Is One Direction's New Song Too Similar to Def Leppard's Old One?

12/18/2013 at 10:45 AM EST

One Direction Accused of Copying Def Leppard's Pour Some Sugar On Me
One Direction (top), Def Leppard (bottom)
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The biggest boy band in the world has a new song. And it's more than a little similar to one of the biggest hits of the '80s.

The title track of One Direction's new album, Midnight Memories, contains some interesting similarities to Def Leppard's 1987 mega-hit "Pour Some Sugar on Me."

Fans have already put together a ton of side-by-side comparisons, and while we're strictly armchair musicologists, we do have to say they sound more alike than different.

An unnamed source told the Mirror, "Everyone is staying silent at this stage but it's clear the two songs sound alike – which has been enough for Def Leppard's aides to pose questions to their legal team."

It's not the first allegation of musical plagiarism for One Direction – the band was dinged earlier this year for perceived similarities between their "Best Song Ever" and The Who's "Baba O'Riley."

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