57 Songs That Sound The Same

Chuck Berry "Sweet Little Sixteen" (1958)


The Beach Boys "Surfin' USA" (1963)


Where They Sound The Same: Both songs sound almost entirely identical.

The Beach Boys had to know what they were doing with this one, but "Surfin' USA" was credited as a song written by Brian Wilson, giving no nod to Chuck Berry even though it was practically a cover with different lyrics. As one of the pioneers of rock music in the '50s, Chuck Berry's music was the blueprint for much of the rock music that came after it, and often times he wasn't credited for his influence. This one was too blatant though, and a lawsuit granted Berry writing credit and royalties after the case was taken to court.

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