Top Ten Songs of the 2010s that Sound Alike

Martin_Canine
Sometimes you can't help but notice a song sounding very close to another that you just recently heard. Sometimes, it's a clear rip off, other times it might actually be coincidental, when there is little chance artist number 2 knows of artist number 1's song, or when the songs were released almost simultaneously.

Both songs need to be from the 2010s to qualify for the list. Samples don't count (e.g. Fler's "Attitude" from 2016 samples the chopped up main piano line from Russ' "Pull the Trigger" from 2015, with both songs being hip hop songs that end up sounding similar), neither do songs on which one rapper raps over another rapper's beat for a mixtape (e.g. Lil Wayne's "Fly Away", which was rapped over Kendrick Lamar's "DNA." beat). It however counts if two beats are not officially related but significantly similar.

The Top Ten

1 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Can't Hold Us vs. Kay One & Dante Thomas - What Happened Last Night

This is obviously a rip off. In 2012 and from then on, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis became pretty popular over here as well, and the great empowerment hymn "Can't Hold Us" also one of their singles that were on the music channels. However, German rapper Kay One, who is pretty hyped himself, thought that in 2015 people forgot about the song and used a beat that's almost an exact copy. It's nearly the same piano loop, both have anthemic drumming and "whooa whooa" choir vocals - in both songs the verses are rapped with a fast flow while the chorus is sung in a soul style. There's no way this is a coincidence. Unfortunately, the song is Kay One's strongest album. And Kay One's a good rapper but with piss poor taste in style and beats. But I'll tell you more about that on another item. - Martin_Canine

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis released "Can't Hold Us" on August 16th, 2011, Kay One & Dante Thomas released "What Happened Last Night" on June 19th, 2015. - Martin_Canine

2 Ace Hood - Bugatti vs. ApoRed - Everyday Saturday 1.0

There are two parts of "Everyday Saturday", 1.0 and 2.0, which have the same lyrics but different beats and different takes, also 2.0 has better sound mixing. They can be bought on iTunes under these titles. However, on ApoRed's channel, "Everyday Saturday 1.0" turned to "Everyday Saturday (Remix)", and "Everyday Saturday 2.0", which was released three weeks later, was titled "Everyday Saturday". Ummm... yup. Nothing against Apo, but I assume he called it a remix because it was more likely to be taken offline for copyright issues (it wasn't and it's much clicked), because the beats are almost identical and it takes very good ears to spot the difference. - Martin_Canine

Ace Hood released "Bugatti" on January 29th, 2013, ApoRed released "Everyday Saturday 1.0" on April 23rd, 2016 as "Everyday Saturday (Remix)". - Martin_Canine

3 Nelly Furtado - Sticks and Stones vs. P!nk - Where We Go

This is surely a pure coincidence. The songs have no similar structures or moods, the original wasn't a hit (the album was a commercial failure and the song wasn't a single), and P! nk simply has too many ambitions of her own. The songs' melodies are very, very similar though. I can't help but think of Furtado's song (the best song off her latest album which was a bit disappointing) when hearing P! nk's, although the latter would be great on its own. - Martin_Canine

Nelly Furtado released "Sticks and Stones" on March 31rd, 2017, P! nk released "Where We Go" on October 13th, 2017. - Martin_Canine

4 Casper - Lang lebe der Tod vs. Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It?

Casper released "Lang lebe der Tod" on July 4th, 2016, Taylor Swift released "...Ready For It? " on September 3rd, 2017. - Martin_Canine

Another one that's most likely purely coincidental. Although the genre bending Casper is a singer that's both chart topping and acclaimed beyond compare in Germany (the 2017 album of the same name hit number one and as a poet he was literally called Germany's Kendrick Lamar by one reviewer - but I disagree, Casper is too European in his topics and not as much hip hop), I doubt Taylor Swift knows this experimental piece of apocalyptic music - which by the way assembles the avant garde legend and Einstürzende Neubauten singer Blixa Bargeld, the rock band Sizarr and indie singer Dagobert.

But still the main instrumental break is so strikingly similar, although very simplistic: three extremely dark and distorted bass kicks and an industrial sound. It's simple enough to be unintentional, and also through the circumstances, it probably is. - Martin_Canine

5 Skrillex & Rick Ross - Purple Lamborghini vs. SpongeBozz - Yellow Bar Mitzvah

Unlike the other songs by German artists copying American beats, this one doesn't come off as a ripoff, because SpongeBozz makes verbal references to the original and doesn't try to get away with it. He calls his gang the Suicide Squad, he briefly comments on the lack of a purple Lamborghini in the original video and gives out a shoutout to his producer the exact time Rick Ross does in the original song. I think what happened is that SpongeBozz wanted to rap over the original Skrillex beat, in a way that rappers like Lil Wayne do on mixtapes, but wanted to release it commercially, which he obviously couldn't, so Digital Drama produced a type beat for him. And DD is just as great as a producer as Skrillex is, with SpongeBozz is technically worlds ahead of Rick Ross, sorry. "Purple Lamborghini" has originality bonus and admittedly the sicker drop, but 'Yellow Bar Mitzvah" has a gazillion times better rapping and also a better beat during the verses. - Martin_Canine

Skrillex & Rick Ross released "Purple Lamborghini" on July 22nd, 2016, SpongeBozz released "Yellow Bar Mitzvah" on May 25th, 2017. - Martin_Canine

6 Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee - Despacito vs. Kay One & Pietro Lombardi - Señorita

And this is what I meant with Kay One having bad taste. This guy is a really good rapper flow-wise, great at battle raps and he can freestyle flawlessly, but he always goes for cheap party pop music. And in this case, he ripped off the entire feel of "Despacito". It's not entirely the same in its melody, but not being a fan of either song, I found myself confusing them quite a lot until I realized that the song I was listening to was either actually Spanish or German with some Spanish sounding words in between. Both songs topped the German and Austrian charts, so the songs were blasting everywhere, and I could tell them apart mostly by the language. - Martin_Canine

Louis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee released "Despacito" on January 12th, 2017, Kay One & Pietro Lombardi released "Señorita" on September 8th, 2017. - Martin_Canine

7 Chris Brown - Deuces vs. Kollegah - I.H.D.P.

I even know the background story to this one from the producer's YouTube channel, 2Bough. Kollegah loved the "Deuces" beat and wanted to rap over it. He asked 2Bough to re-build it for him (because of course he couldn't just use the original one on a commercial album). 2Bough produced this beat. And he did a good job. So yeah: in this case, it's official that it's a ripoff.
BUT: Chris Brown isn't an all too good artist and this song is just another of his typical, uninspired RnB/hip hop hybrids, Kollegah on the other hand is one of the greatest rappers out there, and so he gets much more out of the beat, which in and of itself is neutral and in my opinion not all too original to begin with, simply by having better lyrics. He raps about his inability of staying loyal to his girlfriend although he loves her and gets nothing out of the experience because it doesn't feel well being with other women, but he still can't restrain from it. Also Kollegah's version has SpongeBozz on the ...more - Martin_Canine

Chris Brown released "Deuces" on June 25th, 2010, Kollegah released "I.H.D.P." on October 14th, 2011. - Martin_Canine

8 Adele - Rolling in the Deep vs. Fall Out Boy - Just One Yesterday

Adele released "Rolling in the Deep" on September 29th, 2010, Fall Out Boy released "Just One Yesterday" on April 12th, 2013. - Martin_Canine

It's actually not really that much similarity between these two - except for the very firsr lines of the first verses which are so strikingly similar that they are basically identical. The music, the melody, the soulful singing, the use as an opening line - although everything tells you "hey, these two songs are completely different"... I hear the resemblence every time. - Martin_Canine

9 Enrique Iglesias - Bailando vs. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee - Despacito

Enrique Iglesias released "Bailando" on April 28th, 2014, Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee released "Despacito" on January 12th, 2017. - Martin_Canine

Okay, this one might be spoiled by me not being Spanish, but when "Despacito" (and "Señorita"...) became hits over here, this song was re-discovered by radio stations, and again, I often couldn't tell the difference - I only figured out which was which by waiting if the line "Despacito" would pop up. - Martin_Canine

10 Tokio Hotel - Stormy Weather vs. Tokio Hotel - Better

Yeah, I know, that's cheap. It's obviously the same band and yeah, most bands have that one song that sounds similar to an earlier one. I just think it's funny that not only the melody in the chorus is very similar, also the word that is repeated is: "Weather" and "Better". To be fair, much of the song sounds nothing like the other one. Just the chorus. - Martin_Canine

Tokio Hotel released "Stormy Weather" on October 3rd, 2014 and "Better" on March 3rd, 2017. - Martin_Canine

The Contenders

11 Camila Cabello - Crying in the Club vs. Sia - Cheap Thrills
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Top Remixes

1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Can't Hold Us vs. Kay One & Dante Thomas - What Happened Last Night
2. Ace Hood - Bugatti vs. ApoRed - Everyday Saturday 1.0
3. Nelly Furtado - Sticks and Stones vs. P!nk - Where We Go
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