Critics of the Katy Perry released her latest single, "Roar," have said her song sounds an awful lot like Sara Bareillis' song, "Brave." Obviously the whole "hey, that song totally sounds like ___!" has been around for a while.
Ask any super jaded music fan and they'll tell you there's no such thing as original music anymore, just the same stuff re-hashed over and over. Personally, I am only offended when songs sound alike and both versions are terrible because I don't want to encourage more terrible music in this world. That said, here are five undeniably similar songs, starting with Katy and Sara.
Katy Perry v. Sara Bareillis
The opening chords, the music breakdowns, that piano in the background? Yeah, these "Roar" and "Brave" definitely sound like they were at least influenced by one another. Plus, Katy Perry definitely tweeted a few months ago that she loved Sara's song. Does that really mean anything? No. But whatever, y'all, it's gossip.
Katy Perry v. Ke$ha
Tsk, tsk, Katy Perry — on this list twice? Just kidding, I don't even know how big of a role singers play in how their songs sound. Shouldn't we blame the producers or something? Either way, Katy's "California Gurls" and Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" do sound similar to one another, even more-so when they are remixed together like this.
Lady Gaga v. Madonna
People were really mad when Lady Gaga released "Born This Way," claiming it sounded exactly the same as Madonna's song, "Express Yourself." I'm not sure. I think they reminiscent of one another, but I don't think I would say they are identical or that Gaga's is a clear attempt at stealing Madonna's music. Would you?
Beyonce v. Kelly Clarkson
This one's a little bit unique in that the guy who wrote Kelly Clarkson's "Already Gone" also wrote Beyonce's song, "Halo." Kelly Clarkson even publicly spoke on the controversy, saying she didn't realize the similarities until the songs were played side by side, and she blamed OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote both songs. Oops.
Vanilla Ice v. Queen and David Bowie
This one isn't really up for debate, since there is proof Vanilla Ice sampled the bassline from "Under Pressure" in his song, "Ice Ice Baby," and didn't give proper credit. Vanilla Ice initially denied any such thing, but then he was sued. Queen and Bowie got a credit on the song and Vanilla Ice ended up purchasing the song rather than paying royalties.
What do you think about music that ends up sounding the same?