Tom Petty wasn’t kidding when he sang “I Won’t Back Down.” Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are breaking the heart of singer Sam Smith who they accused of lifting their hit 1989 single to write last year’s hit “Stay With Me.” Smith’s new song was a top ten hit worldwide and has even been nominated for three 2015 Grammy Awards including Record of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. However the best performance it has received so far was in an agreement where on Monday Tom Petty and “I Won’t Back Down” co-writer Jeff Lynne were awarded co-writing credit and a percentage of royalties for the Sam Smith song. Smith claims he never even heard Petty’s song and that the whole thing is a coincidence. I guess this was Sam Smith’s last dance?
The similarities between the songs were documented in a video posted to YouTube last summer which you can hear for yourself:
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So does Bob Dylan Get credit for Tom Petty’s voice, eeeeh?
Is this bit of a stretch? I mean he had to really slow down “I Won’t Back Down” and speed up “Stay With Me” to make them match. I’m no song writer, but aren’t they different? Is Tom Petty right to receive credit and royalties? Now that he is a “co-writer” the question has come up if he (and Lynne) will receive a Grammy should the Sam Smith’s song win one. According to the Academy they won’t; since their work on the song was “interpolated” by Smith and his co-writers. However they will receive a certificate of honor for participation in the song.
I actually think that The Strokes’ song “Last Nite” ripped off Tom Petty a lot more. So here are 5 more songs that sound like other songs to argue over:
1. The Strokes’ Last Nite (2001) VS Tom Petty And The Heart Breakers’ “American Girl” (1991)
2. Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” (1971) VS Spirit’s “Taurus” (1968)
3. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (2013) VS Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” (1977)
4. Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (1991) VS Boston’s “More Than A Feeling” (1976)
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5. Coldplay’s “Vivia La Vida” (2008) VS Joe Satriani’s “If I Could Fly” (2004)
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