14 huge songs that basically sound the same as another (2023)

14 huge songs that basically sound the same as another (1)

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When you’re getting on a bit and starting to reach a riper age in life, it’s pretty weird to see how things from the good old days come back and get recycled in a much, much cooler way - usually with less body glitter and more eyebrow.

Your 90s wardrobe and makeup bag are basically all over Topshop right now, but it’s music which always seems to make the biggest comeback.

Take Taylor Swift’s latest single, ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ for example, which was driving people mad with its familiar-sounding vibes this morning, before some genius made the connection with Right Said Fred’s ‘I’m Too Sexy’.

But Swifty’s not the only one who’s borrowed a bit of inspiration from her favourite tracks. Here’s 14 huge songs probably on your playlist, which basically sound exactly the same as another one. And once you hear ‘em, you can never un-hear ‘em.

1

Taylor Swift's 'Look What You Made Me Do'

If it feels as though you've been singing Taylor Swift's new song your whole life, it's probably because you heard part played of it at every single birthday party held throughout the 90s.

The brutal lyrics and the cute but psycho vocals might be signature Swift, but it turns out that the main melody in the background sees Taylor borrowing a few beats from...

2

Right Said Fred's 'I'm Too Sexy'

Yep, seriously.

Speaking to Cosmopolitan UK, Richard from Right Said Fred explained: "Taylor's team were incredibly friendly and helpful and contacted us to talk through the [similarities] in the songs.

"My guess is that they wrote the song, and then realised it sounded a bit like 'I'm Too Sexy', or they had a gap in the song and thought, 'What should we fill it with?' and they filled it with our song."

3

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One Direction's 'Best Song Ever'

Maybe we were all slightly distracted by the sight of Zayn Malik wearing a pencil skirt and Liam Payne shimmying in a pink headband, but 1D got away with taking a touch of inspiration from a classic track for their 2013 jam, 'Best Song Ever'.

Sure, they might be a few decades apart and sure, it was only really the dads who noticed the similarities, but have you ever thought that the opening bars sound a lot like...

4

The Who's 'Baba O'Riley'

The two bands might be a few decades apart but Twitter blew up after One Direction released 'Best Song Ever', with oldies vs teens arguing over the two openings being kind of identical.

In fact, the debate caused so much chaos at the time that The Who's Pete Townsend issued a statement about the whole thing and was surprisingly chill towards the similarities.

He stated: "The chords I used and the chords they used are the same three chords we’ve all been using in basic pop music since Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry...

"One Direction are in my business, with a million fans, and I’m happy to think they may have been influenced a little bit by The Who. I’m just relieved they’re all not wearing boiler suits and Doc Martens, or Union Jack jackets."

5

Kesha's 'Tik Tok'

As soon as it was released, Kesha's signature debut single 'Tik Tok' became an anthem for sweaty freshers across the globe, who were indeed waking up in the morning feeling like P Diddy, if P Diddy did jagerbombs and ate cheesy chips.

But hey, a few months later and students had another Big Night Out tune for the pre-drinks playlist - and weirdly enough, it sounded almost identical to the Kesha track.

6

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Katy Perry's 'California Gurls'

As this freaky mash-up of both tracks proves, Katy Perry's summer smash 'California Gurls' wasn't far from being exactly the same song that Kesha had released just a few months before. Fans claim that there's a very similar instrumental, with very similar vocal effects and very similar synth effects added on top.

There's never been any kind of legal issue over the two tracks and it's mostly just a fandom-based phenomenon that's racked up nearly 3 million views on YouTube.

Dr Luke, who Kesha went on to enter a fierce legal battle against, co-write and produced both chart-topping songs.

7

Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' ft. T.I. and Pharrell

Maybe one of the most famous cases of songs sounded like others came courtesy of Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell.

Sure, 'Blurred Lines' was the one and only song of the summer in 2013, but things quickly took a fairly dramatic down turn for the tune when everyone with working ears made two important observations.

1. The sex-obsessed, consent-forgetting lyrics were um, questionable to say the least, and 2. That baseline sounded familiar. Very familiar indeed.

8

Marvin Gaye's 'Got To Give It Up'

And you know how that one went. In March 2015, a US jury confirmed that ‘Blurred Lines’ had indeed copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 single ‘Got To Give It Up’, and it was a big, costly mistake.

It didn't take a genius to hear that the smooth, 70s-inspired sounds including the hook, the keyboard-bass and the melody were all very similar.

Thicke and Pharrell were ordered to pay out $7.3m (£4.8m) to Gaye’s family following the ruling, after a lawsuit that was brought about by the soul legend's three children.

9

Bruno Mars' 'Locked Out Of Heaven'

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The guitar riffs in 2012 song 'Locked Out Of Heaven' might seem like classic Bruno Mars now, but if you grew up listening to music from 30 years ago then you probably associate the electric sound with another band, who were topping the charts before Bruno was even born.

Unlike a lot of artists who hate the idea of being compared to other musicians and accused of borrowing a sound, Bruno is totally on board when fans suggest that The Police inspired his track...

10

The Police's 'Roxanne'

Quizzed by MTV on the similarities between 'Locked Out Of Heaven' and Sting's big 70s tunes like 'Roxanne' and 'Message In A Bottle', Bruno said: "I grew up listening to the Police. I grew up performing in bars, singing Police songs.

"I remember performing a song like 'Roxanne,' and you play those first couple of chords, and you hit that first note, and you watch the whole bar ignite. And as an artist, as a songwriter, it's like 'Man, I want to write a song that makes people's eyes explode the first chord!'"

11

Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way'

Lady Gaga's 2011 hit Born This Way was all about accepting your individuality and embracing everything that makes you unique. So it's kind of ironic that this is the song of hers which most often gets accused of sounding similar and copying another.

While Gaga's little monsters jumped to the star's defence when the criticism was sparked, many music fans (including Madonna herself) compared it to Madge's 1989 track 'Express Yourself'...

12

Madonna's 'Express Yourself'

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No official copyright infringement ensued, but it did kickstart a whole load of drama and a rift in the relationship between both iconic artists.

While she did keep things out of court, Madonna certainly made sure the world got the message as to what her thoughts where on the matter.

Madge told Newsweek that her first thought upon hearing Born This Way was: "What a wonderful way to redo my song." She later also made a dig to say: "I'm glad that I could help [Gaga] write it." Awks.

13

Little Mix's 'Shout Out To My Ex'

Yep, even the soundtrack to your entire romantic history has been accused of nicking a few bits and bobs from a song that came before it.

'Shout Out To My Ex' caused a bitter online rivalry between the Little Mix fandom and the supporters of another girl group - and things got pretty nasty.

US band G.R.L. weren't exactly subtle when they decided to speak out on the similarities between Little Mix's girl power bop, and their most successful track, 'Ugly Heart'...

14

G.R.L.'s 'Ugly Heart'

Making their feelings known to a few million followers, G.R.L hijacked Little Mix’s #ShoutOutToMyEx hashtag after they released the track in October 2016, by posting #ShoutOutToUglyHeart instead.

The choruses certainly have their similarities, but the Little Mix ladies are insistent that there was no bad blood between the bands - even after the hashtag.

"We're actually friends with Emmalyn from GRL and she loves the song," said Jade to QMusic.

"Every song is going to have a similar chord sequence, slightly similar lyrics and melodies – it happens all the time. It doesn't mean that they're not both incredible songs."

Lucy WoodContributor, MarieClaire.comLucy Wood spends most of her time writing about celebby things, reading books, and waiting for the glorious day that she have enough millions for a pet sloth.

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FAQs

What is it called when a song sounds like another song? ›

Music plagiarism is the use or close imitation of another author's music while representing it as one's own original work. Plagiarism in music now occurs in two contexts—with a musical idea (that is, a melody or motif) or sampling (taking a portion of one sound recording and reusing it in a different song).

How do I find songs that sound alike? ›

5 Best Music Recognition Apps to Find Similar Songs By Tune
  1. SoundHound. SoundHound makes it easy for users to find exactly what button to press to identify music: a great big orange one right in the middle of the app. ...
  2. Shazam. Shazam is one of the most popular music recognition apps out there. ...
  3. MusicID. ...
  4. MusixMatch. ...
  5. Genius.
2 Oct 2020

How do you find a song you can't remember the lyrics to? ›

On your mobile device, open the latest version of the Google app or find your Google Search widget, tap the mic icon and say “what's this song?” or click the “Search a song” button. Then start humming for 10-15 seconds. On Google Assistant, it's just as simple. Say “Hey Google, what's this song?” and then hum the tune.

How do I find a song if I only know two words? ›

If you're listening to the song, use an app like Shazam to identify it on the spot so you can find it. If you only know the basic tune or a lyric or two, use an app like Soundhound and try humming the tune to see if it can identify it. If it's able to successfully identify it, you can look up the song and download it.

What is repetitive music called? ›

ostinato, (Italian: “obstinate”, ) plural Ostinatos, or Ostinati, in music, short melodic phrase repeated throughout a composition, sometimes slightly varied or transposed to a different pitch. A rhythmic ostinato is a short, constantly repeated rhythmic pattern.

What is it called when a song blends into another? ›

In recorded music, a segue is a seamless transition between one song and another. The effect is often achieved through beatmatching, especially on dance and disco recordings, or through arrangements that create the effect of a musical suite, a classical style also used in many progressive rock recordings.

How do you find similar sounds on TikTok? ›

Go to the search function at the top of the screen. Search for “viral sounds” (or any other similar keyword). Once results are loaded, hop on over to the “sounds” tab. You'll see a list of trending sounds on TikTok and the number of times they've been used in TikTok videos.

Does Google have a song finder? ›

On your phone, touch and hold the Home button or say "Hey Google." Ask "What's this song?" Play a song or hum, whistle, or sing the melody of a song. Hum, whistle, or sing: Google Assistant will identify potential matches for the song.

Is there an app that scans music and plays it? ›

ScanScore Capture is the scanning app that reads music. You can download it on either Android or Apple devices.

Can I hum a song to Shazam? ›

Like Siri, Shazam can't recognize a tune that you sing or hum yourself. If you don't want to use Google for that, then try the SoundHound app (Android or iOS).

How do you find a song but you don't know what it's called? ›

Shazam. With Shazam, users simply hold their phone up to the source of music while a song is playing. Tap a button and Shazam will listen it to identify the song, and provide key information such as the title, artist, and album.

Can you hum a song and get the name? ›

The Google Search app can identify a song by your humming or even whistling, making it easier to discover new music. This can be done right on your iPhone or iPad.

Can Google recognize humming? ›

Thankfully, if you can hum the song out loud, Google Search can help you figure out what tune is stuck in your head. The Hum to Search feature is available in the Google mobile app and works with humming, whistling, or anything else you can do to mimic a tune.

How can I trace a song? ›

To identify songs, open Control Center, then tap the Shazam button . Shazam can identify songs playing on your device even when you're using headphones. To find songs you've identified, touch and hold the Shazam button in Control Center to open your History View. Tap a song to open it in Shazam.

What is is called in music when something repeats over and over again? ›

The word RIFF means a repeated musical pattern – usually short – sometimes two or four bars long. The word RIFF entered 'musical slang' in the 1920's. A RIFF may change its shape slightly, or move up or down to a different pitch level, to fit with the accompanying harmonies.

What is it called when music repeat over and over again? ›

ostinato: a short rhythmic/melodic idea that is repeated exactly over and over throughout a musical. section or work.

What are the 4 types of repetition? ›

7 Types of Repetition
  • Anaphora. ...
  • Epistrophe. ...
  • Symploce. ...
  • Antanaclasis. ...
  • Antistasis. ...
  • Negative-positive restatement. ...
  • Epizeuxis, a.k.a. “palilogia.” This is the simple repetition of a single word or phrase in immediate succession.
31 Aug 2022

What is it called when everyone sings the same note? ›

In music, unison is two or more musical parts that sound either the same pitch or pitches separated by intervals of one or more octaves, usually at the same time. Rhythmic unison is another term for homorhythm.

What is it called when you sing the same song at different times? ›

A round (also called a perpetual canon [canon perpetuus] or infinite canon) is a musical composition, a limited type of canon, in which a minimum of three voices sing exactly the same melody at the unison (and may continue repeating it indefinitely), but with each voice beginning at different times so that different ...

What do you call someone who can't sing? ›

Genuinely tone deaf people have a condition called congenital amusia, which makes it difficult for them to sing with the correct pitch. These people cannot tell when they are out of tune, which can lead to some embarrassing situations.

How do you find trending songs on TikTok 2022? ›

Once the app is open, click the search button (which looks like a magnifying glass) at the top right part of the screen. In the search bar, type in “viral sounds”, “trending sounds” or something similar and from there, recent trending sounds will be listed.

What are the most popular sounds on TikTok? ›

Here are the ten all-time most used sounds on TikTok in the United States, as of February 2022.
  • Oh No. by Kreepa. ...
  • Monkeys Spinning Monkeys. by Kevin MacLeod. ...
  • No Idea. by Don Toliver. ...
  • Steven Universe. by L.Dre. ...
  • Spongebob Tomfoolery – Dante9k Remix. by Dante9k. ...
  • The Insider. by Champion. ...
  • TWINNEM. by Coi Leray. ...
  • Own Brand Freestyle.
2 Feb 2022

How do I get random TikTok sounds? ›

TikTok Sounds Library

Access the Sounds Library by tapping the “+” of the home screen and tapping “Sounds” at the top. You can also search for Sounds on TikTok's Discover Page.

Is there a website that can identify a song? ›

Identify a song in your favorite web browser

Open the web browser (such as Safari, Firefox, or Google Chrome) on your device, then go to www.shazam.com. Tap or click . The identified song and its lyrics (if available) are displayed.

How do I Shazam a song from my gallery? ›

Use Pop-Up Shazam to identify music

Open the Shazam app, swipe to the Library, then tap the Settings button . Turn on “Shazam from Pop-Up,” tap Go To Settings, tap Shazam, then turn on “Allow display over other apps.” While you're in another app, tap the Pop-Up Shazam button to identify music playing in that app.

Can I take a picture of sheet music and play it? ›

Launch the Sheet Music Scanner app. Point your device at the sheet and take a picture. Alternatively, browse a PDF or an image file. Choose the instrument, pick the speed and let it play the notes for you.

Is there a website that will play sheet music? ›

PlayScore 2 understands all the symbols of standard music notation and can play all kinds of sheet music and scores. PlayScore 2 can read scores with systems of many staffs such as SATB vocal scores and chamber music as well as piano music and songs.

Can I scan sheet music? ›

Simply download ScanScore and use your smartphone, tablet or a scanner to scan your sheet music and play it back to you. And you can just as easily transpose your score, export your notes to almost any music program and edit them further.

Can you hum to Google on iPhone? ›

You can play the song for Google Assistant to identify or you can hum, whistle, and sing the melody of a song. Important: This feature is available only on iPhone, not iPad.

Is there a better app than Shazam? ›

There are more than 25 alternatives to Shazam for a variety of platforms, including Android, Online / Web-based, iPhone, Linux and iPad. The best alternative is SoundHound, which is free. Other great apps like Shazam are Midomi, Mousai, WatZatSong and Musixmatch.

Can I hum a song into my phone? ›

With the Google app, you can hum, whistle, or sing to search for that song you can't get out of your head.

What is a Roblox ID music? ›

There are thousands of popular songs available to listen to in Roblox, simply by entering music ID codes into your boombox or the radio. Using song IDs, you can play your favourite TikTok songs in games with your friends.

How do I find an old song I can't remember? ›

Hum it into a song ID app like SoundHound.

On your phone, you can hum the melody into SoundHound, which is available for free. The app will analyze the melody you sing and give you a list of possible options.

Is there a humming app? ›

Have a song stuck in your head? Press the SoundHound button, sing or hum the tune, and we'll do the rest!

What's this song PC? ›

You can click the search icon in the taskbar, located next to the Start menu, and look for Cortana. Open the app, and use the voice command: “What song is this? . Cortana will begin listening to the song and will name it for you.

How do I hum to Google? ›

If you want to hum search on Google, follow these simple steps:
  1. Open the Google app on your device.
  2. Click on the microphone icon on the search bar.
  3. Next, click on Search a song at the bottom of the page.
  4. Start humming the melody in the best way possible.
  5. Voila! Google will return the closest matches for your humming.
17 Jun 2022

Can Siri identify voices? ›

To let Siri recognize who in the family is speaking, manage their calendar, make phone calls, play their own music, and more, turn on the following settings: Go to Settings > Siri & Search. Turn on Listen for "Hey Siri."

Can you ask Siri to Shazam? ›

If you own an iPhone, you likely already know that you can ask Siri “What song is playing” and the voice assistant will provide you with an answer using the power of the music discovery app Shazam.

Can Google hear my conversations? ›

Ask Help Desk: No, your phone isn't listening to your conversations.

Is Google always hearing me? ›

Android phones are configured to listen to you in order to respond to wake words like "OK Google" and perform voice commands.

How can I see what Google is hearing? ›

Check your Google Assistant activity history

Open the Google Home app . At the top right, tap your account. Tap My Activity .

Can someone steal your song? ›

Your song's music and lyrics are protected by copyright as soon as you record them, even if it's just a rough recording on your cell phone. But to get the full benefit of copyright protection, including the right to sue people for infringing your copyright, you must register it with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Can a song be stolen? ›

According to U.S. copyright law, in the absence of a confession, musicians who accuse others of stealing their work must prove "access"—the alleged plagiarizer must have heard the song—and "similarity"—the songs must share unique musical components.

Is there a music generator? ›

Topping our list of best AI music generators is Amper Music, which is one of the easiest AI music generators to use, making it a perfect choice for those looking to get started with AI-generated music.

What is it called when a song is inspired by another song? ›

August 2022) In popular music, interpolation (also called a replayed sample) refers to using a melody—or portions of a melody (often with modified lyrics)—from a previously recorded song but re-recording the melody instead of sampling it.

What is recreating a song called? ›

In the U.S., this is formally known as a “mechanical reproduction,” or more informally as a recording of a cover. The bottom line is that you are free to do this if you pay a government-set fee per copy to the songwriter.

What is it called when a song switches beat? ›

A drop or beat drop in music, made popular by electronic dance music (EDM) styles, is a point in a music track where a sudden change of rhythm or bass line occurs, which is preceded by a build-up section and break.

What is it called when you lip sync a song? ›

In music. Lip sync is considered a form of miming.

What is it called when you hear a song and it brings back memories? ›

Echoic memory is the ultra-short-term memory for things you hear. The brain maintains many types of memories. Echoic memory is part of sensory memory, storing information from the sounds you hear.

What is it called when you mimic a song? ›

"Word painting (also known as tone painting or text painting) is the. musical technique of having the music mimic the literal meaning of a song."

What is shifting music called? ›

In music, transposition refers to the process or operation of moving a collection of notes (pitches or pitch classes) up or down in pitch by a constant interval.

What is it called when you move your head while listening to music? ›

Headbanging is the action of violently shaking one's head in rhythm with music. It is common in the contemporary rock, punk and heavy metal music genres, where headbanging is often used by musicians on stage.

Which music has a rhythm that is heavy and off-beat? ›

Rhythm and blues

A genre of popular African-American music that originated in the 1940s as urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat.

What is speeding up in music called? ›

Accelerando (accel.) Quickening; a gradual speeding up of the tempo.

Why do singers move their lips? ›

If the other sounds can't be reduced, singers need to separate their voice from them. This is done by singing into the mic as closely as possible in order to be loud enough so your voice isn't drowned out. Placing their lips this way reduces distortion.

Is lip syncing a talent? ›

So, Smith asked, is lip syncing a talent? “ Absolutely, it's a talent, there's no question about it,” said Cool J.

Are Super Bowl halftime shows lip synced? ›

Sometimes, they don't. Some singers need to or prefer to rely on a backup vocal track when performing live to ensure an airtight performance.

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