* "Dumb Ways To Die" sounds like "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down".
** And Royal Caribbean's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48etEql31D4 Wash Your Hands]]" public-service announcement (played on ships in the line) itself sounds and ''looks'' suspiciously similar to ''Dumb Ways To Die''. (Yes, different ad agencies did each.)

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' story, ''[[Fanfic/LegacyTotalDrama Legacy]]'', Trent tweaks an obscure Creator/GilbertAndSullivan song [[note]]"[[http://gsarchive.net/utopia/webop/ul021.html A Wonderful Joy Our Eyes To Bless]]" from ''Theatre/UtopiaLimited''[[/note]] 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.

* ''Series/DeadRingers'' 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 [[Creator/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 ''Radio/BobKingsleysCountryTop40'' uses bumpers that are Suspiciously Similar versions of country songs. This carried over from when Kingsley hosted ''Radio/AmericanCountryCountdown'', which uses original-tune bumpers now that [[Music/BrooksAndDunn Kix Brooks]] hosts it.
* Music/MitchBenn's songs on ''Radio/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 Music/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 Music/MichaelJackson soundalike vocalist.

[[folder:Stand Up Comedy]]
* Creator/BillHicks often started his shows with a Suspiciously Similar version of "Purple Haze" by Music/JimiHendrix.

* 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 ''Theatre/OnceUponAMattress'' includes an obvious pastiche of the Lullaby from Stravinsky's ballet music for ''Theatre/TheFirebird''. 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.
* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil:
** Since its surprise appearance is in service of a gag, it probably needs spoiler tags: in ''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 title song of ''Saltimbanco'' resembles the ''Series/GetSmart'' theme.
** The main melody of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EoLGFSvXBE "All Come Together"]] from ''Amaluna'' is suspiciously similar to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxCFZ0ZZGb0 the main theme]] of ''Film/WithnailAndI''.
*** The main riff of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcD1q_fU9tk "Tempest"]] is suspiciously similar to the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbJbYFyklTg Hyrule Castle]] theme from the ''Franchise/LegendOfZelda'' series.
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT59_TkasU8 "Whisper"]] is similar to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t97u9qmgwN0 "A Walk in the Woods"]] from ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved''.
* The [[DastardlyWhiplash Victorian-melodrama villain's]] theme in the ShowWithinAShow in ''Theatre/ShowBoat'' sounds like the Russell Bennett version of [[StandardSnippet Mysterioso Pizzicato]].
* Used to dark comic effect in "My Psychopharmacologist and I" from ''Theatre/NextToNormal'', where a litany of antidepressant medications (and their [[SideEffectsInclude side effects]]) is sung to the Suspiciously Similar Version of "My Favorite Things" from ''Theatre/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 Creator/AndrewLloydWebber.
** Speaking of Lloyd Webber, the theme to ThePhantomOfTheOpera is suspiciously similar to Music/PinkFloyd's "Echoes." Roger Waters considered suing but later said "life's too long to bother with suing fucking Lloyd Webber."
** Also, as [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18500_the-5-most-famous-musicians-who-are-thieving-bastards_p2.html Cracked points out]], "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from Jesus Christ Superstar was a reworked version of Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto," and Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West" became Webber's "Music of the Night."
* ''Vanities: The Musical'':
** The verse and pre-chorus of the {{cut song}} "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPqYpwHRDkg Hey There, Beautiful]]" sound like "[[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 Act 3 reprise of "An Organized Life" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOKnqq6oXpk]] is reminiscent of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJLslzazfIc "Part of Your World (Reprise)"]] from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.
** The intro riff of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eoMAgYmNh0 "Friendship Isn't What it Used to Be"]] is similar to that of Music/{{Coldplay}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIHZBKl7KPw "Clocks"]].
** Parts of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=317uQH1YoC0 "Looking Good"]] are eerily similar to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQJaZO2nfGg "For Good"]] from ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''.
* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'':
** The "Unlimited" interlude uses the first seven notes of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', but with a completely different rhythm.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQJaZO2nfGg "For Good"]]'s refrain ("Like a comet pulled from orbit...") is blatantly similar to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bhZ7MR7n0g "Who Will Love Me As I Am?"]] from ''Theatre/SideShow''.
* The theme to ''Theatre/AvenueQ'', despite being a ''Series/SesameStreet'' parody, sounds more like the one to ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', a sitcom parody. It also sounds similar to the theme song to fellow PBS show ''Series/TheNoddyShop''.
* ''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".
* In a 2010 version of ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', set in the 1980s and featuring Actor/DavidTennant and Actress/CatherineTate as Benedict and Beatrice respectively, the melody written for "Sigh No More, Ladies" sounds vaguely like "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by [[Music/GeorgeMichael Wham.]]
* In ''Theatre/{{Fiorello}}'', "Till Tomorrow," the slow waltz number sung at Fiorello's UsefulNotes/WorldWarI send-off, sounds a lot like "Till We Meet Again," a RealLife hit song of the time.
* In ''Theatre/TheFirebird'', the theme of the "Infernal Dance" is very close to [[Myth/SlavicMythology Chernobog]]'s motif from the "Ronde infernale" of Music/NikolaiRimskyKorsakov's ballet-opera ''Mlada''.
* ''Theatre/{{Matilda}}''':
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrGJ5aMq-fI "The Chokey Chant"]] sounds like the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3i63MVDEZ8 "Mob Song"]] from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
** The bridge of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8B9yfdR8po "The Smell of Rebellion"]] is rather similar to Music/BillyJoel's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxEPV4kolz0 "Piano Man"]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDVaa3z8jHw "Quiet"]] is similar to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXKlJuO07eM "Part of Your World"]] from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7Ng6YP0gaE "My House"]] resembles [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWvk_WxYO3o "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina"]] from ''Theatre/{{Evita}}''.
* In ''Theatre/PeterGrimes'', the motif in A minor to which Grimes sings "We sailed into the wind" is note-for-note identical to the theme of the second movement of Music/GustavMahler's fifth symphony. A major-key version of this motif appears both before and during the storm interlude; the tempo heading for the Mahler symphony movement is "stürmisch bewegt."
* In the Broadway version of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', the later-{{cut song}} [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcnWEJAa2rk "Human Stuff"]] resembles [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkwUq8VHWJo "Consider Yourself"]] from ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}'', with a touch of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8huXkSaL7o "Spam" song]] from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' . Likewise, the main melody of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cn08-zDoEo "If Only"]] sounds similar to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjJDekSculo "Where is Love?"]] from the same musical.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Homestuck has the song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-4SihyV1yU Ohgodcat]] which middle part sounds a lot like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqDjMZKf-wg Centerfold]]. However, Gec says this was completely unintentional and even edited [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8nWdyOMQoM a version without it]].
** The song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_JgqKNiH7g Mutiny]] has a bassline similar to the main melody of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PjIhs72l0A Rainbow Factory]].

[[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."
* One of the earliest ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' 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 for legal reasons. [[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?"
** "Circles", the song that plays in a ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' Easter egg, has lyrics and a structure similar to "Dizzy" by Tommy Roe.
* WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation 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 ''Franchise/{{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" ([[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie "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 "[[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pokérap]]".
* Since the WebVideo/Mega64 crew couldn't use "Walkie Talkie Man" by Steriogram for their ''VideoGame/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.
** Ashen's Bootleg Star Wars review videos, appropriately, use a suspiciously similar take on the ''Franchise/StarWars'' theme.
* Creator/MelissaHunter's ''Adult Wednesday Addams'' shorts naturally have a theme that's suspiciously similar to that of ''Series/TheAddamsFamily''. More specifically, it's a close soundalike of the original theme, but InTheStyleOf ElectronicMusic, which sort of fits the premise of placing an aged-up Wednesday in modern, everyday situations.
* One of the remixes done in ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'' is "I Burn ([=PleaseDon'tSueUs=] Remix)", which mixes Yang Xiao Long's theme with an approximation of Creator/{{Survivor}}'s "Eye of the Tiger".
* ''[[https://soundcloud.com/israel-carter_15/israel-carter-rise-above-original-mix Rise Above]]'' and ''WebAnimation/MysterySkulls'' ''Ghost''
* WebVideo/{{Phelous}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AwtA16x-cw 2014 ending theme]] sounds like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LB7LZZGpkw "Theme of Laura"]] from ''VideoGame/SilentHill2''.