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Only cases of plausible cryptomnesia are listed here, not authorized reuse or [[Public-domain music in video games|use of public-domain material]].  
 
Only cases of plausible cryptomnesia are listed here, not authorized reuse or [[Public-domain music in video games|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.
 
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 the game's soundtrack.<ref name="mtv_mj">[http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1627664/20091204/jackson_michael.jhtml Did Michael Jackson Compose 'Sonic The Hedgehog 3' Soundtrack?] (mtv.com)</ref>
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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.<ref name="mtv_mj">[http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1627664/20091204/jackson_michael.jhtml Did Michael Jackson Compose 'Sonic The Hedgehog 3' Soundtrack?] (mtv.com). For additional references, see Wikipedia: [[wikipedia:Sonic the Hedgehog 3#Michael Jackson's non-involvement|Sonic the Hedgehog 3 &mdash; Michael Jackson's non-involvement]].</ref>
 
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Revision as of 21:35, 10 October 2011

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 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)
YouTube
Hip Tanaka - Chill (October 1990)[3]
MC Hammer - Pray (September 1990)
Dave Wise - Lockjaw's Saga (1995)
YouTube
DragonForce - Through the Fire and Flames (2006)
YouTube
Eduard Artemyev - Siberiade theme (1979)
PPK - ResuRection (2001)[4]
YouTube (ResuRection): cut (refrain), full
Kyle Ward (as KaW) - Kagami (2003)[5]
YouTube (refrain)
Hiroshi Iuchi - Ikaruga boss 1 (2001)[6]
YouTube (climax)
Yasuaki Fujita - Solar Man (2010)[7]
YouTube (climax)
Jennifer[8] - If You Were Here (≤1999)
YouTube: cut, full
Naoki Maeda (as Ω) - MAX 300 (2001)
YouTube
DJ Aligator Project - The Whistle Song (Blow My Whistle Baby) (2000)
YouTube (full version) (relevant passage)
DJ YOSHITAKA-G feat. Michael a la mode - Gold Rush (2007)
YouTube
The Beatles - Lady Madonna (1968) Koji Kondo - Hammer Bros. theme (1988) YouTube
Hip Tanaka - Fever (October 1990)[3]
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)
Akira Yamaoka - popdod (from Pop'n Music 14) (2006)[10]
YouTube (refrain)
DM Ashura feat. MC Jay & Weronica[11] - Rave Until the Night Is Over (Universe Edit) (2008)
YouTube (refrain)
Manami Matsumae - U.N. Squadron character/target select screens (1989)[12] Tay Zonday - Chocolate Rain (2007)
YouTube
Joe Raposo - Sesame Street Theme (1969)
YouTube
George Sanger - Faceball 2000 for Super NES (1992)
SPC
[13] - Flying Battery Zone Act 1 (1994) Lady Gaga - Bad Romance (2009) YouTube:
short, long
Percy Faith - Theme from A Summer Place (1960) [14] - Shy Guy Beach (2001)
YouTube
Mieko Ishikawa - A Searing Struggle (1989) Chris Hülsbeck - Jim Power stage 1 (1992) YouTube Hülsbeck admits to having played Ys III[15]
Robin Williams - Friend Like Me (composed by Howard Ashman) [16] - Chillin' on the Corner
SPC
Listen (ogg)
Minigame theme from Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz (2006) Theme from The Suite Life on Deck (2008)
Suzanne Vega - Solitude Standing (1987)
Dailymotion
Kyle Ward (as KaW) - Dawn (2003)[5]
YouTube
Akira Satoh - Gallantry (Sep. 1990)
YouTube
[17] - Lemming 3 (Feb. 1991)
YouTube
Kyle Ward (as KaW) - Dawn (Perpetual Mix) (2006?)[18][19]
YouTube
Aya - G2 (2001)
YouTube
Kyle Ward (as Inspector K) - Tension (2004)
YouTube
Taku Isaac Sakakibara (as TaQ) - Radical Faith (2001)
YouTube
Buckethead - Jordan (2006)
YouTube
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[20]
Bette Midler - That's How Love Moves (1998)[21]
Faith Hill - That's How Love Moves (1999)
YouTube (unofficial fan performance/recording)
DM Ashura - Euphorium (from O2Jam[22]) (2005)
YouTube
Lara Fabian - Broken Vow (2000)
Josh Groban - Broken Vow (2003)
YouTube (Lara Fabian performance)
Faith Hill - I Want You (2005) DM Ashura - aftershock!! (2008)
YouTube
Frank Zappa - You Are What You Is (1981) Dust Devil - Determinator (≤2005)[23] 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)
YouTube
Billy Joel - Piano Man (1973) DM Ashura - neogenesis (2008)
YouTube
Jim Croce - I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song (1974)
The Eagles - Hotel California (1977)
Hiroshi Miyauchi - Space Harrier stages 1–3 (1985)
YouTube
Mikio Saito - Gemini Wing stage 1 (1987)
YouTube

Footnotes

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 non-involvement.
  2. (*) Among Toshiharu Yamanishi, Takeshi Yoshida, and Tomomi Ootani, who wrote what?
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dr. Mario prototypes with the title "Virus" are claimed to exist. At least one such prototype displays a copyright year of 1989[1]. The musical content of said prototypes is unknown (or at least not disclosed publicly).
  4. (*) Is "Resurrection" or "ResuRection" the right spelling? Is "ResuRection"'s reuse of the Siberiade theme really authorized?
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Kagami" and "Dawn" were released prior to ITG on the album Synthsations, but "Infection" did not appear on an album until Urban Comatose.
  6. (*) 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.
  7. (*) Is "Red Hot Flare" the official title of this song, or was that coined by a remixer?
  8. (*) 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.)
  9. Chrono Trigger Composer Never Heard of Rick Astley, Robo's Theme Completely Original (kotaku.com.au)
  10. 10.0 10.1 "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. (*) SMiLE.dk is sometimes additionally credited[2]. Is that for a different version of the song? Is Weronica [sic] a SMiLE.dk vocalist?
  12. (*) Did this song originate from the Area 88 anime? My cursory YouTube searching says no, but more sources are needed.
  13. (*) Among Howard Drossin, Jun Senoue, Tokuhiko Uwabo, Tomonori Sawada, and Naofumi Hataya, who wrote what?
  14. (*) Among Minako Hamano, Masanobu Matsunaga, and Kenichi Nishimaki, who wrote what?
  15. Hardcore Gaming 101: Jim Power
  16. (*) Among Bob Scumaci, Mark Davis, and Brian Schmidt, who wrote what?
  17. (*) Of Tim Wright and Brian Johnston, who wrote what?
  18. (*) "i09" is mentioned in the video title. Who is s/he, and why is s/he not usually credited?
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. (*) I haven't yet listened to the Bette Midler version. Does it really have the same melody as the Faith Hill version?
  22. Specifically the O2Jam NX version; DM Ashura - Releases
  23. 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.

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