2008 X Factor contestant and semi-finalist Diana Vickers caused a stir with her smash hit single My Wicked Heart, released in 2010. The chorus finds the snarling Brit completely borrowing the melody from the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Under the Bridge, which was a hit in 1992.
To make things even more obvious, Vickers admitted the similarity to Digital Spy, saying…
“That happened without even knowing! We had the song and it didn’t have the ‘My Wicked Heart‘ bit in it and then we put the vocal in and we were like, ‘Why does it sound so familiar?’… Then we realized it was because we were listening to ‘Under The Bridge‘ the day before! We were saying, ‘Should we change it? Should we not? What should we do?’ Sod it, no, we’re just gonna keep it, it works, it’s the way it is.”
Under The Bridge
My Wicked Heart