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?