As I walked around my house this morning, singing “You Are My Sunshine” to myself as I am one to do, I found myself running right into the second verse of “This Land is Your Land” only to discover that they are the same song.
Try this in your homes.
It got me thinking about songs that are other songs. Everyone knows at least a few: The alphabet song and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” and The American National Anthem and The British “The Anacreontic Song.” I’m sure that was a bit of a culture shock for poor Justin the first time he went into a pub.
Nickelback plagiarized themselves recently writing the same song twice. Some astute Nickelback whistleblower discovered this and created the ultimate Nickelback song.
I’m sure there are thousands of others. There is a cash of songs from the 50s that all sound alike. Listen to anything not by Sinatra, Del Shannon or The Ronettes.
I’ve compiled an impartial list of songs that are actually just other songs, and I urge the millions of people that read this blog to contribute to the list.
Wilco: “Pot Kettle Black” / The Cure: “In-between Days”
Green Day: “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” / Oasis: “Wonderwall”
Soul Decision: “Faded” / Badly Drawn Boy: “Disillusion”
Ray Parker, Jr: “Ghostbusters” / Huey Lewis & The News: “I Want a New Drug”
Flaming Lips: “Fight Test” / Cat Stevens: “Father and Son”
Jet: “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” / Iggy Pop: “Lust for Life”
Radiohead: “Just” / Love and Rockets: “No New Tale to Tell”
Oasis: “Part of the Queue” / Badly Drawn Boy: “Once Around the Block”
Suede: “Saturday Night” / Elton John: “Song for Guy”
Louis XIV: “A Letter to Dominique” / T-Rex: “Metal Guru”
Britney Spears: “Oops I Did It Again” / Barbara Streisand: “Woman in Love”
M C Hammer: “Can’t Touch This”/ Rick James: “Superfreak”
Vanilla Ice: “Ice, Ice Baby”/ Queen: “Under Pressure”
Vitamin C “Graduation” AND Spiritualized “Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space”/ Pachelbel: “Canon in D Major”
Now mash-ups don’t count, and neither do samples. So no Kanye West on this.
One thing, please keep your submission in the same format. Rip-Off Artist/Original Artist.
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