Soundtracks you didn't know were stolen


Through multiple generations, the Mega Man series has serenaded souls with better music than we deserve, and GamesRadar would be among the first to doff our cardboard helmets in unwavering appreciation of Mr. Man’s motivational melodies. Yes… even when they’re lifted, and especially when we like the source material. As is the case when you compare Mega Man X3’s Neon Tiger stage music and Guns n’ Roses’ “My Michelle”:


Guns N Roses - My Michelle

Mega Man X3 - Neon Tiger Stage

What, like listening to glam metal makes you want to kill robots less? To us, it’s pretty clear someone on the X3 project was nursing an unapologetically Destructive Appetite. But if the similarities above weren’t enough to convince you that somebody involved had GNR on the brain, take a look at the bizarre naming conventions found in the bosses of Mega Man X5:


Well, he is known as “Rockman” to part of the world…


It’s nothing new to call Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid series a masterpiece. That’s been going down since ‘98. More specifically to its credit, Metal Gear defied entire mediums as one of the first games that truly allowed the player to take the reins of a Hollywood-caliber narrative. We’re also of the belief that Tappi “TAPPY” Iwase’s score played an integral role in MGS’s cinematic scope. So, it’s a shame to see its reputation tarnished with allegations that it was stolen from a Russian composition dating back to 1979.

Georgy Sviridov – Winter Road

Metal Gear Solid Theme

Above: Get it while it’s legal!

Consistently eerie similarities persist throughout both scores. Plus, it’s even harder to ignore due to its diminished role in MGS3 and complete omission from MGS4 following the accusations. While Konami maintains the music isn’t stolen, entirely scrapping an immensely iconic, ten-year-old theme sounds to us like a roundabout admission of guilt.


Details concerning Michael Jackson’s involvement with the Sonic 3 soundtrack have been trickling out over the web for years now. Hell, documentaries have been made on the subject. It’s all but confirmed that Jackson had in fact been initially contacted to work on music for Sonic 3… but was excused amidst allegations of seducing unnamed members of Sega’s demographic. Is that a conflict of interest?


That’s all fine and dandy, but when Sonic Team claimed his contributions had been removed entirely… well, that’s the kind of stuff that turns a casual internet user into a digital flatfoot. Just listen to what they uncovered by comparing Jackson’s “Stranger in Moscow” with Sonic 3’s end credits music:

Michael Jackson - Stranger in Moscow

Sonic 3 - Ending Credits Music

Ignoring the frantic pace of the latter, both share a hauntingly identical underlying base. Many have even pointed out how numerous Jackson trademarks still bleed through the Sonic 3 soundtrack, including similar chord progression even more clearly evidenced when you overlay an accelerated version of MJ’s “Who Is It?” with IceCap Zone 1:

“Who Is It?” w/IceCap Zone - by Qjimbo

DON’T LAUGH – This is serious Journalizm!

Above: Old friends 

Sure you can claim that by speeding up beats you can match nearly anything. But once you take into account Moonwalker, and appearance in Space Channel 5, and the man himself cavorting around with Sonic, it’s pretty clear that Sega desperately wanted to be in the MJ business. So, since members of Jackson’s production staff are credited, it seems a shame to leave off The King of Pop’s moniker just because he sexed up a couple of children (ALLEGEDLY!)


  • DreAlb - September 18, 2010 5:18 a.m.

    The first level theme in doom sounds like Painkiller by Judist Prist
  • TheElephantManchurianCandidate - September 10, 2010 1:52 p.m.

    I love this article I must re-read it every month or something
  • Gogolor - June 10, 2010 4:37 p.m.

    This more of a "significantly inspired" than a direct rip off, but Doom level 1 and Judas Priest's "Painkiller"
  • RFswitchBlade - May 28, 2010 9:47 p.m.

    The jackie's cafe music used to scare the sh*t outta me. That, and every time I get on the sky runner, I yell YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! at the top of my lungs.
  • solsurvivor - March 5, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    Can't believe "Let My Love Open the Door" wasn't mentioned in this in regards to Final Fantasy's main theme. It's a straight rip-off. Check it out:
  • olio - October 16, 2009 11:30 p.m.

    I agree that all of these sound similar, but I'm still having a hard time hearing the similarities between Your Name, Please and that Monty Python track. They sound completely different to me...
  • kinterq - May 18, 2009 1:18 a.m.

    The Parapa the Rappa and Can are WAY to simular, it's creepy. Plus the Muse and Top Gear one was ftw.
  • Spybreak8 - May 17, 2009 9:54 p.m.

    Listened from the podcast and had to check it out, great article!
  • Grundler24 - May 17, 2009 5:24 p.m.

    them bones was also in atv offroad fury. recaptcha:cranker danger
  • Demonflare - May 15, 2009 9:13 p.m.

    Ahh! I hate rip offs! I cant believe they put Rick Astley! "Never gonna give you up" was in my head for 2 days, and now he in this article yo!
  • marioman50 - May 15, 2009 9:03 p.m.

    There's actually another one I know of, and it's from pokemon. Either in ruby or diamond (I forget) On one of the routes, there is an obvious version of "all the young dudes" by "mott the hoople" playing. If somebody can confirm this for me and tell me what part it's from I'd appreciate it.
  • Gsindahouse - May 15, 2009 8:26 p.m.

    Duuuuude... (the megaman boss names) ....Duuuuuude.... Anyways, Glad I didn't see Rayman on here, ha ha
  • GamesRadarChrisAntista - May 15, 2009 2:35 p.m.

    @Sonnelion Your memory serves you correct! But it actually was Soundgarden, fully licensed and not an imitation. Rusty Cage is the song, and Road Rash is the only reason I love it... Dee-Ner Nee-Ner-Neeee...
  • mentalityljs - May 15, 2009 1:48 a.m.

    What about one of the tracks on Eternal Champions? That was a TOTAL rip-off of Bone Thugs & Harmony's "Land of the Heartless" off their E. 1999 Eternal album.
  • someonetgsn - May 15, 2009 12:02 a.m.

    Im sorry, i just had to comment after i saw ur flag alexmdy, that is awesome! I never would have thought i would see someone with a newfie flag for their profile.
  • GamesRadarChrisAntista - May 14, 2009 10:13 p.m.

    @hagelbreaker I've actually never seen that article before... but I really wish I had! Golly, then I could've included all the stuff I found but didn't have time to post while doing exhaustive research and personally cropping each and every mp3. How about next time, instead of accusing me of plagiarism, just say what you really wanted people to know: "I already knew that."
  • GiraffeeDreams - May 14, 2009 6:11 p.m.

    the muse bliss / top gear comparison is good, the music that accompanied one of the in game race tracks had the same sort of tune, but, it was im my belief the last boss of thunder force 4, where the boss is fought in a vertical tunnel and upon winning whites out into nothing, the video to bliss is just this, and quite a few sonic 3 tracks remained similar to mj's music but jun senoue was accredited with it and has since done just about every sonic game after that.
  • Squander - May 14, 2009 6:09 p.m.

    the comparison: chrono trigger - rick astley is awesomely hilarious - how's it possible that I have never observed it myself
  • Conman93 - May 14, 2009 5:27 p.m.

    cool article
  • Zaphers - May 14, 2009 3:07 p.m.

    Good ears Antista.

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