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Five pop songs that sound like others: One Direction, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and more

Posted on September 24, 2012 by
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With all the songs floating around these days, it’s inevitable that a couple of them will sound similar — whether the resemblance is intentional or not. If you’ve noticed any songs that sound alike, we want to know. Share them with us in the comments!

One Direction versus The Clash

The boy band just released a music video for their fun pop single “Live While We’re Young,” however, Clash fans weren’t too happy about the track’s uncanny resemblance to “Should I Stay Or Should I Go.” Fans of the punk classic are lashing out on Twitter. Though the majority of the messages are pretty angry there are a couple gems: @GavanCasey said “One Direction’s new song sounds like what I imagine Satan’s tribute to The Clash would sound like, but slightly more melodic.” Even if it does have a slight resemblance, we’re still loving 1D’s version. It will be on their upcoming album Take Me Home on Nov. 12.

Lady Gaga versus Madonna

Madonna famously started a feud with Lady Gaga when she claimed the 26-year-old singer was trying to imitate her career. At a few MDNA concerts Madonna has merged Gaga’s “Born This Way” with her 1989 classic “Express Yourself,” implying that Gaga was paying homage. A few days ago in Atlantic City, the Material Girl dedicated her track “Masterpiece” to Gaga, saying: “I’m gonna dedicate this next song to Lady Gaga. ‘Cause you wanna know something? I love her. I love her. I do love her. Imitation is the highest form of flattery…”

Katy Perry versus Kesha

Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” and Kesha’s “Tik Tok” sound pretty similar to each other at certain times, which isn’t surprising considering both songs were written by Dr. Luke. Not only do these two songs sound similar, but parts of “Tik Tok” can be compared to Uffie’s “Ready to Uff” and Gaga’s “Just Dance.” It proves how formulaic pop music can be. Tack Miley Cyrus’ “Permanent December” onto this and you’ve got a mashup.

One Direction versus Grease 

Sorry to pick on One Direction again, because we’re obsessed!! The first couple riffs of “What Makes You Beautiful” is just as chirpy as Grease’s “Summer Nights.”

Avril Lavigne versus Rubinoos 

Seventies powerpop band the Rubinoos sued Avril Lavigne because they claimed she plagiarized their track “Girlfriend” in her 2007 song “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.” They reached an “undisclosed settlement,” which doesn’t necessarily mean Lavigne and her management were guilty of anything.

BONUS Nickelback versus Nickelback

Because duh.

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