Happy birthday, America! Over the course of your 237 years, many of music’s biggest names—superstars like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and more!—have paid their respects to your broad stripes and bright stars in their videos. In honor of the 4th of July, we’ve put compiled these moments into what just might go down as the most patriotic GIF Wall in history. Ain’t that America?
They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, but that’s not usually true for musicians. In fact, they tend to get pretty pissed. With only 12 musical notes to choose from, some songs are bound to resemble each other occasionally, but through the years there have been heated debates over tunes that borrow a little too heavily from others. George Harrison famously got taken to court when he “subliminally plagiarized” the Chiffons record “He’s So Fine” while writing “My Sweet Lord” in 1970. Other stars take matters into their own hands and just complain a lot in the press. And then of course there are songs that sound similar to us, but maybe we’re just weird. Head below to check out 10 songs that are dangerously similar to different songs. Get ready for some serious musical deja vu!
The best chefs know that we eat with our eyes, and a similar rule goes for musicians. Presentation is always crucial, which is why many divas and rock stars decided to flaunt their flawless physique on the cover of their latest records. Hey, that’s one way to move units!