8 hit songs that look exactly like other songs
Music is a wonderfully diverse medium – there are thousands of well-known and obscure instruments around the world, and there are probably millions of melodies that can be imagined and recorded. Unfortunately, popular music tends to reduce musicality to a simpler formula, and as a result, listeners may end up hearing multiple iterations of the same song, repackaged slightly differently for consumption.
In the often narrow model of pop music, it’s no surprise that the same melody surfaces in different songs, but we’ve compiled a list of some of the worst offenders. It’s eight hit songs that sound exactly like the other songs.
1. “All Summer” by Kid Rock
Kid Rock has the rare distinction of writing a hit song that sounds exactly like not one but two other hit songs. The lyrics refer to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s âSweet Home Alabamaâ several times, so it’s no surprise that the music does the same at various intervals. But the piano riff that Kid Rock’s song is built on is exactly the same as Warren Zevon’s only radio classic, “Werewolves of London”. Officially, the song samples both hits from the ’70s, but it’s hard to forgive the âsamplesâ when there’s hardly anything original added to the base music.
2. “Yellow” by Coldplay
One of the fan favorite songs of the ethereal alternative rock band, Coldplay, sounds a lot like a ballad from “Slanted and Enchanted,” the debut album by influential ’90s indie rock band Pavement. Despite some instrumental differences, the two songs sound almost identical except for the vocal melodies when they overlap. Just listen to those sweet but soaring guitar sounds and deliberate tempo, and tell me you can’t hear it.
3. “Warning” by Green Day
While there is no evidence that Coldplay knowingly ripped off Pavement for âYellow,â you could easily argue that Green Day ripped off The Kinks, simply based on a questionable story of non-original material – âBoulevard of Broken Dreams “looks suspiciously like” Oasis “Wonderwall,” and the main riff of “American Idiot” is almost identical to the opening riff of Dillinger Four’s “DoubleWhiskeyCokeNoice,” to begin with. But the worst in my opinion is their hit song “Warning” from the album of the same name from 2000, which has the exact same riff as “Picture Book” by The Kinks.