Classical goes pop

So many pop songs have ‘borrowed’, ‘stolen’, ‘nicked’, ‘swiped’ or just ‘ripped off’ classical pieces of music, here are a random 20 you may not have realised.

Artist Title Composer Classical piece
Allan Sherman Hello Muddah! Hello Fadduh Amilcare Ponchielli Dance Of The Hours
Barry Manilow Could It Be Magic Frederic Chopin Prelude in C minor
Beach Boys Lady Lynda Bach Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Brian & Michael Matchstalk Men And Matchstalk Cats And Dogs William Rimmer Punchinello
Coolio C U When U Get There Johann Pachelbel Canon in D
Dead Or Alive You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) Richard Wagner Ride Of The Valkyries
Elvis Presley Can’t Help Falling In Love Hector Berlioz Plaisir D’Amour
Eric Carmen All By Myself Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2
Korgis If I Had You Niccolo Paganini Caprice No.24 In A Minor
Little Mix Little Me Pavane Gabriel Fauré
Mika Grace Kelly Gioachino Rossini Largo Al Factotum
Muse Plug In Baby Bach Toccata and Fugue in D
Nas I Can Ludwig van Beethoven Für Elise
Neil Diamond Song Sung Blue Wolfgang Mozart Piano Concerto No.41
Puff Daddy I’ll Be Missing You Samuel Barber Agnus Dei
Queen It’s A Hard Life Vesti La Giubba Ruggiero Leoncavallo
S Club 7 Natural Pavane Gabriel Fauré
Sting Russians Serge Prokofiev Romance from Lieutenant Kijé
Take That Never Forget Guiseppe Verdi Tuba Mirum from Requiem
Tom Jones Help Yourself Wilma Goich Gli Occhi Miei
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