Update 1/30/2010: Check out “CatrianiPlay: The Most Used Melody In Pop Music”
In December, 2008 Reuters reported that Joe Satriani filed a copyright infringement suit against Coldplay claiming that the, “song ‘Viva La Vida’ incorporates ‘substantial original portions’ of his 2004 instrumental ‘If I Could Fly.'” Then just a few months later Cat Stevens publicly stated that “Viva La Vida” has some similarities to his epic 1973 track “Foreigner Suite” stating , ” [Viva La Vida] definitely sounds like it…It has such logical chords and the melody has to be what it is…” But wait! There’s more! Last year Brooklyn Band Creaky Boards posted a clip on YouTube of their ironically titled track “The Songs I Didn’t Write” pointing out the striking similarities with this now all too familiar melody.