Results for - I Could Swear I've Heard This Song Before

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1. Sitting in a coffee shop the other day with friends, a song came on that I thought I instantly knew. But, much to my surprise, it only sounded like a song I knew. That made me think that while some songs have been taken to court over similarities, why are some not pursued. Take a listen to this song, (specifically the chorus at approx. 1 minute into the song) and tell me if you think it sounds like "California Dreamin" by The Mamas & The Papas?

Very much so
17%
400 votes
A little
28%
640 votes
Not at all
14%
326 votes
Did not listen to the video
22%
498 votes
Not Applicable
19%
436 votes

2. These songs have all been taken to court over striking similarities. Which of these cases are you familiar with?

The Doors were ordered by a UK court to pay royalties to The Kinks for using a similar riff from "All Day and All of the Night" in "Hello, I Love You."
9%
203 votes
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" was accused of plagiarizing the Gap Band's "Oops Upside Your Head" in 2018.
12%
283 votes
In July, 2019, a court found that Katy Perry's 2013 single "Dark Horse" stole from a Christian rap song called "Joyful Noise," released by musician Marcus Gray under the name Flame.
13%
307 votes
Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused" caused them to be sued by Jake Holmes, who also wrote a song called "Dazed and Confused."
8%
178 votes
Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" was said to be a plagiarized version of the band Spirit's song "Taurus."
14%
311 votes
Radiohead's "Creep" was the basis of a lawsuit that alleged the band plagiarized the Hollies' "The Air That I Breathe."
4%
99 votes
Ed Sheeran was accused copying Matt Cardle's song "Amazing" "note-for-note" in his hit single "Photograph."
8%
188 votes
Robin Thicke was accused of plagiarizing Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" with his hit "Blurred Lines."
24%
555 votes
All of them
5%
108 votes
None of them
53%
1,217 votes

3. Talk about "blurred lines", ripping off a song is very different from sampling a song. In music, sampling is taking a portion of a song or instrumental recording and using it in another new song. It is very common in hip-hop and rap, and the relationship in that genre of music is integral to many of the best known hip-hop songs. Sometimes it is done so well, you don't even realize it's a sample. Can you name any songs that use sampling?

No
45%
1,024 votes
Yes, many
13%
302 votes
One or two
10%
223 votes
Not sure
33%
751 votes

4. Here are some of the best known songs that used sampling. Which of these songs are you familiar with?

'Paper Planes' -- M.I.A. -- samples 'Straight To Hell' by The Clash
5%
125 votes
'My Name Is' -- Eminem -- baseline samples 'I Got The...' by Labi Siffre
13%
293 votes
'Gold Digger' -- Kanye West -- samples 'I Got A Woman' by Ray Charles
13%
295 votes
'Ready Or Not' -- The Fugees -- samples 'Ready Or Not Here I Come' by The Delfonics
9%
218 votes
'I Know You Want Me' -- Pitbull -- samples 'Street Player' by Chicago
8%
187 votes
'Hip Hop Is Dead' -- Nas -- samples 'In-A-Godda-da-Vida' by Iron Butterfly
4%
83 votes
'Blue Sky' -- Common -- samples 'Mr Blue Sky' by Electric Light Orchestra
4%
100 votes
'Champion' -- Kanye West -- sampled 'Kid Charlemagne' by Steely Dan
4%
87 votes
' Stan' -- Eminem -- sampled 'Thank You' by Dido
11%
253 votes
All of them
3%
76 votes
None
66%
1,515 votes

5. A 1960s track called "Amen, Brother" by The Winstons is the most-sampled track in history. More than 2,000 songs have sampled a particular drum beat from "Amen, Brother" that's now known as the Amen Break. It has even been used in the "Futurama" theme song, on the title screen of "The Powerpuff Girls," on "SimCity 4," even in Jeep ads. Do you think a drum break can actually be considered a sample in music?

Yes
22%
505 votes
No
25%
573 votes
Undecided
53%
1,222 votes
11/23/2019 Music 2346 29 By: Harriet56

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