Pearl Jam's Nineties track Given to Fly (released December 22, 1997, and featured on the Showtime series Roadies) lifts its verse vocal melody directly from Led Zeppelin's classic rock ballad Going to California (released November 8, 1971).
The chorus to Adele's single Send My Love (To Your New Lover) is oddly reminiscent of the chorus to Lorde's Royals, while Send My Love's verse chord progression/guitar riff echoes Cold War Kids' Hang Me Up To Dry.
Not only does this song sound exactly like Sugar, We're Goin' Down instrumentally but it also has lyrics reminiscent of Green Day's Minority and an opening vocal part reminiscent of All Time Low's Me & You. Listen & tell me I'm wrong.
The chorus to the Weeknd's Can't Feel My Face (released June 8, 2015) is oddly reminiscent of Hall and Oates' last Billboard Hot 100 number one single, Out of Touch (released October 4, 1984). Same key and similar chord progressions (though tempos and melodies differ.
As a musician and composer, I’m often struck by similarities between pop songs. If you’ve ever listened to a tune on the radio and thought to yourself, “this sounds really familiar,” or “what does this melody remind me of,” (or more bluntly, “this song is a rip-off of …”) then you have shared in the experience.