Robin Thicke and Pharell Williams have been ordered to pay $7.4 million to the estate of late singer Marvin Gaye, because a jury felt that their “Blurred Lines” was too close to Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up.” In light of this verdict, one that could impact other artists and lead to similar lawsuits, we decided to take a look at some songs that sound suspiciously like others.
1. Sam Smith “Stay With Me” vs. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers “I Won’t Back Down”
These two songs are so similar that Sam Smith actually reached out to Tom Petty to offer him a cut of the royalties for “Stay With Me,” which was a pretty classy move.
2. The Beatles “Obladee” vs. The Offspring “Why Don’t You Get a Job”
While it could be said that the Beatles are the most influential band in history, the Offspring certainly took that to heart, and the result will leave you wondering, “What were they thinking?”
3. Lady Gaga “Born This Way” vs. Madonna “Express Yourself”
Lady Gaga has borrowed from trend setters in the past, but when this 2011 song was released, it became pretty clear who she was channeling. Madonna even went so far as to sing part of Gaga’s song during her own “Express Yourself” while on her MDNA tour in 2012.
4. Katy Perry “Roar” vs. Sara Bareilles “Brave”
This mashup shows how close these songs are. They were both hits, so everyone was happy, with no lawsuits in sight, yet we’re betting only one of them is driving a gold-plated Ferrari.
5. Nirvana “Come as You Are” vs. Killing Joke “Eighties”
While Killing Joke may not be a household name, they received quite a bit of press following the release of Nirvana’s “Come as You Are,” with its opening riff being an obvious rip-off. While Nirvana were nervous about releasing the song at all, they never compensated Killing Joke.
6. Bedouin Soundclash “When The Night Feels My Song” vs. Toots and the Maytals “Pressure Drop”
The Canadian band might as well change their name to Bedouin Sounds Like Toots and the Maytals.
7. The Hives “Go Right Ahead” vs. ELO “Don’t Bring Me Down”
If you’re going to rip off one of the most famous riffs in rock, you might as well rip off one of the most famous drum beats as well, which the Hives didn’t do.
8. Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” vs. Oasis “Wonderwall”
That moment when Green Day fans realized they were Oasis fans all along.
9. Shania Twain “C’est La Vie” vs. ABBA “Dancing Queen”
ABBA wins every time.
10. One Direction “Best Song Ever” vs. The Who “Baba O’Riley”
While The Who’s main man Pete Townsend said he was flattered by 1D’s take on his tune, we’re betting out of the two, his is actually the best song ever.
Want all the details on what went down between Mr. Thicke, Pharrell and the great Marvin Gaye’s estate? Watch below.