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Kelly Clarkson says her “Heartbeat Song” doesn’t copy Jimmy Eat World

Music fans have noticed a similarity between Kelly Clarkson’s “Heartbeat Song” and Jimmy Eat World’s 2001 song “The Middle.”

In an interview, Rolling Stone asked her about it:

People have noticed that your new “Heartbreak Song” sounds a lot like Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle.” Were you surprised by that comparison?
I didn’t write the song, I just sang it. But I didn’t catch that. Nobody behind the scenes did. What’s funny is that I was a huge fan of that Jimmy Eat World album! I thought it was really cool of Jimmy Eat World to say, “Hey, no harm, no foul.” There are only so many chords.

Here’s a YouTube video where two singers do a mashup of the two songs to illustrate the similarity:

And if you want to check out the originals, here’s Kelly’s song:

And here’s the Jimmy Eat World song:

What do you think? It seems pretty coincidental, and unintentional, don’t you agree?

AboutJohn Fisher

John is a Midwest native who started his Northwest radio career in 1992 after moving to Seattle from Chicago. He’s an avid cyclist, painter, traveler, foodie, and dog lover (Hazel and Gizmo, both shelter dogs.) He’s worked with various animal organizations including PAWS, Seattle Humane Society and Seattle Animal Shelter. John got a late start on fatherhood – he and his wife have a 5-year-old son named Dawson who already has a crush on Katy Perry.