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Chained To The Rhythm (Katy Perry) | Sounds Like | Love Light in Flight (Stevie Wonder)

Chained To The Rhythm by Katy Perry Love Light in Flight by Stevie Wonder

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The verse vocal melody in Katy Perry's reggae-flavored dance song Chained To The Rhythm is reminiscent of the chorus vocal melody to Stevie Wonder's Love Light in Flight ("Living our lives through a lens" VS "Make me feel like paradise"). Rhythmically, Chained is also similar to Luther Vandross' Don't You Know That, Chaka Khan's Ain't Nobody, and Lionel Ritchie's Running With The Night.

Chained To The Rhythm (:09) VS Love Light in Flight (:35)



Whatever Gets You thru the Night (John Lennon) | Sounds Like | Shame Shame Shame (Shirley and Company)

Whatever Gets You thru the Night by John Lennon Shame Shame Shame by Shirley and Company

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Both songs were released in 1974, and likely owe a debt to George McCrae's preceding disco hit Rock Your Baby (released in May 1974, and written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC and the Sunshine Band), which in turn owes a debt to Betty Wright's Clean Up Woman (released November 1971). Billy Joel's Keeping The Faith (released 1984) also strongly echoes Clean Up Woman.

Whatever Gets You thru the Night (:00) VS Shame Shame Shame (2:00)

Honorable mention:
George McCrae's Rock Your Baby (2:20)

Betty Wright's Clean Up Woman (:00)

Billy Joel's Keeping The Faith (1:16)



Alejandro (Lady Gaga) | Sounds Like | All That She Wants (Ace of Base)

Alejandro by Lady Gaga All That She Wants by Ace of Base

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[Alejandro (:39) VS All That She Wants (:11) - ed. furtherlane.]



This Summer's Gonna Hurt (Maroon 5) | Sounds Like | Wishing on a Star (Rose Royce)

This Summer's Gonna Hurt by Maroon 5 Wishing on a Star by Rose Royce

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The pre-chorus vocal melody to Maroon 5's This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like a MotherF****r (released May 15, 2015) is similar to the chorus vocal melody to Rose Royce's R&B classic Wishing on a Star (released 1978). Essentially, Maroon 5 lowered the key a half-step (from Ab to G) and reversed the chord progression (from vi-ii to ii-vi).

This Summer's Gonna Hurt (:51) VS Wishing on a Star (:22)

This Summer's Gonna Hurt
Key: G major
Chord Progression:
A minor, E minor (ii-vi)
Vocal Melody (pre-chorus relative to root):
3-1-7-6-7-1-2-3 ("I see her dancing in the streets")
1-7-6-7-1-2-3 ("Sipping champagne on the beach")

Wishing on a Star
Key: Ab major
Chord Progression:
F minor, Bb minor (vi-ii)
Vocal Melody (chorus relative to root):
3-6-7-1-2-3 ("I'm wishing on a star")
3-6-7-1-2-3-2-1 ("To find out where you are")



Emotion (Mariah Carey) | Sounds Like | Best of My Love (The Emotions)

Emotion by Mariah Carey Best of My Love by The Emotions

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Same progression, same feel, same groove. Mariah's song title is even the name of the other group!



Pretty Girls (Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea) | Sounds Like | I Can't Wait (Nu Shooz)

Pretty Girls by Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea I Can't Wait by Nu Shooz

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The chorus to Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea's Pretty Girls is reminiscent of the chorus to Nu Shooz 80's hit I Can't Wait (released February 1986), in terms of production/arrangement (synth sounds, bass line, claps/snaps on two and four, and tempo). In addition, the double-tracked (or Antares' effected) lead vocal is similar to Gwen Stefani's lead vocal sound in Hollaback Girl

Pretty Girls (:00) VS I Can't Wait (:00)

Honorable mention:
Pretty Girls' verse echoes Zendaya's Keep It Undercover (theme song)

Pretty Girls' chorus echoes S.O.S. Band's Take Your Time (Do It Right) (released March 18, 1980)



Honey, I'm Good (Andy Grammer) | Sounds Like | Cotton Eye Joe (Rednex)

Honey, I'm Good by Andy Grammer Cotton Eye Joe by Rednex

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The chorus to Andy Grammer's Honey, I'm Good (released April 8, 2014) is reminiscent of the chorus to Rednex's August 1994 cover of Cotton Eye Joe a.k.a. Cotton-Eyed Joe (a traditional American country/folk song, which dates to before the Civil War). [Thanks to Andrew Zucker for suggesting this one!]

Honey, I'm Good (:00) VS Cotton Eye Joe (:23)

Honey, I'm Good
Key: A major
Chord Progression (chorus):
A, Asus2, D maj 7, D maj 7 (or I-I sus2-IV maj7-IV maj7)
Vocal Melody (chorus):
5-5-3-1-1-1 ("Oh no, hon-ey, I'm good")
6-1-1-1-1-1 ("I could have a-no-ther")
6-5-1-1-3-3 ("but I prob'ly should not")
5-5-5-3-2-1-1-5 ("I've got some-body at home, and")
6-1-1-1-1-1-6-5-1-1-4-3-3 ("If I have a-noth-er then I might not leave alone")


Cotton Eye Joe
Key: A major
Chord Progression (chorus):
A, A, D, E (or I-I-IV-V)
Vocal Melody (chorus):
3-5-3-5-5-5-3-2-3 ("[If] it hadn't been [for] Cotton-Eye Joe")
5-3-2-1 ("I'd been married")
1-1-1-6-5 ("long time ago")
6-6-6-1-6-1-1-1-4 ("Where did you come from? Where did you go?")
5-3-3-2-1-3-1-1-6-5 ("Where did you come from Cotton-Eye Joe?)



Domino (Jessie J) | Sounds Like | Bette Davis Eyes (Kim Carnes)

Domino by Jessie J Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes

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The verse vocal melody to Jessie J's Domino is very similar to the verse vocal melody to Kim Carnes' Bette Davis Eyes. Likewise, the guitar part to Domino is rhythmically similar to the keyboard part in BDE.

Domino (:06) VS Bettie Davis Eyes (:14)

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