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Names The Same: Music
As there are literally thousands of potential song-title examples, please do not add any further ones unless (1) the songs really are different songs, not covers of the same song; (2) they really do have the same title, not just similar titles (e.g. Van Halen's "Jump" and the Pointer Sisters' "Jump (For My Love)" isn't an example); (3) they have something else in common apart from the name.


  • In the mid-90's, there was a surf rock band named The Havalinas, and an eclectic rock band named Havalina. The latter changed their name to Havalina Rail Co. to avoid confusion. But in 2002, following several personnel changes, and the disbanding of The Havalinas, HRC shortened their name back to Havalina. And after they broke up a third, completely unrelated rock band from Spain named themselves Havalina.
  • Before he made it big with AC/DC, Malcolm Young played in a band called Velvet Underground - not the one with Lou Reed.
    • And that's Lou Reed, not Lou Reid - the latter being the guitarist of the bluegrass band the Seldom Scene.
  • Norwegian metal group The Kovenant was once known simply as Covenant, and even released their first two albums under the name. Trouble arose when an Industrial group also called Covenant sued them and forced them to change their name. Ironically, The Kovenant changed its musical style to a more Industrial Metal style shortly afterwards, opinions differ on whether this was Growing the Beard or Jumping the Shark, depending on one's musical preferences.
    • To add insult to injury, there's also a Dutch metal band named The Covenant.
  • Apparently, one of the things that contributed to Swedish death metal band Nirvana 2002's splitting up was their name's similarity to... well, yeah.
    • There was also a British psychedelic pop group from The Sixties named Nirvana - they sued the better known band (NOT the Swedish Death Metal group) for the namenote , and even did a slightly tongue-in-cheek cover of "Lithium", which would've been included in an also tongue-in-cheek cover album that was aborted upon Kurt Cobain's death.
  • An obscure French band called Muse released an album called Innocent Voices in 1997. The English band Muse released their first EP the following year. Many latter Muse fans using file sharing networks ended up downloading Innocent Voices only to be totally confused.
  • There are two rock guitarists named Mick Jones - the first played with Spooky Tooth and Foreigner, the second played with The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite.
  • There have been two Australian electronic bands called Pendulum . The first came from Melbourne, were ambient house and recorded one album in 1997 called "3 Knocks" before breaking up. The second come from Perth, and are drum and bass/dance-rock and have been much more successful, releasing 3 albums and a live album so far. Of course there are plenty of people who download "3 Knocks" thinking it is by the latter day Pendulum.
  • In the '60s, two British rock and roll groups (The Rolling Stones and a much-lesser-known outfit called The Undertakers) had members named Brian Jones. One of those two guys played saxophone on The Beatles' "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)", but there have been conflicting claims over the years as to which one it was.
  • Along with the much better known hip hop group, there have been three bands called Public Enemy in different subgenres of Hardcore Punk - including a white power band that took on the name as a deliberate Take That aimed at the hip-hop one.
  • There's the techno group The Prodigy and the rapper Prodigy. Particularly confusing because of The "The" Title Confusion.
  • The songs "Fuck You". One by Lily Allen, the other by Cee Lo Green.
    • Canadian hardcore band D.O.A. as well.
    • However, Cee Lo's song later became known as Forget You, unlike Lily Allen.
    • Wesley Willis beat both Green and Allen with his song "Fuck You" by several years.
  • The poppy, upbeat number "Big In Japan" by Alphaville, as opposed to the scratchy, werewolf-voiced Tom Waits song by the same name. And Alphaville's other big hit, "Forever Young", is not to be confused with the scatchy Rod Stewart-voiced song by the same name, even though both hit the US charts in the fall of 1988.
    • Which should also not be confused with the ending Award Bait Song from the second Care Bears Movie, which was also called "Forever Young".
  • The band Kittens For Christian happen to have a member named Neil Young. Obviously, it's not that Neil Young. And there's yet a third Neil Young who's a recording engineer - at least one DJ has scanned the liner notes to Weezer's non-album single "Christmas Song" and noted on air that Neil Young helped produce it. Which is technically true, but...
  • There are two Nordic bands called Shining, one from Sweden and one from Norway. This would have been confusing enough if they had stuck with their original styles of black metal and jazz, respectively, but as time has gone on the Norwegian one has gone on incorporating more and more guitars into their work, to the point where their most recent album, Blackjazz, is effectively a hybrid of black metal, avant-garde jazz, industrial, and progressive rock. Needless to say, the confusion between the two artists at this point is pretty widespread (not to mention the constant arguments between fans of the two groups), and neither artist is likely to change their name anytime soon since they both started at around the same time.
    • By the way, neither band featured Jack Nicholson.
  • On YouTube, you will find two different artists named Mayhem: The most infamous band in Black Metal... and one of the many, many alias of electronic musician Renard, represented by a shark girl dressed like a raver. The latter's videos have commentators confusing her for the former.
  • Two different famous jazz musicians have the name Bill Evans. One was a pianist, the other is a saxophonist. Both of them have been sidemen for Miles Davis.
    • A third jazz musician named Bill Evans avoided this confusion by changing his name to Yusef Lateef.
  • "Donna" is both a cheesy late-50s song by Ritchie Valens (later covered by Marty Wilde), and a deliberately-cheesy early-70s song by 10cc which sends up the genre of such songs.
  • Alan Parsons produced the Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of the Moon, which has a track called "Time". A few years later, he was involved with The Alan Parsons Project's album The Turn of a Friendly Card, which has a totally different track called "Time".
    • There are also unreleased tracks by Yes and Joe Satriani called "Time", and a 1987 rock musical called Time, with a theme song sung by Freddie Mercury.
    • None of these is to be confused with Electric Light Orchestra's album Time, which thankfully does not have a song that shares its title.
    • Or "Time (Clock of the Heart)" by Culture Club
    • Alan Parsons' Project had named (and based) their album on Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination- which happened to be the title of the second album by Swedish Power Metal band Nocturnal Rites.
    • Also a song by the spacesynth group Koto.
  • Cream: a 1960s blues/rock band, or a 1991 Prince and The New Power Generation song? Or the hit 1994 track by the Wu-Tang Clan? Or the club brand since the 1990s releasing massively popular compilations of dance music, with nightclubs in the UK and Ibiza? Or a late 90's trance track by Blank & Jones?
  • The Beatles narrowly averted this. On Abbey Road the song "Sun King" originally had the working title of "Here Comes the Sun King", which is more than a tad similar to "Here Comes the Sun" that appears earlier on the same album.
  • The Flying Machine was a British pop group of the late '60s whose song Smile A Little Smile For Me was a top 5 hit in late 1969, as well as the name of James Taylor's original backup group around the same time. (This led to an album from the latter outfit being called James Taylor and the Original Flying Machine.)
  • There's Gene Simmons, singer/bassist for KISS. And then there's Jumpin' Gene Simmons, a '50s and '60s rockabilly singer who's best known for his novelty hit "Haunted House". (Neither, of course, should ever be confused with the actress Jean Simmons.)
  • There are 5 known bands called Sugar, the most popular ones being an American 90's alternative rock band fronted by Hüsker Dü's Bob Mould, and a Korean all-girl pop group.
  • There are two songs (by Iron Maiden and Warlock, respectively) and one band called "Wrathchild". Wrathchild, the band, is probably the first Hair Metal band and is often referred to as "Wrathchild UK" to distinguish it from the US Thrash Metal band Wrathchild America, which changed its name in 1993 to Souls at Zero...which is the same name as the third album by the atmospheric sludge metal band Neurosis.
  • There were two bands called The Spinners: a folk group from Liverpool (UK), and a soul group from Detroit who had many hits in the 1970s. To avoid confusion in the UK, the latter were known as "The Detroit Spinners". Presumably the first lot were known as "The Liverpool Spinners" elsewhere.
  • There's a Britpop group called the Flowerpot Men, and an Industrial group in The Eighties of the same name, whose frontman, Ben Watkins, later founded Sunsonic and Juno Reactor.
  • Scanner is the artist name of a dark ambient musician (Robin Rimbaud), and a German metal band.
  • Many Eurobeat songs reuse the titles of popular songs, such as "Domino Dancing", "Like a Virgin", "We are the Champions", "One Night in Bangkok", "Station to Station", "Send Me an Angel", "What is Love", "I Will Survive", etc. Also, artists from different labels sometimes use the same name.
    • And a few years before the well-known "I Will Survive", there was a different one by Arrival. ("Iiiii — will survive / Iiiii — will survive / While I'm alive / I'll survive...")
    • "Send Me An Angel" is also the name of a song by The Scorpions.
    • Modern Talking was notorious for this, including the name of their only UK hit Brother Louie, although many other titles have been stolen such as Jet Airliner and Geronimo's Cadillac.
  • "Born Slippy / Born Slippy NUXX" by Underworld, which are themselves two different songs, and "Born Slippy" by Richard Durand. Both were probably named after a famous greyhound.
  • "Out of the Blue"; a song by Roxy Music, an album by Electric Light Orchestra, a song and album by Debbie Gibson, or a song by System F (Ferry Corsten)?
    • George Harrison had a song called "Out of the Blue" on All Things Must Pass. David Gilmour had a song called "Out of the Blue" on About Face. The Band had a song called "Out of the Blue" on The Last Waltz soundtrack.
    • There was also an '80s jazz group on Blue Note Records called "Out of the Blue".
    • The German retro synthpop/europop group Systems in Blue also had an album and song of the same name.
    • "Out Of The Blue" was also a Foreigner album track from 1988.
    • Delta Goodrem also had a song called "Out Of The Blue" on her Mistaken Identity album.
  • There have been at least three dark ambient artists named Seti(after the pharaoh) / S.E.T.I.
  • At least two different trance artists/groups used the name Alphazone.
  • Sonique, in addition to being the artist name of Sonia Clarke, was also the name of an MP3 playing application.
  • "Show Me Love" by Robin S. and "Show Me Love" by Robyn. Both songs were top 10 hits in the '90s.
  • "Point of No Return"; by Expose or Nu Shooz? Both are from The Eighties, and in similar styles.
    • Then there's "Point Of Know Return" by Kansas.
    • The name of Nu Shooz's biggest hit, "I Can't Wait," has also been recycled quite a few times, such as by Stevie Nicks in 1985 and Hilary Duff in 2002.
  • Mauro "Mark" Farina the Eurobeat producer, or Mark Farina the jazz/house DJ?
  • Fred "Sonic" Smith (1949-1994) played guitar for MC5 and was Patti Smith's husband. Remove the nickname and you've Television's bass player, who almost certainly also knows Patti Smith.
  • Dream is an American girl group best known for "He Loves You Not", and a j-pop girl group
    • Also a Swedish rock band that later became H.E.A.T.
  • Patti Smith was an influential proto-punk musician. Patty Smyth was the lead singer of Scandal.
    • Not, of course, to be confused with the Japanese band Scandal.
    • Incidentally, the former married Fred "Sonic" Smith of MC5, who shared her surname but was unrelated before marriage.
  • Peter Wolf - session keyboardist, or the lead singer of the J. Geils Band?
  • Michael Jackson, the King Of Pop, and producer Michael James Jackson. Also, Michael G. "Mick" Jackson, the original singer of "Blame It On the Boogie", which, ironically, was covered by The Jacksons.
    • Amusingly enough, General Sir Michael Jackson became the commander-in-chief of the British Army in the 1990's. There is no possibility of confusion on grounds other than name: Sir Michael was nicknamed "The Prince of Darkness" by irreverent Toms early in his career, owing to his strong resemblance to Christopher Lee's personification of Dracula.
    • Michael Jackson also happens to be the real name of rapper/producer Oh No, which is probably a big part of why he uses a stage name.
    • Another Michael Jackson was the singer for NWOBHM cult legends Satan once they reverted back to their original name after their stint as Blind Fury, and stuck with them during their tenure as Pariah.
  • In 1990, George Michael made a song named "Freedom". But, oops, there had already been another song named "Freedom", which he himself had written (and sung) in The Eighties in the pop duo "Wham!". To make matters worse, it was a pretty big hit back in the day. How to distinguish between these two? Well, very simply: just graft the year of release onto the title of the second one! So, the song was named "Freedom 90", which can confuse some listeners who are unfamiliar with the first song "Freedom". Ironically, it too became a big hit. The latter song was covered by Robbie Williams as Freedom 96 in, well, 1996.
    • And later, there was a song called "Freedom" by Paul McCartney.
    • And later one by Japanese hip hop group Home Made Kazoku.
    • Jimi Hendrix recorded a song called "Freedom", a track on the posthumously-released "First Rays Of The New Rising Sun" and several unauthorized compilations.
  • A goa-trance group, an industrial artist, and a heavy metal band all share the name Cydonia. The latter two also both had self-titled albums.
  • Italo-disco artist Gianni Coraini did "Hey Hey Guy" as Ken Laszlo, then later did a Eurobeat song also titled "Hey Hey Guy" under the alias Jean Corraine.
  • Tandu was an Israeli psytrance group. (DJ) Tandu (Ingo Kunzi, as mentioned above) was a German trance artist/DJ.
  • "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes", by Ultravox, or by Ke$ha?
  • There once was a MOD artist by the name of Moby, around the same time that the more famous Moby got started. The former Moby has since changed his pseudonym to El Mobo.
    • There's also a country radio DJ out of Atlanta who goes by Moby.
  • Depeche Mode recorded "It Doesn't Matter" for 1984's "Some Great Reward" and "It Doesn't Matter Two" for 1986's "Black Celebration."
  • Howard Jones is the name of a British synth-pop musician and the American lead singer of Killswitch Engage.
  • Disturbed is either a 00's Alt Metal band from Chicago or a 80's Thrash Metal band from Minneapolis. Both seem to have been influenced by Metallica.
  • There are three bands by the name Slipknot: the well-known nine-man Nu Metal band today, a cross-over thrash band of the 80's with one third the membership of the last and an unknown jam-band from the 90's.
    • Also, Paul Gray is the name of Slipknot's (the Nu Metal band) former bass-player (R.I.P) and an English bassist known for playing in Eddie & The Hot Rods and The Damned.
  • Phil Collen is the lead guitarist for Def Leppard. Phil Collins is the drummer for Genesis.
  • There's Nancy Wilson, the jazz singer. And then there's Nancy Wilson, the singer/guitarist who with her sister Ann formed the rock band Heart.
  • Carole King and Dire Straits both have recorded songs called So Far Away.
  • Gloria is a popular name in song. Laura Branigan, The Cadillacs, Them and U2 have all recorded different songs with that name. Branigan's song was a very big hit back in the '80s, while numerous artists, including the Doors, have covered Them's.
    • It's also the name of a Christian hymn.
  • Everyone knows Ray Charles, but there was another musical Ray Charles who headed up an easy-listening vocal group, the Ray Charles Singers, in the 1950s and '60s (and who was the male vocalist on the Three's Company theme song in the '70s). The Singers were able to score a few big hits despite the confusing name.
  • In 1978, a British group called The Beat was founded in Birmingham. One year later, an American band called The Beat was founded in Los Angeles. Upon becoming aware of each other, the former began billing itself as "The English Beat" in the U.S., whereas the American band is billed in Europe as "Paul Collins' Beat". Surprisingly, it took until 2012 for the two bands (who had retained amicable communication with each other over the years) to tour together, on the humorously titled "Two Beats Hearting As One Tour".
  • There's Mike Mills the R.E.M. bassist, and Mike Mills the director and graphic designer - the latter's best known film is Thumbsucker. You wouldn't think there could be a lot of room for confusion between the two, but the latter often directs music videos and designs album artwork, and he was even a member of the Cibo Matto side-project Butter 08.
    • Air titled one of their songs "Mike Mills", as a Shout-Out to the director/ graphic designer, not the member of R.E.M. - the former had directed numerous music videos and designed numerous record sleeves for Air.
  • John Lennon, Wilson Phillips, Yes, Benjamin Orr, En Vogue, Badfinger, Alabama Shakes, Jamie Walters, Ian Gomm, Triumph, Santana, Kansas and Good Charlotte are just some of the artists with different songs called "Hold On".
    • Just to confuse things further, Yes later recorded a song called "Holding On".
  • In the mid-80s, three different songs with the title "The Power of Love" were released: one by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, one by Huey Lewis and the News, and the other by Jennifer Rush (which later got covered by Céline Dion).
    • The most well known of the three, of course, is the Huey Lewis song.
    • The versions by Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Jennifer Rush were UK #1s within the space of a year (Huey Lewis' version wasn't; although only his was a US #1). In 1976, two quite different songs called "Forever and Ever" (by Slik and by Demis Roussos), both topped the UK chart within six months.
    • A different "Power Of Love" was a hit by Deee Lite.
  • bôa is an English alternative rock band. BoA is a Korean pop singer. Adding to the confusion, songs by both have been used as anime theme songs (Serial Experiments Lain in the case of the former, InuYasha and Monkey Typhoon in the case of the latter.)
  • In the 1975's, there was a folk-rock band named Jubal's Last Band, who shortened their name to Jubal. In 1975, they had a chance run-in with a country-rock band, also named Jubal, at a Maranatha Music Group meeting. Upon realizing the overlap, both bands immediately changed their names—the folk band became Daniel Amos and the country band became Gentle Faith.
  • Korn is the name of a Nu Metal band. It's also the name of a Japanese pop artist known for his appearances on Iron Chef.
  • Engelbert Humperdinck was a turn-of-the-century German composer best known for his opera Hansel and Gretel. In the '60s a British pop singer named Arnold Dorsey adopted "Engelbert Humperdinck" as his stage name...and, eventually, as his legal name.
    • Humperdinck and Wilson Phillips have both recorded a Number One single called "Release Me", in 1967 and 1990 respectively.
  • Randy Jackson: One of the Jacksons, or the session bassist who judged on American Idol?
  • Aside from the post-grunge band, there are a few other bands called Fuel - the most prominent is a San Francisco punk band heavily influenced by Fugazi (enough so that they earned the nickname "Fuelgazi"). Once the album Monuments To Excess by the latter was reissued, some fans of the post-grunge band occasionally mistook it for some kind of collection of their early work and presumably thought there was some serious Early-Installment Weirdness going on.
  • "Dancing With an Angel", a Eurodance song by Double You, or Solid Base? And by the way, there was also a now-deceased Dutch happy hardcore artist named Solid Base.
  • How many songs titled "I'll Be There" can you name?
  • Alice Cooper and Bell Biv Devoe have both had top 10 hits called "Poison." The latter is probably the better known of the two, and by far Bell Biv Devoe's most famous song.
  • Bobby Brown and Cheap Trick both recorded songs called "Don't Be Cruel" (Cheap Trick's being a cover of the old Elvis Presley hit) and both were in the Billboard Top 10 at the same time.
  • The Eurobeat song "Sky High" by Lucyfer has no relation to the Jigsaw hit, which ironically also had a Eurobeat remix (based on Newton's version).
    • Yet another song titled "Sky High" was composed by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi for Daytona USA.
    • Neither should be confused with the movie starring Kurt Russell.
  • The BBC once announced that their Record Library's catalogue included over 400(!) different tracks called "Goodbye" — although it's likely that a lot of them were cover versions of earlier ones. Those which were different from one another include those by Flanagan & Allen, by Peter Cook & Dudley Moore, by Mary Hopkin, and by Jan Hammer.
  • "Maggie May" a Liverpool folk-song (a snatch of which can be heard on The Beatles' Let It Be), and "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart. Based on at least one of these, "Maggie" was Freddie Mercury's nickname for Brian May (he liked assigning gender-switched nicknames based on the real person's last name).
  • There were two blues harp-blowers/singers in Chicago named Sonny Boy Williamson. The first was John Lee Williamson, who recorded in the 1930's and 40's. The second Sonny Boy's real name was Rice (or Aleck) Miller, and he recorded after the original Sonny Boy's death in 1948. To avoid confusion, the latter singer is often referred to as Sonny Boy Williamson II.
  • There were two One-Hit Wonder singers named Sylvia. The first charted in 1973 with "Pillow Talk" (this is the one that was half of 50's guitar pop duo Mickey & Sylvia, as well as the founder of hip-hop label Sugar Hill Records); the latter charted in 1982 with "Nobody" (this Sylvia did have a few more hits on the Country charts). The two singers are quite different; the former is black, and the latter is white.
    • In the late 90's/early 2000's, a one-track wonder also named Sylvia did a cover of Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You".
    • Another Sylvia is a Swedish singer.
  • George Strait cut two different songs called "She'll Leave You with a Smile": one was an album cut from his 1997 album Carrying Your Love with Me, and the other was released as a single in 2002 from his album The Road Less Traveled. Humorously, a late-2012 episode of Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40 made reference to the latter song, but played the former by mistake. After a fan pointed out the error, Kingsley corrected it on a later show.
  • Collin Raye did the same with two different songs both titled "If I Were You", but in his case the gap was only three years � and the latter came only one year before Terri Clark released a third song of the same name.
  • Both Reba McEntire and John Michael Montgomery released different songs called "How Was I to Know" at opposite ends of 1997. Both even went to #1 on the Radio & Records charts.
  • Jimmy Rogers (pop pianist), Jimmy Rogers (Chicago bluesman), Jimmie Rodgers (early 20th century country singer known as the Singing Brakeman) or Jimmie Rodgers (pop singer known for his song "Honeycomb")?
  • Exile: American country/rock band that used to be a pop band ("Kiss You All Over") or Japanese pop band with 14 members?
    • Or a hip hop producer from Los Angeles, who is also one-half of Blu & Exile and has released some solo records.
  • Defied by Alan Jackson, who wanted to release his song called "Home" in 1990 but decided against it after Joe Diffie released a song of the same name. Jackson's "Home" was finally released in 1996. Then there's the issue of Blake Shelton's cover of the identically-titled Michael Bublé song...
    • And then there's that song by Daughtry...
      • Ironically, Phillip Phillips, who, like Daughtry's leader Chris Daughtry, was a contestant on American Idol, had a hit song bearing that name.
    • Jethro Tull has a song called "Home" from the Stormwatch album, while "Home" is also a Roger Waters song from 1987's Radio KAOS.
  • There are also two unrelated country music songwriters named Anthony Smith. One was born Ralph Anthony Smith, and the other is typically credited as Anthony L. Smith to avoid confusion. The former usually writes with a marked rock influence, while the latter is black, usually writes ballads, and sometimes produces as well. Interestingly, Montgomery Gentry's Carrying On album features co-writes from both Anthony Smiths, and Trick Pony's R.I.D.E. was produced by Anthony L. Smith with a song co-written by Ralph Anthony Smith.
    • Anthony Smith is also the birth name of rapper Tone Lōc.
  • Also in country music, there's Tim James (co-writer of Toby Keith's "My List" and The Lost Trailers' "Holler Back"), who is not the same person as pop songwriter-producer Tim James (who typically works with Aly & AJ, Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus as part of the Rock Mafia production team). In addition, a third Tim James wrote Tiffany's 1989 hit "All This Time". Even Allmusic conflates them, but a quick search on BMI shows them to be separate people.
  • "Thong Song". One is an infamous song about the underwear recorded by Sisqo, with a pretty big Hatedom. Another is an awesome but much less well-known Kyuss song about the brand of shoes.
  • There are two bands named Indica—one (the more famous one, relatively speaking) is a Finnish rock band associated with Nightwish, the other is an Argentine electronica band. It's not just buyers on Amazon who get them confused—the former's MySpace page includes music from the latter.
  • There are two bands by the name of Artful Dodger. One is a 70's rock band from the US, the other is a popular British R&B & UK garage band. Ask any music fan and most of them will only know about the latter.
  • Steve Martin was the stage name of the lead singer of the Baroque Pop band The Left Banke in The Sixties. He later added "Caro" after the comedian of the same name became well-known.
    • And the latter Steve Martin is an accomplished bluegrass player, no less!
  • There's The Avalanches, an electronic music group known for their extensive use of sampling, and The Avalanches, a 60's instrumental Surf Rock group whose gimmick was winter-themed song-titles and covers of Christmas Songs. The latter is much more obscure, but albums by both show up when you look up the name on itunes. Interestingly, the electronic Avalanches deliberately named themselves after the defunct surf rock band, and included a Shout-Out to them in the video to "Frontier Psychiatrist": A giant record of the other Avalanches' only album Ski Surfin' shows up as a prop towards the end of the video.
  • A 50's R & B vocal group and a currently active indie rock band formed in the 90's share the name The Wrens. As with the Avalanches example, looking up the name on iTunes gets you albums by both.
  • There are two bands called Solstice, one from the United Kingdom and one from the United States, and they play Doom Metal and Death Metal respectively. Same name, very different sounds.
  • Confusingly enough, Thin Lizzy have two completely different songs called "Sarah": One was released in 1972 and is about Phil Lynott's grandmother, and the other was released in 1979 and is about his then newborn daughter.
  • As with Thin Lizzy above, heavy metal band Riot's two most popular albums (Fire Down Under from 1981 and Thundersteel from 1988) each feature a song entitled "Run For Your Life." Despite the identical titles, however, they are two completely different songs.
  • Jack Johnson, Guster, The Decemberists, Mark Sandman, and Bjork have all written a song called "Cocoon," and there are six bands with that name as well.
  • There's an acoustic singer, an R&B singer, and an electropop singer all named Kelly Rose. The first appears to be of Hispanic descent, the second is a blonde from New Zealand, and the third is a brunette from Rancho Santa Fe, CA. The latter two both prominently use Auto-Tune in their songs.
  • Samantha Cole did two different songs called "Obsession". The latter, which was never released to the public, was a cover of the Animotion song (which was itself a cover of a Michael Des Barres & Holly Knight song).
  • For a while, there were two metal bands named Shaman, one from Finland and one from Brazil. The Finnish band changed their name to Korpiklaani.
  • "Hold Me Tight": The Beatles' effervescent 1963 tune and Johnny Nash's reggae-tinged 1972 hit.
    • Paul McCartney And Wings recorded an entirely different "Hold Me Tight" as part of the suite at the end of Red Rose Speedway.
  • Comedy but recorded entertainment nonetheless: "Who's On First" (about baseball) by Abbott & Costello, and "Who's On First" (about rock and roll acts) by the Credibility Gap.
  • "Somewhere Out There", a trance song by Mythos & DJ Cosmo, bears no resemblance to the Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram ballad.
    • Or the song by Our Lady Peace.
  • There were three groups called The Firm: one did "Radioactive," one did "Star Trekkin'," and one did "Firm Biz." The first one had Paul Rodgers & Jimmy Page (among others), and the last one had Nas & Foxy Brown (among others). The second one had nobody of note.
  • The Wall of Sound either refers to a lush studio recording technique or a precise live sound system.
  • Yaz (known as Yazoo in England) was an early '80s New Wave synthpop duo. Yazz (Yasmin Evans) was a late '80s solo pop singer.
  • There are two Scandinavian bands called the Teddybears on iTunes. One's a Swedish electro-rock group; the other's a Norwegian garage-rock group. Neither of these is to be confused with the American doo-wop group of the same name from the 1950s.
  • Bruce Dickinson is both the lead singer for Iron Maiden and a creepily emaciated record producer (based on a real person, incidentally) who's "gotta have more cowbell!"
  • Jon Secada, Oingo Boingo, and John Cena (yes, the WWE wrestler) have all recorded songs titled "Just Another Day," of which only the Secada song was a major hit. None of them are exactly what you would call happy tunes.
  • The soundtrack to Wizards of Waverly Place has THREE songs entitled "Magic" on it, each of which were marked by one or more asterisks matched to the artists who originally performed them. (The songs were originally performed by The Cars, Pilot, and Olivia Newton-John)
  • Kamen Rider Double's songs have this, but they're named after some Disney songs: "Nobody's Perfect" and "Naturally". The former song has two: One of a upbeat song sung by Hannah Montana, the other is a gloomy one by Koji Kikkawa. The latter one: One's an upbeat song by Selena Gomez (and the Scene), the other sung by Wakana Sonozaki. Double ponts: It helps that Avex distributes The Walt Disney Records/Hollywood Records label in Japan, and Avex is the one making songs for the Kamen Rider Franchise since 2001, so the titles are (maybe) coincidence.
  • Silent Hill's soundtrack album has two different tracks titled "Never Again".
    • "Never Again" was also popular for Nickelback and Kelly Clarkson.
      • It is also a recent song by the reformed original lineup of Asia.
  • PUFFY, the j-pop music duo, had to change their name to Puffy Ami Yumi to avoid confusion with another rapper with a similar nickname.
  • Thomas A. Dorsey was an African-American gospel musician. Tommy Dorsey was a Caucasian big band leader. Both are honored (and disambiguated) as part of the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry.
  • Three prominent jazz musicians: Benny Green (US pianist), Benny Green (UK saxophonist) and Bennie Green (US trombonist).
  • The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles once managed to confuse the actor Clint Eastwood with the very definitely not-related Jamaican reggae duo Clint Eastwood & General Saint.
  • There's Ray Davies of The Kinks, but also another Ray Davies who is one of the leading composers of production/library music in the UK. Without knowing it, most Brits, unless they're really avid Kinks fans, will almost certainly have heard much more of the latter's music than the former's.
    • A third UK Ray Davies comprises the musical duo Acoustic Rescue, with his brother, Spencer Davies, who himself is not to be confused with Spencer Davis of The Spencer Davis Group (Keep On Running).
      • Particularly coincidental as The Kinks features Dave Davies, brother of the most well-known Ray Davies.
  • Take your pick from "Baby Baby": Smokey Robinson's smooth and wistful version, or Amy Grant's squeaky-clean #1 pop hit from 1991 (a.k.a. "Hearts In Motion"). Other hits called "Baby Baby" include a county hit for David Houston, a 1995 European hit for Corona, and a song by Belgian duo Hugo & Nicole for Eurovision 1973.
  • "It's Too Late": Bobby Goldsboro's 1965 tune, Carole King's 1971 number-one from her album Tapestry, or Robin Trower's progressive take from 1981. It is also the name of the debut single for New Zealand band Evermore, and Jeanne Pruett's number 9 country hit in 1980.
    • Speaking of Carole King's Tapestry, Don McLean had already used that title for his 1969 debut album.
  • LIGHTS is either a Canadian electropop singer, an Irish synthpop artist (Neil Dixon, aka LIGHTS DC), or a prog-rock band.
  • There was a band in the early 1990s called Courtney Love, which confusingly appeared on the same compilation as Nirvana.
  • "Woman": Peter and Gordon's 1966 tune (written by Paul McCartney under the pseudonym Bernard Webb) and John Lennon's 1980 ballad to wife Yoko. "Woman" is also the name of Wolfmother's biggest American hit, without any Beatles connections to it.
  • Lindsay Cooper: English female oboe player, member of the band Henry Cow, and session musician on Mike Oldfield's album Hergest Ridge. Lindsay L. Cooper: Scottish male bass violinist, session musician on Mike Oldfield's album Tubular Bells.
  • There's John Anderson, the country singer. Then there's Jon Anderson, lead singer of Yes.
  • There is an alternative folk-rock guitarist-singer-songwriter from New York called Roger Manning. Another Roger Manning, a keyboardist, worked with Jellyfish, Imperial Drag, Moog Cookbook and Air, who produces solo albums. The later one, to avoid confusion, is credited under Roger Joseph Manning Jr. He has lampshaded this with great Self-Deprecation on his website. Interestingly, both have worked with BECK. All Music has put folkie Roger and power-popster Roger in similar lists, by the way.
    • Interestingly, former Jellyfish bassist Tim Smith shares a name with the leader of the Cardiacs.
  • During The Eighties, Whitesnake, Richard Marx and Survivor all had songs called "Children Of The Night", none of which were covers of one of the others.
    • And one decade later, German eurodance band Masterboy also released a song with this name, and it wasn't cover of any of aforementioned songs.
    • The Stylistics had a song called "Children of the Night" in The Seventies, which is probably the only one you'll hear on Jamaican radio.
  • Andy Bell is the name of both the singer in Erasure and the bassist (now guitarist) in Oasis/Beady Eye
  • Both Alexia and Lady Gaga have released songs called "Money Honey".
    • So have The Drifters and the Bay City Rollers.
  • Incidentally, there have been at least two artists calling themselves Alexia. The aforementioned one is Italian, the other English. There's also Alexia Phillips, a Filipina-American singer.
  • Ann Murray is an Irish opera singer. Anne Murray is a Canadian country singer.
  • The Oak Ridge Boys released two songs called "Come On In": one in 1978 and another in 1985. The latter is subtitled "Come On In (You Did the Best You Could Do)" to avoid the confusion, although Allmusic listings still credit the former to the writers of the latter. Interestingly, they both peaked at #3.
  • Edge of Insanity is either Tony Macalpine's first album, or a Skinny Puppy song.
  • The EBM bands Assemblage 23 and Colony 5 both produced songs titled "Ghosts". Now Front Line Assembly has a song with the same name.
  • Jamey Johnson is a country singer. Jamie Johnson is a member of the bluegrass group The Grascals.
  • Keith Urban recorded two different songs titled "Without You". The first was when he was still a more pop-oriented singer in Australia in 1991, and the second was a number-one country hit in 2011.
  • "Fuck the Millennium" was a song by 2K (The KLF), and later a Scooter song.
  • Orbital is a techno duo from the UK. The Orb is an ambient electronic duo from the UK. William Orbit is an electronic composer from the UK. All three of them were active in the 90s and afterwards, and all three of them released remixes of other people's songs labeled "Orbital Remix".
  • Pirates of the Mississippi and John Anderson, two country music acts, released albums named Paradise only a few months apart (April 1995 and January 1996, respectively). While this would not typically be notable, both albums have the same song as their title track (although only Anderson's version was a single).
  • Not exactly identical titles, but Cheap Trick have two different songs called "O Claire" and "Oh Claire". "Oh Claire" was a very short bit of Album Filler on 1978's Heaven Tonight, which was meant as a Shout-Out to their Japanese fans (the only lyrics being "oh, Konnichiwa"). "O Claire", on the other hand, was a full-fledged four minute song on their 2006 album Rockford. The title of both would be a pun on the city of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
  • Madonna, Avril Lavigne and Blancmange all have songs called "Don't Tell Me."
  • Believe it or not, but Led Zeppelin's quintessential hit was not the first song to be entitled "Stairway to Heaven". Eleven years earlier, in 1960, Neil Sedaka also recorded a song with that title. Interestingly enough, Neil Sedaka's song managed to hit number nine on the Billboard charts — while Led Zeppelin's song never even hit the charts, as it was never released as a single.
    • And the von Zeppelin family of airship fame, alerted by the iconic cover of Led Zep's second album, sued for defamation and unauthorised use of the family name. For quite some time Led Zep had to perform under a different name in West Germany and Denmark.
    • The O'Jays, a soul group, recorded an entirely different "Stairway to Heaven" on their album Family Reunion. If a Jamaican mentions "Stairway to Heaven", it is probably The O'Jays song.
  • Locust is the ambient techno project of Mark Van Hoen. The Locust are a noise rock band.
  • There were two different bands called The Monks: One is a garage rock band formed in the sixties by American soldiers stationed in Germany. The other was a group formed by former members of The Strawbs to spoof early Punk Rock.
  • Edge of Dawn was the name of a song from the Swedish industrial/futurepop band Covenant's first album, and also the name of a German futurepop band.
  • Blue October is the name of both a British band and a much better known American one.
  • Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez both have songs called "The Way I Loved You" about pretty much the same thing. Gomez's is more mournful, though. Bonus points for coming out within a year of each other.
  • Two of the biggest 90s Alternative Rock bands, Radiohead and My Bloody Valentine, had songs entitled "All I Need". There's also a Eurodance song titled "All I Need" by Mario Piu f/ More.
  • Summercamp were an Alternative Rock band who released one album, Pure Juice, in 1997, and had songs appear in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Baseketball. Summer Camp are a currently active indie pop duo.
  • Another case where punctuation makes all the difference: The Go! Team (a six-piece British band who were formed in 2000) and The Go Team (an American group from the 80's whose main members were Beat Happening's Calvin Johnson and Bikini Kill's Tobi Vail).
  • The music industry has two guys named Jonathan Davis; one is the lead singer for Korn, and the other is rapper Q-Tip's real name. Korn was on one of Q-Tip's songs, too.
  • There is the Indie Pop band from Glasgow, Scotland named Camera Obscura, and then there is a synth-heavy Post-Hardcore band from San Diego also named Camera Obscura who only released one album.
  • "Sad, But True": a song by Metallica? Or Jill Valentine's boss theme?
    • Also the name of an Orbital song.
  • In the early 90s, music journo Fred Dellar noted that he knew of twelve different actively gigging groups called Surrender Dorothy. There have been more since.
  • There are a bewildering number of different groups called Crossfire. A few appear to be named for the literal concept of crossfire, but the bulk seems to be split about evenly between Christian Rock / gospel groups, and heavy metal bands with an anti-religious stance.
  • Long before the more well known 90's adult alternative band, Toad The Wet Sprocket was the name of an obscure 70's British hard rock group. Both of course got their names from a Monty Python skit mocking nonsensical band names.
  • One lineup of the group Trotsky Icepick had a bassist named Mike Patton, but it wasn't that Mike Patton. Mike Patto, meanwhile, was a former vocalist for the English rock group Spooky Tooth - That's one fewer letter, but close enough that if you type Mike Patto's name in on Google it naturally autocompletes to Mike Patton.
  • Digital Base is a Spanish breakbeat producer. Digital Base Project is a Russian eurodance band. And the latter was formerly known as simply Digital Base.
  • David Bowie originally wanted to use his real name, David Jones, but adopted the stage name to avoid confusion with The Monkees' Davy Jones.
    • Other David Joneses include one in Nine Black Alps, one who has played guitar and sang lead vocals in Watch For Rockets and drummed in The Murdocks, at least two composers, an American jazz saxophonist, the drummer with Agnostic Front and a country music singer-songwriter.
  • Japanese Power Metal band Versailles discovered the American musician of the same name the hard way when they nearly got sued after finishing their first US tour. They got around it by changing their name to Versailles Philharmonic Quintet for their American performances and releases.
  • Heavenly: wait, do you mean the French Power Metal band or the now-disbanded British indie pop band?
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau had the misfortune of writing two unrelated one-act operas titled Anacréon. On Wikipedia, you can find both of them to solve the problem.
  • "Heartbreaker" is the name of a multitude of unrelated songs. Two of the most popular are by Pat Benatar and Led Zeppelin.
  • U2 and Linkin Park share two song names (Numb and One Step Closer). Interestingly, the Linkin Park song is better known in both cases.
  • Mono is the name of both a Japanese Post-Rock group and a British trip hop duo (the latter broke up after releasing one album, Formica Blues).
  • Road to Nowhere, one by Talking Heads, another by Ozzy Osbourne.
  • Skylar Grey is a female singer, musician, and Record Producer probably best known for co-writing Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie" and singing the chorus to Dr. Dre and Eminem's "I Need A Doctor". Skylar Gray is a less-well-known male singer-songwriter whose only work so far is an independently released concept album, An Inch Equals 200 Miles. The former is the Stage Name of Holly Brook, while the latter is actually going by his birth name. Google autocorrects "Skylar Gray" to "Skylar Grey", and looking him up on amazon gets you albums by both Skylars.
  • First, there's singer Johnnie Taylor ("Who's Makin' Love"), who was nicknamed "The Soul Philosopher". Then there's Little Johnny Taylor ("Part Time Love"), another soul singer. And neither should be confused with Duran Duran and Power Station bassist John Taylor.
  • There's a rather large number of songs titled "Runaway", such as those by Linkin Park, Kanye West, Bon Jovi, and Del Shannon.
  • There have been two groups that have called themselves Milk and Honey. The first was popular in the 70's and 80's, and represented Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest; the second was a Algerian-French / German duo from the mid-2000's.
  • Joe Williams was a jazz singer; Big Joe Williams was a bluesman.
  • There were three different blues singers/guitarists named Luther Johnson. Fortunately, all three had different nicknames - Guitar Junior, Houserocker, and Snake Boy - that makes figuring out who was who just a little bit easier.
  • Joe Turner was a jazz pianist. Big Joe Turner was an R&B singer ("Shake, Rattle, & Roll"). Joe Lynn Turner sang for Rainbow and Deep Purple.
  • Jazz drummers Jo Jones and Philly Joe Jones (who actually died a few days apart). Neither is to be confused with guitarist Boogaloo Joe Jones or R&B singer Joe Jones ("You Talk Too Much").
  • Toby Keith's "High Maintenance Woman" is an example. Upon realizing that comedian/singer Tim Wilson had an identical song with a similar hook (about a high-maintenance woman and a maintenance man), he credited Wilson (who is also a friend of his) and Wilson's frequent songwriting partner, Danny Simpson.
  • Lynn Anderson: Country-pop singer best known for "Rose Garden", or maiden name of Da Yoopers' keyboardist Lynn Bellmore?
  • Punk band D.O.A. have two different albums named Talk - Action = 0 - a 1991 Live Album and a 2010 studio album.
    • D.O.A. may also stand for the New Wave group Dead or Alive.
    • Speaking of DOA, it's also the title of Throbbing Gristle's third album.
  • Both Queen & Duran Duran had a drummer named Roger Taylor.
    • They appeared together with other drummers as Twelve Drummers Drumming for charity.
  • Fergie the singer and Black Eyed Peas member should not be confused with Sarah "Fergie" Ferguson, the Duchess Of York. Or the Northern Irish DJ (Robert Ferguson). The Black Eyed Peas-associated Fergie sort of lampshaded this by calling her first solo album The Dutchess.
  • Julie Brown the pop-singer should not be confused with former MTV host "Downtown" Julie Brown.
    • Nor with Julia Brown, a lo-fi Indie Rock band with members formerly of the gloomier Teen Suicide.
  • Bobbi Brown, an actress and model who appeared in Warrant's "Cherry Pie" video and dated the lead singer of the band, is not to be confused with Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. The latter Bobbi wasn't even born yet when the video was made.
  • Lil'B is a Japanese R&B duo whose songs have appeared in Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist, among other anime. Not to be confused with Lil B (a.k.a. The Based God), Hip Hop's walking Memetic Mutation.
  • LFO was a forgotten American One-Hit Wonder group from the 1990's. LFO is also a current electronic group from England that had begun performing before the American group had (the electronic group had been on hiatus when the American LFO had their brief success). Possibly as a result, the American LFO is also known as Lyte Funky Ones. The British LFO is known as Low Frequency Oscillator, taken from the electronic instrument of the same name.
    • Even more confusingly, both groups have released a track called "Forever".
  • Marduk is a well-established Swedish Black Metal band. Marduk is also an alias used by one Dietrich Schoenemann, a DJ from New York. He has put out a couple of 12"s with that name, and has been played on MTV a couple of times.
  • Terry Gibbs is a jazz vibraphonist and bandleader. Terri Gibbs is a blind country and gospel singer.
  • Paul Williams: Diminutive singer/songwriter, or founding member of the Temptations?
    • While we're talking about the Temptations, that legendary Motown vocal group had over 30 songs make the Top 40 (and had even more hits on the R&B charts). Another vocal group with the same name were only able to score one Top 40 hit (1960's "Barbara").
  • The Warlocks was the original name of both the Velvet Underground and The Grateful Dead. There's also a neo-psychedelic band going by that name - it's possible they chose the name as a Shout-Out to either or both famous bands to have previously used it.
  • Two Europop singers have the stage name Inna. The more famous one is Romanian, the other Russian.
    • By the way, the former Inna's songs "We Like To Party", "Take It Off", and "Live Your Life" have nothing to do with The Vengaboys, Ke$ha, or Rihanna.
  • "Still Alive"? Do you mean the ending song from Portal or Bayonetta? Or the theme from Mirror's Edge?
  • MIA is the stage name of Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, and also a Californian Hardcore Punk band from the 80's.
  • Embrace is the name of a current British indie band and an American Post-Hardcore band from the eighties - the latter was Ian MacKaye's first new project after the breakup of Minor Threat.
  • Hannah Montana actress Emily Osment released a dubstep/techno-dance influenced album in 2010 called "Fight Or Flight". Post-Grunge band Hoobastank would release an album under the same title in 2012.
    • Neither are to be confused with a 2010's post-grunge supergroup featuring members of Disturbed and Evans Blue.
  • California Rock band Incubus shares the same name with, oddly enough, a couple Death Metal bands (one from Georgia, USA, and another Christian Louisiana band). It's a little less surprising when you learn that an incubus is a type of mythological male horny devil.
  • White House Press Secretary Jay Carney once referred to GOP Senator Mitch McConnell as Mitch Mitchell. The news reports stated that he'd said the name of the drummer from the Jimi Hendrix Experience, but Carney is a big Guided By Voices fan and was more likely thinking of that band's guitarist.
  • Spring Heel Jack are an English drum n' bass duo. Spring Heeled Jack are an American third wave Ska band. For this reason, the latter are often billed as Spring Heeled Jack USA. Both would be named after the Victorian Folk Hero, of course.
  • The Who have completely unrelated songs called "Had Enough" and "I've Had Enough". The former was a John Entwistle composition that appeared on the 1978 album Who Are You, while the latter was a Pete Townshend composition that appeared on the 1973 album Quadrophenia.
    • Paul McCartney also had a song called "I've Had Enough," from 1978.
  • Alfred Reed was a composer best known for his concert band staple Russian Christmas Music. Blind Alfred Reed was an old-time country-folk singer and fiddler from the 1920's who worked with the Carter Family and "The Singing Brakeman" Jimmie Rodgers.
  • In 2010, the country music charts hosted two songs both named "Free": one by Jack Ingram and one by the Zac Brown Band. The former fell from the charts literally one week before the latter entered.
  • And an older example from 1996: Thrasher Shiver and Neal McCoy had songs titled "Going Going Gone" that debuted on the country charts only a month apart from each other.
  • And another: Linda Davis and Doug Stone both released songs titled "In a Different Light" only a month apart in 1991. Doug's went on to become a #1 hit.
  • The Spirit Of Atlanta: Drum & bugle corps, or 70's instrumental funk band?
  • The song "God Bless Us, Everyone" from the 2009 animated film of A Christmas Carol (2009) is completely different from the song of the same name featured in the 1994-2003 stage musical and 2004 film musical.
  • The Insiders: Drum & Bass duo, or Chicago-based roots-rock band?
  • Averted by Thunderclap Newman; they were about to release their single, "Revolution", when The Beatles released one of the same title. So they hastily renamed theirs "Something in the Air," which became their one and only hit in 1969.
  • "Utopia" is the name of at least two distinct happy hardcore songs, one by Smiley (Kyle Ward) and featured in In The Groove 2, the other by djraw (Oliver Froning, former frontman of Dune). Not to be confused with [1]'s Progressive Rock band.
  • Try not to confuse "Wonderful World" by Sam Cooke with "Wonderful World" by James Morrison, "Wonderful World" by Axwell, "Wonderful World" by Phil Sawyer, "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong, or "Wonderful World, Beautiful People" by Jimmy Cliff.
  • There happens to be a singer and accordion player named Steve Albini, who recorded an album of Italian pop standards in 2007 - No relation to the famous Record Producer.
  • The Farm: UK band best known for "All Together Now", or US country band composed of a former solo singer, a former member of Big & Rich's MuzikMafia, and Kenny Chesney's former fiddle player? The latter's album refers to them as "The Farm Inc." to differentiate.
    • The Beatles also did a song called "All Together Now," from the soundtrack album of Yellow Submarine... And Spartacus, the Farm album that included "All Together Now", happens to have a second song that shares it's title with a Beatles composition, namely "Don't Let Me Down". All Music Guide, which seems to routinely get tripped up with identical song titles by different artists, made this mistake: On their page for Spartacus, both of the aforementioned songs are wrongly credited to Lennon and McCartney
  • 1990s country group Shenandoah was hammered with lawsuits in 1992 by several other bands who claimed the name. Although they got to keep it, the lawsuits nearly left them bankrupt, leading to a sales slump and their exit from Columbia Records.
  • Dutch pop-rock band Earth & Fire (themselves not to be confused with the better-known American soul band Earth, Wind and Fire) and British rock band Asia have both released singles called "Only Time will Tell".
  • "Waterloo": A bluegrass tune of the 50s by Stonewall Jackson, and the 1974 bubblegum hit that introduced Abba to America.
  • Meet Zao: French jazz group or early metalcore band from Pennsylvania?
  • A Dutch post-punk group called Badlands was once a target of ire of several fans of Ozzy Osbourne/Black Sabbath/Jake E Lee, because they bought their CDs thinking these were CDs by a hard rock/blues/metal band called Badlands started by Jake E Lee, featuring Ray Gillen. Online retailers had listed albums by both bands as albums by one.
  • "Cry Me a River" by Ella Fitzgerald is not some old version of Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River".
  • "Shine On" is the title of two different early 90's Euro-house tunes, one Hugh K., the other by Degrees of Motion, released just a year apart.
  • "Tell Me Why" has various editions, by the Four Aces, the Belmonts, the Beatles, Elvis, and Declan.
  • Psy is a world-famous South Korean rapper. P.S.Y. is an obscure German rapper.
    • There's also PSY・S is an 80s new wave group
  • There is a universe of difference between Rainbow's all-out heavy rock anthem extolling the virtues of groupies, one night stands and oral sex, called All Night Long; Joe Walsh's rockin' ode to the lifestyles of ordinary average guys, called All Night Long; and Lionel Richie's mid-tempo dance tune, also called All Night Long.
  • In The Seventies, former members of the Canadian band Mandala formed a new band called Bush which only released one album and split soon after. Because they were short-lived, you could probably forgive Gavin Rossdale and his bandmates for naming their 90s band Bush as well. (This resulted in legal issues, and for a while the 90s band had to use the Market-Based Title of Bush X in Canada.)
  • Hunting High and Low- Soft, slow Synthpop song by A-Ha or fast-paced Power Metal song by Stratovarius?
    • One more listing for A-Ha: They covered a song by the Everly Brothers called Crying In The Rain, which is also the name of a completely different song by Whitesnake.
  • Barbadian singer Rihanna and UK singer Rhianna, with their ever-so-slightly different spellings, can very easily be confused with each other. Now that the former is an international superstar, while the latter vanished after one minor UK hit in 2002, one must imagine how bad the UK singer's life is.
  • Wax were a 90s L.A.-based Alternative Rock band best known for their video "California" (you know, the one with the running man on fire). There's also the up-and-coming rapper Wax currently based in L.A., making things very confusing since 2013.
  • William Clarke was a blues singer and harp-blower in The Nineties. William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke is the lead singer of the Reggae band Third World.
  • "It's a Sin" by the Pet Shop Boys is unrelated to the 1947 song by of the same name by Eddy Arnold.
  • American heavy metal heroes Y&T released an album called Ten in 1990. Two years later, American grunge legends Pearl Jam released the famous album Ten.
  • Gamine has been the name of at least five different acts, two of them relatively well-known.
  • Collage is the name of an American freestyle act, and earlier, a disco/R&B group. College is an alias of French house/electroclash artist David Grellier.
  • There have been two bands called Space, a French one since the Seventies and a better-known UK one in the Nineties.
  • The Charlatans was the name of a US Sixties band and a UK Nineties one. Much so, that the Britpop band were forced to release under "The Charlatans UK" in the States.
  • Cliff Richard's UK backing band The Shadows were known as The Drifters until they encountered the American band of the same name.
  • Evanescence has featured two different members named Will Hunt.
  • Australian composer Ross Edwards shares his name with a UK Bristol-based indie artist called Ross Edwards.
  • Richey Edwards was the rhythm guitarist in Manic Street Preachers. Richie Edwards was the bass guitarist in The Darkness.
  • Dave Stewart of Eurythmics shares his name with a London-based keyboardist who has worked with many artists, notably Barbara Gaskin.
    • The Eurythmics man actually bills himself as David A. Stewart to avoid this confusion. It doesn't work - everyone still calls him Dave anyway, and given that the other Dave Stewart had only one big hit, and it was in the gap between David A's successes with The Tourists and Eurythmics, it's very common for people to think it was a one-off side-project of the more famous David A.
  • Within an eight-month time frame in 2010-2011, Katie Melua, Take That and Cheryl Cole all had major hit singles with different songs called The Flood.
  • The Dave Clark Five had a hit in 1965 with Everybody Knows (I Still Love You). Nearly three years later, they had a hit with a different song called Everybody Knows.
  • Another Dave Clark Five song, "Glad All Over", is completely different from the Carl Perkins rockabilly tune of the same name.
  • Heartbreak Hotel has titled at least four different songs, most famously by Elvis Presley and Whitney Houston.
  • Rebecca Knight is a name shared by a member of The Opera Babes and a singer-songwriter who does vocals with Ministry Of Sound and Hed Kandi.
  • Rachel McFarlane is a UK singer who does vocals in the house and techno genres. Rachael MacFarlane (notable for being sister of Seth) is a US voice actress who has recorded an album of jazz and easy listening tunes.
  • Just as with The Charlatans, the Britpop band Suede were forced to release under The London Suede in the States after getting successfully sued by some American lounge singer no one gives a shit about, also named Suede.
  • Either Device is an industrial metal band fronted by David Draiman of Disturbed, or an 80s new wave band best known for the song "Hangin' on a Heart Attack".
  • Walk The Moon is an indie rock band who had a hit single with "Anna Sun", or it was an 80s band who had a minor hit with the song "Daddy's Coming Home".
  • Swiss metal band Krokus, often tagged as AC/DC Expys, play this straight on two counts-
    • "Lady Double Dealer" is a song by Deep Purple from their 1974 album Stormbringer and a completely different song by Krokus from their 1980 album Metal Rendez-Vous.
    • They even have an album called Painkiller, which does not sound like the same Judas Priest album. From the late 70s!.
  • Good luck trying to find a MIDI transcription of "EVA" by Jean-Jacques Perrey. You will probably only get page after page of Eva Cassidy works.
  • D-Crew is an alias of Osamu Migitera. D-Cru is a Canadian boy band.
  • XYZ are a still-active American glam metal band, or a short-lived British supergroup who never properly released anything, but are notable for the What Could Have Been factor. The name of the British XYZ stood for "Ex-Yes & Zeppelin", as the lineup featured Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin and Chris Squire and Alan White of Yes.
  • Anyone looking for British space-rock group Underground Zero on You-Tube is likely to be seriously confused by the fact Underground Zero also relates to:
    • a computer game;
    • something to do with Tony Hawks and skateboarding;
    • a North African-French rap arttiste.
  • Liars are a Post-Punk band from Brooklyn, New York. Lyres are a Garage Rock band from Boston, Massachusetts. Not too confusing when you see it written down, but since their names are homonyms...
  • There are a kind of a lot of unrelated songs called "Love Kills". But three of them have more in common than that, as they're all songs written and performed by veteran Punk Rock musicans that are in some way associated with the Sid Vicious biopic Sid & Nancy: "Love Kills" by Joe Strummer and "Love Kills" by The Circle Jerks were both written for the film and appeared on the soundtrack album - to distinguish the two, the soundtrack album lists the former as "Love Kills (Title Track)"note . The Ramones also wrote a song called "Love Kills" for the movie, but it was rejected and appeared on their album Animal Boy instead.
  • There are at least 2 singers named Kylie. One is pop icon Kylie Minogue, and another is a hip hop singer who covered "No Scrubs".
  • Both Deep Purple and ABBA have songs named "Super Trouper". They're not very similar, and the Deep Purple song came first.
  • An intentional example; when Comic Relief produced a charity single of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", it was performed by Kim Wilde (singing) and Mel Smith (comedy asides), pretty much entirely so it could be credited to "Mel And Kim" in parody of the Stock Aitken Waterman duo of the same name.
    • A double Name's the Same as Kim Wilde's birth name was Kim Smith. The two were, surprisingly, not related.
  • The Blue Oyster Cult, Ian Hunter/Mott The Hoople, Bonnie Tyler, and soul band Hot Chocolate, all recorded songs called Going Through The Motions. Three of these were reworkings of the same rock anthem. The fourth had the same title but was somewhat different in lyrics and style. all were released as singles in the UK. (Bonnie Tyler's did best.)
  • Medusa is a popular subject in metal lyrics. From Anthrax to Vicious Rumors.
  • Cygnets is the name of at least three bands, the relatively well known one a Canadian new wave band, the other two from the UK, a folk band and an experimental indie band.
  • "Dreams" may be: A soft rock song by Fleetwood Mac, a synth hair metal song by Van Halen, an R&B song by Gabrielle, a trance song by Quench, etc.
  • "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is the name of a song by Mariah Carey, which is one of the most played Christmas pop songs. It is also a song by Vince Vance & the Valiants, which is the most played Christmas song on country radio.
  • "Dancing In The Dark" by Bruce Springsteen is not to be confused with the standard song of the same name written by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz, and sung by Frank Sinatra among many others through the years. Nor should you confuse either of these with different songs of the same name by Kim Wilde, Jessy or Mike Mareen.
    • Also, Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" is not the same "Wrecking Ball" recorded by Neil Young and Emmylou Harris, which is not the same "Wrecking Ball" recorded by Miley Cyrus, which is not the same "Wrecking Ball" recorded by Joe Walsh, which is not the same "Wrecking Ball" recorded by Gillian Welch.
  • Chris Farren: Country music songwriter/producer, or guitarist of the rock group Fake Problems?
  • There were two British singers in The Eighties named Paul Young. One was a solo artist known for his songs "Come Back And Stay" and "Every Time You Go Away". The other sang lead for Mike And The Mechanics. The latter died in 2000 while the former is still around.
    • As with the two Dave Stewarts, some casual music fans assume the two to be the same person.
  • Money Mark: the (more well-known) keyboardist for the Beastie Boys, or a bunch of thug wannabes with the same name. To be fair, it's an easy name to pick for a Hip Hop artist.
  • UK 1990s indie power pop band Silver Sun have no connection with US 2000s alternative rock band Silversun Pickups.
  • Before forming Power Pop group Superdrag together, Brandon Fisher and John Davis were in an early 90's punk band called The Used. They decided to reunite the band and release an album of new recordings of their old songs in 2002, but because a much more well-known band had taken the name in the interim, their lone album Shameless Self Destruction was released under the name The Used To Be. The album cover uses an old promo photo of the band posing in front of a tour van with "THE USED" spray-painted on it, but the name "The Used To Be" is also on the cover.
  • Gary Young is the original drummer for Pavement and the producer of Pixies' Come On Pilgrim. A third Gary Young, an electrician, discovered Kurt Cobain's corpse.
  • John Cale is the Welsh musician and former member of the Velvet Underground who played on "Heroin". John "JJ" Cale is the American musician who wrote "Cocaine" (the latter began calling himself "JJ" after the former started gaining prominence).
  • Both The Beatles and The Doors had songs called "The End."
  • Both Michael Jackson and U2 had songs called "Bad."
  • Michael Jackson's father's name was Joseph, and should not be confused with the New Wave singer Joe Jackson, and was in a band called The Falcons, not to be confused with a successful early r&b band of the same name.
  • Andrew White is the lead and rhythm guitarist of UK (English) alternative rock band Kaiser Chiefs. Andy White is a Scottish studio drummer known for replacing Ringo Starr on The Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do", in 1962, while another Andy White is Belfast-born Irish singer-songwriter.
    • Another Andy White was the original drummer for Oasis.
  • David Newman the film composer shouldn't be confused with David "Fathead" Newman the jazz saxophonist.
  • Big band trumpeter Randy Brooks did not write "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer"; that was another Randy Brooks.
  • The early 90s underground Christian rock scene actually produced two bands named Morella's Forest. The first was from California, and never released anything—they're only notable because they retooled themselves as Dance House Children, spinning off both Joy Electric and Starflyer 59. The other was a female-fronted noise pop band from Ohio, who released a few albums on the same record label as Joy Electric and Starflyer 59.
  • "Young Offender" is a 1993 song by the UK synthpop band New Order. "Young Offender" is also a completely unrelated 1993 song by the UK synthpop band Pet Shop Boys.
  • Attack Attack!, an American electronicore band, not to be confused with Attack! Attack!, a Welsh pop punk band. To make matters more confusing, they both have self-titled albums in their discography.
    • Coincidentally, both split up in 2013.
  • Almost a dozen musical acts have called themselves "Justice", the most notable of which is the French electronic duo.
  • "Dio" was the heavy metal side project of former Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio. So when a Dutch rapper named Dio headlined a festival, Ronnie James Dio threatened to sue the festival.
    • For similar reasons, indie rock group dios had to change their name to dios (malos) - despite a one letter difference (and the fact that their band name is officially in all lower case letters), there was apparently still some room for confusion with the metal band.
  • The MOD collective Kosmic Free Music Foundation was originally named KLF (Kosmic Liberation Foundation), which could be confused with The KLF (Kopyright Liberation Front).
  • She-Wolf is a song by Shakira as well as Megadeth
  • Dawn Patrol is a short, creepy song by Megadeth and also the title of the debut album of Night Ranger
  • There are at least three songs named after Superman- one's a serious and depressing song by Five For Fighting, another's a whimsical K-Pop song parodying the superheroes genre by Norazo that's full of Mood Whiplash in the official music video. And one by Oliver Tompsett, which is also a tearjerker. What is it with Superman and songs with sad elements in them?
  • Future World is a song by Helloween as well as Danish classic metal/power metal group Pretty Maids.
  • Join The Army by Hardcore Punk/Metal band Suicidal Tendencies was engineered by Lester Claypool, who is apparently not the same person as Les Claypool - the "Les" in the latter's name is short for Leslie, not Lester. Suicidal Tendencies and Primus are both Californian bands, and Les was involved in the California rock music scene at the time, playing in the metal band Blind Illusion, but that's just coincidence.
  • Trust is a French Heavy Metal band, a Canadian Synth Pop band, and a Belgian pop group.
  • There are two British vocalists named Ian Watkins. One of them sings in pop group Steps and uses the pseudonym H. The other was lead vocalist of Lostprophets, before he turned out to be a child molester.
  • Tank could be either a British Heavy Metal band, or an American R&B singer (real name Durrell Babbs).
  • The Davis Sisters is the name of two groups: one is a five-piece gospel group of the 1940s-1970s, whose members were sisters; the other was a 1950s Country Music One-Hit Wonder ("I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know") duo whose members, Betty Jack and Skeeter Davis, were not sisters? (Skeeter had a few solo hits.)
  • Fates Warning, a Progressive Metal band from Connecticut, United States, formed in 1983, or a song by Iron Maiden from their 1990 album, No Prayer For The Dying.
    • They have an album titled Disconnected, not too distant from their rivals Queensryche's song title Disconnected.
  • Man Overboard are a US punk pop band and a UK swing jazz band.
  • Damnation Game, a song by Yngwie Malmsteen or The Damnation Game, an album by Symphony X
  • There is a Pink Floyd song called "Echoes", which is the title track of one of their greatest hits albums (Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd). There is also a Camel song called "Echoes"...which is also the title track to one of their greatest hits albums (Echoes: The Retrospective).
  • Steve Earle, the original drummer for Alternative Rock group The Afghan Whigs, is not to be confused with Steve Earle, the Alternative Country performer.
  • Sweet Sensation was a British-based all-male vocal group of mainly Jamaican descent who had a #1 hit in the UK in 1974 with a ballad called "Sad Sweet Dreamer". Then there was Sweet Sensation, an American-based all-female vocal group of mainly Puerto Rican descent who had a #1 hit in the US in 1990 with a ballad called "If Wishes Came True".
  • There are two prominent guitarists named Al Anderson. One played with Bob Marley, the other was a longtime member of NRBQ.
  • Roger Nichols was a recording engineer, best known for his work with Steely Dan. A different Roger Nichols co-wrote several Carpenters hits.
  • David Briggs seems to be a common name in the world of music. There's the Nashville-based keyboardist who worked frequently with Elvis Presley, the Record Producer who worked frequently with Neil Young, a former guitarist for The Little River Band, and a British composer of classical organ music.
  • Jazz pianist/keyboardist David Matthews is not to be confused with Dave Matthews, vocalist and guitarist for Dave Matthews Band.
  • "Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love" is a short non-vocal piece by Mahavishnu Orchestra, and a longer (but still short) vocal piece by They Might Be Giants (with the title—but only the title— of the former inspiring the latter).
  • Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers have nothing to do with Johnny Thunders And The Heartbreakers.

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