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Songs that sound like other songs
« on: May 19, 2015, 09:26:27 PM »
I thought I'd make a thread for songs that sound like other songs, either intentionally (plagiarism), or just coincidentally.

A few examples I thought of right off the bat:

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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2015, 06:58:21 AM »
There is plenty, just plenty of it.
Amr Diab (the best known modern Arabic musician) is quite freqently copied, mainly by Bollywood and Greeks. Just see, how many covers in different language has his song Tamally Maak

A short motive from one of the Hossam Ramzy's pasterpieces used for the whole song by Jay-Z

Salomé- Chayanne
Nocas moras biti moja - Daniel Djokic

Temptation - Arash
Baila - Alabina

Simarik - Tarkan
La muchacha turca - Hakim


Samo pijan mogu - Bane Bojanic
Nije mi zao - Rade Lackovic

Novi Dom - Osman Hadzic
Rasputin - Boney M

And Goran Bregovic copies his own songs, just creates a bit different arrangement and translate the lyrics xd (but, e.g. it's interesting to hear Djurjevdan - the day of st. George - arranged e.g in Polish for Christmas Eve, in Russian for st. John's nativity feast and so on)
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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2015, 08:47:32 AM »
All County Western and Rock & Roll Songs.

"Oh, baby, baby"
Oh, Mama, Mama".
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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2015, 09:19:26 AM »
Ball and Chain (Social Distortion) has always sounded like it was adapting the guitar riff from Dead Flowers (Rolling Stones).
No Rest for the Wicked (Cage the Elephant) also sounds inspired by Memo From Turner (Mick Jagger)
I thought Bejbi Ti Nisi Tu (something Serbian) sounded similar to Baby, You're Out of Time, but it looks like it might be a straight up cover with less Jaggery lyrics.
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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2015, 09:59:53 AM »
There is plenty, just plenty of it.

Rasputin - Boney M




LOL!  Thanks for posting that. 

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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2015, 03:53:52 PM »
All County Western and Rock & Roll Songs.

"Oh, baby, baby"
Oh, Mama, Mama".

Yeah, kinda:  Neil Young -- Old Man

Willie Nelson / Merle Haggard -- Pancho and Lefty

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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2015, 10:21:07 PM »
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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2015, 10:34:01 PM »
Cat Stevens had a song called Morning has Broken, which has the same tune of another song which title I cannot remember.

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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2015, 11:17:49 AM »
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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2015, 02:16:50 PM »
"The Search Is Over" and "Can You Feel The Love Tonight"

Hmmm ... any particular part?

The verses sound alike to me, anyway. Not so much the chorus.

"How can I convince you
 What you see is real"

vs.

"I can see what's happening
And they don't have a clue..."
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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2015, 09:14:51 PM »
Flame accused Katy Perry of plagiarizing "Dark Horse" from him. What makes it even more ironic is that Flame is a "Reformed Rapper" (a Calvinist hip-hop artist) and his song's lyrics are overtly Christian, whereas Perry's song is from the point of view of a witch.
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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2015, 09:30:42 PM »
Let's bring this back to the Byzantine world.

Some of the Tone 4 patterns bear a striking resemblance to the "Wassail Song" refrain "Love and joy come to you, and to you at Christmas too...."

The haunting Tone 3 melody "Ye holy Apostles" that we used throughout the Dormition Fast was shamelessly borrowed by 17th century Lutheran hymnwriter Georg Neumark for the tune titled "Wer Nur Den Lieben" ("If Thou but suffer God to guide thee")

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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2015, 10:17:57 PM »
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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2015, 10:35:39 PM »
There is a Ukrainian Orthodox chant melody that matches the melody of a Soviet revolutionary song. I think that the latter is Smelo tovarischi v nogu. (Bravely, comrades, on foot.)

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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2015, 06:28:29 AM »
There is a Ukrainian Orthodox chant melody that matches the melody of a Soviet revolutionary song. I think that the latter is Smelo tovarischi v nogu. (Bravely, comrades, on foot.)

Which chant melody? I'm listetning to the song you wrote and I can't associate it with any Ukrainian chant.
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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2015, 01:55:56 PM »
There is a Ukrainian Orthodox chant melody that matches the melody of a Soviet revolutionary song. I think that the latter is Smelo tovarischi v nogu. (Bravely, comrades, on foot.)

Which chant melody? I'm listetning to the song you wrote and I can't associate it with any Ukrainian chant.
I am inclined to think that it is one to the Theotokos. I am not 100% certain it's the particular Soviet song I pointed to I heard the correlation to a Soviet revolutionary song at one or two Ukrainian Orthodox Churches in the USA about a year ago.

I think that the melody includes the point where it repeats:
"братский союз и свобода Вот наш девиз боевой".

The reference in the Soviet song I pointed at to the "Kingdom of Liberty" may hint at it's origin in the Ukrainian chant. When I heard the song the first time, then after the service when we were in line to venerate the cross I talked to a person maybe 50 years old and pointed out the melody's resemblance to it for him. He listened carefully as I sung the Soviet lyrics and he agreed.

My guess is that it's an adaptation from the Ukrainian hymn, rather than the other way around. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church generally came to the US in the 1900-1950 period, and I think that in coming over in that time era, the Church preserved the song melody. It is less likely that they still sing this melody in Orthodox churches in Ukraine, where some melodies could have changed in the last 60 years, but I am not sure.

I do know that the immigrant US churches from Ukraine even in the OCA preserved at least a few West Ukrainian "folk" liturgical styles and melodies that are not in the "High Russian" style.
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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2015, 02:00:37 PM »
If it were really important to find out the liturgical song's name, I could just go to that Ukrainian parish again (The Ukrainian Cathedral in Philadelphia), as I expect they regularly sing it.

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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2015, 02:02:41 PM »
Does the Zeppelin tune The Song Remains the Same sound like any other songs? 8)

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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2015, 02:18:14 PM »
Dr. Fr. Ivan Moody said that the Paschal Hymn "Christ is Risen" can be heard in the theme song of Downton Abbey. 

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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #22 on: August 22, 2015, 03:02:40 PM »
Does the Zeppelin tune The Song Remains the Same sound like any other songs? 8)

I see what you did there.  :)

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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2015, 03:12:50 PM »
If it were really important to find out the liturgical song's name, I could just go to that Ukrainian parish again (The Ukrainian Cathedral in Philadelphia), as I expect they regularly sing it.
I think that a Ukrainian American Orthodox living on the eastern half of the US might recognize the Soviet song's melody, perhaps in one of the common hymns to the Theotokos.

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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #24 on: August 22, 2015, 03:14:25 PM »
Pearl Jam, Go
vs.
Rush, Stick it Out

Pearl Jam's opening riff sounds like a speeded up version of Rush's chorus riff.
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Re: Songs that sound like other songs
« Reply #25 on: August 22, 2015, 03:15:08 PM »
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God, Save the Queen and My Country, 'Tis of Thee. ;)
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