Songs that were basically covers but with different lyrics and the originals.

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  1. Blazer

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    It's an old songwriting trick: take a song you like and write new Lyrics for it, done, very little effort needed.

    The Beach Boys' "Surfing USA" was Chuck Berry's "sweet little sixteen" with different lyrics. Just as Berry's "Maybellene" was the Country standard "Ida Red" with different lyrics.

    So let's have some more examples of artists taking a song they like and put different lyrics to it.

    First up here's Roxette with their break out hit "The Look"


    And here's the song they got not just the melody and chord progressions from but also the title, Prince "U got the look."

    Roxette front man Per Gessle said that hearing Prince made him go "I should do a song like that." and taking the chord progression of "U got the look" and the message of the song of being bowled over by a person's looks, created himself a world wide hit. Prince himself apparently heard to many differences to undertake action or he simply didn't care.


    David Lee Roth "Tell the truth"

    Which as soon as the song starts makes it very clear where he got that groove from

    Allanah Miles "Black velvet" again though, Dave was very open about it, he liked the song "Black velvet" and as he put it "Made a Homage" It has to be said though, DLR went the whole nine yards, down to the sound of the keyboards and the riffs.
     
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    This one:


    Got accused of being a little too similar to this star-studded number:


    Got chalked up to coincidence but Tom and Jeff still got a credit.
     
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    The Etta James classic



    The Chris Stapleton cover of Tennessee Whiskey which riffs pretty hard on I'd Rather Go Blind (IMO)

     
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    Beach Boys - Catch A Wave

    Jan & Dean - Sidewalk Surfin'

    Exact same song but with different lyrics.
     
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    I always thought song A (which is great) was heavily influenced by song B (which is great).



     
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    Based on the story about Bowie and "My Way", probably a lot more than we realize.
     
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    Closing time, when I come around and glycerine?

    I always thought smells like teen spirit sounded a bit like stop by the james gang.

    I recently discovered something (cant remember what though) that went G em, c, d in the same tempo as Last Kiss.

    Theres only so many chords, I guess.

    Tom Petty allegedly could have sued the chili peppers for dani California being basically mary Jane's last dance , but he was such an incredibly pleasant human being that he shrugged and said "it happens".
     
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    Rollin' and Tumblin' has been done in one fashion or another by just about everyone. I think the Grateful Dead alone had a couple dozen songs based on that riff.



     
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    One rock star guilty of taking songs he likes and giving them different lyrics is Paul Stanley, again though, he's very open about it.

    "Shandi" was basically a song by the Hollies which was titled...



    The Police "De-do-do-do, de-da-da-da"

    Which basically is THIS song by XTC with different lyrics.

    They also have the same message: of being screwed over by politicians.
     
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    Jet "Are you gonna be my girl?"

    Which aped its drumline and general feel from...

    Iggy Pop's "Lust for life"
    And also also took key lines from...

    The jam "A town called malice"

    But the way that Paul Weller does the "Oooh's" betray where the song's roots truly came from...
     
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    L7 - Fuel my Fire



    Based on Cosmic Psychos - Lost Cause



    Also Twinkle, Twinkle and the Alphabet Song :)
     
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    Greensleeves- What Child Is This
     
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    The Jam again.
    Start is the same for the most part musically as Taxman.
     
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    I don't think this what you meant, but this is really a cover with completely different lyrics.


    This is a Patti Smith cover.


    but to me it sounds more like Child in Time than the original.


     
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    Fight Song by The Flaming Lips is virtually identical to Father and Son by Cat Stevens. I'm at work so I can't put a video in, but trust me, it's virtually identical musically!
     
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