Music is a big part of our daily lives. With endless artists and genres, it’s not hard to find a catchy tune. Also, there’s a reason why Top 40 hits are called Top 40 hits. But are we running out of original material? Copyright issues have become more and more frequent lately, especially with famous artists and bands. Here are some examples of songs that sound similar to each other.
When Sam Smith first released “Stay With Me”, listeners realized that it sounded a lot like Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down”. Petty is actually now included in the royalties for the song. Here’s a video comparing the two:
A lot of Sara Bareilles’ fans have said that Katy Perry’s “Roar” sounds like Sara’s “Brave”. Although no legal action was taken, Sara Bareilles stated that Katy was a good friend of hers and someone she looks up to. This video overlays the two songs so you can hear the similarities.
Kelly Clarkson’s new single “Heartbeat Song” has been under fire for sounding similar to Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle”. Some people are even going as far as to calling it “the most blatant copyright theft in music in a long time”. This links the two songs together.
One Direction’s “Best Song Ever” has a guitar riff that sounds exactly like the one in The Who’s “Baba O’Riley (aka Teenage Wasteland).”
Now if anyone has ever heard the song “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay, check out this link http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2012/01/30/the-most-used-melody-in-pop-music/. It talks about the most common melody used in pop music, and “Viva la Vida” is used as an example.