Pop songs that STOLE from classical music
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Pop songs that STOLE from classical music

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  • Jalubee McV
    Jalubee McV

    Isn’t copyright against the law?

  • tsikovi

    Foog moment

  • Ellie and her flute
    Ellie and her flute

    Honestly I get why they steal classic music I mean classic music is so pretty who wouldn’t want to

  • Nancy O'Malley
    Nancy O'Malley

    You should do "Pop Songs stolen/inspired by Broadway Musicals"

  • Kim B, that's me
    Kim B, that's me

    I like how Joel made French sound like it had an aggressive tone (like German?) lol.

  • Azure Shade
    Azure Shade

    Johann's Canon in D Major is one of my favorite classical pieces. So every time Maroon 5's Memories plays on the radio I hum the original along with it just like Roomie did in the video. lol

  • george price
    george price

    The Beatles "Because" is just "Moonlight Sonata" in reverse.

  • Mélykim Laprade-Noury
    Mélykim Laprade-Noury

    Anyone else missing Joel so they’re rewatching all his old videos? 🥲🙋🏼‍♀️

  • Musix Blender
    Musix Blender

    I guest Canon had so many version like memories from maroon 5, graduation (Friends & forever), Beautiful in white, Bad things & many more. I guest canon are very popular.

  • Tawnya Penner
    Tawnya Penner

    The Beethoven Sonata number 8 is also very closely sampled/copied in the song " Midnight Blue " . Almost note for note. Louis Tucker sings it

  • N M
    N M

    How could you doh doh doh doh that Zayn?!

  • expeLIDER - Liderazgo Multidisciplinario
    expeLIDER - Liderazgo Multidisciplinario

    Minute 2.20 is Madonna Promise to try

  • ATeddyBeerA

    Gabriel Fauré-> movie “The Rock”


    Like metal and rock music literally took a lot from classical music.


    I liked how he says "Beyonce to be honest" XDDD

  • Ân Đặng
    Ân Đặng

    40hr gang

  • Kieran Somerville
    Kieran Somerville

    Oh 2nd note the David Guetta one - i'm almost positive Malice Mizer (a popular japanese vkei band in the 90s) used the chords to the classical piece.

  • Kieran Somerville
    Kieran Somerville

    HEY ROOMIE: My mom actually dated Eric carmen 3 times and then threw a drink in his face XD

  • tapth1s


  • phil merlot
    phil merlot

    You just showed me why Oasis are even more crap than I thought they were.

  • ContradictionDecepti

    Does anyone else get David bowie man from mars vibes from the first one

  • DYVN

    9:06 also got sampled on Xzibit - Paparazzi and 14:38 is also Kiss - Beth (just ending in a different note)

  • Athena Mumma
    Athena Mumma

    Every Directioner loved that 'are you inZayn?' comment... cos that's a phrase from the Directioner fandom😂😂

  • Athena Mumma
    Athena Mumma

    Can't Help Falling In Love is my fav Elvis song, and the song's mv is from the movie Blue Hawaii

  • Bawang

    Yo Hey jude sounds somewhat like Tchaikovsky violin concerto

  • Joy

    That Ave Maria bit done by Beyoncé is like the sound of finger nails scratching the black/chalk board.

  • Avishag Albo
    Avishag Albo

    Try to put them more on each other and match them for us because I can't recognize melodies as good as you can

  • isecoldmusic

    Are you kidding Joel? Lil Nas X is so fake. His music is bubblegum at it's worse. Jus saying 🤦‍♂️

  • Thelaretus

    7:15 Indeed, Pavarotti is merely a singer; you shouldn't attribute pieces to the performers, as that would make no sense. *_Vesti la giubba_* is an aria from the 1892 opera _Pagliacci,_ music and libretto by Ruggiero Leoncavallo (yes, that's actually his name). The original singer at the premiere in Milan was Fiorello Giraud and the conductor was the great Arturo Toscanini.

  • indyola

    The Billy Joel / Beethoven song was even more strongly by 1982's Midnight Blue by Louise Tucker, which was a top 40 song internationally.

  • indyola

    The David Guetta / Ezio Bosso song was stolen from the beginning of the Fugue from Tocatta and Fugue in D minor by J. S. Bach. Just the exact same 8 notes repeated. Same tones and same rhythm.

  • Alain Dubois
    Alain Dubois

    Yes, you need Gabrielle Fauré's walrussy bouche.

  • The Protean Geek
    The Protean Geek

    Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is quite obviously a heavy influence and sampled for David Bowie's Life on Mars too.

    • The Protean Geek
      The Protean Geek

      Kamelot took from Grieg's Solveig's Song from the Peer Gynt Suites - they're a metal band so not a pop song but still.

  • Sarah Widdup
    Sarah Widdup

    Adam Whatsit from Maroon Five just looks like a human toilet brush at this point :/

  • BlueeDenise

    I just love it when companies or ignorant fans accuse another singer of "stealing" a song when that allegedly stolen song was derived/inspired from an already existing classical piece or any other old song, like ave maria in this case.

  • Micah Schmidt
    Micah Schmidt

    Clair-de-lune is definitely something you should listen to

  • peachy corgi
    peachy corgi

    15:12, I found out about this the other day, they use the remade one for the Telstra ads

    • peachy corgi
      peachy corgi

      Welp I was won't about this part and what was next, but I know they definitely did that

  • Sandou Mir
    Sandou Mir

    You can not actually "STEAL??!" from the public domain. Sigh. So much nonsense from this guy.

  • Mauro Costa
    Mauro Costa

    You really should listen and learn more about classic music and oldies! It hurts to see the lack of knowledge. Sorry bro but classic, rock and Jazz it's a must to know when dealing with music....or lose credibility

    • Auksė Čižauskaitė
      Auksė Čižauskaitė

      If you new here. Joel is multi-instrumentalist, he has played in orchestra. He and his dad is jazz musicians. Joel was going in jazz concervatory, he talked about that before. Joel is competent in jazz, funk, and pop genre.

  • Surfalong

    What roomie missed is some of those steals (Eric Carmen / Celine Dion in his list) from classical composers, turned out to be extremely expensive. The reason. Rachmaninoff lived until 1943. In the 1970s the composers copyrights still applied in full (his music only went public domain in 2013). Rachmaninoff's estate got a huge windfall from both Eric Carmen (that was a big hit) and Celine Dion. Eric Carmen had even a bigger hit and far more record sales than Celine Dion with All by myself. RoomieOfficial overlooks that in the 1970s singles and albums sold in far higher number than in the late 1990s (and certainly more than today).

  • Robert Willoughby
    Robert Willoughby

    The Second Bach one, - the Fugue - is the basis for Focus's "Carnival Fugue"

    • Robert Willoughby
      Robert Willoughby

      Fun Fact: Rossini was "only" 19 when he died. How? He was born on February 29th, so he had only 19 "official" birthdays (he was actually 76 when he died).

  • GrapheneCarbide

    classical music is not a song but rather a piece. pop music sucks. all trash. nothing original

  • homiepr8

    Pachelbels Canon is used in so many songs. The farm altogether now. Greenday basket case. Coolio c u when you get there... most of axis of awesome lol

  • Faalkar

    "I want Beethoven to scold me" *angry Lingling noises*

  • Dustin Carti / Sweatshirt
    Dustin Carti / Sweatshirt

    vamp anthem by playboi carti

  • Vessela Hobson
    Vessela Hobson

    Omg no Tenacious D!!!! Noooo Joel! Is the D a joke to you???? Redo the video! Redo it now and add the D!

  • Vessela Hobson
    Vessela Hobson

    Isn't most classical music public domain anyway?

  • paras166

    Concerning how much you do not know about basic music history. Like, how have you not heard Claire de lune??

  • Metal Monkey
    Metal Monkey

    I got this one....I'm glad you showed Eric Carman instead of Celine Dion Pavarotti isn't Classical music 14:12 I got Calum Scott - You are the reason vibes from that song (I think)

  • Lahelandriel

    10:30 is used in thefirst German Opening of "One Piece" :D

  • Mangan2504

    Pavane by Fauvre is also heavily sampled in Natural by S Club 7. I kinda expected this tp turn up here..... Another really cool sample I enjoy is from a german song. Alles Neu by Peter Fox, this samples from Dimitri Shostakovich's 7th symphony Leningrad, Allegro Non Troppo. It was also used in a song by Plan B, but I don't remember which one.

  • Soledad Monticelli
    Soledad Monticelli

    Creo que el estribillo de little mix en el minuto 9:35 se parece mucho al tema más conocido de Eminem!! Saludos desde Argentina!!🧉🧉🧉🤗🤗🤗

  • Iksiruk

    My man's good at singing Ave Maria though

  • NealCamerlengo

    Sorry for the long winded comment. I would like see a video talking about video game music that stole err borrowed from actual bands. Few examples is Touhou 6 Remilia's theme, Touhou 9's Shiki Eiki's theme (though only the opening is from Pink Floyd's Three Other Pigs) and Sakuya Izayoi's theme (which is blatantly The Trooper by Iron Maiden). Having good taste in music is not a justifiable excuse for stealing other songs which is how the guy that did the music for Dragon Ball Kai and the Budakai Games got fired because he did just that. Also the reason why I mentioned Touhou is because ZUN the guy who made it asks people specifically to use original assets for fan game yet he takes other music and puts in in his games. I am well aware that Beethoven is public domain but still don't demand/ask people to use original assets (which includes music) when you are basically doing the exact thing that you ask not to happen.

  • Carlos Ezequiel
    Carlos Ezequiel

    vesti la giubba es de Ruggero Leoncavallo jaja pensaba que era d Verdi

  • Carlos Seabra
    Carlos Seabra

    I though Joel was going to finish on Debussy, but he finished on the Bach 😏

    • Ben Raphael Kanoff
      Ben Raphael Kanoff


  • The Fashionably Depressed Bard
    The Fashionably Depressed Bard

    As some people have pointed out Eric Carmen had to settle with the Rachmaninov family, because he thought the piece was public domain. Turned out it wasn't. The reason for this: in the USA music becomes public domain 70 years after the composers death, in europe it becomes public domain 150 years after the composers death.

  • Ghost in the Synth/Osakablade
    Ghost in the Synth/Osakablade

    Wow, Pavane came back has Roger Taylor of Queen

  • honilock

    Did this dude just compare Lil Nas X to Queen? Gross

  • Tune4you

    13:50 well my goodness. Another song other than Billy Joel's is called "Midnight Blue" by the Louise Tucker (and other groups). Didn't know that was Beethoven.

  • Tune4you

    Joel : "Is he proposing to the old lady or the younger lady?" lol if that man began singing that song in a room full of women each one would believe she was alone and being sung to specifically regardless of age. I'm thinking that at least with this song he was the male version of a Siren.

  • Bodhisattwa Som
    Bodhisattwa Som

    Ava Maria starts: HITMAN flashbacks........

  • Sara Binde // Vegan Travel Foodie
    Sara Binde // Vegan Travel Foodie

    The first one, the one by Sergei Rachmanioff reminded me of a song in Les Mis, too.

  • Shengjun Wang
    Shengjun Wang

    Guess that classical music piece when?

  • Willi Ender
    Willi Ender

    What about jethro Tull playing Bachs bourre?

  • Sweet moon of Boca
    Sweet moon of Boca

    as an opera singer i felt SO TRIGGERED when he was listening to pavarotti

  • Erik Huisman
    Erik Huisman

    ...........did you really just compare Queen to Lil Nas X?

  • asterixxer

    I have to listen to classic music more. Some are realy beautiful.

  • Pardix

    every 80’s guitar player doing a sweep and alternate picking must be in this video

  • Pardix

    Pavarotti sings, Joel: “great tone” 😑 really?!

  • Claudia Yamane
    Claudia Yamane

    MAN! All the italian names ahahahahaha xD

  • Melina Seifert
    Melina Seifert

    "Bach" is german and it is a little river.

  • Donavon Cash
    Donavon Cash

    Did he just say the new Queen is Lil Nas ?! 🤯 WTH?!

  • tuggaboy

    BTW, Claire de Lune (pronounced sth like Klärr de Lünne) goes faster and more intense ahead

  • tuggaboy

    Queen's vídeo looks like Paparazzi - Well... The other way around

  • ludde sundström
    ludde sundström

    Were are all the Muse songs

  • Bias von Pirene
    Bias von Pirene

    Well, that Pavarotti thing is actually from "I pagliacci" by ruggero leoncavallo, which is often played together with "cavalleria rusticana" by pietro mascagni, since both only last one hour 🤷🏻‍♂️

  • Me I am Oyasupin
    Me I am Oyasupin

    How about Sweetbox, Eternity∞ and Symphobia?!

  • U53rn4m3

    IMHO "All By Myself" feels stolen from Bowie's "Life On Mars?".

  • Hera

    Whenever Ave Maria comes on, I get this strange urge to rise out of my coffin and start shooting everyone in sight...

  • kisamehoshigaki09

    You goin ta hell fo comparin Freddie Mercury to Lil Nas X bro

  • clowndotexe

    I'll add Bella Poarch's Build a Bitch to this compilation ngl

  • Super Pieton
    Super Pieton

    Bach is prononced "Baj". (the spanish "j", the guttural "r").

  • RyderCraft

    Trust me I use granular synthesis a LOT and I know exactly what you're talking about when you say most songs today are sampled

  • Kristle Berry
    Kristle Berry

    Fugue - Joel “FOOG” 😂😂😂

  • Timm Hermans
    Timm Hermans

    Really, how do you speak out does names. I thought that you as European would know how to pronounce French, Italian and German names. But maybe that because your Swedish and I'm Belgen.

  • Brian Carpenter
    Brian Carpenter

    Check out the song "It's Not Me It's You" by Prozzak..

  • george stoforos
    george stoforos

    Also Xzibit - Paparazzi borrowed from Gabriel Faure - Pavane in F-sharp minor, OP. 50

  • Tammy

    Are you inzane 😂😂😂😂

  • The Hamster
    The Hamster

    It's Leoncavallo- Pagliacci 'Vesti La Giubba'- It's a very sad , emotional song. Also, LOL, Freddie was definitely inspired by Pagliacci... the clowns in the video clip...

  • TheMoonEcat

    Cat Stephen (Yusuf) took words from psalms to make a song.

  • Andrei Enciu
    Andrei Enciu

    Aka "Für Elise"

  • Dragon Punch TCG
    Dragon Punch TCG

    But who can forget classical remixes on Dance Dance Revolution and Pump it Up!

  • Gonzalo Fuentes U.
    Gonzalo Fuentes U.

    Not including Lacrymosa by Evanescence was a sacrilegy LOL

  • A S
    A S

    Ezio Bosso sounds like Odissea Venezia by Rondò Veneziano from 1984.

  • Muhammed Furkan Şahin
    Muhammed Furkan Şahin

    Gabriel Faure's Pavane is almost same as Isabelle Il Dovo,

  • Valeriable

    I found some similarities (/ some inspiration) between this year’s Eurovision winner Måneskin’s song “Vent’anni” and Satie’s “Gnossienne no. 1”. Am I the only one that hears the similar chord progressions (or maybe it’s the melody, I’m not well versed in music unfortunately)? Hälsningar från Stockholm 🇸🇪

  • Laila Mahomed
    Laila Mahomed

    So many songs sampled Ezio Bosso. When I first heard what "Dangerous" sampled, I thought that was the original.

  • Andrés Ruiz
    Andrés Ruiz

    Funny thing: there are thousands of songs with the chord structure from the Canon in D by Pachelbel.

  • franceskinskij

    joel please remember they're called pieces, not songs