5 Hits That Ripped Off Classical Pieces


Here’s a list of five modern songs that were more than a little influenced by music written centuries earlier:

  • “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis Presley, 1961
    Plasir d’Amour, Jean-Paul-Egide Martini, 1784
  • “A Groovy Kind of Love,” The Mindbenders, 1965
    Op. 36, 6 Sonatinas for Piano, Muzio Clementi, 1797
  • “Because,” The Beatles, 1969
    Moonlight Sonata, Ludwig van Beethoven, 1801
  • “Don’t Look Back in Anger,” Oasis, 1996
    Canon in D Major, Johann Pachelbel, 1694
  • “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” Procul Harum, 1967
    Orchestral Suite No. 3 (Air), Johann Sebastian Bach, 1730

From Betts G: Infographic Guide To Music; Cassell; 2014 via Guitar Player.