Remember how internet users found an eerie resemblance between Anu Malik’s song Mera Mulk Mera Desh from the 1996 movie Diljale and the national anthem of Israel, which was played when Israeli gymnast Artem Dolgopyat won an Olympic medal?

Musicians often draw inspiration from other artists for their original pieces, and it’s even appreciated as long as it’s not blatantly copied. There are a number of songs that we have loved our entire lives, but they turned out to be inspired by foreign songs. Here are a few.

1. The song Pehli Nazar of Race (2008), which instantly reminds us of our high school sweetheart, was actually inspired by the song Sarang Hae Yo by Kim Hyung Su (2005).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BadBAMNPX0I

2. The bouncy song Dil Cheez Tujhe Dedi of Air lift (2016), which we all groove on, was copied from the song Have I got through Milk & Honey (2010).

3. With Esha Deol, the iconic song Dhoom Machale of misfortune (2004) was copied from the song Mario takes a walk by Jesse Cook (1996).

4. We still can’t stop tapping our feet on the song Dil Mein Baji Guitar of Apna Sapna Silver Silver (2006). Well did you know he was inspired by the song Sheloha shela through Miami group (1997) ?

5. One of the most catchy love songs, Kya Mujhe Pyar Hai of Woh Lamhe (2006), was also a copy. Yes the song was inspired by Tak Bisakah through Peter Pan (2005).

6. There is no doubt that we are still humming the song. Koi Mil Gaya of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998). But, do you know he was inspired by the song Take that look off your face by Andrew Lloyd Webber (1980)?

7. The song Neend Churaayi Meri of Ishq (1997) ruled chartbusters for a very long time. Well it turns out he was inspired by the song Sending all my love by Tolga (1990).

8. Sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Sonu Nigam, the song boyfriend boyfriend of Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006) is a beautiful song. However, it is actually copied from the song Theme for a dream by Cliff Richard (1961).

9. With a great backdrop to New York and the captivating movements of SRK, we were immediately impressed by the song. A pretty woman of Kal Ho Na Ho (2003). However, we didn’t know at the time that he was inspired by the song. Oh, pretty woman by Roy Orbison (1965).

10. It might make a lot of you sad, but the song Hare Krishna Hare Ram of Bhool Bhulaiyya (2007) is a copy of the song My Lesson through JTL (2001).

11. Remember the sizzling chemistry between Fardeen Khan and Urmila Matondkar in the song? Kambakth Ishq of Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (2001)? But we bet you didn’t know this song was actually inspired by the song Eireann through Celtic afro sound system (1999).

12. Jatin-Lalit landed several nominations for Best Music Director for the film Hum Tum. Well the song Ladki Kyon of Hum Tum (2004) was actually copied from the song Roya by Andranik Madadian (2000).

13. The song that made all the kids of the 90s fall in love, Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya of Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995), was literally copied from The Godfather Theme (1972).

14. With the sensual chemistry between Abhishek Bachchan and Rimi Sen, the song Shikdum of misfortune (2004) was taken from the song Sikidim by Tarkan (1994).

15. The Bouncy Song Dil Na Diya of Krishna (2006), which continued and became a party hymn at the time, was inspired by Ceddin Deden’s Turkish Military March Track (1900).

16. We are extremely sad that one of the most sensual songs of the 90s, Tip Tip Barsa Paani of Mohra (1994) was also copied from the song Roll Down Di Rubber Man by Dr Alban (1993).

17. Another Bollywood hit song, Mehbooba Mehbooba of Sholay (1975) was taken from the song Tell me that You Love Me by Demis Roussos (1974).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByAbV-MKDgs

18. If you thought the song Koi Yahan Nache Nache of disco dancer (1982) sung by Usha Uthup and Bappi Lahiri was original, so you’d be wrong. The song borrowed its beats from the song Killed the radio star through The Buggles (1980).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vylXQbEULQ

19. The iconic song Rama Re of Kaante (2002) is not original either. Yes it’s copied from the song bird boy by Nana Vasconcelos (1990).

20. Feating Zeenat Aman, the popular song Laila O Laila of Qurbaani (1980) has also been copied. Yes he was inspired by the song chicano through Bood black (1975).

21. The ultimate 90s love hymn, Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi of Aashiqui (1990), was taken from the song Come into my life by Joyce Sims (1987).

22. Sung by Adnan Sami and Sunidhi Chauhan, the song Gela Gela Gela of Aïtraaz (2004) was copied from the song Thoia Thiong by R. Kelly (2003).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yv4TpHm0NPI

23. It may come as a surprise, but the song Jab Koi Baat Bigad Jaaye of Jurm (1990) was also copied from a foreign song. Yes it’s copied from the song Five hundred miles by Pierre, Paul and Marie (1962).

24. Last but not least, the soothing song In Dino of Life in a metro (2007) was also inspired by another song. That’s right. It’s copied from the song Mera Naam Hai Mohabbat by Waqar Ali (2001).

What is your favorite song ? Let us know in the comments.