By Leah Greenblatt
August 10, 2009 at 05:45 PM EDT

Who doesn’t love a great pop hook — one so deliciously catchy, clever and (let’s face it) lucrative, maybe an artist couldn’t resist using it twice?

Today, Stereogum links to a splice (thanks, Final Cut Pro!) of laconic, Darth-voiced ’80s rapper Tone Loc’s two biggest hits, “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina” — revealing that they are, essentially, the same song.

Clearly, he’s not the first to get stuck on repeat, as last week’s kerfuffle over Beyonce’s “Halo” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone” handily proved (for the record, I’m sticking with Not So Much Alike At All on this one — same generic backbeat + different chord progressions, divided by two entirely divergent flavors of belting diva); so did the various plagiarism lawsuits against Coldplay for “Viva la Vida.”

Mostly, this entire post is an excuse to run this vintage (i.e. circa 2007) treasure: See Nickelback’s hits “How You Remind Me” and “Someday” in stereo, below — your Canadian goose is cooked, Chad Kroeger!:

But you tell us, readers: Which artists do you think have accidentally (on purpose?) Xeroxed their own hits — or pilfered best bits from others?

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