This Thing Sounds Like That Thing: Katy Perry, Sara Bareilles, and Other Famous Pop Music Ripoffs

Four months ago, Sara Bareilles, underrated princess of empowerment rock, released “Brave,” a heartwarming, foot-stomping song all about, well, being fearless. People dug it, including Katy Perry, who tweeted at Bareilles her approval after the track was released.

So you can imagine that people are a bit surprised that Perry’s new single, “Roar,” released online yesterday, sounds a lottttt like “Brave”:

But plagiarism — even unintentional plagiarism — is quite common in the world of pop music. Here are just a few other examples of a pretty frequent practice because, after all, there are only so many original tunes.