Dave Mustaine (former member of Metallica) left the band and took the song Mechanix with him to his new band Megadeth. After that Metallica changed the lyrics and the name of the song and made it Four Horsemen.

Are there any other songs like this - music is the same but the lyrics are different?

  • would lyrics in a different language count? the music is the same, and the meaning of the words is the same, but the words don't quite sound the same – user2813274 Jun 29 '15 at 21:21
  • no i thought of taking the song and changing it – icey Jun 29 '15 at 21:56
  • As you can see icey, there are a ton of songs that have this property (I'll add another which is God save the Queen and My Country, 'Tis of Thee not to mention pretty much every parody song ever) as it's a very effect way to arrange especially when people already know the song. Because of this I'm closing this question as too broad because there are way too many answers, but feel free to continue to this in our chat. – Dom Jun 29 '15 at 21:58
  • Tons and tons. Listen to Pink Floyd's "The Wall": 'Another Brick in the Wall' pts 1,2,and 3 are the same; 'Vera Lynn' and 'Bring the Boys Back Home'; 'In the Flesh?' and 'In the Flesh'... Pink Floyd love to recycle their own music. – user1103 Oct 21 '15 at 23:48
  • Tom Waits included two very different songs with essentially the same melody on his Alice album (the title track, and "Poor Edward"). From the sublime to the ridiculous, Kid Rock included alternate versions of a single track on his latest album --a bawdy version with his own lyric on the explicit version, and a more sensitive version with a lyric by Bob Seger on the clean version of the album. – Chris Sunami supports Monica Jun 16 '16 at 4:20

Not exactly in the same genre… but I think Comme d'Habitude might be one of the most famous ones… even if you've never heard of the original.

You might know it better after the lyrics were re-written by Paul Anka & the song given to Frank Sinatra, with it's rather more famous new title of My Way.

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ABC's and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

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  • Ha! I'm 48 and never noticed that before. :) – Johnny Bones Jun 30 '15 at 11:34
  • and ba ba black sheep – Aeolanyira Aug 1 '17 at 21:14

God Save The Queen and My Country Tis Of Thee and of course National Anthem, re-written over a British drinking song

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Barney's theme song and This Old Man

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Ugly Day, and Rhubarb Pie, both by Five Iron Frenzy. I would provide links, but I'm at work and can't right now. Five Iron Frenzy was a 90's and 00's Christian Ska Band. Both songs have exactly the same music (I can guarantee it, but they might have even just re-record lyrics on the same inst. tracks)

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I don't think this directly addresses your question, but there are some simple chord progressions that used by many different bands but typically with a different melody each time. Three of the most famous and common are:

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