This article on pop plagiarism made me flash back to something I recently read in a book about habits. Apparently listeners prefer hearing familiar songs, and are more likely to listen to a song on the radio if it sounds like something they have already heard before. So how do radio stations get people to listen to a new song and make it sound familiar? By sandwiching the new song in between two already popular and well-known songs.
So if a song needs to sound familiar in order to gain popularity is it any surprise that many of today’s pop songs “borrow” bits and pieces from other songs?
P.S. The book is an excellent read too!