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

All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor Snowbird by Anne Murray

Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass


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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)

Dear Future Husband (Meghan Trainor) | Sounds Like | Runaround Sue (Dion)

Dear Future Husband by Meghan Trainor Runaround Sue by Dion

Meghan Trainor - Dear Future Husband (Audio)


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American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor's track Dear Future Husband (released September 9, 2014) is patterned directly after Dion DiMucci's doo-wop classic Runaround Sue (released September 1961). Similarities include: spoken intro over whole note strummed chords, tempo (80 bpm), background vocal parts (same male group vocal "ahh" glissando at the breaks and "hey" accents during the verses), production/arrangement (e.g. handclaps, saxophone part, bass line, drum beat, etc.), and same classic 50s chord progression (I-vi-IV-V or 1-minor 6-4-5), keys (half step apart--Runaround Sue in D major, Dear Future Husband in C# major).

Dear Future Husband (:00) VS Runaround Sue (:00)

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