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I Took A Pill In Ibeza (Mike Posner) | Sounds Like | Obvious Child (Paul Simon)

I Took A Pill In Ibeza by Mike Posner Obvious Child by Paul Simon

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I Took A Pill In Ibeza (:28) VS Obvious Child (:45)



Rather Be (Clean Bandit) | Sounds Like | Games People Play (Alan Parsons Project)

Rather Be by Clean Bandit Games People Play by Alan Parsons Project

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The chorus to Clean Bandit's synthpop/dance hit Rather Be featuring Jess Glynne (released January 17, 2014) is reminiscent of both the chorus to Alan Parsons Project's soft rock single Games People Play (released December 1980), and the chorus to Mariah Carey's Emotions (released August 13, 1991). Emotions was no doubt influenced by Cheryl Lynn's signature disco hit Got to Be Real (released November 1978, co-written by David Foster and David Paich).


Rather Be (1:13) VS Games People Play (1:38)

Rather Be (1:30) VS Emotions (:17)



Dangerous (David Guetta) | Sounds Like | Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)

Dangerous by David Guetta Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

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The chorus to French DJ/producer David Guetta's single Dangerous featuring Sam Martin on vocals (released October 6, 2014) seems to have been inspired by the chorus to Nirvana's grunge anthem Smells Like Teen Spirit (released September 10, 1991). Both the chorus chord progression and chorus vocal melody to Dangerous is similar to those found in SLTS. There is also some lyrical similarity. Compare the lines, Dangerous: "I don't know where the lights are taking us, but something in the night is dangerous," with SLTS's line "Let me out now, this is dangerous/Here we are now entertain us."

Dangerous (:52) VS Smells Like Teen Spirit (:57)



Apologize (One Republic) | Sounds Like | Don't You Worry Child (Swedish)

Apologize by One Republic Don't You Worry Child by Swedish

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"It's too late to apologize" is the same melody as "Don't you worry, don't you worry child"

[Apologize (:49) VS Don't You Worry Child (1:07) - ed. furtherlane.]



Ten Feet Tall (Afrojack) | Sounds Like | Chloe (Emblem3)

Ten Feet Tall by Afrojack Chloe (You're the One I Want) by Emblem3

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The chorus vocal hook for Ten Feet Tall by Dutch music producer/DJ Afrojack featuring Wrabel (released February 3, 2014) is identical to the chorus vocal hook to Chloe (You're the One I Want) (released April 15, 2013) by American pop-rock trio Emblem3. Compare the lines: Ten Feet Tall - "Whoa oh oh oh, I'm ten feet tall," and Chloe - "Chloe, I know your sister turns everyone on." Same pitch, key, and contour.

Ten Feet Tall (:38) VS Chloe (You're the One I Want) (:08)



Love Runs Out (OneRepublic) | Sounds Like | Love You like a Love Song (Selena Gomez)

Love Runs Out by OneRepublic Love You like a Love Song by Selena Gomez

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For OneRepublic's Love Runs Out (released April 14, 2014), producer/writer Ryan Tedder cleverly dresses up a 12-bar blues in G with elements from several pop hits including the pounding eighth-note drums/piano/'60s stomp of the intro (as heard in Adele's Rolling in the Deep, Four Seasons' Let's Hang On, Supremes' Come See About Me, ELO's Don't Bring Me Down, even Queen's Flash Gordon), and melody from Selena Gomez's Love You like a Love Song, released June 17, 2011 (compare the lines, LRO: "I'll be doin' this, if you have a doubt, 'til the love runs out" VS LYlaLS: "So humanity will play on and on, with the best of 'em. You are beautiful") and Prince's U Got the Look, released July 14, 1987 (compare lines, LRO: "I'll be runnin', I'll be runnin'" VS UGtL: "Your face is jammin', your body's heck-a-slammin'").

Love Runs Out (:32) VS Love You like a Love Song (:33)



Team (Lorde) | Sounds Like | Young Blood (The Naked and Famous)

Team by Lorde Young Blood by The Naked and Famous

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The chorus to Lorde's Team (released September 13 2013) has the same chord progression (IV-vi-V or four-minor6-five), drum beat, and key (F#) as the verse to Young Blood (released June 7, 2010) by fellow New Zealanders The Naked and Famous. Lorde has also garnered comparisons to Lana Del Rey for this song, mostly due to the production values--reverb-drenched vocals against a stark electronic beat and synth pad.
Team (1:10) VS Young Blood (:19)



Really Don't Care (Demi Lovato) | Sounds Like | I Love It (Icona Pop)

Really Don't Care by Demi Lovato I Love It by Icona Pop

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Demi Lovato's Dance-Pop single Really Don't Care (released May 20, 2014) seems closely modeled after Swedish duo Icona Pop's breakthrough hit I Love It (released May 9, 2012). Similarities include: verse vocal melody/rhythm (RDC starts on a G note, ILI starts on an Ab--only a half-step apart), theme (defiance to a former lover), lyrics ("I don't care" VS "I really don't care," "stars and moon collide" VS "down on earth, but I am up in space"), and production elements (drum beat/synth). Both song's verse vocal melodies start on the "and" or second eighth note of the first beat, and stay on the same note--emphasizing the upbeat--for the rest of the measure and most of the following measure. The final four notes of both melodies have the same exact rhythm (RDC: "[...] have it a-all"; ILI: "[..] you were g-one"). Finally, the pre-chorus vocal melody of Really Don't Care (which starts with the line "But even if the stars and moon collide") is tonally/rhythmically similar to the intro/chorus vocal melody to Pat Benatar's 80s smash Shadows of the Night (released September 30, 1982) i.e. "We're running with the shadows of the night [...]."

Really Don't Care (:04) VS I Love It (:25)

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