Bach & Roll: 10 Modern Songs Written By Classical Composers

If you’re one of those people who swears that they hate classical music, you may want to sit down because you’ve probably been listening to classical music this whole time without knowing it.

Sure, everyone uses the same finite number of chord progressions in pop music (many of which can be traced back to Bach), but it also turns out that some of your favorite hit songs, indie pop gems and classic standards aren’t modern at all. They were ripped off. Your favorite graduation song is Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major,” one of Elvis Presley’s greatest hits is actually a sappy 18th century ballad and Robin Thicke’s real breakthrough song, “When I Get You Alone,” is Beethoven’s Fifth.

Robin Thicke’s “When I Get You Alone” samples Walter Murphy’s “A Fifth of Beethoven,” which in turn is a disco remix of Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony”

Sure, “Blurred Lines” is one of the biggest hits of the summer and is the song that put Robin Thicke at the top of the game, but his first foray into pop stardom came from the sultry and soulful “When I Get You Alone.” The song features a prominent sample of Walter Murphy’s disco classic, “A Fifth of Beethoven,” which is in turn a reinvigoration of Beethoven’s legendary “Fifth Symphony.”

“When I Get You Alone”:

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