The verse vocal melody to country artist RaeLynn's For a Boy (released March 23, 2015) bears a strong resemblance to the chorus vocal melody to OneRepublic's Stop and Stare (released March 29, 2007) from the latter group's debut album. Also, the intro arrangements are very similar (solo vocals and staccato eighth notes on acoustic guitar). American Idol season seven winner David Cook's Come Back to Me (released March 23, 2009) also owes a debt to Stop and Stare's chorus chord progression/melody
Christina Aguilera's and Blake Shelton's country pop duet Just a Fool (released December 4, 2012) is reminiscent of R.E.M.'s alt rock hit Everybody Hurts (released April 15, 1993). Both songs feature a similar verse rhythm guitar part and chord progression set in 6/8 time.
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)
The chorus melody for Wrecking Ball (released August 25, 2013) by actress/singer/provocateur Miley Cyrus is reminiscent of the chorus melodies for both Good Morning Baltimore (from the 2002 Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray), and She Believes In Me by country legend Kenny Rogers (released April 16, 1979). All three songs have chorus melodies that emphasize movement between the third and fourth degrees of the root scale, and feature a long fourth degree note followed by two shorter third degree notes (e.g. "Wreck-ing ball," "Balt-i-more" "Faith in me"): 4-3-3, sung over the root chord. In addition, Wrecking Ball echoes a melody from On My Own (from the 1987 Tony Award-winning musical Les Miserables). On My Own starts in D major, but modulates to F major (the same key as Wrecking Ball), and the repeated descending diatonic melody for the line "trees are bare and everywhere the streets are full of strangers" (2:06): 4-3-2-1-4-3-2-1, can be found in the line "[All you] ever did was wre-e-eck me": 4-3-2-1-4-3-2. Wrecking Ball (:42) VS She Believes In Me (1:10).