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Songs That Sound Alike

   Discussion: Songs That Sound Alike
Jerrilyh · 10 years, 10 months ago

I tried to do this on amiright.com's message board, but the thread quickly died. Anyway, I have some songs that sound alike, but no songs that sample other songs.

Echobelly - Go Away / Chumbawamba - The Big Issue: Particularly in one section where she sings, "everybody's looking..."

Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Everything Falls Into Place / Le Tigre - Deceptacon

Kabah - Una Illusion / Bob Sinclair - Love Generation

Kabah - Esta Noche / intro to Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Outta My Head

sheryls · 10 years, 10 months ago
there's a part in the live version of James' "Ring the Bells" where it sounds EXACTLY like Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle."
Jerrilyh Back · 10 years, 10 months ago

I noticed that there's a section in Junior Senior's 'White Trash' that has the same melody as B52s 'Rock Lobster.'

Rimbo · 10 years, 10 months ago
Every song by Nickelback/Smashmouth/Sugar Ray? They're all the same band, right?
Josh Woodward Back · 10 years, 10 months ago
I've never lumped Nickelback in with SM or SR, but Nickelback is the same band as Nickelback.

All three suck equally, though.
trunger is counting... Back · 10 years, 10 months ago
actually in my brief moments of listening to nickelback i find that most of their songs sound alike. i would be singing the lyrics to one song with the music to the other and it works out nearly perfectly....
A girl named Becca Back · 10 years, 9 months ago
I do that with lots of bands, though I can't remember many examples at the moment...most recently I think I found it worked great with Soul Coughing.
ExMachina Back · 10 years, 10 months ago

YES! This is a cosmic moment for me because I have always thought this! This unholy trinity of manufactured pop/rock must be destroyed at all costs!
Annika Back · 10 years, 10 months ago
Not to be uncool by defending Smash Mouth, but I totally disagree that their songs sound alike.  The style is similar and the lead singer doesn't have much range, but they are very different.
Rachel Marie aka RAI Back · 10 years, 9 months ago
Nickelback. Hahahah...
Unrequitted Back · 9 years, 9 months ago
Except Sugar Ray and Smashmouth had a delightful (OMG THAT"S SO 90's) sound to them.
Nickelback just sounds too much like poo. And you can't run around singing NB's songs while drunk.
Andrea Krause · 10 years, 10 months ago
I always thought that that Britney Spears "Drive Me Crazy" song sounds a lot like the "King of Wishful Thinking" song.

I know there have been a lot more I've noticed but can't think of them at the moment.
Paul Back · 10 years, 3 months ago
speaking of Brittany Spears RIchard Thompson did a great version of (of all things to record) Oops I did it again.
trunger is counting... · 10 years, 10 months ago
I discovered when Semisonic's Closing Time came out that they had pretty much the same chord progression as Better Than Ezra's Good (go figure) so I've always done a mixed up version of that when I'm jammin on me guitar which for some reason makes people laugh or something like that....
Kat Kunz Back · 10 years, 10 months ago
oh, that's what I was thinking of--"Good" and Green Day's "When I Come Around" always confuse me--I think one is the other when they come up on shuffle.

Also, I thought Anne Heaton's "Underdog" was Counting Crows's "Anna Begins" when it started on my iPod yesterday... the rest of the two songs don't really sound alike, though.
Jerrilyh · 10 years, 10 months ago
I also think Gorillaz 'Clint Eastwood' and Handsome Boy Modeling School's 'The World's Gone Mad' sound so much alike. Maybe cos Del Tha Funkee Homosapien had a hand with Handsome Boy and Gorillaz.
siobhan's a londoner · 10 years, 10 months ago
Intro to Britney Spears 'Do Something' and the intro to Muse 'Super Massive Black Hole' -always throuws me out when I'm listening to Xfm....
ExMachina Back · 10 years, 10 months ago

That is truly weird that they sound so similar.... LOL.












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ExMachina · 10 years, 10 months ago
i just came across 2 songs that sound a lot alike - listen to the rhythm of the fallin' rain
:http://www.napster.com/player/tracks/17015717 and travelin' man by rick nelson
Travelin' Man by Rick Nelson : http://www.napster.com/player/tracks/16174236
check it out!! they could be the same song!

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renita · 10 years, 10 months ago
i swore i heard"supertrooper"(?) from abba in the living room, but by the time i got there they were dancing to madonna *blink*

anyway, later on that evening, i played the into to the abba song and they swore it was the madonna song until the lyrics started.
Jerrilyh Back · 10 years, 9 months ago
The intros to The Sounds 'Much Too Long' and Sleater-Kinney's 'Dance Song '97' sound alike.
Misch Back · 10 years, 3 months ago
Madonna was granted permission to sample an ABBA song.  Kinda rare for ABBA to allow it. (As in they almost NEVER grant permission to do that.)

The song sampled is "Gimmie! Gimmie! Gimmie! (A Man After Midnight)".  If you have the "Gold: Greatest Hits" album, fast forward to 1:24 for the sampled part.
A.J. · 10 years, 9 months ago
The beginning of Downsizing and Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds. Hasn't anyone EVER noticed that? One of my first thoughts upon hearing the song was "Beatles Rip-off!!!"
VaiVedrai Back · 9 years, 2 months ago
> The beginning of Downsizing and Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds. Hasn't
> anyone EVER noticed that? One of my first thoughts upon hearing the song
> was "Beatles Rip-off!!!"

Yes!
And the lyrics (save for the chorus and bridge) also sound very similar in key.
A.J. Back · 9 years, 2 months ago
Yep. Thank you for finally replying to this 19 months later. I didn't think anyone had ever read it. :)
Bender Back · 9 years, 2 months ago
I think it was intentional homage, sort of like "When She Talks" is a clear Brian Wilson pastiche.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 9 years, 2 months ago
Brian Wilson wrote drivel?
Bender Back · 9 years, 2 months ago
Have you ever listened to Smile?

But seriously, listen to it and put in a falsetto top harmony in your head.  It's stylistically a Brian Wilson pastiche.
ExMachina · 10 years, 9 months ago


Anyone hear that new Jessica Simpson song? I swear it sounds like another popular song with like ONE note change!!!





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Jerrilyh · 10 years, 9 months ago
The beginning of Shihad's 'Hate Boys' and Gang of Four's 'Anthrax' sound alike.
A girl named Becca · 10 years, 9 months ago
The intros to "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia and "Bitch" by Meredith Brooks are so similar that, even though I haven't heard "Bitch" in years and don't have it on a mix CD I made, sometimes when "Torn" starts I still don't know which song it is.

And did no one say "Under Pressure" and "Ice, Ice Baby" because it was just too obvious?

Oh, and there's something by Maroon 5 that I always think is "Virtual Insanity" by Jamiroquai. "This Love," I think is the one.
Queen Lisa of Darlington Back · 10 years, 9 months ago

"And did no one say "Under Pressure" and "Ice, Ice Baby" because it was just too obvious? "

More likely because it was deliberate since I believe it was a sample ... at least I've always assumed that ...

Am I the only person who thinks The Police's "Da Doo Doo Doo" was a direct ripoff of XTC's "Making Plans for Nigel"???



goovie is married! Back · 10 years, 3 months ago
no, vanilla ice has always been very clear that the riff was not a sample--it was an original creation, like rickey rouse and monald muck. there's an infamous interview clip of him illustrating the difference.
Unrequitted Back · 9 years, 9 months ago
Queen and David Bowie sued and won that. It wasn't original enough to add just one half beat to something already created.
John J. Ryan Back · 9 years, 2 months ago
The ironic thing about that episode was that instead of music copyright holders clinging to their art for dear life from the clutches of hip-hop, they welcomed it with open arms.

Why?  Money.
Jerrilyh · 10 years, 9 months ago
Static-X - Push It and The Knack - My Sharona
Jerrilyh · 10 years, 3 months ago
My Chemical Romance's hidden track on The Black Parade and The Kids' Song by Moxy Fruvous.
Will work for anime · 10 years, 3 months ago
Oasis "Wonderwall" and Green Day "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" were recently combined into the most succesful mix I've ever heard...also added was bit of Travis "Writng to Reach You". They all share enough similarities to work really well...the only part that works not so much is at then end when the had to add Aerosmith "Dream On" (why?????).
Rimbo Back · 10 years, 3 months ago
Yeah, they sound alike, but I'm letting Travis off the hook, since they totally own up to it in the lyrics.  "And what's a wonderwall, anyway?"
Misch · 10 years, 3 months ago
Bob Dylan's "Thunder On The Mountain" from Modern Times sounds just like another song that I can't think of off the top of my head... but even ROlling Stone agrees it sounds like a Chuck Berry riff...

"Thunder on the Mountain" kicks off with a salty old Chuck Berry riff, stretched out into a six-minute lust letter to Alicia Keys
Misch Back · 10 years, 3 months ago
Figured it out.  Bob Dylan: "Thunder On The Mountain" sounds VERY similar to "Posession Over Judgement Day", as performed by Eric Clapton
Josh Woodward · 10 years, 3 months ago
How about the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" and Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack"? :-/
Samantha · 10 years, 3 months ago
John Lennon's "Imagine" and Jet's "Look What You've Done"

Hell. It even stole lyrics from The Beatles' "Sexy Sadie"

Will work for anime · 10 years, 3 months ago
this same topic came up in one of Richard's old Danny Baker radio show recordings. Some of them where:
Beatles "Tax Man" / The Jam "Start" - the bass line is identical! Of course I think the lead singer of The Jam did admit it was in tribute to the Beatles...;-)

Travis' "Why Does it Always Rain on Me" has a very similar bit to Slade's "Merry Christmas Everyone"
The Complete Mr Chaplin · 10 years, 3 months ago
There is a piano flourish in Elvis Costello's 'Olivers Army' that could be from any number of ABBA songs. I think Elvis has said that he put it in as a little tribute to them :)
Jerrilyh · 9 years, 10 months ago
I was listening today to Foreigner's "Cold as Ice" today and thinking Sloan's "I Wanna Thank You," however more upbeat, sounds very similar.
VaiVedrai · 9 years, 10 months ago

The main riff in Elton John's "Have Mercy On the Criminal" and the first seven notes of the riff in Eric Clapton's "Layla" sound nearly identical.

Jerrilyh · 9 years, 9 months ago
Oasis' "Lyla" and Sloan's "Something's Wrong" sound a lot alike.
Jerrilyh · 9 years, 8 months ago
Alice Cooper - School's Out and Tegan and Sara - Time Running sound alike with that same melody.
Jerrilyh · 9 years, 2 months ago
There's a part of Hannah Montana's 'Life's What You Make It' that sounds similar to My Sharona. I'd love to hear Miley's version.
John J. Ryan Back · 8 years, 1 month ago
Joel McHale says, "IT'S MILEY!"
Laurel Husk · 9 years, 2 months ago
The band Creed...I sware if you play all their songs on top of one another the only thing that would be different would be the lyrics!
Jerrilyh · 8 years, 2 months ago
S Club 7 - We Can Work It Out/Stand By You and Ace of Base - Lucky Love

The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You and The Stone Coyotes - Party Down The Hall

And I noticed that Enormous Penis by Da Vinci's Notebook and Prom Night Dumpster Baby have a similar melody.

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