Jennifer Lopez vs. Los Kjarkas

Submitted by Chris

“On the Floor” is an incredibly popular dance song, and the second most-viewed video on Youtube, ever. But that catchy melody in J.Lo’s hit actually originated from Bolivian folk band Los Kjarkas, with their 1981 recording of “Llorando se Fue.” The original song has been sampled a few times, including Don Omar’s “Taboo” and Kaoma’s “Lambada”. Kaoma recorded “Lambada” in 1989, before Los Kjarkas had authorized the sampling of their music. Kaoma got sued, but J.Lo and Don Omar legally sampled the tune.

Further reading: Article on the lawsuit and comments from Los Kjarkas. (spanish)

Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull - "On the Floor" (2011)
Kaoma - "Lambada" (1989)
Los Kjarkas - "Llorando se Fue" (1981)

Britney Spears vs. Barbra Streisand

spears-streissand

Submitted by Dan

Britney Spears’ “Oops!… I Did It Again” was an international #1 hit in 2000. So was Barbra Streisand’s “Woman in Love” in 1980. These melodies are very similar. But don’t blame Britney, she didn’t write the song.  Credits include Max Martin who has also worked with Dr. Luke on tracks like this.

Britney Spears - "Oops! ...I Did It Again" (2000)
Barbra Streisand - "Woman in Love" (1980)

The Drifters vs. The Rokes

Submitted by Norah

As we all know, The Drifters are a beloved institution of R&B and soul music. A hundred guys walked in and out of that band, but they put out hits like the Corleone’s. Then come 1966, and these moppy-haired, free-lovin hippies called The Rokes come strolling in with “Let’s Live for Today.” (As made famous by The Grass Roots)

The Drifters - "I Count the Tears" (1960)
The Rokes - "Let's Live for Today" (1966)
The Grass Roots - "Let's Live for Today" (1967)