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AMERICAN APPROPRIATORS: “Best Day Of My Life” shamelessly duplicates Imagine Dragons’ hook and no one cares

For the last two months I’ve been having a sense of musical deja vu, from the moment I first heard American Authors’ “Best Day Of My Life” and started wondering how it is that the hook which the song is built upon sounds so much like Imagine Dragons.

Not in the sense that it’s “hey, here’s the new Imagine Dragons!” or something of that ilk, something the band could hang its hat on as a badge of “honor.”

No, I’m hearing almost carbon copy similarities between the hook of Imagine Dragons’ “It’s Time” and the breakthrough of American Authors. The former has been a hit since mid-2012 and has spawned more than 55 million YouTube views, while also becoming the most sampled track for movie soundtracks and Hulu Plus advertisements. The latter came out in October and hasn’t built up nearly the same level of ubiquity, though it also seems set to live on in advertisements for years to come thanks to spots for Lowes and Hyundai.



“It’s Time” was produced by Alex da Kid and Brandon Darner, while I cannot find definitive production information for “Best Day Of My Life” for comparison. So I cannot be certain that this was a situation similar to when Beyonce and Kelly Clarkson were provided the same beat with minor edits by Ryan Tedder. Still,when so many specious arguments are made regarding potential plagiarism (“One Direction” sampling the opener to “Baba O’Riley” anyone?) it’s disheartening that two songs so similar can be released within the space of eighteen months and no one seems to be pointing out just how derivative this track by American Authors truly is.

If it’s not an outright ripoff, it at the very least signifies the band can’t separate its influences from its own sound. And it doesn’t bode well for the state of radio in 2014 if we’re willing to play along.

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4 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Jessie Spencer's Blogspot.

    December 30, 2013 at 1:19 AM

  2. It’s like a carbon copy

    December 30, 2013 at 9:22 PM

  3. Zach Smith

    It’s a similar sound (on the banjo riff, I believe) but absolutely no part of it is plagiarized from ID’s song. They’re a folky-sounding band, as is Imagine Dragons. Same genre implies the same sound, but these have no similar melodies by any means.

    February 17, 2014 at 5:21 AM

  4. Jacqui Winkler

    Thank you so much for this. I have been having a mental breakdown every time “Best Day Of My Life” plays while my brain tries to fill in the lyrics to a song that I keep swearing that I know, yet is still slightly foreign. Your article came up when I finally tried searching it up and, as soon as I saw the title, my brain was relieved. Thanks again!

    April 10, 2014 at 5:21 PM

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