de las Intuicion (Pure Intuition)]]" sounds similar to Gigi d'Agostino's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w15oWDh02K4 L'amour Toujours (I'll Fly With You)]]", and the harmony and instrumentation are lifted almost straight from the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MccmHwA-c4U&feature=fvst theme]] of ''Film/TheNeverEndingStory''.
* Nelly's song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkyfRu-dpvc "Just a Dream"]] Sounds suspiciously like Wyclef Jean's song that got released before [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXJXLq1lN7U "Sweetest Girl"]]
* ''[[http://www.mtv.com/videos/princess-superstar/63910/perfect.jhtml#artist=431 Perfect]]'' by Princess Superstar is basically just a bit off from being ''[[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1v1na_coolio-1-2-3-4-sumpin-new_music (1, 2, 3, 4) Sumpin' New]]'' by Coolio.
** There was a mashup of the two on Youtube but it was pulled by copyright claim. [[http://mp3bear.com/sumthin-perfect-princess-superstar-vs-coolio-gloria But at least it's online elsewhere.]]
** Although Sumpin New was just a sample of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbhwnsv56m8 Wikka Wrap]] by Evasions... which itself was a sampling of not only [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuUy2ShGLyo Funkin' for Jamaica]] by Tom Browne, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvlB8OEMBJc "Thighs High (Grip Your Hips And Move)"]] by the same artist. Geez.
* T.I. & Rihanna's "Live Your Life", in addition to interpolating/ripping off "Dragostea din Tei"'s refrain, has a strings riff similar to Coolio's "Gangster's Paradise".
** Which itself took from Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise" from ''Music/SongsInTheKeyOfLife''.
* ''Persecution'', from Judas Priests's 2 CD album ''Nostradamus'' has a section which sounds a bit like one of the songs from Revolutionary Girl Utena.
* Music/{{Megadeth}}'s cover version of the ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'' "Grabbag" theme is supposed to be a straight cover, and is on a Duke Nukem soundtrack CD, but so many notes were changed that it sounds like a suspiciously similar song.
* The opening verse of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3o9V4629yKo Alexia's "Me & You"]] seems to borrow a little from the verse of Music/{{Aha}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3ir9HC9vYg "The Sun Always Shines on TV"]]. The second verse resembles that of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CIKNOiajU4 "He's So Shy"]] by The Pointer Sisters.
* From the opening to some of the lyrical structure, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9aiBlIpyKU Kiss From A Rose]]'' by Seal is a version of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoek1e8t2K4 To The Last Whale]]'' by Crosby, Stills & Nash.
* It's quite common for Eurobeat songs to do this, but the verse and bridge of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2vmartlmcw Katchy Core - Crazy For Your Love]] sound uncannily similar to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n2V8YouPhg The Corrs - So Young]], along with the "yeah yeah yeah" vocal hook in the intro.
** In the same genre, FCF's "Bad Desire" had at least two suspiciously similar songs, in "Relight My Fire" by Delta Force, and "Love Desire" by Macho Gang.
** Cherry's "Yes I Will" uses most of the tune from Music/{{Pink}}'s "U & Ur Hand" with a few tweaks.
** Chris Stanton (Cristian de Leo)'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivhqJrcl-V8 "A Perfect Hero"]], to Franz Tornado & Bazooka Girl's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCTkST38QfA "Super Euro Flash"]].
** Many of the Eurobeat producers like to do this [[SelfPlagiarism with their own songs]].
** The chorus of "My Sweet Banana" by the Go Go Girls directly copies SteveMillerBand's "Abracadabra".
* Compare the opening of Music/{{Queensryche}}'s ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvgLj8pawGI Eyes Of A Stranger]]'' to Pink Floyd's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnU5V4Z9k88 Empty Spaces]]'' - even more noticeable when compared to the remade ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rAgeVvDJHM What Shall we Do Now?]]'' from the film version of ''Music/TheWall''. It is literally slowed down and one note off from Empty Spaces complete with talking at the beginning.
** "Silent Lucidity"'s choruses share chords with "The Show Must Go On". Unsurprisingly, Pink Floyd have been cited as a big influence by the band's members on their work.
* Airbourne's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T6e_mk0O24 Running Wild]]'' sounds similar to Judas Priests's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K7CNzFhnCE You've Got Another Thing Comin]]''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_34tOlXyVn0 The mashup people have noticed]].
* Pink Floyd's ''Another Brick In The Wall Part 2'' has some instrumental stylings reminiscent of the disco era, specifically the Bee Gees. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U13xOvDa19U It's not gone unnoticed]]. Bob Ezrin, the album's producer, was mainly responsible for pushing the band to use a disco rhythm on the song, much to David Gilmour's initial chagrin.
** Several listeners have noted that the main riff to "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NavVfpp-1L4 Wish You Were Here]]" sounds a bit like the main riff to Music/VanMorrison's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxyIdiKj8bM Almost Independence Day]]", which came out three years earlier.
* The beginning of Papa Roach's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_BNp1MQ5Qg Lifeline]]'' sounds exactly like that of Keane's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea7QxBHvJrM Everybody's Changing]]'', only played on a guitar.
** Speaking of Papa Roach, you can't listen to "Last Resort" (the guitar riff, not the "cut my life into pieces" part) without thinking of Patti Smith's "Because the Night."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj0i_H3lzEU Vangelis - Light and Shadow]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DI-yAD6-9Ek Gouryella - Tenshi]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgJIho2BBSo Jean-Michel Jarre - Souvenir de Chine]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoLJ4CWSLSI Armin van Buuren - Serenity]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ees3_doFbVg Airbase - Escape]].
* Jamiroquai's ''Soul Education'' borrows the bass line of the theme from Shaft
** ''Black Capricorn Day'' has a horn segment that sounds like it was taken from bunny Link's dark world theme in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''
* The chorus of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r00ikilDxW4 Green Day's "21 Guns"]] sounds suspiciously similar to that of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-9F_z0B2TA "All the Young Dudes"]].
* Electric Hellfire Club's ''Book Of Lies'' rips its guitar instrumental straight from Monster Magnet's ''Dinosaur Vacuum''
* Music/RodStewart got a plagiarism lawsuit (leading him to agree on donate all royalties from the song to UNICEF) because [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hphwfq1wLJs "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy"]] is based largely on Jorge Ben's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0_rQhtKGPA "Taj Mahal"]].
* Milk Inc's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuKSXR48OwM "Sunrise"]] and Justin Bieber's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOI4OF7iIr4 "Somebody to Love"]] both rip off September's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qux6PhqbBBU Cry For You]]".
* The American version of Music/TheBeatles' "Help!" album (as well as the title track when it appeared on American issues of "1962-1966") began with a brief, unlisted orchestral piece, universally credited as "The Film/JamesBond Theme" by Monty Norman - even though it's just a vague soundalike.
* The end credits theme from ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]'' bears a startling resemblance to Music/MichaelJackson's "Stranger In Moscow," which led gamers to speculate that the tune may have been a MJ composition. Brad Buxer, who collaborated with Michael around this time, revealed after Michael's death that the speculation was correct.
** Likewise, although not confirmed by Buxer, Carnival Night Zone resembles "Jam," and Ice Cap Zone resembles an accelerated version of "Who Is It?" Given [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_the_Hedgehog_3#Michael_Jackson.27s_involvement Jackson was hired to work on the game but bailed out after the molestation lawsuit]]...
* Poonanny's [[http://new.music.yahoo.com/poonanny/tracks/puddin-n-tang--1478824 "Puddin 'N Tang"]] is interesting
** The instrumental is mostly Joe Cocker's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PmRNUToamI "Woman To Woman"]], although it sounds more like the redone version from Tupac Shakur's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs9hp4ubU1k "California Love"]]. Even so, it's one note off and the musician seems to improvise it a bit.
** The title and chorus copy [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZrhYsW8leQ "Puddin 'N Tain]] by Alley Cats
** at one point in the song, the a piano starts playing which plays snippets of Mary Had A little Lamb, Pop Goes The Weasel and Shave And a Haircut
* You will probably not be able to listen to The Romantics' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwT9ltDBG14 "Talking In Your Sleep"]] or Falco/After The Fire's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Guvo7gUdUnE "Der Kommissar"]] without hearing some elements of Rick James' Superfreak (and obviously, a certain [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otCpCn0l4Wo MC Hammer song]]) in them. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP_c9DYzqHU Definitely true with Der Kommissar.]]
** The Romantics' "What I Like About You" has its similarities with John Cafferty's "On The Dark Side"
** John Cougar Mellencamp's "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." owes quite a bit to "What I Like About You".
*** And also to {{Neil Diamond}}'s "Cherry Cherry".
* The chorus of Alexandra Burke's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymx6CQTtFSI&ob=av2e "All Night Long"]] and the bridge of Survivor's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ5UuxODHuQ "The Search Is Over"]] (the particular section starts about 3:10). They might not be exact, but the similarity between the two is noticeable.
* Cody Simpson's "All Day" alludes to the NurseryRhyme "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYRNGeIJMiQ&ob=av2e This Old Man]]" in the verses.
** Music/ChuckBerry's 1959 song "Broken Arrow" is "Old [=MacDonald=] Had a Farm" with new lyrics (replacing "E-I-E-I-O" with "I'll never do that again.")
* Music/TheCars borrows many parts of "Let's Go (Pony)" by the Routers for their single, "Let's Go".
** The riff of "My Best Friend's Girl" alludes to "I Will" by Music/TheBeatles (itself nicked from Music/EddieCochran), while the intro refers to "Wild Weekend" by the Rebels.
** The Intro to "Just What I Needed" sounds similar to "Yummy Yummy Yummy" by the 1910 Fruitgum Co.
** And, as noted above, "Moving In Stereo" is a slower version of Golden Earring's "Mad Love's Coming"
* The chorus riff to "Hey Man Nice Shot" by Filter is exactly the same as the chorus riff of Stabbing Westward's "Ungod". However, this is because guitarist Stuart Zechman was working with both bands at the same time and used the same riff twice for some reason. "Ungod" was the first of the two songs to be released, but according to Filter's Richard Patrick, "Hey Man Nice Shot" was written years earlier [[note]] Patrick wrote "Hey Man Nice Shot" a couple of years before working with Stuart Zechman, but Zechman was apparently the one who added that riff to the chorus[[/note]]. The bands mutually agreed not to sue over it, and Stabbing Westward pretty much stopped playing "Ungod" live after "Hey Man Nice Shot" became a hit single.
* In a similar vein, Howard Devoto was originally a member of the {{Buzzcocks}} and came up with a certain ascending minor-key guitar riff. He left to start his own band, Magazine, and included the riff in his song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybUqM8jf3mU Shot By Both Sides]]. Pete Shelley, meanwhile, liked the riff so much that he used it in his own song, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKd--mBvG5I Lipstick]]
* VNVNation's "Control" steals the bass riff from Music/JudasPriest's "You've Got Another Thing Comin'". "Resolution" sounds oddly similar to "You're a Superstar" by Love Inc.
* "Can't Help Falling in Love" has a similar melody to the French folk song "Plaisir d'Amour", but the rhythm is slowed down and syncopated.
** The tune was sped up and slightly tweaked for the happy hardcore song "Techno Wonderland".
* Joss Stone's "You Had Me" was heavily inspired by Stevie Wonder's "Superstition".
** Also, "Superstition" itself sounds similar to Wild Cherry's "Play That Funky Music."
*** "Superstition" was released in 1972, predating PTFM by a few years.
* Listen to this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKtYqh7VDEo piece of music.]] Now listen to this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i139Ew6mMFM one.]] Even to this day, people are still confused as to who ripped off whose music. (If only they checked out the dates: ''Film/{{Leviathan}}'' came out in 1989, whereas RecordofLodossWar came out in 1990.) And to even ask if the veteran composer like JerryGoldsmith ripped off music from an obscure (at that time anyways) anime film is kinda unthinkable.
* Albert King's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RyJCc_LdRw Love Shock]] is essentially a more upbeat rendition of Peggy Lee's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGb5IweiYG8 Fever]].
* "Posthumus Zone" by E.S. Posthumus Zone, which have been used as a theme song for the NFL on CBS, sounded similar to some piece of background music from WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory.
* Compare [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Xf-Lesrkuc Drops Of Jupiter]] by Train to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr_eVcCAUXo Drift Away]] by Dobie Gray. Ironically, Uncle Kracker had a hit version of "Drift Away" only two years after "Drops of Jupiter" was a hit.
* Helalyn Flowers did this with at least two of their songs. "Your Killer Toy", particularly the chorus, is similar to {{Pink}}'s "U & Ur Hand", and "Crystal Bullet" is this to DuranDuran's "Rio" and "Sunrise".
* Lazerhawk's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyP5NgNIqOc Arrival]] sounds similar to two of Purple Motion's songs, notably [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XozcBR2ZF70 his part]] of the ''Second Reality'' music and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT5cCyRg4l4 Astraying Voyages]]. Another one of LH's songs, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyEusKu44wc Distress Signal]], is a Suspiciously Similar version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUgvOoNqW2I Shadow of the Wind]] by Stephen Falken(real name unknown).
* Mark Astley (Luca Torchiani)'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NSwCXXUtF0 Super Rider]] sounds like the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqwxFeqX-Z0 Garage]] music from ''SanFranciscoRush 2049'', which itself is a Suspiciously Similar version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydMAR61Kq2k Tinkletoon]] from ''Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA''.
** Another Mark Astley song, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5gII6Ew--8 "I Need a Hero"]](no relation to [[BonnieTyler "Holding Out for a Hero"]]) copies Luke Penn & Mr. M's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=933b6K_HM40 "Music Fever"]] nearly note for note.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEPC9qLgaWY Believing is Art]] by Spoon, the beginning of the bridge is suspiciously similar to the guitar riff of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn2-b_opVTo Sharp Dressed Man]] by ZZTop.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzoJbchOlvM Tiziana Rivale - Don't Walk Away]] is this to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_6x3EW3FC0 Berlin - Take My Breath Away]](aka the AwardBaitSong from ''Film/TopGun''), especially the sparkle synth hook and chorus.
* Reece Mastin's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DroxiXm_xK8 "Good Night"]] sounds rather familiar to P!nk's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjVNlG5cZyQ "Raise Your Glass"]].
* KatyPerry's "Last Friday Night" and JessieJ's "Domino".
** Jessie J's "Price Tag" resembles Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours", and to a lesser extent Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle".
*** "I'm Yours" itself resembles Israel Kamakawiwoʻole's arrangement of [[Film/TheWizardOfOz "Over the Rainbow"]] and "What A Wonderful World", and Straight No Chaser produced [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYdZvQBl6sk a mashup of the two]], which actor Dane Stokinger [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJ-yhp6Z21I also sang]] at the closing of Seattle Children's Theatre's 2012 run of ''The Wizard of Oz'', in which he played the Tin Man.
** "Laserlight" is similar to KP's "Firework", which Jessie also legitly covered.
* The song to celebrate the release of [=OpenBSD=] 5.1 is a parody of the "Ghostbusters" theme with the melody slightly altered. It even switches in briefly at the end to "I Want a New Drug," which pokes fun at the controversy that "Ghostbusters" was a Suspiciously Similar version of the former.
** Then again, Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" also has a similar riff to the Bar-Kays' "Soul Finger", which made things rather confusing when the commercials for the movie ''Spies Like Us'' aired on TV a year after ''Ghostbusters'' featuring that particular song.
* After MirandaLambert was told that her 2005 single "Kerosene" sounded an awful lot like Steve Earle's "I Feel Alright", she told CMT, "I didn't purposefully plagiarize his song -- but unconsciously I copied it almost exactly." She willingly added Earle's name to the song as a result.
* AlanJackson's "I'll Go On Loving You" has an intro very similar to the ''Series/{{Mash}}'' theme. A few notes are downright identical, just in a different key.
* The verse in GwenStefani's "What You Waiting For?" is sung in an almost identical melody to the one in {{Weezer}}'s "Hash Pipe".
* {{Front 242}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkNbyu4yOds "Blend the Strengths"]] sounds like the ''SuperMarioBros'' underground music.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYEDA3JcQqw "Rolling In The Deep"]] by Music/{{Adele}} sounds awfully similar to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd2B6SjMh_w "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley]].
** Guetta, Music/{{Usher}} and Ludacris' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_nziODUGcw "Rest of My Life"]] is similar to Afrojack & Shermanology's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnTUwiDDSaQ "Can't Stop Me"]].
** BrunoMars' "It Will Rain" rips off Adele's "Chasing Pavements".
* It's been said before but this site hasn't said it, so the RedHotChiliPeppers [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb5aq5HcS1A "Dani California"]] sounds quite a-lot like TomPetty [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aowSGxim_O8 "Mary Jane's Last Dance"]]
* Queen's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tJYN-eG1zk "We Will Rock You"]] bears resemblance to The Arrows [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AT_Pbtyid0 "I Love Rock and Roll"]]
* Kris Kardashian (now Jenner)'s "I Love My Friends" is a remake of Music/RandyNewman's "I Love LA"...but the bass- and drum-heavy production (unlike that of the original) makes it sound more like a combination of Music/OzzyOsbourne's "Crazy Train" and Music/TheCars's "Magic."
* Pat Benatar's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgNqQ6rFGQo "Shadows of the Night"]] and Rascal Flatts's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CeevbkZROQ "No Reins"]], especially the opening 17 seconds. The songwriter of the former agrees too, and initiated a lawsuit.[[http://www.americansongwriter.com/2009/02/did-rascal-flatts-rip-off-pat-benatar/]]
* TheKnife's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ow0bA4H3BQ "Heartbeats"]], and LCDSoundsystem's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5oaCPCqN3Y&feature=related "Dance Yrself Clean"]].
** "Heartbeats" and Music/IggyAzalea's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-zpOMYRi0w Fancy]]".
* Little Boots' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJaH2GqT220 "Headphones"]], especially the bridge and bassline, is this to {{Beyonce}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlxByc0-V40 "Sweet Dreams"]].
* As admitted by the band themselves, Lostprophets' "Burn Burn" is very similar to Adamski's "Killer".
* Music/{{Venom}}'s, "Welcome to Hell," [[RonnieJamesDio Dio's]], "Stand Up and Shout," Music/{{Accept}}'s, "Flash Rocking Man," Music/IronMaiden's, "2 Minutes to Midnight," Mercyful Fate's, "Curse of the Pharaohs," Riot's "Swords and Tequila," Anvil's "Tease Me, Please Me," Puta's "Extremodurta," Midnight Chaser's "White Spirit," DefLeppard's "Wasted," Saxon's "the Power and the Glory," Music/JudasPriest's "Hell Bent For Leather," Nitro's "Freight Train," Grim Reaper's "the Wrath of the Ripper," Music/{{Helloween}}'s "Phantom of Death," and Rory Gallagher's "Moonchild," all sound like Music/TedNugent's "Stranglehold"
* The intro to {{Seether}}'s "Remedy" sounds like the intro to {{Silverchair}}'s "Freak".
** The verses in "Words As Weapons" are almost identical to those of {{TearsForFears}}' "Mad World". The fact that it's in the same key as the Gary Jules cover (the one most people recognize) does ''not'' help.
* The opening lines of "Whatever" by Oasis are very similar to "How Sweet To Be An Idiot" by Neil Innes. This was settled out of court, with Innes getting royalties and a writing credit.
* Ben Moody's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKZEgKi8IuE "The End Has Come"]] sounds a lot like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YxaaGgTQYM "Bring Me To Life"]]...from his former band Evanescence. Uh, TakeThat?
* The main riff in DirEnGrey's "New Age Culture" sounds similar to the riff succeeding the chorus in {{Clawfinger}}'s "15 Minutes of Fame".
* mind.in.a.box's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RoilEVFuKU I Love 64]] has a suspicious similarity with {{Madonna}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF7rCv6ch7M Hung Up]].
* John Linnell's "West Virginia" and Music/SmashMouth's "Walkin' On The Sun".
* Fun's "Some Nights" definitely sounds a lot like Simon & Garfunkel's "Cecelia."
* The backing synth in Fockewolf's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRDC0M888HY Crematoria]] resembles [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emJcQu5f_V8 The Bitter Season]] from ''VideoGame/SilentHill''.
* {{Psy}}'s "Gangnam Style" is suspiciously similar to "Pump Up the Jam" by Technotronic, which is quite ironic considering these two songs are pretty much the only ones the artists are known for. There's also a mashup remix.
** Speaking of Gangnam Style, there is an uncanny similarity with Afrojack's "Take Over Control" and LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem."
** Also speaking of PSY, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASO_zypdnsQ "Gentleman"]] sounds suspiciously like Faderhead's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NYs2NWtqJI "Swedish Models and Cocaine"]].
* The beginning of The Black Eyed Peas' "Let's Get It Started" sounds like the beginning of Alicia Key's "Fallin'"
* Music/{{Korn}}'s "Justin", Decyfer Down's "Never Lost", and Music/{{Disturbed}}'s "The Animal" all have uncannily similar riffs.
* There are a few videos on YouTube that compare Music/DreamTheater's "Honor Thy Father" with Dominici's "The Calling". Which becomes HilariousInHindsight because Dominici's singer used to sing for them.
** Former drummer Mike Portnoy pointed out that "Build Me Up, Break Me Down" (off of their first album with the new drummer) is this to Red's "Feed the Machine", and that several other songs on that album approach this territory in comparison to songs from their 1992 breakthrough album ''Images and Words'' (e.g. "On the Backs of Angels" to "Pull Me Under", "Lost, Not Forgotten" to "Under a Glass Moon").
** "The Looking Glass" off their self-titled album is a very clear homage to Rush's "Limelight".
* {{Steriogram}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7UvbwCjXUk "Walkie Talkie Man"]] sounds very similar to {{Terrorvision}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNXijH0LmZg "Pretend Best Friend"]] The guitar riffs and rapping sound nearly identical.
* Jordin Sparks' "Tattoo" and TaylorSwift's "Back to December".
* The riff to Steve Miller Band's "Jet Airliner" (wriitten by Paul Peña) sounds similar to Cream's "Crossroads" (based on Robert Johnson's "Cross Road Blues"), while "Rock'n Me" has a similar riff to Free's "All Right Now".
* Kesha's "Die Young" and Flo Rida's "Good Feeling".
** To say nothing of "Good Feeling" getting its chord progression and vocal hook from Avicii's "Levels", which itself is sampled from Etta James' "Something's Got a Hold On Me".
* Nomansland's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FUoE-pYTQY 7 Seconds]] is basically a tweaked version of BBE's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpkLcfbOra4 7 Days and 1 Week]] {{with lyrics}}.
* The main riff for the "Monsters" section of Rush's elaborate instrumental [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNilsLf6eW4 "La Villa Strangiato"]] - which Alex Lifeson has said was based on his dreams - sounds suspiciously like music from Loony Toons and Merrie Melodies cartoons called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-L5QGllGfU Powerhouse]] by Raymond Scott. By the time they were notified of the issue, the statute of limitations for Scott to sue had expired, but Rush agreed to a settlement nonetheless, believing it to be the ethical thing to do. The terms were not disclosed, but the band was not required to add a credit for Scott to the song and it has been said that all parties were pleased with the outcome.
* Meshuggah, IllWill, Textures, and Gojira has some very similar rhythm pattern [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrOIl9xcEws as seen here]]. This rhythm pattern is popular among Technical Metal bands.
* WithinTemptation's "Faster" and ChrisIsaak's "Wicked Game". Lampshaded by lead singer Sharon den Adel herself:
-->''So, we've been going like: "Ooooh we have re-written Wicked Games" and then "No, the chords scheme is different, we don't have to worry. And it's a written song!" (laughs) "Yay!".''
* The Music/FlamingLips' "Fight Test" has a similar vocal melody to Cat Stevens' 1970 hit "Father and Son". The band eventually admitted that, while they hadn't deliberately set out to mimic "Father And Son", they ''had'' realized the similarity while recording the song, and had tried in vain to change things enough to make it less obvious. Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam) successfully sued, and reportedly now gets 75 percent of the royalties for the song.
** The band themselves have also noted that "Take Meta Mars" borrowed heavily from "Mushroom" by {{Music/Can}}, and that the verse section of "Chrome-Plated Suicide" came about when Wayne Coyne was trying to learn [[Music/GunsNRoses "Sweet Child O' Mine"]] on guitar.
* The Escape Club's "Wild Wild West" borrows almost all of its arrangement ideas (including the singing style) from ElvisCostello's "Pump It Up".
* Alphabeat's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3RjCiq1ICY Fascination]] is heavily reminiscent of the theme tune from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMU2NwaaXEA DuckTales]]. Someone even did a mash-up of the song with the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' intro [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EJYPiifbQ4 here]].
* Music/{{Nightwish}}'s "Scaretale" suddenly transforms into a take on "[[TheHauntedMansion Grim Grinning Ghosts]]" around the four minute mark with the opening sampling the bells from Blackbeard's entrance in the fourth ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' film.
* Krisiun's "Bloodcraft" has a riff in it that sounds basically identical to the opening riff to Six Feet Under's "Killed in Your Sleep".
* {{U2}}'s "Van Diemen's Land" (sung by The Edge) has a verse structure ''and'' vocal delivery similar to Leon Payne's "Lost Highway", which was covered live by U2 a few times... and was sung by The Edge whenever they played it.
** And The Edge's signature repeating guitar style, as in "Where The Streets Have No Name" and some other songs? Listen to David Gilmour's guitar come forth in the epic reprisal before the third verse of Music/PinkFloyd's opus "Echoes". Or even better, "Run Like Hell".
* The intro to Music/{{Soundgarden}}'s "Fell On Black Days" sounds a lot like the intro to Music/{{Cream}}'s "Badge".
* Music/LedZeppelin's "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" has a very similar internal riff to the opening riff of Music/{{Chicago}}'s "25 or 6 to 4".
* Music/JoeWalsh's "Rocky Mountain Way" and Music/SteveMiller's "The Stake" have very similar riffs.
* There's a similar riff in Music/{{Heart}}'s "Heartless" and Music/BlueOysterCult's "O.D.'d on Life Itself", with {{The Hollies}}' "Long Cool Woman". (The Hollies were first, B.O.C. followed with theirs a year later, Heart about 5 years after that.)
* Compare Music/ThePolice's "Canary In a Coalmine" with Music/BobSeger's "Get Out Of Denver"--mainly the very unusual metering of the vocals found in both.
** "Get Out of Denver" itself is a blatant Music/ChuckBerry pastiche ("Johnny B. Goode" crossed with "Nadine" crossed with "Tulane", basically).
* The end of Music/RedHotChiliPeppers' song "Give It Away" contains the riff to Music/BlackSabbath's "Sweet Leaf".
* Skaven's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThmznU1W47w "Data Jack"]], especially the bassline, has similarities with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xhgme63EnOM Round 1 music]] from ''VideoGame/RollingThunder''.
* Music/TheStrokes' "Hard to Explain" has an opening drum machine riff not unlike that of the Saturday Night Live song "I Wish It Was Christmas Today" that debuted the preceding Christmas. [[HilariousInHindsight Amusingly enough]], Julian Casablancas turned out to be such a big fan he did his own cover of the latter, which he debuted on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performing alongside one of the original performers, Fallon himself. (Julian hasn't touched on any similarities between the two songs as of yet though.)
* Culture Club's "Church Of The Poison Mind's" melody is similar to that of Stevie Wonder's "Uptight".
* WhitneyHouston's "Greatest Love of All" is a ripoff of GordonLightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind", to the point that Lightfoot filed a lawsuit over it.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scvSMwmOTYU "Louhikäärme Ja Ritari'']] by Finnish children's metal band Hevisaurus sounds suspiciously similar to Music/IronMaiden's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2G5rfPISIwo "The Trooper"]]. When they actually throw in the riff from the original song, it becomes perfectly clear that it's a deliberate ShoutOut.
* When Music/{{Megadeth}} released [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgYOaUZ29ws "Kingmaker"]], it didn't take long at all for metal fans to jump on the uncanny similarity of the vocal lines in the verses to those of Music/BlackSabbath's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00727BfRRTo "Children of the Grave"]].
* The central riff of Music/{{Metallica}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD-E-LDc384 "Enter Sandman"]] is remarkably similar to that of Excel's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXUYGraNtHU "Tapping Into the Emotional Void."]]
* Doom metal band Pagan Altar's track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWbHE_h9k-k "The Witch's Pathway"]] contains a riff of whom sounds virtually identical to '70s hard rock band Moxy's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyIOt0e1RKw "Rock Baby"]].
* A hilarious example: Music/{{LMFAO}}'s hit "Sexy and I Know It" sounds a lot like the song the paraplegic DJ plays in Music/JonLajoie's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyTVyQuioDA Drug Commercial]] video. One could easily mistake the latter as being a parody of the former, but the former came out several months after the latter!
* Aerosmith's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMNgbISmF4I Crazy]] sounds a lot like their earlier hit [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfNmyxV2Ncw Cryin']], not least because both song titles start with a "cr".
* Compare the synth line 18 seconds into [[Music/HelloProject Morning Musume's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g6K7IVdiUQ&t=18s "Love Machine"]] to the synth line 15 seconds into D-Train's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXl7f757gqI&t=15s "You're the One For Me"]].
** Berryz Koubou's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEnNCcSWZPA&t=14s "Rival"]] sounds like a J-Pop arrangement of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWuolcwidxg "Tallahassee Morning"]] from ''VideoGame/RailroadTycoon 3'' WithLyrics.
* {{Rammstein}}'s "Mein Teil" has a very similar main riff to Sirenia's "The Path of Decay".
** With "Tier", Rammstein got in legal trouble with Music/{{Die Krupps}} for plagiarizing the guitar riff of Die Krupps' "The Dawning of Doom".
* [[Music/TheBlackEyedPeas will.i.am]] ripped off not ''one'', but ''TWO'' songs on his newest album #willpower; but the most notable of them was "Let's Go", which (without permission!) [[http://www.dancingastronaut.com/2013/04/will-i-am-rips-off-arty-and-mat-zos-rebound/ sampled Arty and Matt Zo's song "Rebound"]]. Not even the music identification app [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm_ekOrQ1z4 Shazam]] could tell the difference.
** Gets funnier when fellow trance producers Above & Beyond performed a TakeThat at EDC Chicago 2013 whilst playing "Rebound", by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_xrmjd7JmQ putting a special message up on-screen]].
--> "Thanks to will.i.am for reminding us how good this is"
--> "And for the money :D"
* Music/EmilieAutumn's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6k7nQhkYLA What If]]" has a great deal in common with Music/ToriAmos' "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvvCpxddcwc Silent All These Years]]": the verse and chorus of each can be sung to the tune of the other, and the title "What If" introduces the chorus of both songs.
* Music/RickRoss' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRNGCja9mRo "Hustlin'"]] from 2006 resembles the Music/UtadaHikaru song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8-bQKyAxi4 "Let Me Give You My Love"]], which came out two years prior.
* The piano riff in Jason Derulo's "What If" is similar to that of Heart's "Alone", and the song in general resembles [[SelfPlagiarism his own previous single]] "Whatcha Say".
* The Jack Johnson song "I Got You" features a whistling hook that sounds a lot like Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy".
* The Capital Cities song "Safe and Sound" sounds a lot like The Human League's "Don't You Want Me".
* Music/KellyClarkson's "Dark Side" and Music/{{Pink}}'s "Try" sound a lot similar to each other. They were written by the same guy.
* Bloodbath's song "Soul Evisceration" has a riff that sounds (hilariously) like, of all songs, the "I've Got a Golden Ticket" song from ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory.''
* "Human", by Danish rock band Carpark North, has a guitar riff that sounds very similar to the one in The Knack's "My Sharona".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJO3ROT-A4E "What Makes You Beautiful"]] by OneDirection has a guitar riff that sounds just a bit too much like the riff in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXlnMveRt-Y "Summer Nights"]] from ''Film/{{Grease}}''. On the other side of the spectrum, "Say Somethin'" by Austin Mahone bears a strong resemblance the boy band hit.
** The EpicRiff of "Should I Stay or Should I Go" by Music/TheClash is copied very unsubtly in "Live While We're Young".
** "Best Song Ever" blatantly copies the opening of The Who's "Baba O'Riley", enough that it [[http://articles.latimes.com/2013/aug/15/entertainment/la-et-ms-one-direction-best-song-ever-who-baba-o-riley-20130815 was rumored that it was going into court]]. Directioners were ''not'' happy about this. The Who's fans could care less.
** And then you have "Midnight Memories" and Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me."
** In a more obscure example, the opening ukelele of "Story of My Life" is very similar to "Sweet Troubled Soul" by stellastarr*.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7OcOq2w4_Y Loss of Heaven]] by the synthpop band Marsheaux sounds like the ''ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MODJaM1RDbY theme]].
* Since Ferry Corsten's remix of William Orbit's version of "Adagio for Strings", numerous imitations have been made, such as "Purple Room" by 949.
** Spaceplanet's "Summer Rain" sounds suspiciously similar to Tiesto's arrangement of "Adagio".
* Music/{{Fleetwood Mac}}'s song "Peacekeeper" has a chorus that has more than a passing resemblance to that of Music/{{Paul Simon}}'s song "Kodachrome".
* TheVengaboys' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWYXIuuI-Rg Rocket To Uranus]] has a suspicious resemblance to DonnaSummer's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7r83-y3j2A I Feel Love]].
* Inna's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAvr5_EtOnI Be My Lover]], in addition to interpolating the La Bouche song of the same name, sounds similar to NickiMinaj's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdrqA93sW-8 Pound The Alarm]].
* The breakdown and ending of Music/{{Ylvis}}'s "The Fox" resemble Inna's "In Your Eyes". Although its video was released second, that song was released six months prior to "The Fox". The verse and overall melody is even more similar to Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" and to some extent DavidGuetta's "Titanium", to the point that it was temporarily pulled from circulation due to plagiarism accusations. .
** One can argue that it's a deliberate parody of modern "electronic dance music" (referring to the specific mainstream use of the term to refer to the particular classes of house music made popular by acts like Guetta)
** And yes, there's a resemblance to Gangnam Style as well.
* The "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdxkVQy7QLM Pachelbel Rant]]" routine by comedian Rob Paravonian features him playing the chord progression used in "Pachelbel's Canon in D" on his guitar while singing the lyrics to many, many different contemporary songs.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnVUHWCynig "Halo"]] by Music/{{Beyonce}} and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0T3WAbU6tg "Already Gone"]] by Music/KellyClarkson would be a case of this (not mentioning that the songs were hits only months apart)... except that writer/producer [[Music/OneRepublic Ryan Tedder]] co-wrote both songs, making this a subtle case of SelfPlagiarism.
* Trans-X's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9xBAtCsCTQ "Living on Video"]] sounds rather similar to Van Halen's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuyvT8nFMLY "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love"]], leading to [[https://soundcloud.com/jockeboberg/aint-talking-bout-video this mashup]].
* Ferry Corsten's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3x6CThr_SCQ "Check it Out"]] and Alex Megane's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw7D51_9CWc "Turn Me On"]].
** As for Ferry Corsten himself, "A Day Without Rain" sounds suspiciously similar to Nalin & Kane's "Beachball", and "Love Will" is this to DJ Tiesto's "Love Comes Again".
* The opening riff of Avenged Sevenfold's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-QaFWURsMU "Unholy Confessions"]] sounds similar to a riff from Death's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOXLc3rmK10 "Spirit Crusher"]]
** Interestingly enough,the opening of Black Veil Brides [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6jWXajPzFo "Knives and Pens"]] sounds a lot like the opening riff of Unholy Confessions.
* The chorus from LadyAntebellum's "Need You Now" sounds a whole lot like the chorus from the Alan Parsons Project's "Eye In the Sky".
* Ewan Dobson's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXqPYte8tvc "Time 2"]] is pretty much just a slightly slower version of Music/{{Buckethead}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkeXE6FOf6s "Big Sur Moon"]]
* The Oakenfold, Christian Burns, and Jes collaboration [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCjWuP27LZs "As We Collide"]], especially the chorus, is suspiciously similar to Coldplay's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k_1kvDh2UA "Speed of Sound"]]. Possible mashup material.
** In turn, the chorus of "Speed of Sound" is similar to Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill". This was intentional [[WordOfGod according to the band members]].
* Some have noted that "Das Lamm, das erwürget ist", the last movement of J.S. Bach's cantata ''Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis'', is very similar to "Worthy is the Lamb", the last movment of Handel's ''Messiah''. The two share a very similar structure and are even based on the same Bible verses!
* The synth riff in The Frozen Autumn's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZefvDUblpc Wait For Nothing]] (original version) sounds like the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ9ySQX_PF8 Skull Castle Stage 5 & 6]] music from ''VideoGame/MegaMan3''.
* Fish Leong 's song ''Chong Bai'' directly steals the refrain tune from ''[[Disney/TheLionKing Can You Feel the Love Tonight]]''.
* THYX's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTWuhNvRIr0 "Into the Realm"(1:43-2:27)]] is rather similar to Skaven/Future Crew's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLCovsMzY9U "Ice Frontier"]].
* Deap Vally's song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2OjVFp54po "Baby I Call Hell"]] is an exact copy of the FlamingLips[=/=]Music/{{MGMT}}'s song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNMCvys9IpU "Worm Mountain"]]
* Marlon Band$' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRaXFFv7Ir0 "Hold Up"]] sounds a bit like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UknWK95u15k "Living with Determination"]] from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''.
* Fozzy's "The Test" has a basically identical main riff to Therapy's "Rust".
* QueensOfTheStoneAge's song "I Sat By The Ocean" has a similar guitar riff to The All Seeing I 's "Walk Like A Panther"
** Both of those songs sound like Music/{{Blur}}'s "Coffee & Tv"
* Colony 5's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJY1KnB8znI Avalanches]], to Pride and Fall's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqJGGMzo8l0 Border]].
* Music/{{Anamanaguchi}}'s song "Pastel Flag" sounds quite a lot Nelly's song "Dilemma"
* Yello's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q7FFjUpVLg "Oh Yeah"]] is suspiciously similar to Vicious Pink's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pH5rlLDHPhQ "8:15 to Nowhere"]].
* Music/{{Eluveitie}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z89WI96MzZc "A Rose for Epona"]] copies its intro almost note-for-note from Music/{{Blood Stain Child}}'s earlier [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQhRS-4NXiE "Metropolice"]], released approximately five years before Eluveitie's song. Some say that the intro is lifted from an earlier Irish/Scottish folk song, but so far not many people have been able to verify that origin (or what the base song is, for that matter) and it leaves one questioning how a Japanese trance/metal band would have heard an obscure Celtic folk song in the first place (slightly more understandable for Eluveitie, being a Celtic metal band themselves).
** Eluveitie has several songs based on folk songs, which makes them sound very similar to other songs based on the same source material. If you don't know this, you might be forgiven for thinking Inis Mona and Luxtos were pirated from French folk hip hop band {{Manau}}'s La Tribu De Dana and Qui Est La Belette or the other way round.
* Anoraak and Sally Shapiro's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFeAzgIz3PM "Don't Be Afraid"]] sounds like the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyMOj6fJhSo "Tim 1"]] music from ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}}''.
** Also on the subject of ''Lemmings'', Myvoice's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTjOlrrPOdc "The Voyager"]] sounds rather similar to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWFtUBKrn8E "Lemming 2"]].
* Of Monsters and Men's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_adqP8Ks4iU "Little Talks"]] has received some criticism for its similarity to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjFaenf1T-Y "Home"]].
* Music/{{Fraktus}}, the band that invented {{Techno}} in 1980 (at least so they say), parody this:
** The chanting in Westbam's "Sonic Empire" is stolen from "Supergau".
** The Telekom stole their jingle from "Bombenalarm" and removed two notes at the beginning.
** Music/NewOrder stole the bass drum line in "Blue Monday" from "Affe sucht Liebe" (which was deliberately prevented from charting high).
** And of course, they all got away with claiming that these are original compositions because nobody remembered Fraktus anymore.
* The chorus melody of "When I'm Gone" from 3 Doors Down sounds a lot like "Breathe" from Faith Hill.
* Music/GustavHolst's "In the Bleak Midwinter" has a nearly identical melody to the Largo movement of Dvorak's ''New World'' symphony.
* The melody of Yuya Matsushita's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQH-Q098Ze4 Foolish Foolish]]" sounds almost identical to Ne-Yo's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqvvaOQWsBM So Sick]]".
* The guitar riffs in OMC's "How Bizarre" and Kristen Kelly's "Ex-Old Man" are virtually identical.
* The chorus of Walk the Moon's "Jenny" sounds a lot like that of The Killers' "Somebody Told Me."
** Same for "Somebody Called Me" by Format C & Gabry Ponte.
* Some parts of Voicians' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN7EHEzUri8 "Loner"]] bear a rather strong resemblance to Music/{{Celldweller}}'s song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knV1H163ISE "Switchback."]] Though, they work together and Voicians has made it pretty obvious Music/{{Celldweller}} is his main influence, so.... [[JustifiedTrope yeah...]]
* Music/NeilYoung's "Borrowed Tune" outright admits the melody is lifted from a [[Music/TheRollingStones Rolling Stones]] song (specifically, "Lady Jane") - it's right there in the title.
* Music/{{Dragonforce}}'s "Cry Thunder" sounds like a ripoff of a couple of {{Sabaton}} songs, particularly "Union (Slopes of St. Benedict)."
* Swedish singer Ted Gärdestad's 1979 EurovisionSongContest entry "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EePXylI7TPI Satellit]]" is infamously similar to Music/{{Toto}}'s breakthrough hit "Hold The Line". Gärdestad's guitarist had jammed with the then-unknown Toto in Los Angeles, and unaware that they'd just started climbing the charts, figured he'd get away with borrowing the most striking bits.
* The synthesizer riff in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZTXr31eL9E Eurobeat Brony's remix]] of "[[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Fluttershy's Lullaby]]" is suspiciously similar to the chorus of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bWyhj7siEY Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah]]" from ''TheSongOfTheSouth''.
* The band Music/{{Warrant}} has a song called "Cherry Pie" where the rhythm of the lyrics "She's my cherry pie" sounds awfully close to the main part of Music/RingoStarr's "Back Off Boogaloo".
* As said in the YouTube comments, the main melody of Evening Star's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ9RPTEkQW4 Octavia]] sounds similar to the ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ9RPTEkQW4 theme]].
** The secondary melody in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtHJ8lFUrWI his arrangement]] of the ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' theme sounds suspiciously like the chorus of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II04E2GEJG8 Victory Celebration]] music from ''ReturnOfTheJedi: Special Edition''.
* The intro of Music/{{Faunts}}' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bShslKmOkfY Lights Are Always On]] sounds quite similar to the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ShzyggtsCs title music]] from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''.
* Music/{{Muse}}'s "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbB-mICjkQM Plug in Baby"]] sounds way too much like Air's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC6vZOgYduk Sexy Boy]]"
** "Panic Station"'s bass intro sounds a lot like "Another One Bites The Dust," and it's chorus bears quite a resemblance to "Thriller."
* The opening bit of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POtv2wjoIHQ "Angel in Blue Jeans"]] by Train is note-for-note the chorus of Matt Redman's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtwIT8JjddM "10000 Reasons"]].
* The chord progression to Music/DaftPunk's song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5EofwRzit0 "Get Lucky"]] sounds like some parts of Ratatat's "[[http://youtu.be/IKniXABsUeE?t=2m30s Wildcat]]"
** As does [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yca6UsllwYs&t=32s "Around the World"]], although Thomas Bangalter has said Music/{{Chic}}'s "Good Times" served as the inspiration for the song.
** "Get Lucky" also nearly shares a rhythm with Hedley's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjkJ9-pAXHY "Crazy For You"]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOzkyonqcf0 Viva la overlaying example.]]
** Humorously, the chord progression of "Get Lucky" also sounds like the chorus of Music/GirlsGeneration's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGP1cUk7cRs&t=1m05s "Genie (Tell Me Your Wish)"]].
** And we can now add [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2R_mnhK8QY Mystery Skulls' "Ghost"]] to the mix.
* One Republic's "Counting Stars" can be aligned with Bloodhound Gang's "Bad Touch" so perfectly it's eerie. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXpieAWyvvo Like so.]]
** Even more blatant is its' similarity to Asaf Avidan's "One Day/Reckoning Song."
* John '00' Fleming's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLbCIIT9BCU WKO]] sounds suspiciously similar to X-Cabs' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fedrFIMaDNk Neuro]].
* The chorus of Celine Dion's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGrLb6W5YOM "All By Myself"]] sounds like Bon Jovi's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifm00JEjSeo Never Say Goodbye]].
** "All By Myself" was [[CoveredUp a cover of]] an Eric Carmen hit from 1975, which ''pre-dates'' NSG by 11 years. Jon Bon Jovi himself, however, [[WordOfGod states that]] the song was inspired by Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes' "Hearts Of Stone".
* American Authors' "Best Day of My Life" sounds an awfully lot like Imagine Dragons' "It's Time."
** And BOTH were accused of ripping off Matt & Kim's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgBeu3FVi60 Daylight]].
* When many people first heard "Latch" by Disclosure & Sam Smith, they thought it was a rehash of Sam Sparro's "Black & Gold."
* {{Seether}}'s "Country Song" is eerily similar to Black Stone Cherry's "White Trash Millionaire", except played in a minor key with more of a steel-guitar focus. Otherwise, the two songs sound more or less the same. It's worth noting both were released in 2011, BSC succeeding Seether by about ''a month.''
* Hearing "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYdlqjiQPAc Low]]" by Cracker and Spacehog's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDkhl-CgETg In the Meantime]]" back-to-back can be very disorienting. The later sounds like a slightly happier version of the former, which is a stoner's love anthem. "In the Meantime" was kinda creepy to begin with, but this disparity and obvious similarities make it all the more disturbing.
** Try listening to "In The Meantime" without thinking of "Where Is My Mind" by the Pixies.
* The intro to Switchfoot's "Dark Horses" is cut-and-paste from Lenny Kravitz's "Fly Away".
* Music/SixFeetUnder's "Nonexistence" and Music/{{Obituary}}'s "By the Light" sound ''incredibly'' similar. Which isn't surprising since the latter band's guitarist was in the former band during the recording of the former song.
* Swiss rock band Gotthard's biggest hit, the ballad "Heaven", bears an uncanny resemblance to Savage Garden's "Truly, Madly, Deeply."
* [=KingSpartaX37=]'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb47Dac4j2Q "Eurobeat Boss Battle: Eurobeat Pegasister"]] almost directly cribs the intro, synth hook, and bridge melody from DJ Command's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDWQnZ8F1XQ "Think of You"]], a Eurobeat arrangement of the ''{{Touhou}}'' song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Su8UOs0SFA "Bad Apple"]].
* The main riff of Music/DieKrupps' [[http://youtu.be/3Xj2KF2zxgc "High Tech Low Life"]] is pretty much the Franchise/{{Halloween}} [[http://youtu.be/AFSDR1iJrZ4 theme]].
* Music/ImagineDragons' "I Bet My Life" bears some resemblance to KONGOS' "Come With Me Now".
* Music/MiseryIndex's "We Never Come in Peace" is basically a slight re-write of Music/{{Chimaira}}'s "Cleansation".
* Here is the [[WesternAnimation/{{Shrek2}} Academy Award-nominated]] "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUypt2nvorM Accidentally in Love]]". Two years later, BonJovi gives "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CeX5VEo10c Who says you Can't go Home]]". The similarities in song structure are undeniable!
* The hook of Music/NeYo's "She Knows" reminds one of Kirko Bangz's "Drank In My Cup".
* A Christian blogger pointed out that Dan Schutte's mass setting "Mass of Christ the Savior", in particular the "Glory to God" part, sounds just like the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' theme. Read [[http://www.ccwatershed.org/blog/2014/feb/13/Dan-Schutte-Mass-of-Christ-The-Savior/ here]] and [[http://www.ccwatershed.org/blog/2014/aug/27/Dan-Schutte-Mass-of-Christ-the-Savior/ here]].
* [[http://odysseymusic.bandcamp.com/track/endgame "Endgame"]] by T. Stebbins (the same person behind the Odyssey and Eurobeat Brony aliases) sounds like a cross between [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsGPthUe8Po "A Searing Struggle"]] from ''[[VideoGame/{{Ys}} Wanderers From Ys/The Oath in Felghana]]'' and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFpnW5En33M "He's A Pirate"]] from ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.
* Lasgo's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozmTO4AXroI "Only You"]] is a sped-up soundalike of the 80s italo disco song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnBfvR2duBY "Come On"]] by Alan Barry.
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