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Shape of You (Ed Sheeran) | Sounds Like | Cheap Thrills (Sia)

Shape of You by Ed Sheeran Cheap Thrills by Sia

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The intro to Ed Sheeran's Shape of You (released January 6, 2017) is very similar to the intro to Sia's Cheap Thrills (released February 11, 2016). Both feature a marimba-sounding synth playing staccato quarter note triplets for each chord. In terms of chord structure, Shape of You (in the key of E) follows a vi-ii-IV-V (or minor 6, minor 2, 4, 5) progression, while Cheap Thrills (in the key of A) follows a vi-IV-I-V (or minor 6, 4, 1, 5) progression. Shape of You is also slightly reminiscent of TLC's No Scrubs (released January 23, 1999), which is in the key of B (really G# harmonic minor), and follows a ii-vi-V/vi-vi (or minor 2, minor 6, dominant chord of the 6, minor 6). In particular, the scansion of the verse vocal melody is similar. [h/t to A. Zucker for suggesting this one!]

Shape of You (:00) VS Cheap Thrills (:00)


Honorable mention:
Shape of You (:10) VS No Scrubs (TLC) (:18)



Hey Mama (David Guetta) | Sounds Like | Pon de Replay (Rihanna)

Hey Mama by David Guetta Pon de Replay by Rihanna

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The chorus vocal hook to David Guetta's Hey Mama featuring Nicki Minaj (released March 16, 2015) is melodically similar to the chorus vocal hook to Rihanna's debut single Pon de Replay (released May 24, 2005). The songs are only a half-step apart (Hey Mama: E minor, Pon de Replay: F# minor) and both feature an Afro-Caribbean style hook that emphasizes the 5th and 6th degrees of the minor scale. Compare the lines from Hey Mama: "Beating my drum like dum di-di-day", and Pon de Replay: "Come Mr. DJ song pon de replay."

Hey Mama (:36) VS Pon de Replay (:59)

Hey Mama
Key: E minor
Hook Melody (relative to minor root):
1-5-5-5-5
4-4-6-5


Pon de Replay
Key: F# minor
Hook Melody (relative to minor root):
1-5-5-5-5
6-6-7-6-5

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