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Things Ain't Like They Used To Be (The Black Keys) | Sounds Like | Don't Let Me Down (The Beatles)

Things ain't like they use to be by The Black Keys Don't Let Me Down by The Beatles

Things Ain't Like What They Used To Be The Black Keys

The Beatles - Don't Let Me Down

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Speed differation don't me down is faster



Weight of Love (The Black Keys) | Sounds Like | Down by the River (Neil Young)

Weight of Love by The Black Keys Down by the River by Neil Young

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The Black Keys' Weight of Love (released January 27, 2015) from their eighth studio album Turn Blue is reminiscent of Neil Young's Down by the River (released May 14, 1969). Both songs begin in the key of D major, and feature staccato guitar rhythms that repeatedly move from E minor to A major (ii-V). This same intro progression can be found in Pink Floyd's Breathe (released March 1, 1973), which also seemingly appropriates the first half of Down by the River's chorus chord progression (Cmajor7-Bminor). Thanks to Justin Schack for suggesting this comparison!

Weight of Love (:00) VS Down by the River (:00)



It Will Rain (Bruno Mars) | Sounds Like | Chasing Pavements (Adele)

It Will Rain by Bruno Mars Chasing Pavements by Adele

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The chorus vocal melody to Bruno Mars' It Will Rain (released September 27, 2011) is very similar to the chorus vocal melody to Adele's Grammy-winning (Best Female Pop Vocal Performance) song Chasing Pavements (released January 21, 2008). Compare the lines, IWR: "'Cause there'll be no sunlight if I lose you, baby" and CP's: "Should I give up, or should I just keep chasing pavements?" Mars' IWR also uses a similar chorus chord progression (only a half-step lower), and he inserts the V chord instead of going directly to the iii chord.

It Will Rain (:54) VS Chasing Pavements (:52)

It Will Rain
Key: D major
Chord Progression (chorus):
G, A, F# minor, B minor, A (IV, V, iii, vi, V)
Melody (relative to root):
5-5-6-5-4
3-5-3-5-6-3

Chasing Pavements
Key: Eb major
Chord Progression (chorus):
Ab, G minor, C minor, F minor, Ab, Bb/Ab, G minor, G7 (IV, iii, vi, ii, IV, V, iii, V/vi)
Melody (relative to root):
5-5-5-5-5-3-5
3-5-3-5-3-1

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It Will Rain's verse melody (:43) VS Rod Stewart's Young Turks' verse melody (3:20)



Trouble (Iggy Azalea) | Sounds Like | I'll Take You There (The Staple Singers)

Trouble by Iggy Azalea I'll Take You There by The Staple Singers

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Australian rapper Iggy Azalea's song Trouble (released February 24th, 2015), which features Jennifer Hudson, is reminiscent of several throwback soul/R&B songs. The gospel-tinged piano riff features the same rhythm as the Staple Singers I'll Take You There (released 1972), and Trouble has a similar chord progression (albeit in a different key) to Jean Knight's Mr. Big Stuff (released May 1971). Likewise, the opening jangly guitar riff/arrangement is similar to the Jackson 5's I Want You Back (released October 7, 1969). Hudson's chorus vocal melody is also similar to the chorus vocal melody to the Black Crowe's Jealous Again (released 1989).

Trouble (:00) VS I’ll Take You There (:14)


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Trouble VS The Spinner's How Could I Let You Get Away (:00)

Trouble VS The Style Council’s Mick's Blessings (:00)

Trouble VS Jean Knight's Mr. Big Stuff (:00)

Trouble VS The Jackson 5's I Want You Back (:00)

Trouble VS Al Green's Love & Happiness (:55)

Trouble VS The Church's Under the Milky Way (:41)

Trouble VS Take Me or Leave Me from Rent (:00)

Trouble VS The Black Crowes’ Jealous Again (:29)



All I Want to Do (Sugarland) | Sounds Like | Tumbling Dice (The Rolling Stones)

All I Want to Do by Sugarland Tumbling Dice by The Rolling Stones

Sugarland - All I Want To Do

Tumbling Dice ~ The Rolling Stones

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The chorus vocal melody to American country duo Sugarland's song All I Want to Do (released May 19, 2008) strongly resembles the verse vocal melody to the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. classic Tumbling Dice (released April 4, 1972). Compare the melody for the lines "[All I want to] do ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh" with TD's "Women think I'm tasty, but they're always tryin' to waste me/And make me burn the candle right down." Mick and Keith's song also seems to have inspired the chorus to Tony! Toni! Tone!'s June 1, 1993 single If I Had No Loot (1:03): "You ca-all me your friend, but you only want my gifts/And I'll never see you if I had no loot". Finally, the Eagles echoed Tumbling Dice's end guitar riff (around the line "You've got to roll me") for the post-guitar-solo breakdown to Life in the Fast Lane (2:38) (released May 3, 1977). UPDATE: The Stones et al. seem to owe a debt to King Floyd's soul classic Groove Me (released 1971).

All I Want to Do (:34) VS Tumbling Dice (:11)
If I Had No Loot (1:03) VS Tumbling Dice (:11)
Life In The Fast Lane (2:38) VS Tumbling Dice (2:39)



Six Blade Knife (Dire Straits) | Sounds Like | River Runs Deep (J.J. Cale)

Six Blade Knife by Dire Straits River Runs Deep by J J Cale

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Late American singer-songwriter and musician John Weldon Cale, better known as J.J. Cale influenced artists on both sides of the Atlantic with his brand of laid-back blues (e.g. Clapton, Knopfler, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Garcia). Cale's River Runs Deep (released in 1972) seems to have inspired Dire Strait's Six Blade Knife (released only six-years later in 1978). Both songs are in the key of A minor, and have close tempos (RRD: 113bpm, SBK: 118), and similar chord progressions typical of the genre: River Runs Deep follows a i-IV (or minor 1-4) , while Six Blade Knife follows a i-III-IV (minor 1-3-4). Have a listen, RRD (:44) and SBK (1:57). [Thanks to Laurence Groffman for this one!]

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