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UPDATE: Beastie Boys vs. GoldieBlox

February 1st, 2014 by

A few months ago I posted about a controversial advertisement created by girl-tech startup company GoldieBlox. They posted a really great ad on YouTube which was unfortunately comprised of a parodied version of The Beastie Boys’ classic “Girls”. After all of the controversy it looks like GoldieBlox has swapped the music in a revised version of the ad.  Unfortunately I don’t have the original ad to share so if you haven’t seen it just play “Girls” over it but replace the lyrics with lyrics like the below.

Beastie Boys threaten to sue toy company GoldieBlox for copyright infringmenent

You can read more about the legal wrangling on

My favorite quite from this article:

“We’re not going to argue the merits of the cases here. It’s complicated when, on one side, there are the beloved Beastie Boys, including the estate of Adam “MCA” Yauch, who died last year of cancer and whose will prohibits use of his music in advertising.  “

Regardless of fair and whatever the song was being used to advertise I believe there are some basic creative principles that were being ignored by GoldieBlox. They could have asked for permission. But I guess the saying goes “Better to ask forgiveness than seek permission…” (??)


One Direction vs. Def Leppard

January 31st, 2014 by

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)

Dr. Luke vs. The World

January 9th, 2014 by

Dr. Luke vs. The World

Lukasz Gottwald (aka Dr. Luke) is making headlines this week as Ke$ha checks in to rehab for an eating disorder. Word is he has a history of verbal abuse. I’ll leave that news to the experts at People Magazine. A Ke$ha fan has even created an online petition called “Let Ke$ha have creative freedom“.

So let me take this opportunity to present a compilation of Dr. Luke produced tracks over the years and the songs that they sound like. Enjoy!


Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) has been racking up the hits in the last few years for artists like Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Ke$ha. He’s also been at the center of numerous copyright infringement cases. And of course made many appearances on ThatSongSoundsLike. I thought it might be interesting if I compiled a bunch together in one post. Enjoy!

One Direction vs. Queen

One Direction - "Rock Me - produced by Dr. Luke" (2012)

Queen - "We Will Rock You" (1977)

Avril Lavigne vs. Peaches

Original Post

Avril Lavigne - "I Don't Have to Try - produced by Dr. Luke" (2007)

Peaches - "I'm the Kinda" (2003)

Daughtry vs. The Asphalt

Original Post

Daughtry - "Feels Like Tonight - produced by Dr. Luke" (2006)

The Asphalt - "Tonight" (2005)

Chrissy vs. Ke$ha

Original Post Here

Chrissy - "My Slushy" (2006)

Ke$ha - "Tik Tok - produced by Dr. Luke" (2009)

Kesha vs. Flo Rida vs. Taio Cruz

Original Post Here

Taio Cruz - "Dynamite - produced by Dr. Luke" (2010)

Flo Rida - "Good Feeling - produced by Dr. Luke" (2011)

Ke$ha - "Die Young - produced by Dr. Luke" (2012)

Pink vs. The Veronicas

The Veronicas - "4ever - produced by Dr. Luke" (2005)

Pink - "U + Ur Hand - produced by Dr. Luke" (2006)

Avril Lavigne vs. The Rubinoos

Orginal Post Here

Avril Lavigne - "Girlfriend - produced by Dr. Luke" (2007)

The Rubinoos - "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" (1979)

Britney Spears vs. Jermaine Jacksin

Original Post Here

Britney Spears - "Hold it Against Me - produced by Dr. Luke" (2011)

Jermaine Jackson - "When the Rain Begins to Fall" (1984)

Katy Perry vs. t.A.T.u.

Orginal Post Here

Katy Perry - "E.T. - produced by Dr. Luke" (2011)

t.A.T.u. - "All The Things She Said" (2000)

Justice vs. Ke$ha vs. Miley Cyrus

Original Post Here

Justice - "The Party" (2009)

Ke$ha - "Tik Tok - produced by Dr. Luke" (2009)

Miley Cyrus - "Permanent December" (2010)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs vs. Kelly Clarkson

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Maps" (2/2004)

Kelly Clarkson - produced by Dr. Luke - "Since U Been Gone" (12/2004)

Have a nice day!

One Direction vs. Rick Springfield

January 7th, 2014 by

Submitted by Katie

It seems like 10 One Direction songs is not enough for this site. Let’s add another.

The intro of One Direction’s “Does He Know” (2013) and even the pre-chorus sound quite a bit like Rick Springfield‘s 1981 hit “Jessie’s Girl”. Does Springfield know?

One Direction - "Does He Know" (2013)

Rick Springfield - "Jessie's Girl" (1981)

10 One Direction Songs that Sound Like Other Songs

December 17th, 2013 by

10 One Direction Songs that Sound Like Other Songs

Research shows that putting a number in the title will generate 50% more clicks.* Research also shows that One Direction songs sound a lot like other songs.**

* I made that up, but it’s probably something like that
** That research is what you can listen to below

VS The Clash

The Clash vs. One Direction on
Submitted by Alex via the facebook page

If you look really closely at the cover of The Clash‘s Combat Rock (1982) you will see the boy band One Direction in the background. This explains it all.

One Direction - "Live While We're Young" (2012)

The Clash - "Should I Stay or Should I Go" (1982)

VS Big Time Rush

One Direction - "Heart Attack" (2012)

Big Time Rush - "Song For You" (2013)

VS Avril Lavigne

One Direction - "Last First Kiss" (2012)

Avril Lavigne - "Wish You Were Here" (2011)

VS Chris Medina

One Direction - "They Don't Know About Us (Intro)" (2012)

One Direction - "They Don't Know About Us (Chorus)" (2012)

Chris Medina - "What Are Words" (2011)

After listening to these Taylor Dayne‘s 1987 hit “Tell It to My Heart” also comes to mind:

Taylor Dayne - "Tell It to My Heart" (1987)

VS Grease Soundtrack

submitted by Sam and Ilan

One Direction - "What Makes You Beautiful" (2011)

Grease - "Summer Nights" (1978)

VS The Who

One Direction - "Best Song Ever " (2013)

The Who - "Baba O'Riley (aka Teenage Wasteland) " (1971)

VS Queen

submitted by James C.

One Direction - "Rock Me" (2012)

Queen - "We Will Rock You" (1977)

A homage? Perhaps. But take note, this track is produced by our old friend Dr. Luke

VS Red (also stylized R3D)

submitted by “Secret Secret”

One Direction - "More Than This" (2012)

Red - "Never Be the Same" (2008)

VS Taio Cruz

submitted by La La La

One Direction - "Stole My Heart (chorus)" (2011)

Taio Cruz - "Dynamite (chorus)" (2010)

Might as well compare the intros too…

One Direction - "Stole My Heart (into)" (2011)

Taio Cruz - "Dynamite (intro)" (2010)

And don’t forget these from this post.

Chris Brown - "Yeah 3X" (2010)

Calvin Harris - "I'm Not Alone" (2009)

DJ Sammy - "Heaven" (2002)

VS Kelly Clarkson

submitted by La La La

The least you can do is change the name of the song.

One Direction - "Strong" (2013)

Kelly Clarkson - "Stronger" (2012)

Some more if you want to keep digging:
“Crazy Cakes” submitted:
One Direction “Save You Tonight” vs. Erasure “Always”

La La La also submitted:
One Direction “I Want” vs. Feist “My Moon, My Man”
One Direction – “Na Na Na” vs. High School Musical 2: ‘All for One’
One Direction – “Gotta Be You” vs. The Verve “BitterSweet Symphony”



Daughtry vs. Fuel

December 12th, 2013 by

Submitted by Travis

No time for fancy Photoshops today, just a photo of some dudes looking angry .

Just listen to Daughtry‘s “It’s Not Over” and Fuel‘s “Hemmorrhage”:

Fuel - "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" (2000)

Daughtry - "It's Not Over" (2006)