The Eagles' chart-topping and Grammy-winning single Heartache Tonight (released September 18, 1979) was co-written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Bob Seger and J.D. Souther. A year before Heartache's release, Souther--and an uncredited Freddie Mercury--sang background vocals on Andrew Gold's Never Let Her Slip Away (released 1978). Heartache has the same exact beat/rhythm as Gold's song (and Gold and the Eagles were label mates on Asylum Records). The verse vocal melody to Never Let Her Slip Away also seems to have inspired Bobby McFerrin's Don't Worry Be Happy.
Heartache Tonight (:02) VS Never Let Her Slip Away (:00)
The chorus vocal melody to Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj's single Bang Bang (released July 29, 2014) echoes the verse vocal melody to the Wham! hit Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (released May 14, 1984). Compare the verse vocal lines from WMUBYGG, "You put the boom boom into my heart" with BB's chorus "Bang bang into the room." The key and notes are exactly the same. While several articles mention that Bang Bang uses a "sample" of the eighties song, George Michael's name does not appear in the single's songwriting credits on Wikipedia, All Music, or Discogs.
Bang Bang (:27) VS Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (:12)
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.