Songs that sound alike

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This article contains original research, observations, conjecture, and synthesis. Feel free to leave a comment if you disagree with something.

In the popular music industry, thieves "steal" from thieves,[1] and there's no end in sight. This is a list of songs that allegedly sound alike where there is no evidence of legitimate authorized reuse (such as licensed sampling, parody, or expiry). It's not necessarily that the whole song sounds like another song, but when you hear a characteristic passage or the start of a stanza or refrain on the radio, and it sounds like that of another song, you might grow suspicious. If your ear is attuned to this, then hearing one song will make you hear it in other songs. This is the frequency illusion or Baader-Meinhof phenomenon.[2] The trouble comes when this phenomenon happens to a judge.

Within the popular music industry, songwriters may settle infringement allegations out of court by agreeing to add the earlier song's author as a co-author of the later song and split the publishing royalties. This may happen before release or shortly after. But this resolution is not available in cases where a composer is trying to avoid having to pay royalties entirely, such as music for a video game intended to be released as free software.

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 this similarity. 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. Intentional parodies of specific songs are not included; for those see "Weird Al" Yankovic's discography and a list of parodies by other artists.

First Second Demo Notes
Classics IV - Spooky (1968) Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved (2004)
Cheap Trick - The Flame (1988)
Whitney Houston - So Emotional (1987) Maroon 5 - If I Never See Your Face Again (2006)
Police - Every Breath You Take (1983) Maroon 5 - Won't Go Home Without You (2007)
Ritchie Valens - La Bamba (1958)
Los Lobos - La Bamba
John Fogerty - Centerfield (1985) Listen (ogg)
REM - Stand (1989)
Smash Mouth - Then the Morning Comes (1999)
Chiffons - He's So Fine George Harrison - My Sweet Lord Bright Tunes Music v. Harrisongs Music, listed at UCLA
Isley Brothers - Love Is a Wonderful Thing Michael Bolton - Love Is a Wonderful Thing Three Boys Music v. Michael Bolton, listed at UCLA
David Bowie and Queen - Under Pressure (1981) Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby (1989) YouTube
Jedward song
Settled out of court
Five for Fighting - 100 Years (2003) Taylor Swift - Fifteen (2009) YouTube
YouTube
Supremes - You Keep Me Hangin' On (1966) U2 - Vertigo (2004) YouTube
Stone Temple Pilots - Sex Type Thing (1992)
U2 - Vertigo (2004) Coheed and Cambria - The Hound (Of Blood and Rank) (2007)
Sade - Smooth Operator (1984) Madonna - Secret (1994)
Sara Bareilles - Love Song (2007) Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling (2009)
Michael Bublé - Haven't Met You Yet (2009)  
Gwen Stefani - The Sweet Escape (2006)
Daniel Bedingfield - If You're Not the One (2003) David Cook - Light On (2008) "Never really said too much"
Squeeze - Tempted (1981) "Sometimes it feels like we’ve run out of luck"
Suzanne Vega - Tom's Diner (1987) "I said to my reflection let's get out..."
OneRepublic - Apologize (2006) Lifehouse feat. Natasha Bedingfield - Between the Raindrops (2012)
Lady Antebellum - Need You Now (2009)  
MercyMe - I Can Only Imagine (2001)
Alan Parsons Project - Eye in the Sky (1982) YouTube Nashville Scene story
Third Day - You Are So Good to Me John Mayer - Dreaming With A Broken Heart (2007)
Stampeders - Sweet City Woman (1971) Rob Thomas - Her Diamonds (2009)
Matchbox Twenty - Bent (2000) Keith Urban - You'll Think of Me (2004)
Five for Fighting - Superman (2000) The Fray - How to Save a Life (2006)
Bad Meets Evil feat. Bruno Mars - Lighters (2011) YouTube
Eddie Rabbitt - I Love A Rainy Night (1980) Michael Bublé - Haven't Met You Yet (2009)
Allstate jingle Jingle of Federated Media's "Get Engaged" PSAs
Judy Kuhn - Colors of the Wind (1995)
Vanessa Williams - Colors of the Wind (1995)
Lee Ann Womack - I Hope You Dance (2000)
Beyoncé - Halo (January 2009) Kelly Clarkson - Already Gone (August 2009) YouTube
YTMND
Released by RCA despite Clarkson's disapproval. And not "hollow" either.[3]
Demi Lovato - Made in the USA (2013) YouTube
Soft Cell - Tainted Love David Guetta and Akon - Sexy Bitch YouTube
Cornershop - Brimful of Asha (1997) Sheryl Crow - Soak Up the Sun (2002)
Sheryl Crow - Soak Up the Sun (2002) Daughtry - It's Not Over (2006) "My friend the communist"/"I try to see the good"
Avril Lavigne - I'm With You (2002) The Script - The Man Who Can't Be Moved (2008)
Pink - Who Knew (May 2006) Jojo - Too Little Too Late (August 2006)
Love Unlimited Orchestra - Love's Theme (1973) Orleans - Dance With Me (1975)
Roxette - The Look (1989) Trapt - Headstrong (2002)
Trapt - Headstrong (2002) Jordin Sparks - Battlefield (2009)
Jordin Sparks - Battlefield (2009) Chris Sligh - Only You Can Save (2010)
Taylor Swift - Wildest Dreams (2015) "Why we gotta fall for it now" vs. "this is gonna take me down"
Heart - Alone (1987) Daughtry - What About Now (2008)
Staind - So Far Away (2003)   "Now that we're here"
Gavin Rossdale - Love Remains the Same (2008)  
Bob Welch - Sentimental Lady (1977)
Written in 1972
Bridge
Lady Gaga - Just Dance (2008) Ke$ha - Tik Tok (2009) YouTube[4] "Just Dance" isn't on Just Dance for Wii, but "Just Dance" 2 (i.e. "Tik Tok") is on Just Dance 2
Ke$ha - Tik Tok (2009) Katy Perry - California Gurls (May 2010) YouTube ...and "Just Dance" 3 (i.e. "California Gurls") is on Just Dance 3
Produced by Dr. Luke (mentioned on Wikipedia)
Miley Cyrus - Permanent December (June 2010) YouTube[5]
YouTube
 
Katy Perry - California Gurls (May 2010) Just Dance 4 has no "Tik Tok"-alike.
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Lookin' Out My Back Door (1970) Joe Walsh - Life's Been Good (1978)
Tears for Fears - Shout (1984) Nine Inch Nails - Closer (1994)
Derek and the Dominos - Layla (second movement) (1970) Eddie Money - Two Tickets to Paradise (1977)
Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (1981) Billy Joel - We Didn't Start the Fire (1989) "On and on and on..."
Eurythmics - Here Comes the Rain Again (1984) Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside (2000) "Here comes the rain again..." vs. "I heard your voice through a photograph"
Keith Urban - You'll Think of Me (2004) Daughtry - September (2010)
Buggles - Video Killed the Radio Star (1979) Tim McGraw - Felt Good on My Lips (2010)
Theme from The Adventures of Blinky Bill (1993) Ome Henk - Opblaaskrokodil (2001)
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama (1974) Cracker - Low (1994) listen (ogg) Dropped from the set my ass
Selah - You Are My Hiding Place (2004)
written by Michael Ledner in 1981[1]
Michael Crawford - Phantom of the Opera (1986)
written by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Someone on Yahoo! Answers agrees
Sly and the Family Stone - Hot Fun in the Summertime (1969) Genesis - Misunderstanding (1980) Even Wikipedia points this out
Goo Goo Dolls - Name (1995) EURid - The secret code of the internet (2010) [2]
Oasis - Wonderwall (1995) Caesars - Jerk It Out (2003)
Caesars - Jerk It Out (2003) Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko - Stay (2012)
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (1982) Billy Ocean - Caribbean Queen (1984)
Madonna - Like a Virgin (1984)
Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation (1989) Michael Jackson - Blood on the Dance Floor (1997) YouTube
Don Moen - Give Thanks (1986)
Written by Henry Smith in 1978
Village People - Go West (1979)
The King Cole Trio - The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) (1946) Don Moen - You Are My God (1986)
Sweet - The Ballroom Blitz (1973) Theme from The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (2005)
Solomon Linda and the Evening Birds - Mbube (1939)
The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight (1961)
Steve Miller Band - Swingtown (1977)
Roxette - Jefferson (2001) Groove Coverage - God is a Girl (2002) Explained on Wikipedia
Village People - Go West (1979) Happatai - Yatta (2001) Two obvious Canon in D-inspired songs by bands with a similar gimmick
Nena - 99 Luftballons (1983) OMD - If You Leave (1986) Listen (ogg)
Taco - Puttin' on the Ritz (1983)
Written by Irving Berlin in 1929
The Four Lads - Istanbul (Not Constantinople) (1953)
They Might Be Giants - Istanbul (Not Constantinople) (1990)
Written by Jimmy Kennedy and Nat Simon
Wikipedia mentions reuse by Kennedy and Simon of Berlin's material; possibly authorized
Puff Daddy - It's All About the Benjamins (rock remix) (1998, sometime before 1998 VMAs in September) Marilyn Manson - I Don't Like the Drugs (September 1998)
DragonForce - Through the Fire and Flames (2005) Riyu Kosaka - Honey Punch (2006) Others have commented
Spandau Ballet - True (1983) Backstreet Boys - I Want It That Way (1999)
Genesis - Jesus He Knows Me (1991) Owl City - Fireflies (2009) Similarity starts immediately after "that man is me"
Jason Mraz - The Remedy (I Won't Worry) (2002) The opening
The Beatles - The Ballad of John and Yoko (1969) ABBA - Ring Ring (1973) Bass line; similar bass lines occur in other Elvis songs
The Offspring - Come Out and Play (1994) Rob Zombie - Superbeast (1999) Chorus
Marilyn Manson - 1996 (1996) "Anti-people" after the latter's second chorus
Paul Simon - 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (1975) Grover Washington, Jr. feat. Bill Withers - Just the Two of Us (1981)
Fleetwood Mac - Rhiannon (1976) Blondie - Call Me (theme from American Gigolo) (1980)
Blondie - Call Me (1980) Ray Lynch - Celestial Soda Pop (1984) An NESdev BBS member is by far not the only one to notice
Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box (1993) Other "Heart-Shaped Box" similarities
t.A.T.u. - Я сошла с ума (2000)
t.A.T.u. - All the Things She Said (2002)
Katy Perry - E.T. (2010) YouTube; more YouTube; YTMND Matthew Cole of Slant agrees [6]
TLC - Waterfalls (1995) Lady Gaga - Born This Way (2011) Three lines sound the same[7]
Madonna - Express Yourself (1989) YouTube
YouTube (Ariana Grande)
Weird Al's parody "Perform This Way" mentions this one
Madonna - Vogue (1990) Felix da Housecat - Silver Screen Shower Scene (2001) "magazine"
Suzanne Vega and Joe Jackson - Left of Center (1986) Maurizio De Jorio (as Max Coveri) - Running in the 90s (1999)
Coldplay - The Scientist (2002) Lily Allen - Not Fair (2009) YouTube
Frank Sinatra - Fly Me to the Moon (1964)
Written by Bart Howard in 1954
Andy Williams - Happy Heart (1969)
Petula Clark - Happy Heart (1969)
The Everly Brothers - Let It Be Me (1960)
Gilbert Bécaud in 1955
Second half of verses in "Happy Heart"
Elmer Bernstein - Theme from The Magnificent Seven (1960) Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles (2001)
The Four Lads - Standing on the Corner (1956) John Barry Orchestra - James Bond Theme (1962) A famous chord progression occurs about 0:47 into the song (and others)
John Barry Orchestra - James Bond Theme (1962)  ? - Theme from Furuhata Ninzaburō (1994)
Michael Jackson - Is It Scary (1998)
Written by Jackson, Harris, and Lewis in 1993
 
Bruce Hornsby and the Range - The Way It Is (1986) End to end: MJ then Bruce
Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded by the Light (1976)
Written by Bruce Springsteen in 1972
"Weird Al" Yankovic - Good Old Days (1988). I imagine that Yankovic's intended targets were "That's Why I'm Here" and "Only One" from the album That's Why I'm Here (1985) by James Taylor
Maria Muldaur - Midnight at the Oasis (1974) Heart - Magic Man (1976) Same melody used for "Come on" in both songs
Pin-Occhio - Tu Tatuta Tuta Ta (1993) Unabomber - 6Etero 6Gay (2001) Both might be copying Living on Video by Trans-X
Billy Joel - The Stranger (1977) Ron Wasserman - Go Go Power Rangers (1994) Listen (ogg) Start after the slow part
Pin-Occhio - Zero G (1995) Rammstein - Du hast (1997) Listen (ogg) Play Zero G at 112% speed
Ministry - Just One Fix (1992) Mentioned in wikipedia:Du hast
Genesis - Tonight (1986) Everclear - Everything to Everyone (1997) Listen (ogg) Compare the overtones of the xylophone part of "Tonight" to the ostinato of "Everything"
Garbage - When I Grow Up (1998) Faith Hill - The Joy of Cola (1999) Baa.
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (1975) Brad Kane - One Jump Ahead (reprise) (1992) "...to me."
Spice Girls - Wannabe (1996) Chumbawamba - Amnesia (1997)
Genesis -- Land of Confusion (1986) Michael Boyd and Gary Remal Malkin - Theme from Unsolved Mysteries (1987)
Pure Prairie League - Amie (1972) Eric Clapton - Lay Down Sally (1977) verses
Jim Croce - I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song (1974) "Weird Al" Yankovic - Since You've Been Gone (1996) Doesn't sound like a style parody
Berlin - Take My Breath Away (1986) Lady Gaga - Paparazzi (2008) YouTube
Benny Mardones - Into the Night (1980) Phil Collins - One More Night (1984) Refrains
Don McLean - And I Love You So (1970) Billy Joel - The Longest Time (1983) "I don't let the evening get me down"
John Mellencamp - Cherry Bomb (1987) James Otto - Just Got Started Lovin' You (2007)
"Weird Al" Yankovic - Callin' In Sick (1996) The Offspring - Gone Away (1997)
The Offspring - Gone Away (1997) Linkin Park - New Divide (2009) YouTube
YouTube
Ke$ha - Your Love Is My Drug (2010) Rihanna - We Found Love YouTube "The way I'm feeling"
America - Daisy Jane (1975) Janet Jackson - Let's Wait Awhile (1986)
Tears for Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule the World (1985) XTC - King for a Day (1989)
Gracie Films ident (1987) Go West - King of Wishful Thinking (1990)
Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away (1998) Switchfoot - Dark Horses (2011)
Katy Perry - Wide Awake (2012) YouTube
YouTube
YouTube
AC/DC - Highway to Hell (1979) Randy Houser - How Country Feels (2012)
Raymond Scott - Powerhouse B (1937) Marius Constant - Milieu 2 (1960) Bass lines in the second part of each
Marius Constant - Etrange 3 (1960) The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again (1971)
Whitney Houston - One Moment in Time (1988) Rascal Flatts - I Won't Let Go (2011)
Oompa Loompas - Oompa-Loompa-Doompa-Dee-Doo (1971) Killer Tracks - Family & Friends (1990) Lexus has used "Family & Friends" in its "December to Remember" campaign
Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes (2005) Fefe Dobson - Stuttering (2010) YouTube (cover)
YouTube
Ace of Base - Don't Turn Around (1986) The Wreckers - Leave the Pieces (2006)
Lady Gaga - Alejandro (2010) Gaga melody with Wreckers lyrics = bridge of Ace of Base song
Nicolette Larson - Lotta Love (1978) MoZella - Thank You (2009)
Sly and the Family Stone - Thank You (1969) Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music (1976) Bass, and 1's chorus vs. 2's bridge
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Refugee (1979) Bryan Adams - Run to You (1984)
Starship - Sara (September 1985) The Jets - Make It Real (1988) bridge
The Who - Sparks (1969) Bad Company - Feel Like Makin' Love (1975)
Bad Company - Feel Like Makin' Love (1975) Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait (2012) YouTube
Bob Seger - Still the Same (1978)
ABBA - Lay All Your Love on Me (1980) Vengaboys - Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom (June 1999)
Daddy DJ - Daddy DJ (November 1999)
Des'ree - You Gotta Be (1994) Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway (2004)
Written by Avril Lavigne et al. in 2002
Verses are the same thing in different time signatures
ABBA - Mamma Mia (1975) The Cars - You Might Think (1984) Someone else noticed that YMT's opening sounds like Mamma's chorus
Supremes - Back in My Arms Again (1965) Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam - Head to Toe (1987) Both songs in "first" are by Holland-Dozier-Holland
Isley Brothers - This Old Heart of Mine (1966)  
White Plains - My Baby Loves Lovin' (1969)
Neil Diamond - Cherry, Cherry (1966) John Mellencamp - Authority Song (1983)
The Romantics - What I Like About You (1979)

John Cafferty - On the Dark Side (1984)
John Mellencamp - R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. (1986)

YouTube medley Mellencamp reportedly admitted cribbing from Diamond[unreliable source?]
Neil Diamond - Thank the Lord for the Night Time (1967)
John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band (as Eddie and the Cruisers) - On the Dark Side (1983) Bruce Springsteen - I'm On Fire (1985)
Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time (1984) New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle (1986)
The Speaks - Bizarre Love Triangle
YouTube
Bob Dylan - Blowin' in the Wind (1963) Eagles - Peaceful Easy Feeling (1972)
Stephen Bishop - On and On (1977) Maxwell - Gravity: Pushing To Pull (1998)
Michael Bolton - Time, Love and Tenderness (April 1991) Color Me Badd - All 4 Love (November 1991)
Paul McCartney and Wings - Jet (1974) Jackson Browne - Running on Empty (1977)
Killing Joke - Eighties (1984) Nirvana - Come as You Are (1992) YouTube
YouTube
Laura Branigan - Self Control (1984) Carrie Underwood - See You Again (2012)
Perry Como - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (1951)
Written by Coots and Gillespie in 1934
John Addison - Theme from Murder, She Wrote (1984)
Marc Cohn - Walking in Memphis (1991) Lifehouse - Hanging by a Moment (2000)
D-Side - Invisible (2003) Compare the choruses
Electric Light Orchestra - Telephone Line (1976) Green Day - 21 Guns (2009)
Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away (1998) Peeping Tom - Getaway (2006)
Judy Garland - Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart (1938) Theme from Caillou (1997)
Delirious? - I Could Sing of Your Love Forever (1995) Pink - Blow Me (One Last Kiss) (2012)
Sevyn Streeter feat. Chris Brown - It Won't Stop (2013) Others are a-twitter about it
Katy Perry - Roar (2013)
Filter - Take a Picture (1999) Phillip Phillips - Gone, Gone, Gone (2012)
Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton - Islands in the Stream (1983) Michael Buble - Everything (2007)
Helen Reddy - I Don't Know How to Love Him (1971) The Pretenders - I'll Stand by You (1994)
Switchfoot - Dare You to Move (2000) Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up (2012) "Welcome to the planet..."
Stephanie Mills - Never Knew Love Like This Before (1979) Madonna - Borderline (1983) Mostly the opening
Marilyn Manson - The Beautiful People (1996) Gin Wigmore - Kill of the Night (2011)
Elton John - Bennie and the Jets (1973) Billy Joel - Big Shot (1978)
Randy Travis - I Told You So (1988) Don Moen - I Worship You, Almighty God (1992)
Wynonna Judd - No One Else On Earth (1992) Always Coca-Cola jingle (1993)
Ben E. King - Spanish Harlem (1960) OMC - How Bizarre (1995)
Herman's Hermits - I'm into Something Good (1964) The Judds - Rockin' with the Rhythm of the Rain (1986)
Doobie Brothers - Listen To The Music (1972) Bellamy Brothers - Let Your Love Flow (1976)
Tom McFaul feat. Linda November - Meow Mix jingle (1970)
Written by Shelley Palmer
Vampire Weekend - Mansard Roof (2007)
Blink 182 - Dammit (1997) Sweet Thing - Change of Seasons (~2010)
The Knack - My Sharona (1979) Victoria Justice - Freak the Freak Out (2011)
Mac McAnally - Back Where I Come From (1990) Travis Tritt - It's a Great Day to Be Alive (2000)
Melissa Manchester - You Should Hear How She Talks About You (1982) Madonna - Material Girl (1984)
Cobra Starship feat. Sabi - You Make Me Feel... (2011) Katy Perry - Birthday (2013)
Aerosmith - Jaded (2000) Bruno Mars - Young Girls (2012) Choruses
Kenny Loggins - Footloose (1984) Rooney - When Did Your Heart Go Missing? (2007) Drum break is identical
Newsboys - In the Belly of the Whale (2002) Bruno Mars - The Lazy Song (2010)
Michael Jackson - Jam (1991) Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk (2014) SoundCloud The horns
Them - Gloria (1964) Cobra Starship feat. Icona Pop - Never Been In Love (2014) Not the background which is a sample of "Praise You" but the "i knoooow now" part
Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down (1989) Sam Smith - Stay With Me (2014) Settled out of court[8]
Da Buzz - Alive (2003) Craig Bryant - Adverlife jingle (2010)
The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go (1981) One Direction - Live While We're Young (2012) 1D admitted copying
Rod Stewart - Young Turks (1981) Echosmith - Cool Kids (2013) Instrumental parts
Paul McCartney - Coming Up (1980) Wang Chung - Everybody Have Fun Tonight (1986)
Technotronic - Pump Up the Jam (1989) Psy - Gangnam Style (2013) Damn Halen@YouTube iv - v Synth stabs
Benny Benassi - Satisfaction (2002) Tyree Dawson@YouTube Bass line is practically the same thing upside down
Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street (1978) Kim Hill - Satisfied (1991)
Bobby Brown - Every Little Step (1989) DC Talk - Nu Thang (1990)
Prince - 1999 (1982) Shalamar - Dancing in the Sheets (1984) Not gonna happen
Peter Gabriel - In Your Eyes (1986) Collective Soul - The World I Know (1995) Intro bass line
Collective Soul - The World I Know (1995) Christina Perri - Jar of Hearts (2010) Chorus
Phillip Phillips - Home (2012) Jake Reese - Day to Feel Alive (2015)
Captain & Tennille - Do That to Me One More Time (1979) R. City feat. Adam Levine - Locked Away (2015) Toni Tennille listed as co-writer;[9] it's likely they settled prior to release
Jessie J - Domino (2011) Demi Lovato - Cool for the Summer (2015)
Tommy James and the Shondells - Crimson and Clover (1968) Adam Sandler - The Chanukah Song (1994)
Lipps Inc. - Funkytown (1980) Jess Glynne - Hold My Hand (2015) Ascending melody in verses
Ginuwine - Pony (1996) One Direction - Drag Me Down (2015) Cover by Tania Nguyen
Capital FM mash-up
Chorus
Miley Cyrus - Party in the U.S.A. (2009) Rachel Platten - Fight Song (2015) "my hands up, they're playin' my song" vs. "I don't really care if nobody else"
Taylor Swift - Style (2014) One Direction - Perfect (2015) Vimeo Because Styles of 1D used to date Swift, media thought it was a parody; Styles and bandmate Liam Payne denied it
Bryan Adams - Please Forgive Me (1993) Lonestar - Amazed (1999)
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy (2006) Adele - Rolling in the Deep (2010)
Ain't We Got Fun (1921) Gene Autry - Here Comes Santa Claus (1947)
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Up Around the Bend (1970) Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme Three Steps (1973) The opening of "Gimme"
Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love (1977) Justin Bieber - Love Yourself (2015) YouTube The Bee Gees were themselves sued

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Footnotes

  1. Mohammed Shariff. "7 Famous Musicians Who Stole Some of Their Biggest Hits". Cracked, 2012-05-29. Accessed 2013-08-04.
  2. "There's a Name for That: The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon". Pacific Standard, 2013-07-22. Accessed 2014-06-25.
  3. "A Hollow Victory". Not Always Right, 2013-03. Accessed 2013-04-10.
  4. This demo uses primarily the lyrics from "Just Dance" and the accompaniment from "Tik Tok." Examples exist that balance the two songs more fairly, but many are now blocked in the United States because they contain excerpts of the respective songs' music videos.
  5. All copies of "Permanent December" on YouTube have likely been pitch-shifted. Comments and descriptions claim the existence of a "block" flag in the song's Content ID policy (citation needed), and Miley Cyrus's Vevo channel does not include the song.
  6. Cole, Matthew (August 22, 2010). "Katy Perry: Teenage Dream Album Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved February 24, 2011.
  7. The three lines are "But all the praying just ain't helping at all", "You ask if their refrigerator is running", and "My mama told me when I was young"
  8. Francesca Bacardi. "Sam Smith Will Pay Tom Petty Royalties for 'Stay With Me'". NBC New York, 2015-01-26. Accessed 2015-01-26.
  9. Gary Trust. "Hot 100 Chart Moves: R. City, Adam Levine Leap With 'Locked Away'". Billboard, 2015-08-20. Accessed 2015-11-07.

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