America vs. Michael Jackson

July 23rd, 2009 by

An unreleased Michael Jackson song popped up on TMZ last week that sounds very similar to the 1972 America hit “A Horse with No Name“.  According to TMZ:

“[They were] told several years ago [that] America’s manager gave his group’s permission for Jackson to record the song, “A Place with No Name” — despite the similarity.”

Michael Jackson – “A Place with No Name” (unknown)
America – “A Horse with No Name”  (1972)
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9 Responses to “America vs. Michael Jackson”

  1. avatar Cody says:

    He had American’s permission to do this. it was an homage.

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  2. There’s also a song that Michael did with Paul McCartney called ‘The Man’. The chorus is reminiscent of America’s ‘Ventura Highway’, which – coincidentally – was sampled in the song ‘Someone To Call My Lover’ by Jackson’s sister Janet.

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  3. avatar dxman says:

    The clip is not the original America version of “A Horse With No Name,” which sounds more like “A Place With No Name” than the version you have. Please change it.

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    dxman Reply:

    Oops, posted again; it’s just that I didn’t see my comment verified.

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    Keith Reply:

    Hey dxman, thanks. I will try to update this when I get the chance.

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  4. avatar Travis says:

    check this link out

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PrJ7jf8cbI&feature=related

    very obvious as to why r kelly lost this one(even if it did take 12 years)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ito5ELbyyxs#t=3m33s

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  5. avatar Mark Adams says:

    Following the release of Xscape, I’ve been listening to Michael Jackson and the string lines from Little Susie (1995) sound like the wedding favourite, Sunrise Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof.

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  6. avatar Mark Adams says:

    A Place with No Name has recently been released as a single.

    I’ll connect this comment with the posts on which are my best comments, kind of the best of Mark Adams. Of course, you might wonder about some of my choices, but I’ve placed an emphasis on content over presentation, ones which discuss several songs similar to each other, several additions to existing comparisons and comments which trace elements of a song back further and hits which sound like older songs.
    http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2012/01/30/the-most-used-melody-in-pop-music/
    http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2011/01/12/the-beatles-vs-bon-jovi/
    http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2009/09/14/update-maroon-5-vs-tears-for-fears/
    http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2012/05/31/kid-rock-vs-the-white-stripes/
    http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2009/08/18/cat-stevens-vs-tears-for-fears/
    http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2009/10/22/green-day-vs-elo-vs-scott-mckenzie/
    http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2011/06/28/green-day-vs-steve-earle/
    http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2009/10/04/green-day-vs-motley-crue-vs-bryan-adams/
    http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2007/07/21/jets-to-brazil-vs-nirvana/
    http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/2014/07/22/green-day-vs-jawbreaker/

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    Keith Reply:

    Hehe. Nice comp!

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