Bitter Sweet Symphony was a runaway hit for the band The Verve, but maybe that wasn’t such a good thing.
Chances are you’ve probably heard Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve, even if you don’t know it. Here’s a reminder if you need it:
Remember it now? Good. Well, as you can imagine this song was a favorite and gained attention all over the world, when the Grammy nominations rolled around, it was nominated for best song. One small problem, they didn’t have all the licensing worked out.
As the song gained popularity, it became clear that the orchestral part was based on Andrew Oldham Orchestra’s The Last Time which The Verve had properly obtained licensing for. The only problem was, the Oldham song was based on The Last Time by The Rolling Stones, which The Verve did not have licensing for. (It should also be said that The Stones’ song was based on This May Be the Last Time by the Staples Singers, but that didn’t seem to matter.)
So, did they steal the best part of their runaway hit song? Watch the video below and decide for yourself: