Have you ever heard a song on the radio and thought it was sung by a big group only to find out later that it was by someone entirely different? We’ve all made that mistake at some point, but many people can go for years thinking a song is by a certain group, only to get a truth-bomb of who the real artist is later on.
We threw out the question to our listeners on air this morning and on Twitter; here are a few examples our followers came up with!
@kearth101 Until recently I thought bus stop by the Hollies was a Beatles song.
— Steven (@tigerblood004) March 14, 2014
@kearth101 Jan and Dean and The Beach Boys! Surf, sun, and girls…all sounded the same to me but I loved it!
— Alesia Mendoza (@Leesha898) March 14, 2014
Below, we listed a few examples of artists who sound just like other artists.
Many people (including Gary Bryan’s wife) thought this hit by Orleans was by The Eagles.
Stealers Wheel/John Lennon
Released in 1972, many thought the hit “Stuck In The Middle With You” by rock group Stealers Wheel was a John Lennon track. But it was Gerry Rafferty singing this single, which he originally wrote as a parody of Bob Dylan.
The Outfield/The Police
Both hailing from London, it’s easy to mistake the high falsettos of The Outfield’s Tony Lewis for Sting on their 1985 hit “Your Love.” Though ultimately, The Outfield didn’t enjoy the same breakout success in the U.S. as The Police and disbanded in the ’90s.
When Stacey Q released her hit pop single “Two Of Hearts” in 1986, many people thought it was Madonna’s doppelganger rushing up the charts.
Ready For The World/Prince
With the same drum beats, synthesizers and funky bass line, it was no wonder many thought Ready For The World’s 1985 track was none other than the Purple One himself, Prince.
This morning, we even got a hold of the group’s lead singer Melvin Riley! He tells us that the group is currently on tour and even gave his thoughts on releasing a song that sounded so much like Prince.
“When it first came out, everybody thought it was [Prince],” said Melvin. “But once the video came out and we started touring and everything, everyone started associating us soley with ‘Oh Sheila.’ ”
Listen to our entire call with Melvin below.
Can you think of any other artists who sound just like other artists? Add your pick in the comments below!