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Sam Smith vs. Tom Petty

June 17th, 2014 by

Submitted by John

I didn’t have to listen for very long to hear the similarity. Enjoy.

Sam Smith - "Stay With Me" (2014)

Tom Petty - "I Won't Back Down" (1989)

Diet Coke vs. Pharrell Williams

May 28th, 2014 by

Occasionally on the site I post some advertisements that bear a striking resemblance to current pop songs (See The Black Keys vs. Pizza Hut and Home Depot and The Strokes vs. Pizza Hut). In one case the original artist even turned down an offer and the brand proceeded to write a soundalike (See Beach House vs. Volkswagen).  The other day I was watching a Diet Coke commercial and it immediately reminded me of Pharrell Williams‘ “Happy”. I found the Diet Coke ad on YouTube and the songwriter Garen Gueyikian even appears in the comments. I’m sure he’s a good guy and this is a great gig. But hey, it’s gotta go on the site :P

Pharrell Williams - "Happy" (2013)

Diet Coke  Just for the Taste of It TV Commercial (2014)

Click here for more Advertisement Soundalikes


Led Zeppelin Getting Sued Over “Stairway to Heaven”

May 21st, 2014 by

Bloomberg BusinessWeek recently published an article that indicates the wheels are in motion for Led Zeppelin to have a day in court for their most famous tune. Zeppelin has been all over from the beginning. In all of this talk about Stairway and Tauraus everyone seems to overlook Dolly Parton’s “We Used To”. Here’s an excerpt from the Bloomberg article. Music and more links below.

[Randy] California [of the band Spirit] doesn’t seem to have griped about Stairway‘s genesis, at least publicly, for decades. Finally, citing the gigs they played together, California told journalist Jeff McLaughlin in the winter 1997 issue of Listener magazine that Led Zeppelin had filched his song. “I’d say it was a ripoff,” California said. “And the guys made millions of bucks on it and never said ‘Thank you,’ never said, ‘Can we pay you some money for it?’ It’s kind of a sore point with me. Maybe someday their conscience will make them do something about it.” On Jan. 2, 1997, California drowned while rescuing his 12-year-old son from a rip current in Hawaii.

Now the late California’s allegation may get its day in court. Andes and the trust that handles California’s royalties say they’re teaming up to seek credit for Stairway. They’re working with Francis Alexander Malofiy, a Philadelphia lawyer whose cases include a pending suit against the singer Usher over the writing credit for the song Bad Girl, which Usher is fighting [EDITOR'S NOTE: I'll have to check this one out]. Starting in June, Led Zeppelin is preparing to cash in anew on Stairway and other hits by releasing all its albums in deluxe, remastered vinyl and CD editions. Malofiy says he is going to file a copyright infringement lawsuit and seek an injunction to block the rerelease of the album containing the song.

The idea behind this is to make sure that Randy California is given a writing credit on Stairway to Heaven,” says Malofiy, 36, who says he grew up with posters of Led Zeppelin on his bedroom wall. “It’s been a long time coming.”

-source: Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Spirit - "Taurus" (1968)
Led Zeppelin - "Stairway to Heaven" (1971)
Dolly Parton - "We Used To" (1975)

Ben wrote a great post that covers A LOT of Led Zeppelin soundalikes.
Led Zeppelin vs. The World

Led Zeppelin vs. Chicago vs. Green Day vs. The White Stripes

Coheed and Cambria vs. Led Zeppelin

Devo vs. Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin vs. Rage Against the Machine

And just for fun, here’s that great scene from Wayne’s World.

Michael Jackson vs. Huey Lewis vs. Ray Parker

May 5th, 2014 by

Michael Jackson vs. Huey Lewis vs. Ray Parker Jr.

Ray Parker Jr. and Huey Lewis have been hiding in Michael Jackson’s afro this whole time.

I’ve posted about Huey Lewis & The New’s “I Want a New Drug” and Ray Parker’s Ghostbuster’s Theme a number of times but I was just listening to some MJ the other day and noticed a strong similarity in The Jackson 5′s 1978 “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)”. While the lawsuits were flying in the Lewis/Parker camp I’m surprised nobody brought up this precursor to the mix.

Have a listen!

Michael Jackson (Jackson 5) - "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" (1978)
Huey Lewis & The News - "I Want a New Drug (intro)" (1984)
Ray Parker Jr. - "Ghostbusters Theme (intro)" (1984)


See also: Huey Lewis & The News vs. Ray Parker Jr. vs. The Bar-Kays vs. Queen


Flo Rida vs. Katy Perry vs. Kesha

May 2nd, 2014 by

Kesha vs. Katy Perry vs. Flo Rida

Bryant pointed out on Facebook that Flo Rida‘s 2011 “Who Dat Girl” sounds a lot like Kesha’s “Tik Tok” and Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” (both of which have appeared on this site before). I’m not sure how I didn’t catch this one before. Maybe I just thought it was the same song :) .  By the way, all three of these tracks are produced by … drum roll please…

Dr. Luke!

There are numerous other Katy Perry, Kesha and Flo Rida posts on the site. Follow the links below the music.

Flo Rida - "Who Dat Girl" (2011)

Katy Perry - "California Gurls" (2010)

Ke$ha - "Tik Tok" (2009)

Flo Rida – “Good Feeling” (2011) vs. Ke$ha – “Die Young” (2012) (this is not a mistake)

Ke$ha – “Tik Tok” (2009) vs. Katy Perry – “California Gurls” (2010)

Kesha – “Kiss n Tell” (2010) vs. Alphaville – “Forever Young” (1984)

Had enough? OK, one more!

Katy Perry – “California Gurls” (2010) vs. Ke$ha – “Tik Tok” (2009) vs. Miley Cyrus – “Permanent December” (2010) vs. Justice – “The Party” (2009)


Rixton vs. Rob Thomas vs. Rihanna

April 25th, 2014 by

Rixton vs. Rob Thomas vs. Rihanna on

Rixton, Rob Thomas, Rihanna

This is an update for Rob Thomas vs. Rihanna

Crystal suggested Rixton “Me and My Broken Heart” and I have to say it’s pretty on point. (Update: I also found the same suggestion in my email from Alex and Jack)

Rob Thomas - "Lonely No More" (2004)

Rihanna - "Unfaithful" (2006)

Rixton - "Me and My Broken Heart" (2014)

Update 5/6/2014: eMaRe noted in the comments below that Rob Thomas is a co-writer of “Me and My Broken Heart” (check the wikipedia)