Yes Jessica, you ripped off John Mellencamp and confused us all!!

Sometimes, we here at Jerk will turn on the radio and start bobbing our heads to one song, only to discover it is another. Damnit! Here is our tribute to songs that sound alike: the good, the bad and the WTF? (click on pop-out player to see the playlist).

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1 and 2. “There is a Light that Never Goes Out” by the Smiths and Anberlin
A bit indie but…”There is a Light that Never Goes Out” by the Smiths was remade by Anberlin.  The song is a sweet swap of an English Rocker with an Alternative American.  There is no way I could ever get mad at holy Stephen Christian for taking this song; his heartfelt voice could cover any band. – Briana Bartel, Staff Blogger

3. “Where is the Love?” by The Black Eyed Peas
Does it count that I thought Fergie was a guy for a long time?
Katie Allyn, Editor at Large
Yup, because I thought she was singing the Justin Timberlake part on “Where is the Love” for a long time – Kate Holloway, Executive Web Editor

4 and 5. “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga and “Evacuate the Dancefloor” by Cascada
I get it. There are only 88 keys on a piano. But Cascada could have used them more originally in her new dance song instead of stealing Gaga’s melodies. Realtiy check, Cascada – you ain’t no Lady. – Nina Elias, Smut Editor

6 and 7. “The Promised Land” by Bruce Springsteen and “Joset of Nazareth’s Blues” by Titus Andronicus
It’s nice to see that Titus is looking to their home state for inspiration — but Springsteen? I’d rather Bruce steer clear of punk and keep to where he belongs: a barbeque. – Erin Scialabba, Copy Editor

8 and 9. “Dream On” by Aerosmith and “Sing for the Moment” by Eminem
Eminem’s my boy, and he kills it on top of Aerosmith’s classic hit. I’m a huge fan of the fusion of rap and rock, and this song definitely epitomizes the benefits of this combination.
Krystie Yandoli, Blog Editor

10 and 11. “Halo” by Beyonce and “All I Ever Wanted” by Kelly Clarkson
I guess this is kind of over-publicized already.  Don’t hate me, divas, I love you both! – Gregory Miller, Assistant Gawk Editor

12 and 13. “Edge of Seventeen” by Stevie Nicks and “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child
Shake yo ass, but watch yoself Destiny’s Child, your sampling hasn’t gone unnoticed – Sam Morgenstern, Assistant Noise Editor

14 and 15. “Jack and Diane” by John (Cougar?) Mellencamp and “I Think I’m in Love with You” by Jessica Simpson
So I first heard the Jessica Simpson song in high school and when I finally got to college and heard “Jack and Diane” at a bar, my thoughts were first “Why the hell Jessica Simpson playing right now?” immediately followed by “Who in God’s name ripped off Jessica Simpson and why?” Oh to be young and uncultured again. – Kate Holloway, Executive Web Editor

And our final selection (which for obvious reasons will not be in the playlist itself) is artfully demonstrated in this amazing video:

All Nickleback songs sound the same so I get confused – Jon Qualtere, Fact Checker

  1. Sam says:

    Eminem is my boy too. i’m such a wangsta.

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