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== See also ==
== See also ==
* [[allthetropes:Suspiciously Similar Song/Video Games|Suspiciously Similar Songs in video games]] (formerly Jimmy Hart Versions) on All the Tropes<!-- TODO: Should the parent page link to the main STSA page? -->
* [[allthetropes:Suspiciously Similar Song/Video Games|Suspiciously Similar Songs in video games]] (formerly Jimmy Hart Versions) on All the Tropes
== External links ==
== External links ==
*[http://www.1up.com/do/feature?cId=3177237 1up.com's exposé]
*[http://www.1up.com/do/feature?cId=3177237 1up.com's exposé]

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

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 Man (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)
Manami Matsumae - U.N. Squadron character/target select screens (1989)[11] Tay Zonday - Chocolate Rain (2007)
Joe Raposo - Sesame Street Theme (1969)
George Sanger - Faceball 2000 for Super NES (1992)
[12] - Flying Battery Zone Act 1 (1994) 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 to having played Ys III[14]
Robin Williams - Friend Like Me (composed by Howard Ashman) [15] - Chillin' on the Corner
Listen (ogg)
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 Elton John's "All the Girls Love Alice" (1973)
Vince Perri? - Cheetahmen theme (1991) Masakazu Sugimori - Cornered (2001) YouTube Very likely coincidental[19]
Bette Midler - That's How Love Moves (1998)[20]
Faith Hill - That's How Love Moves (1999)
YouTube (unofficial fan performance/recording)
DM Ashura - Euphorium (from O2Jam[21]) (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)[22] 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)
[23] - 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 (NSF track 5) (1987) Michiharu Hasuya - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (NSF track 1) (1988) Not authorized because Hasuya worked under Tecmo on Rygar and Advance Communication on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde[24]
Maajyan Higashio - Yo Noid/Masked Ninja Hanamaru - NSF Track 9 Yoshiaki Sawada? (Citation Needed) - Widget - NSF Track 7 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
[25] - 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)
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)


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

  1. Did Michael Jackson Compose 'Sonic The Hedgehog 3' Soundtrack? (mtv.com). 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. (*) Is "Red Hot Flare" the official title of this song, or was that coined by a remixer?
  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 (kotaku.com.au)
  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. (*) Among Howard Drossin, Jun Senoue, Tokuhiko Uwabo, Tomonori Sawada, and Naofumi Hataya, who wrote what?
  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 in the video title. Who is s/he, and why is s/he not usually credited?
  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 Cheetahmen II music meme started on the video-hosting site Nico Nico Douga around October 2007. (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 that time.
  20. (*) I haven't yet listened to the Bette Midler version. Does it really have the same melody as the Faith Hill version?
  21. Specifically the O2Jam NX version; DM Ashura - Releases
  22. 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.
  23. (*) Hiroshi Miyauchi or Hiroshi Kawaguchi? The former looks more correct, but I have no reliable sources on which to base this judgment.
  24. Blog:Share a Song of Six Pence - GDRI (Game Developer Research Institute)
  25. (*) Lee Ringuette composed the theme song. I don't know who composed the rest of the show's soundtrack.

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