Muso Mondays – 6 huge pop songs that sound exactly the same!?

Ever heard a song on the radio and thought, that sounds familiar? As more and more pop songs are being produced, of course, there’s going to be a limit to how many new chord combinations can be used. However, sometimes it’s hard to believe that an artist has got away with making a hit that’s so similar to another. Is it a coincidence, is it a rip-off? We’ll leave you to decide for yourselves.

Olly Murs – “Dance with Me Tonight” & Meghan Trainor – “Dear Future Husband”

Back in 2011, Olly Murs released one of his biggest hits to date, “Dance with Me Tonight” which featured on his third studio album – Right Place Right Time. Just a few years later in 2015, American pop artist Meghan Trainor appears with what some may describe as a very familiar tune. Not only do both songs start with talking, but they also have the same chord progression and feel good doo-wop kick. I know I’d be less than impressed if I were Olly!

Kesha – “TiK ToK” & Katy Perry – “California Gurls”

Kesha’s “TiK ToK” instantly became a hit for party-goers around the world, and only a few months later Katy Perry gave us another pre-drink anthem with “California Gurls”. But funnily enough, the 2 tracks sound so similar, they could easily be the same song. With both songs displaying a bouncy, synth-heavy production, and even similar vocal effects, the MASHUP (listen below) must have almost made itself!


Selena Gomez – “Same Old Love” & Camila Cabello – “Havana”

Another case of 2 female stars having VERY similar songs. Selena first released “Same Old Love” back in 2015, with “Havana” being released two years later in 2017. Despite Camila adding a smidge of her Cuban sass, both songs share the same accented intro on the piano. Not to mention the similar album covers…

See you next week for another Muso Monday post! 🙂

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