Ever since the stone age, singers, songwriters, and musicians have been imitating and copying each other. And the same has been true throughout the “rock age.” There’s a multiplicity of memorable melodies that have seen double duty. Totally different songs using a very similar or the exact same tune.

Some were positively plagiarized platters. Still more could be called creative coincidences. Others were based on public domain ditties, and a few were repurposed on purpose by the original composers.

We’ll spotlight 50 of them with a particular focus on the music of Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, and Ray Charles along with samplings of songs with surprising similarities by such artists as James Brown, David Bowie, Johnny Cash, and even Buddy Holly, among others.

Most of these recordings never went to court to determine if the copyrights had been copied wrong. So you’ll be the judge during this hearing of some same old songs.

Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll