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Originality is dead. Everything is a cliché. The Simpsons already did it. When The Verve came out with their hit song, "Bittersweet Symphony" in 1997, it sounded eerily similar to The Rolling Stones song, "The Last Time." (In point of fact, the song sampled a track from an Andrew Oldham Orchestra recording of "The Last Time.") This wasn't the first time something like this would happen, and it certainly wouldn't be the last. After the jump, we take a look at songs which have striking similarities to other recordings, including sampling, similar verse structure, remakes, and melodic similarities.

Coldplay "Viva La Vida" & Joe Satriani "If I Could Fly"




Vanilla Ice "Ice Ice Baby" & Queen w/David Bowie "Under Pressure"




Sublime "What I Got" & The Beatles "Lady Madonna"




Will Smith "Wild Wild West" & Stevie Wonder "I Wish"




Ray Parker Jr "Ghostbusters" & Huey Lewis "I Want a New Drug"




MC Hammer "U Can't Touch This" & Rick James "Superfreak"




Puff Daddy w/Jimmy Page "Come With Me" & Led Zeppelin "Kashmir"




Red Hot Chili Peppers "By the Way" & Lady Gaga "Paparazzi"




Lifehouse "Whatever it Takes" & Oasis "Don't Go Away"




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5 Comments

How about Jets song 'Are you gonna be my girl' http://tinyurl.com/2hhx4y and Iggy Pops 'lust for life' http://tinyurl.com/yf477zy

said Frank the Tank on April 17, 2010 7:49 PM.

Nickelback vs Nickelback - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2pXfAK8r1k

said Scaramouch on April 19, 2010 9:39 AM.

We also would have accepted any song ever by Puff daddy.

said cleet on April 19, 2010 9:40 AM.

Zep and the Stones stole their fair share too.

You Got to Move was by Fred McDowell but they claimed it was by Jagger/Richards originally, til they got busted and fessed up.

Zep stole Dazed and Confused from some hippy from New York. They added a little to it though.

said E on April 19, 2010 11:41 AM.

I've heard it reported that Led Zeppelin's first album was all basically stolen. But that's better saved for its own article.

said Echowood on April 19, 2010 12:00 PM.
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