Songs That Sound Like Other Songs

Well, you heard it here first, folks. Way back in June 2013, I pointed out that the Robin Thicke song, ‘Blurred Line’ bore an uncanny resemblance to Marvin Gaye’s ‘Got to Give it Up’.

It would appear that someone was listening to me, because a US jury has ordered Mr Thicke and co-singer Pharrell Williams to pay $7.4 million to Marvin Gaye’s children for copying their father’s music.

I personally disagree with this ruling. As the Bible says, ‘there is nothing new under the sun’. Most things, whether stories or songs, borrow liberally from other things. And if you want to get silly about it, every song consists of the same eight notes, and books the same twenty-six letters. It’s a question of degree, and these two songs are significantly different.

Anyway, there are plenty of other songs out there that sound similar. Compare these two:

‘He’s So Fine’ by The Chiffons:

and ‘My Sweet Lord’ by George Harrison:

And even more blatant, doesn’t the Beach Boy’s ‘Surfin’ U.S.A’…

…sound just a little like Chuck Berry’s ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’?…


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