Doppel-Bängers In this audio quiz, contestants identify songs that sound an awful lot like other songs.
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Doppel-Bängers

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Our next game is about songs that sound the same. So this is an audio quiz called Doppel-Bangers. Every so often, a musician will put out a song that sounds an awful lot like a song that already exists, intentionally or not. So each clue is two songs that sound similar played back to back. Every song you identify is worth one point. And you can tell me the song title or the artist or both if you want to show off. And your opponent can steal any points that you don't get.

Julia, stay in the lead, and you're in the final round. Chris, you need to get more points or you have to listen to my rip-off of "Baby Shark" about an infant who informs on a drug dealer called "Baby Narc."

CHRIS CYR: Yes.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Here we go. Let's hear your first two clips.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "GOT TO GIVE IT UP")

MARVIN GAYE: (Singing) I used to go out to parties and stand around.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BLURRED LINES")

PHARRELL WILLIAMS: Turn it up.

ROBIN THICKE: (Singing) If you can't hear what I'm trying to say.

WILLIAMS: Hey girl, come here.

THICKE: (Singing) If you can't read from the same page.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Julia.

JULIA KAPLAN: The first song is by Marvin Gaye. The second song is "Blurred Lines."

EISENBERG: Yeah, that works. Yeah, that's great. Perfect.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Marvin Gaye - "Got To Give It Up." And Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams with "Blurred Lines." Yeah. I mean, the whole theme of that is using something without consent, I suppose.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Here's your next pair of songs.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN")

CHUCK BERRY: (Singing) They're really rocking in Boston, in Pittsburgh, Pa., deep in the heart of Texas and 'round the 'Frisco Bay.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SURFIN' U.S.A.")

THE BEACH BOYS: (Singing) If everybody had an ocean across the U.S.A., then everybody'd be surfing like California.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Chris.

CYR: That's Chuck Berry and The Beach Boys.

EISENBERG: That is correct. Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Chuck Berry, "Sweet 16" (ph) and The Beach Boys' "Surfin' U.S.A." That's not just a snippet. That's the entire thing.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Berry's name was actually added to "Surfin' U.S.A.'s" song credits in 1966. Get ready to be inspired by these next two clips.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "EXPRESS YOURSELF")

MADONNA: (Singing) Make him express how he feels and maybe then you'll know your love is real.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BORN THIS WAY")

LADY GAGA: (Singing) I'm beautiful in my way 'cause God makes no mistakes. I'm on the right track. Baby, I was born this way.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Julia.

KAPLAN: The first song is Madonna, "Express Yourself," and the second song is "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga.

EISENBERG: Yes and yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Madonna supposedly said, when she heard it on the radio, that sounds familiar.

(LAUGHTER)

JONATHAN COULTON: She was right.

EISENBERG: All right. This is your last pair of songs.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I WON'T BACK DOWN")

TOM PETTY: (Singing) Well, I won't back down. No, I won't back down.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "STAY WITH ME")

SAM SMITH: (Singing) Oh, won't you stay with me? 'Cause you're all I need.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Chris.

CYR: It's "I Won't Back Down" and "Stay With Me."

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: (Laughter) Yeah, that's right.

CYR: It's also Tom Petty and not Tom Petty.

EISENBERG: That's right.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: You did it. Tom Petty, "I Won't Back Down" and Sam Smith, "Stay With Me." In 2015, Tom Petty said he had no hard feelings and that all my years of songwriting have shown me that these things can happen. In other words, he backed down.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: OK. That was so close. You guys are amazing. And it looks like, Julia, you are going to the final round.

(CHEERING)

EISENBERG: Coming up, we'll find out who will face off against Julia in our final round. And DeWanda Wise joins us from the Netflix series "She's Gotta Have It." I'll ask her what it was, did she get it, and what does she got to have now? I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

[POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: In this game, we incorrectly refer to the title of a Chuck Berry song as “Sweet Sixteen.” The correct title is “Sweet Little Sixteen.”]

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