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* "Dumb Ways To Die" sounds like "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down".
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* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama]]'' story, ''Fanfic/{{Legacy}}'', Trent tweaks an obscure Creator/GilbertAndSullivan song ("[[http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/utopia/webop/ul021.html A Wonderful Joy Our Eyes To Bless]]" from ''[[Theatre/UtopiaLimited Utopia, Limited]]'') for his tribute song, albeit not to get around copyright because the song was already in the public domain. He writes his own verses but makes only minor changes to the refrain and the tune.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* ''[[Series.DeadRingers Dead Ringers]]'' managed to avoid this trope a surprising amount of the time despite being completely based on impressions and parodies, as most of its regular targets were also [[TheBBC BBC]] productions. They did use Suspiciously Similar theme music for some of their one-off sketches, though, such as when they put one of the BBC's most well-known political interviewers into a superhero story to form [[http://www.clickteam.info/davidn/music/paxman!.mp3 The Continuing Adventures of Paxman]].
* ''Radio/AmericanTop40'': A Suspiciously Similar version of "Afternoon Delight" (by the Starland Vocal Band) was used as a cue from 1977-1978.
* The radio countdown show ''BobKingsleysCountryTop40'' uses bumpers that are Suspiciously Similar versions of country songs. This carried over from when Kingsley hosted ''AmericanCountryCountdown'', which uses original-tune bumpers now that [[Music/BrooksAndDunn Kix Brooks]] hosts it.
* MitchBenn's songs on ''TheNowShow'' are generally to tunes that ''sound like'' the songs he's parodying, since the UK doesn't have a "fair use" exception for parodies.
* For a while during commercial breaks on Radio Disney the hosts talked over a song suspiciously similar to RageAgainstTheMachine's "Killing In the Name" (of all songs!).
* Many radio station jingle packages will contain cuts that are very closely based on actual songs. For example, cut #20 from JAM Creative Productions' "[[http://jingles.com/jam/radioids/demodl-MusicJam.php Music Jam]]" package is an obvious tribute to The Jacksons' "Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)". The similarity was lampshaded when this jingle was resung for New York's "Jammin' Oldies" station in the late 90's, as their version used a MichaelJackson soundalike vocalist.

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* Creator/BillHicks often started his shows with a Suspiciously Similar version of "Purple Haze" by JimiHendrix.
** Although not a musical example, Denis Leary's entire act was a Suspiciously Similar Version of Bill Hicks'.
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* In the musical ''Dames At Sea'', "That Mister Man Of Mine" has a melody mostly copied from "The Man I Love".
* The "Nightingale Lullaby" from the musical ''Once Upon a Mattress'' includes an obvious pastiche of the Lullaby from Stravinsky's ballet music for ''The Firebird''. It's even written in the same key (and since that key is E flat minor, this is actually significant).
* "Sunday" from ''tick...tick...BOOM!'' is a parody of the song of the same name from ''Theatre/SundayInTheParkWithGeorge'', with the melody turned upside down.
* Since its surprise appearance is in service of a gag, it probably needs spoiler tags: in Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Mystere'', an instrumental sound-alike of [[spoiler:"Stayin' Alive"]] turns up.
** The bungee music ("Il sogno di volare") in ''Theatre/{{Saltimbanco}}'' sounds similar to the intro of Mozart's ''Requiem''.
* The [[DastardlyWhiplash Victorian-melodrama villain's]] theme in the ShowWithinAShow in ''ShowBoat'' sounds like the Russell Bennett version of [[StandardSnippet Mysterioso Pizzicato]].
* Used to dark comic effect in "My Psychopharmacologist and I" from ''NextToNormal'', where a litany of antidepressant medications (and their [[SideEffectsInclude side effects]]) is sung to the Suspiciously Similar Version of "My Favorite Things" from ''TheSoundOfMusic''.
* KitAndTheWidow show us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBXsYNf1l5Y here]] how to do this and make great deals of money in the West End, all while taking unsubtle shots at AndrewLloydWebber.
* The final refrain of "Letting Go"("not letting go, not letting go, never letting go, never letting go... of you") from ''Vanities: The Musical'' resembles the ending of "Friend Like Me" from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. The verse and pre-chorus of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPqYpwHRDkg Hey There, Beautiful]] are a JHV of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJEE78PUNsQ&feature=fvst Mr. Blue Sky]] by Electric Light Orchestra, although the latter has a longer verse melody.
* The "Unlimited" interlude from ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' uses the first seven notes of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', but with a completely different rhythm. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LG5i4K5mzU "Defying Gravity"]], particularly the chorus, sounds suspiciously similar to Michelle Branch's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc9k3-fwwYM "Everywhere"]].
* The theme to ''AvenueQ'', despite being a ''SesameStreet'' parody, sounds more like the one to ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', a sitcom parody.
* ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'''s "Find Your Grail" copies its tune nearly verbatim from JohnDenver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads", which itself resembles the folk tune "Auld Lang Syne".
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* When a WebAnimation series reaches a certain level of success (typically when it starts selling [=DVDs=]), the creator often goes back and removes any copyright infringement that was safe when the series was unknown. ''WebAnimation/BonusStage'' is a good example: Matt eventually removed a multitude of unauthorized cameos from his earlier episodes (such as one by the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' cast) and replaced the ska song in the credits with an instrumental facsimile called "Total Soundalike."
** Speaking of ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', one of the earliest Homestar toons ("Marshmallow's Last Stand") featured a snipet of the theme fom ''The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly''. When the toon was released on DVD, the audio was changed to a JHV of the tune. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Matt Chapman (as Homestar) in the commentary when he tells Mike Chapman "don't listen to this part, we're gonna change it." when the original audio can be head in the backound.
*** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] somewhat in the cartoon "On Break", in which Mike and Matt perform an a-capella rendition of "Yakety Sax" that ends somewhat differently from the original song. Afterwards, one of them asks, "Does it end different?"
** Another would be WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation, which originally featured segments of various "appropriate" songs during the opening and closing credits. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] at the start of the first episode with the new theme music.
* The intro music to [=CollegeHumor=]'s retrogaming series ''[[http://www.collegehumor.com/bleepbloop Bleep Bloop]]'' is Suspiciously Similar version of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' theme.
** An episode of CH's animated series BearShark featured a Ghostbusters parody, complete with a short bit of legally distinct GB music.
* Because Website/YouTube is so ridiculously litigious about the use of music in parodies, parodists like Venetian Princess now have to find someone like Steve Goldstein to write a Suspiciously Similar Version for them. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OG8faNTcwo Example here.]]
* Used regularly on ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded'' to imitate the themes of the movies they're parodying, featuring "The Stuff" ([[TransformersTheMovie "The Touch"]]), and the Terminator beat with an extra note.
* Creator/ImprovEverywhere's [[http://improveverywhere.com/2010/05/18/who-you-gonna-call/ video of]] their ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' operation uses a Suspiciously Similar version of the ''Ghostbusters'' theme.
** Also, rather than use "Who Let The Dogs Out?" for their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9iq9gdeIE4 Invisible Dogs operation]], one of their number composed "The Dogs Were Let Out By Whom?"
* The song in ''WebAnimation/CharlieTheUnicorn 3'' is a knock-off of "Under The Sea" from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', but with a middle-eight based on the "[[{{Pokemon}} Pokérap]]".
* Since the Mega64 crew couldn't use "Walkie Talkie Man" by Steriogram for their EliteBeatAgents skit, Josh Jones, their composer made a similar sounding version with WordSaladLyrics.
* The intro of Nyan Cat bears some resemblance with the organ intro of ''Light my Fire'' by The Doors. The actual melody part sounds a lot like the theme song of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''.
* The video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQ5p9WttVhE Wiley vs. Rhodes]] uses melodies very similar to the ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]]'' theme "Merrily We Roll Along" in the intro and the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' theme "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" in the ending. Justified since the video was a homage to the WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner cartoons.
* A tune that often shows up in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hggufTHEgDA The Annoying Orange]] is really similar to one of the battle tunes from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35l0RASPnv8 Serious Sam: Second Encounter]].
* ''WebVideo/TheGuild'' payed homage to ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' in Season 3, Episode 10 "The Return". The Knights of Good carry their computers, slow-motion style, from Vort's van to the LAN battle, all to a Suspiciously Similar Version of "Little Green Bag". It is awesome and hilarious at the same time.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' frequently uses copyright-infringing song snippets, but the one time the series does use a substitute (a cheap, ''a cappella'' substitute, at that) the characters themselves comment on it.
-->'''Twilight:''' What, we couldn't get the ''real'' music?\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' Oh, no way, bro! It's copyrighted!\\
'''Twilight:''' Never stopped us before.\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' Oh, quiet, bro, or [[DisneyOwnsThisTrope they'll hear you]]!
* The POP Stations reviewed by WebVideo/StuartAshen play awful beeping renditions of well-known music. These include "The Entertainer" and Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" to the ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'' main theme and many other songs. They rarely go unnoticed by Stuart.
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