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Hanging by a Moment (Lifehouse) | Sounds Like | How Are You Supposed to Know (Don Brownrigg)

Hanging by a Moment by Lifehouse How Are You Supposed to Know by Don Brownrigg

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Definite differences as the song/melody progresses, but enough similarity that upon hearing one I was instantly reminded of the other.



Girl Crush (Little Big Town) | Sounds Like | It's A Heartache (Bonnie Tyler)

Girl Crush by Little Big Town It's A Heartache by Bonnie Tyler

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It's A Heartache was also recorded by country artists Trick Pony and Lorrie Morgan. No excuse for LBT to rip it off like they never heard the melody before.



Heart Hotels (Dan Fogelberg) | Sounds Like | Daisy Jane (America)

Heart Hotels by Dan Fogelberg Daisy Jane by America

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Singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg's hit Heart Hotels (released 1980) seems to borrow it's verse vocal melody and piano intro/arrangement from America's hit Daisy Jane (released July, 1975). Oh, and Daisy Jane was from America's album Hearts.

Heart Hotels (:00) VS Daisy Jane (:00)



We Take Care Of Our Own (Bruce Springsteen) | Sounds Like | Hurting Each Other (The Carpenters)

We Take Care Of Our Own by Bruce Springsteen Hurting Each Other by The Carpenters

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We Take Care of Our Own (:16) VS Hurting Each Other (:39).



Locked Away (R. City) | Sounds Like | Do That to Me One More Time (The Captain & Tennille)

Locked Away by R. City Do That to Me One More Time by The Captain & Tennille

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The verse vocal melody to production duo Rock City's Locked Away feat. Adam Levine (released June 29, 2015) is very similar to the verse vocal melody to husband and wife duo Captain & Tennille's chart-topping soft pop hit Do That to Me One More Time (released 1980). Locked Away is a half-step higher (key of C#) than DTtMOMT (key of C).

Locked Away (:00) VS Do That to Me One More Time (:20)



One Last Time (Ariana Grande) | Sounds Like | Human (The Human League)

One Last Time by Ariana Grande Human by The Human League

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Ariana Grande's One Last Time (released February 10, 2015) is reminiscent of The Human League's Human (released August 11, 1986), as well as Janet Jackson's Come Back to Me (:28) (released June 18, 1990--nearly 25 years ago today). Both of the aforementioned songs that preceded One Last Time, were written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the Minneapolis, Minnesota production duo that owned the Billboard Pop/R&B charts in the late 80s/early 90s. Similarities include: key (both songs are in Ab major), verse chord progression (both songs feature F minor-Eb/G-Ab-Db movement), and production arrangement (ethereal synth/rhodes keys, muted drum/kick).

One Last Time (:51) VS Human (:32)

One Last Time
Key: Ab
Verse Chord Progression:
F minor, Eb/G, Ab (vi-V6-I)
Db, F minor, Eb (IV-vi-V)

Human
Key: Ab
Verse Chord Progression:
Db major 9, Eb (IVM7-V)
F minor, Eb/G, Ab (vi-V6-I)
Db major 9 (IVM7)



See You Again (Wiz Khalifa) | Sounds Like | I Can't Make You Love Me (Bonnie Raitt)

See You Again by Wiz Khalifa I Can't Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt

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The chorus vocal melody to Wiz Khalifa's See You Again (released March 17, 2015), which features Charile Puth, is similar to the verse vocal melody to Bonnie Raitt's signature ballad I Can't Make You Love Me (released October 21, 1991, and written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin). Both songs are in the key of Bb major, and have similar progressions and diatonic melodies that begin on the downbeat with the sixth degree of the root scale, followed by the fifth degree, and descending in the second phrase (SEE below).

See You Again (:10) VS I Can't Make You Love Me (:33)

See You Again
Key: Bb major
Chord Progression (chorus):
Gminor, Bb, Eb, Bb (vi-I-IV-I)
Vocal Melody:
[1-3-5 ("It's been a")]
6-5-6 ("Long day")
1-2-2-1-3 ("without you my friend")
3-5-6-7-6-5-3-3 ("and I'll tell you all about it")
2-1-2-2-3-1 ("when I see you again")


I Can't Make You Love Me
Key: Bb major
Chord Progression (chorus):
Eb, Gb minor, Gb minor Eb (IV-vi-vi-IV)
Eb, Bb/D, Gb minor, C minor (IV-I-vi-ii)
Vocal Melody:
6-5-3-3-2 ("Turn down the lights")
2-3-1-6 ("Turn down the bed")
6-1-5-5 ("Turn down these voices")
3-2-1-2 ("inside my head")



Love Me like You Do (Ellie Goulding) | Sounds Like | The Power of Love (Celine Dion)

Love Me like You Do by Ellie Goulding The Power of Love by Celine Dion

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Ellie Goulding's single Love Me like You Do (released January 7, 2015, and featured on the Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack) is reminiscent of Celine Dion's The Power of Love (released November 1993). LMlYD shares the same key (Ab major), ethereal synth production, and first-half verse chord progression (emphasis on the I-vi change) as PoL. The first three notes of LMLYD's and PoL's verse melody (around :20) are also identical (LMlYD: "You're the light [, you're the night]"; PoL: "The whispers [in the morning]").

Love Me Like You Do (:00) VS The Power Of Love (:00)

Love Me Like You Do
Key: Ab
Chord Changes/Progression (Verse):
I-iii-vi-vi
IV-V-vi-vi
Melody (Verse):
3-5-5 | 3-5-5 | 3-5-5-4-4-3-2-1-3

The Power Of Love
Key: Ab
Chord Changes/Progression (Verse):
I-I-vi-vi
I-I-V-V
I-I-vi-vi
IV-I-V-V
Melody (Verse):
3-5-5 | 4-3-5-5

Honorable mention:

LMlYD (chorus around 1:01) VS Wham's Last Christmas (chorus)



All About That Bass (Meghan Trainor) | Sounds Like | Snowbird (Anne Murray)

All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor Snowbird by Anne Murray

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The pre-chorus to Meghan Trainor's self-acceptance chart-topper All About That Bass (released June 2, 2014) echoes melodies and chord progressions found in several earlier songs including Snowbird by Anne Murray (whose version was released in June 1970, the song was also recorded by Elvis Presley and Bing Crosby), Please Mister Please (released 1975) by Olivia Newton John, Contact (released August 26, 1992) by Phish, and Happy Mode (released 2006) by South Korean artists Koyote. All of the aforementioned songs follow some variation of a I-IM7-ii-V7-IM7 chord progression (the classic ii-V-I turnaround can be found in almost every genre of music), and they also all contain descending diatonic melodies that begin on the root note. AATB, Snowbird, and Koyote are all in A major, while Contact is in C major and Please Mister Please is in F major. Compare lines from AATB "Yeah my momma she told me 'Don't worry about your size/She says 'Boys like a little more booty to hold at night'," with Snowbird's "Beneath it's snowy mantle cold and clean/The unborn grass lies waiting for it's coat to turn to green," and Please Mister Please's "In the corner of the bar there stands a jukebox/With the best of country music old and new."

All About That Bass (:45) VS Snowbird (:14)

All About That Bass (:45) VS Please Mister Please (:13)
All About That Bass (:45) VS Happy Mode (:07)
All About That Bass (:45) VS Contact (:33)


Honorable mention:
Bobby Pickett's Monster Mash (2:13)

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