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C'mon C'mon (Sheryl Crow) | Sounds Like | Guitar Man (Bread)

C'mon C'mon by Sheryl Crow Guitar Man by Bread

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The title song from Sheryl Crow's fourth studio album, C'mon C'mon borrows its chorus vocal melody from the verse vocal melody to Bread's Guitar Man.

C'mon C'mon (1:07) VS Guitar Man (:16)



Renegades (X Ambassadors) | Sounds Like | Driver's Seat (Sniff 'n' the Tears)

Renegades by X Ambassadors Driver's Seat by Sniff 'n' the Tears

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While X Ambassadors' hit Renegades (released March 3, 2015) mines the same folksy/jamboree territory as the Lumineers and Mumford and Sons, it's chord changes are reminiscent of British rock group Sniff 'n' the Tears' Driver's Seat (released 1979).
Renegades (:00) VS Driver's Seat (:00)



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?)



Budapest (George Ezra) | Sounds Like | Suspicious Minds (Elvis Presley)

Budapest by George Ezra Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley

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British singer-songwriter George Ezra’s Budapest (released December 13, 2013) is reminiscent of several songs including the verse chord progression and production/arrangement to Elvis Presley’s Suspicious Minds (released 1968), the bridge vocal melody to Frank Sinatra’s Strangers in the Night (released 1966), the intro keyboard melody to Mariah Carey's Dreamlover (released July 27, 1993), and the chorus vocal melody to Cornelius Bros and Sister Rose’s Too Late to Turn Back Now (released 1972).

Budapest (:25) VS Suspicious Minds (:00)

Budapest
Key: F major
Chord Progression (Verse):
F, Bb, F, C, Bb, F (I-IV-I-V-IV-I)

Suspicious Minds
Key: G major
Chord Progression (Verse):
G, C, D, C, G (I-IV-V-IV-I)


Budapest (:12) verse vocal melody VS Freddie Mercury's intro vocal melody (scatting) from Queen's Under Pressure (:22)

Budapest (:49) bridge vocal melody VS bridge vocal melody from Strangers in the Night (1:10)

Budapest (:11) verse vocal melody VS intro keyboard melody from Dreamlover (:01)

Budapest (:12) verse vocal melody VS guitar melody from XTC’s Generals and Majors



Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran) | Sounds Like | Waiting on the World to Change (John Mayer)

Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran Waiting on the World to Change by John Mayer

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Ed Sheeran's single Thinking Out Loud (released August 14, 2014) resembles several songs, in terms of chord progression/rhythm guitar part, and melody, including John Mayer's Waiting on the World to Change (released August 1, 2006), John Hiatt's Have a Little Faith in Me (released May 29, 1987), All-4-One's I Can Love You Like That (released 1995), Marvin Gaye's soul/funk classic Let's Get It On (released June 15, 1973), Van Morrison's romantic ballad Crazy Love (released 1970), and Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions gospel/soul classic People Get Ready (released 1965) to which Waiting on the World also owes a debt. Also, the vocal melody to TOL's pre-chorus is similar to a vocal melody in the chorus of Avril Lavigne's My Happy Ending (released July 7, 2004). Compare: TOL's "people fall in love in mysterious ways maybe it's all part of a plan" with MHE's "all this time you were pretending, so much for my happy ending"). Honorable mention to Gregory Abbott's Shake You Down (released September 29, 1986), Extreme's More Than Words (released March 23, 1991), Steely Dan's Hey Nineteen (November 1980) and Paul McCartney and Wings' With a Little Luck (March 20, 1978) .

Thinking Out Loud
Key: D major
Chord Progression (Verse/Chorus):
D, D/F#, G, A (or I, I/III, IV, V)


Waiting on the World to Change
Key: D major
Chord Progression (Verse/Chorus - rhythm/guitar part):
D, B minor, G, D (or I, vi, IV, I)
A, B minor, G, D (or V, vi, IV, I)


Have a Little Faith in Me
Key: F
Chord Progression (Verse - vocal melody):
F, D minor, Bb, F (or I, vi, IV, I)
Have a Little Faith in Me (:35)


I Can Love You Like That
Key: Eb
Chord Progression (Chorus - progression/vocal melody):
Eb, Eb/G, Ab, Bb (or I, I/III, IV, V)
I Can Love You Like That (:55)


Let's Get It On
Key: Eb
Chord Progression (Verse/Chorus - progression/rhythm):
Eb, G minor, Ab, Bb (or I, iii, IV, V)
Let's Get It On


Crazy Love
Key: A major
Chord Progression (Verse - rhythm/vocal melody):
A, C# minor, D, A (or I, iii, IV, I)
Crazy Love


People Get Ready
Chord Progression:
Key: D major
Chord Progression (Verse/Chorus - rhythm):
D, B minor, G, D (or I, vi, IV, I)
People Get Ready


UPDATE 03/4/15:


Hands to Heaven (1:13) by Breathe (released October 20, 1987). Thinking Out Loud's video even has a similar dance vignette.


Shining Star (:25) by the Manhattans (released 1980)



Try (Colbie Caillat) | Sounds Like | Carol Of The Bells (Pentatonix)

Try by Colbie Caillat Carol Of The Bells by Pentatonix

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The verse vocal melody to Colbie Caillat's Try (released June 9, 2014) echoes the signature repeating melody to Carol Of The Bells, composed by Mykola Leontovych in 1924 with lyrics by Peter J. Wilhousky. Both Try (in Bb minor) and Carol Of The Bells (Pentatonix's version of the popular Christmas carol is in C minor) emphasize the root, second and minor third of the key (as does Pink Floyd's Hey You), compare Try's line: "Put your make-up on, get your nails done, curl your hair" with COTB's "Hark hear the bells, sweet silver bells, all seem to say, throw cares away." Rhythmically, Caillat's verse vocal melody is also reminiscent of the verse vocal melody to "All For The Best" from the Broadway musical Godspell (around 1:16 with the line "some men are born to liberties, doing what they please").

Try (:13) VS Carol Of The Bells (:38)



Believer (American Authors) | Sounds Like | Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac)

Believer by American Authors Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac

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The verse vocal melody to American Authors' pie-in-the-sky single Believer (released March 19, 2013) is very similar to the verse vocal melody to Fleetwood Mac's Everywhere (released November 28, 1987). While sung in different keys (Believer: D; Everywhere: F), both diatonic melodies feature nearly identical ascending and descending patterns for the first four bars (1-1-1-1-1-2-3/1-1-6-5). Compare the lines in Believer ("I'm a little bit sheltered/I'm a little bit scared") with those in Everywhere ("Can you hear me callin'/Out your name?). Chord progressions are also close, Believer: I-I-vi-IV-V; Everywhere: I-V-I-V-I-V-vi-IV.

Believer (:20) VS Everywhere (:34)



Sing (Ed Sheeran) | Sounds Like | Miss You (The Rolling Stones)

Sing by Ed Sheeran Miss You by The Rolling Stones

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While Ed Sheeran readily acknowledges the influence of Justin Timberlake on his sophomore album, x, the lead single Sing (released April 7, 2014) references several classic songs including Mick Jones' guitar rhythm from The Clash's This Is Radio Clash (released November 20, 1981), the bass/groove from Rick James' Give It to Me (February 20, 1981), falsetto harmony from the Rolling Stones' Miss You (released May 10, 1978), chorus melody from Rod Stewart's Do Ya Think I'm Sexy (released November 10, 1978), and verse melody from Sisqo's Thong Song (January 4, 2000). Compare the vocal harmonies from Sing for the lines: "I need you darlin'/Come on set the tone/If you feel you're falling/Won't you let me know", with those of the background "oohs" from Miss You.

Sing (2:09) VS Miss You (:40)



Sing (Ed Sheeran) | Sounds Like | This Is Radio Clash (The Clash)

Sing by Ed Sheeran This Is Radio Clash by The Clash

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While Ed Sheeran readily acknowledges the influence of Justin Timberlake on his sophomore album, x, the lead single Sing (released April 7, 2014) references several classic songs including Mick Jones' guitar rhythm from The Clash's This Is Radio Clash (released November 20, 1981), the bass/groove from Rick James' Give It to Me (February 20, 1981), falsetto harmony from the Rolling Stones' Miss You (released May 10, 1978), chorus melody from Rod Stewart's Do Ya Think I'm Sexy (released November 10, 1978), and verse melody from Sisqo's Thong Song (January 4, 2000).

Sing (1:21) VS This Is Radio Clash (:37)



Mad World (Tears for Fears) | Sounds Like | Matthew and Son (Cat Stevens)

Mad World by Tears for Fears Matthew and Son by Cat Stevens

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The chorus vocal melody for Tears for Fears' Mad World from their debut album The Hurting (released September 20, 1982) echoes the bridge vocal melody to Yusuf Islam's (the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens') Matthew and Son, the title track from his debut album (released March 10, 1967). Both sections feature the same exact melody over a ii-V (or minor2-5) chord progression, though in different keys (MW: E major; MaS: D major). Fun side note: Matthew and Sons features uncredited Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.

Mad World (:46) VS Matthew and Son (1:36)

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