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Which K-Pop songs sound like Western hits?

By AllK_Maknae   Wednesday, September 14, 2016   119,237   5,579   0



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Music is universal and with the billions of songs that have been made over the past few decades it may be hard to come up with an original beat. Song recycling and looping is a given.

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Whether it is the composition, instrumental track, or the way the song is sang, there are undeniably a few tracks that sound oddly similar. This isn't meant to point fingers with "who stole from who" but merely highlight the similar sounds found in each.

Check out these K-Pop songs that sound like other hits!

April Kiss' "Hello Bus" & Pussycat Dolls' "When I Grow Up"

The tracks are basically twins, as these ladies sing along to the tune of Pussycat Dolls "When I Grow Up." The instrumental, especially during the chorus, share huge similarities.

TRITOPS' "I'm A Bad Guy" & Bruno Mars's "Grenade"

Both of these sad, tragic ballads share that same addicting melody. While Bruno Mars incorporates a heart-touching piano melody, TRITOPS swaps it out with violins and synthesized guitar strums, emulating the same tune.

SPICA's "Lonely" & Girls Aloud's "Can't Speak French"

Not only do the instrumentals go hand in hand but also the style of singing the lyrics is the same. If you loved SPICA's "Lonely," it is a given you will love Girls Aloud just as much.

T-ara's "Day by Day" & Britney Spears' "Criminal"

Although both songs are great, Britney is innocent in this case. While not a pure criminal of plagiarism, T-ara's "Day by Day" has an eerily similar flute riff in the opening and carry out the same melody and feeling throughout their song just like Britney.

NS Yoon-G's "Wifey" & Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Real"

NS Yoon-G offers a new kind of sexy style with "Wifey," and it seems some sampling was found along the way. Both songs are smooth, R&B tracks with a catchy beat that make them both lovable. However, J. Lo and Ja Rule are a classic!

Fat Cat's "Is Being Pretty Everything?" & Jessie J's "Price Tag"

While Fat Cat was going with a more sweet, heartfelt melody, "Is Being Pretty Everything?" shares the same melody as the sassy and fun "Price Tag." Same song, different message.

EXID's "Whoz That Girl" & Guy Sebastian's "Who's That Girl"

I must admit, EXID's version is a lot more uplifting and energetic, both songs have a lot in common. From the dramatic opening climax to the faint guitar strumming, both songs want to know, "Who's that girl?"

Girls' Generation's "Be Happy" & Lady Gaga's "Born This Way"

Although "Born This Way" is a bit more epic, the somewhat unnoticed track of Girls' Generation appears to have had a healthy dosage of Lady Gaga. However, it was noticed that "Be Happy" was released in 2010 - so Lady Gaga might be the culprit in this circumstance. In the words of Beyonce, "You've been a bad girl, Gaga. A very bad, bad girl, Gaga!"

2NE1's "In The Club" & Mariah Carey's "Standing O"

Both of these songs are easy to jam to; they share an easily noticeable beat and chorus. The catchy "Oh, Oh, Oh" is a formula for any pop song, but 2NE1 and Mariah seem to share the same producer for this track.

HyunA's "Bubble Pop" & Britney Spears' "How I Roll" & Fergie's "Clumsy"

Believe it or not HyunA and Britney had the same sexy approach in mind when creating their songs. Aside from the lusty tones, the famous "oohs" and "ahhs" can be heard throughout each track alongside the bubble-popping sounds. For the beat, the track carries over that sassy, brassy sound of Fergie's popular "Clumsy."

f(x)'s "Red Light" & Phrased Differently's "Red Light"

Not only do they share the same title but also the song is exactly, 99.8% the same. You may have thought f(x)'s edgy comeback was unique, but sadly Phrased Differently was dropping this same sick beat on the dance floor.

Girls' Generation's "Born To Be A Lady" & Demi Lovato's "Mistake"

While Demi Lovato's track may be a bit more upbeat, no one can deny that their opening and subtle shifts in melody during the bridge are the same. "Born To Be A Lady" may be a bit more touching, but both songs share the same beat with a different purpose.

EXID's "Hot Pink" & Missy Elliot's "Work It"

Ohh, the famous cow bell jingle! The moment EXID's "Hot Pink" was released, the opening must have rang a bell (Get it?) with some American rap lovers as Missy Elliot made this sound unforgettable in her track "Work It."

  1. 2NE1
  2. HyunA
  3. EXID
  4. f(x)
  5. Girls' Generation
  6. SPICA
  7. T-ara
  8. NS Yoon-G
  9. Fat Cat
  11. april kiss

ShayMin Thursday, September 15, 2016

Hot Pink and Work It? Who wrote this shit?

iMidnight_Yoshid ShayMin Saturday, September 17, 2016

They're talking about the cow bells specifically. lol Skip to 4:02 in the Missy video and you'll hear the beginning of "Hot Pink". Different instruments were used, but the beat is the same.

Saav Thursday, September 15, 2016

Hot Pink and Missy eliot sound nothing alike

parkkkkwp Thursday, September 15, 2016

are these all "sounded like western hits" or "korean version of these english songs" ;___;

Thath_Silva Thursday, September 15, 2016

I agree with those songs that were actually promoted by american singers not just a demo. like dumb dumb by red velvet and Bang bang by Jessie j

daFoolio Thursday, September 15, 2016

i don't agree with some of the comparisons..... listen... everything is usually "inspired". idols are being pumped out by the minute in SK and the pressure to have tracks for all these idols is probably immeasurable.  if you look at the comparisons... most of the western tracks are less known singles so they probably thought there would no harm in poaching a beat of a lesser known track.  i don't blame them... blatant copies are shame and pure laziness... but its not easy finding good songwriters for this many artists

lanterngirl Thursday, September 15, 2016

LMAO Allkpop... a third of these sound the same because the English version is a demo, which was later sold to the Korean production companies. Another half of them sound similar because both companies bought the same samples legally. Only maybe one or two of the songs here are a rip off, if there are any at all.

NORM Thursday, September 15, 2016

*sigh* it annoys me when Allkpop, a kpop website, doesnt know/ignores the kinda common knowledge that SM uses western writers or buys songs/demos. Like no, dont insinuate that the artist was lazy and copied it, the writers sold the same song to diff people, which isnt a rare occurrence if its for diff continents. >_>

Muziklover18 Thursday, September 15, 2016

Im sorry but everyone uses the same beats nowadays or even a certain instrument

opsydaisie Thursday, September 15, 2016

LMFAO all you could come up with was EXID used the same cow bell in their intro as Missy used in her outro. Yeah that somehow makes them sound the same. Pretty much all the comparisons on this list are bs i'm actually dead.

melon Thursday, September 15, 2016

cool britneys and hyuna song seem to came out same time. Brits album been in production for years. Didn't follow any news but it's amazing if it was just coincidence

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