Songs that sound alike (video games)

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Main article: Songs that sound alike

This is a list of songs that allegedly sound alike where there is no evidence of legitimate authorized reuse. Each entry involves at least one video game.

In the following table, a demo is a video, recording, or other published work, whether authorized or under fair use, that plays the relevant segments simultaneously (a "mash-up") or consecutively (a "medley") to demonstrate the similarity. Until a mash-up or medley is available, a separate video for each song may be placed in the First and Second boxes (not Demo). Notes may tell what portions of the songs are similar or may include reliable coverage of the similarity, such as if the copyright owner of one of the songs sued or threatened to sue.

Only cases of plausible cryptomnesia are listed here, not authorized reuse or use of public-domain material. For example, similarities between games in the Mega Man series shouldn't be mentioned here because they are probably authorized within Capcom. Also, avoid listing anything involving Michael Jackson and Sonic the Hedgehog 3; Jackson and one of his tour keyboardists composed portions of the game's soundtrack.[1]

First Second Demo Notes
Yngwie Malmsteen - Soldier without Faith (1985) [2] - Lightning Strikes Again (1992) YouTube
Theme from 3-2-1 Contact (1983)
Hip Tanaka - Chill (October 1990)
MC Hammer - Pray (September 1990)
Dave Wise - Lockjaw's Saga (1995)
DragonForce - Through the Fire and Flames (2006)
Incipit; possibly chord progressions
Eduard Artemyev - Siberiade theme (1979)
PPK - ResuRection (2001)[3]
YouTube (ResuRection): cut (refrain), full
Kyle Ward (as KaW) - Kagami (2003)[4]
YouTube (refrain)
Some other PPK songs are similar enough to "ResuRection" that they could fit here, especially "Reload"
Hiroshi Iuchi - Ikaruga boss 1 (2001)[5]
YouTube (climax)
Yasuaki Fujita - Solar Inferno (2010)[6]
YouTube (climax)
Jennifer[7] - If You Were Here (≤1999)
YouTube: cut, full
Naoki Maeda (as Ω) - MAX 300 (2001)
Incipit of "If You Were Here"
DJ Aligator Project - The Whistle Song (Blow My Whistle Baby) (2000) DJ YOSHITAKA-G feat. Michael a la mode - Gold Rush (2007)
Instrumentation (synthesizer?); refrain of "The Whistle Song" vs. incipit of "Gold Rush"
The Beatles - Lady Madonna (1968) Hip Tanaka - Fever (October 1990) YouTube
Koji Kondo - Hammer Bros. theme (1988)[8] ? - Theme from Noodle and Doodle (2010)
Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up (1987) Yasunori Mitsuda - Robo's Theme (1995) YouTube
Excerpt (ogg)
Mitsuda says it was a coincidence[9]
Kyle Ward (as Inspector K) - Infection (2004)
YouTube (refrain, relevant chord progression)
るるるSYSTEM (RuRuRuSYSTEM) - オトメルンバ♪ (Otome Rumba) (from Pop'n Music 14) (2006)[10]
YouTube (refrain, relevant chord progression)
Kyle Ward (as Inspector K) - Disconnected (2004) Fetty Wap - Trap Queen (2014)
Manami Matsumae - U.N. Squadron mission intro screen (1989)[11] Tay Zonday - Chocolate Rain (2007)
Joe Raposo - Sesame Street Theme (1969)
George Sanger - Faceball 2000 for Super NES (1992)
John Barry Orchestra - James Bond Theme (1962) Sega Sound Team[12] - Flying Battery Zone Act 1 (1994) Dam Zone (ogg/nsf)
Sega Sound Team - Flying Battery Zone Act 1 (1994) Shinobu Tanaka - Waluigi Pinball (2005)
Lady Gaga - Bad Romance (2009) YouTube:
short, long
Percy Faith - Theme from A Summer Place (1960) [13] - Shy Guy Beach (2001)
Mieko Ishikawa - A Searing Struggle (1989) Chris Hülsbeck - Jim Power stage 1 (1992) YouTube Hülsbeck admits having played Ys III[14]
Robin Williams - Friend Like Me (1992)
Composed by Howard Ashman
[15] - Chillin' on the Corner (1995)
Listen (ogg)
Violent Femmes - Blister in the Sun (1983) Bob Scumaci, Mark Davis, Brian Schmidt - Zuckerman's Summer Flight (1995)
Minigame theme from Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz (2006) Theme from The Suite Life on Deck (2008)
Suzanne Vega - Solitude Standing (1987)
YouTube (refrain?)
Kyle Ward (as KaW) - Dawn (2003)[4]
YouTube (refrain)
Akira Satoh - Gallantry (Sep. 1990)
YouTube (start of refrain)
Brian Johnston?[16] - Lemming 3 (Feb. 1991)
YouTube (multiple ports of game)
Kyle Ward (as KaW) - Dawn (Perpetual Mix) (2006?)[17][18]
YouTube (start of refrain)
Aya - G2 (2001) Kyle Ward (as Inspector K) - Tension (2004)
Bass line
Taku Isaac Sakakibara (as TaQ) - Radical Faith (2001)
Buckethead - Jordan (2006)
Both may be inspired by "All the Girls Love Alice" (1973) and/or "Strictly Business" (1988)
Mario Gonzalez and/or Javier Perez? - The Cheetahmen theme (NES) (1991) Masakazu Sugimori - Cornered (2001) YouTube Very likely coincidental[19]
Bette Midler - That's How Love Moves (1998)
Faith Hill - That's How Love Moves (1999)
YouTube (unofficial fan performance/recording)
DM Ashura - Euphorium (from O2Jam[20]) (2005)
Lara Fabian - Broken Vow (2000)
Josh Groban - Broken Vow (2003)
YouTube (Lara Fabian performance)
Especially "I let you go" from "Broken Vow" vs. start of "Euphorium"'s refrain
Faith Hill - I Want You (2005) DM Ashura - aftershock!! (2008)
Chord progressions, especially around refrains
Frank Zappa - You Are What You Is (1981) Dust Devil - Determinator (≤2005)[21] Listen (ogg)
? - Lode Runner (NES) in-game BGM (1987) Yū Miyake - Katamari Nah-Nah (tutorial mix) (2004) Listen (ogg) Similarities are in the bass line
New Order - Confusion (1983) TaQ - DXY! (2000)
Hiroshi Kawaguchi - Space Harrier main in-game theme (1985)
Mikio Saito - Gemini Wing stage 1 (1987)
The Cascades - Rhythm of the Rain (1962) Hip Tanaka - Dr. Mario multiplayer ending (1990)
Michiharu Hasuya - Rygar "old man/guru" music (1987) Michiharu Hasuya - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1988) Not authorized because Hasuya worked under Tecmo on Rygar and Advance Communication on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde[22]
Maajyan Higashio - Yo Noid/Masked Ninja Hanamaru Yoshiaki Sawada? (Citation Needed) - Widget Listen (ogg) Coincidental match in Melody, They go together except that Noid has a few extra melodic notes before looping and needed to be cut for the tune itself.
The Bob Crewe Generation - Music to Watch Girls By (1967) Masato Nakamura - Marble Zone (1991) YouTube
[23] - Big Board (1983) Ryoji Yoshitomi and Yumiko Kanki - Mole Patrol
Paul McCartney and Wings - Jet (1974) Yukio Kaneoka, Akito Nakatsuka, Kenji Yamamoto - Let's Rematch (1987)
Koji Kondo - Here We Go! (1985) Lucky Dube - Different Colours (1993) Incipit of the latter
Judy Garland - We're Off to See the Wizard (1939)
Written by Harold Arlen and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg
Jun Ishikawa - Stage Clear (1992) "If ever, oh ever a wiz there was, The Wizard of Oz is one because"
The Four Seasons - December, 1963 (1975) Masaya Matsuura et al. - I Gotta Believe (1996)
Masaya Matsuura et al. - I Gotta Believe (1996) Kenji Ninuma & Fumina - The Moon and the Prince (2004)
Steve Lawrence - Go Away Little Girl (1962) ? - shop tune from Harvest Moon: Magical Melody (2005)
Van Halen - Jump (1984) Akira Satoh - Lightning War (1990)
Metallica - For Whom the Bell Tolls (1984) Nobuo Uematsu - Still More Fighting (1997) YouTube
Bruce Broughton - Theme from Tiny Toon Adventures (1990) Theme from Mayhem in Monsterland (1993)
Peter Wagner - T-Maxx (1991) Coldplay - Paradise (2011)
Markus Kaarlonen (as Captain) - Space Debris (1990)
Tommy Tallarico - Rave Dancetune (1993)
Tommy Tallarico - Rave Dancetune (1993) Seal - Bring It On (1994)
Keiichi Tanaka? - Dream of Chopper (from Chopper I) (1988)
Robert "Bobby" Prince - At Doom's Gate (1993) Bass line of the former vs. melody of the latter
Sammy Hagar - I Can't Drive 55 (1984) Kiyoshi Yokoyama - Motif in Vice: Project Doom soundtrack (1991)
Yuzo Koshiro - Bridge Zone (1991) Janet Jackson - Together Again (1997)
Kinuyo Yamashita and/or Satoe Terashima - Vampire Killer (1986) Go Sato - Electric Resistance (2005)
Hiroshi Kawaguchi - Hot Snow (1986) [24] - Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa first in-game theme (1988) The later revision of "Hot Snow" added a melody line; compare especially its first four notes to those of Upa's 2C33 melody line. Also compare the earlier revision of the former to the 2A03 parts of the latter.
ZUN - U.N. Owen Was Her? (2002) Tatsh - Xepher (2005)
Benny Mardones - Into the Night (1980) Hiroki Isogai and Ippo Yamada - Abandoned Memory (2010)[6]
[25] - Bad Dudes Vs. DragonNinja stage 2 (1988)
[26] - Castlevania: Rondo of Blood stage 1 (1993)
[27] - Departure for Space (arcade version) (1989)
Apple Inc. (Gerhard Lengeling?)[28] - Uplift (2013)
Incipit of the former
? - Twin Eagle stage 1 theme ("Eagle Spirit"?) (1988)
YouTube: arcade, NES
t.A.T.u. - 30 минут (2001)
t.A.T.u. - 30 Minutes (2003)
Especially the piano part in the latter's incipit
The Beatles - Here, There and Everywhere (1966) Theme from Animal Crossing: Wild World/City Folk (2005) SiIvaGunner
Alan Silvestri - I'm Forrest...Forrest Gump (1994) Yishen Liao - Intro from Shi Kong Xing Shou (2001)


Note: Any footnote marked with (*) is a TODO.

  1. Did Michael Jackson Compose 'Sonic The Hedgehog 3' Soundtrack? ( For additional references, see Wikipedia: Sonic the Hedgehog 3 — Michael Jackson's involvement.
  2. (*) Among Toshiharu Yamanishi, Takeshi Yoshida, and Tomomi Ootani, who wrote what?
  3. (*) Is "Resurrection" or "ResuRection" the right spelling? Is "ResuRection"'s reuse of the Siberiade theme really authorized?
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Kagami" and "Dawn" were released prior to ITG on the album Synthsations, but "Infection" did not appear on an album until Urban Comatose.
  5. (*) What is the proper title? This song is sometimes referred to as "Butsutekkai," the term used in the game for all bosses, but the song seems to be used only for the first boss.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Rockman 10 Original Soundtrack[non-Wikipedia source needed]
  7. (*) Who exactly is Jennifer, and did they share a sound producer with Naoki's team? Was the song released in any form outside DDR? There are rumors on the, uh, Internets that "MAX 300" started development as an authorized remix of "If You Were Here." (See comments of the linked YouTube videos, but they don't cite sources because per YouTube's comment policy, they can't.)
  8. A weaker match exists between "Lady Madonna" and the Hammer Bros. theme: demo
  9. Chrono Trigger Composer Never Heard of Rick Astley, Robo's Theme Completely Original (
  10. "Mokai's Edit" in the video titles indicates only that the uploader has written custom notecharts. It does not mean that the uploader has remixed the music.
  11. (*) Did this song originate from the Area 88 anime? My cursory YouTube searching says no, but more sources are needed.
  12. Sega Sound Team is reportedly Howard Drossin, Jun Senoue, Tokuhiko Uwabo, Tomonori Sawada, and Naofumi Hataya
  13. (*) Among Minako Hamano, Masanobu Matsunaga, and Kenichi Nishimaki, who wrote what?
  14. Hardcore Gaming 101: Jim Power
  15. (*) Among Bob Scumaci, Mark Davis, and Brian Schmidt, who wrote what?
  16. (*) Of Tim Wright and Brian Johnston, who wrote what? Specifically, the songs written by Tim Wright alone include arrangements of public-domain music as well as a handful of original compositions called "Tim (number)." I assume everything else was predominantly Brian Johnston's work, though I haven't ruled out a collaborative effort.
  17. (*) "i09" is mentioned as a contributing artist. Who is s/he, and why is s/he not credited in some StepMania simfiles?
  18. The first commercial release of the song was in Pump It Up Pro. The song was previously distributed unofficially in simfile collections claimed to derive from In the Groove 3 beta materials.
  19. The same song is used in all levels of The Cheetahmen and Cheetahmen II. Active Enterprises products were probably not well-known in Japan before the Cheetahmen II music meme started on the video-hosting site Nico Nico Douga around October 2007.
  20. Specifically the O2Jam NX version; DM Ashura - Releases
  21. Release date is the release date of the In the Groove 2 arcade game. The song was originally produced for use as TV background music, not for distribution to the public.
  22. Blog:Share a Song of Six Pence - GDRI (Game Developer Research Institute)
  23. (*) Lee Ringuette composed the theme song. I don't know who composed the rest of the show's soundtrack.
  24. (*) Among Kouji Murata, Seiichi Fukami, Yuko Kurahashi, Kiyohiro Sada, and Atsushi Fujio, who wrote what?[non-Wikipedia source needed]
  25. (*) Between Azusa Hara and Hiroaki Yoshida, who wrote what?
  26. (*) Among Akira Souji, Keizo Nakamura, Tomoko Sano, and Mikio Saito, who wrote what? Is the title "Divine Bloodlines," "Opposing Bloodlines," or just "Bloodlines"?
  27. (*) Among Seiichi Fukami, Miki Higashino, Mutsuhiko Izumi, Keizo Nakamura, and/or Junichiro Kaneda, who wrote what?
  28. Roemmele, Brian. "What's The Story Behind The iPhone's Default "Marimba" Ringtone?" Forbes. April 30, 2013. Accessed June 17, 2017.
    The article discusses Dr. Lengeling's involvement with the "classic" set of ringtones. Though he remains employed at Apple, it is unknown what (if any) role he played in the new ringtones introduced in iOS 7.

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