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Free vs. Joe Walsh vs. Kenny Loggins (aka 2 Songs That Sound Like Footloose)

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Free vs. Joe Walsh vs. Kenny Loggins

I was going to add a fancy “Footloose”-like font on this image of Free’s Paul Rodgers, Joe Walsh and an 80s Kenny Loggins but I couldn’t find the font quick enough.

Mark and Dawn both suggested Kenny Loggins vs. Joe Walsh (James Gang). As I was flipping through my drafts (there are a LOT!) I found Free‘s “All Right Now” vs. Footloose. This is a good one!

Free - "All Right Now" (May 1970)
James Gang - "Funk #49" (July 1970)
Kenny Loggins - "Footloose" (1984)



Miley Cyrus vs. The B-52′s

Monday, April 7th, 2014

From Travis

This Photoshop was just too easy. Check out Miley Cyrus‘ “Fly on the Wall” and The B-52′s “Rock Lobster”.

Miley Cyrus - "Fly on the Wall" (2008)
The B-52's - "Rock Lobster" (1978)

Also check out:

Miley Cyrus vs. Tammany Hall NYC
Corey Hart vs. Miley Cyrus
Katy Perry vs. Kesha vs. Miley Cyrus vs. Justice


The Killers vs. U2 and David Bowie

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Submitted by Travis

I didn’t realize The Killers were such fans of U2. I’m actually a little disappointed because I really love this Killers guitar solo. Now I can only think of  ”Miracle Drug” when I hear it. After doing some more research I actually found out that Flowers was in fact influenced by U2 when writing ”All These Things That I’ve Done” and then admits to lifting the bass line from David Bowie‘s “Slow Burn”. Check it out!

The Killers - "When You Were Young" (2006)

U2 - "Miracle Drug" (2004)

“When that one was cooking I was really into U2′s ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’. I thought that was an amazing comeback for them, and I was blown away by how many great songs were on that record. There’s an earnestness, spirit soul to U2, and I was trying to channel that. I wanted a song that stood up to those songs. We also took the bassline from a David Bowie song called ‘Slow Burn’, from ‘Heathen’, although enough time has probably passed now that I think he probably won’t sue us!”  - from NME

David Bowie - "Slow Burn" (2002)

The Killers - "All These Things That I've Done" (2004)

Anggun vs.Shreya Ghoshal vs. Bjork vs. Sunny Day Real Estate

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Anggun, Shreya Ghoshal

submitted by Eleanor

Update: As Abhijit Shylanath points out in the comments, the writing credit for “Yeh Ishq Hai” should be Pritam Chakraborty. Shreya Ghoshal is just the singer.

Eleanor sent me Bollywood track “Yeh Ishq Hai” (sung by Shreya Ghoshal) from the film “Jab We Met” and “Être une femme (“Being a Woman”)” by Indonesian/French singer Anggun .  Both with pretty similar vocal melodies.  I decided to add on Björk’s “Human Behaviour” simply for the timpani sounding beat. I also couldn’t help hearing the melody of Sunny Day Real Estate‘s “Two Promises”.

Anggun - "Être une femme ('Being a Woman')" (2004)

Shreya Ghoshal - "Yeh Ishq Hai" (2007)

Björk - "Human Behaviour" (1993)

Sunny Day Real Estate - "Two Promises" (1998)

Anggun also recorded an English version if you’re interested:

Anggun - "All in Your Mind" (2004)

Side note: I once set up a show with a band I was in and called it “Indie Rock Night”.  A journalist showed up and thought we were going to play Indian music.

Bruno Mars vs. Breakbot vs. Snoop Dogg vs. George Duke

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Thanks to Hunter for bringing the Bruno Mars vs. Breakbot comparison to my attention.

Bruno Mars vs. Breakbot vs. Snoop Dogg vs. George Duke

It seems that Breakbot had a little something to say about it via twitter:

@BrunoMars  ! seriously ? Haha great now i've got all the bruno fans mad at me ! this is serious, they might throw their hats at me.

There are definitely similarities in the chorus as well as the verse:


Bruno Mars - "Treasure (Chorus)" (2012)

Breakbot - "Baby I'm Yours (Chorus)" (2010)


Bruno Mars - "Treasure (Verse)" (2012)

Breakbot - "Baby I'm Yours (Verse)" (2010)

But wait, there’s more! An article I came across points out the similarity of George Duke‘s “Reach Out”:

George Duke - "Reach Out" (1983)

After listening to all of these I really started thinking about Snoop Dogg‘s “Ain’t No Fun” [Explicit Lyric].

Snoop Dogg - "Ain't No Fun (If the Homies Can't Have None)" (1993)

UPDATE: Haasey suggests below that Midnight Star‘s track “Midas Touch” sounds a lot like Breakbot’s. I concur.

Midnight Star - "Midas Touch" (1986)


One Direction vs. Def Leppard

Friday, January 31st, 2014

submitted by Hunter and Kirb

I really didn’t plan on listening to this much One Direction but I’ve had no choice. Have a listen to these two clips. I understand it’s only 3 chords but just listen.

On 19 December 2013, it was announced that Def Leppard had asked their lawyers to look into allegations that “Midnight Memories” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me” bear striking similarities — enough that the boys and the additional writers of the song could be in hot water. However, Def Leppard guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell confirmed to Billboard that they were not, in fact, pursuing legal action. Collen called the songs “very similar in structure”, but nothing more. Campbell said: “The chords are one-four-five. Those are the blues. You don’t get more basic than that. I think what’s more reminiscent of the Leppard thing is the production, the sound, the vocals, the reverb and the way it’s assembled. – wikipedia

Def Leppard - "Pour Some Sugar on Me" (1987)

One Direction - "Midnight Memories" (2013)