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Hymn For The Weekend (Coldplay) | Sounds Like | Tell Me (Groove Theory)

Hymn For The Weekend by Coldplay Tell Me by Groove Theory

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Coldplay's Hymn for the Weekend (released January 25, 2016) has a similar groove, verse vocal melody, and verse chord progression (relatively speaking) as Groove Theory's mid-90's chart-topper Tell Me (released September 5, 1995). Hymn for the Weekend's chorus vocal melody is also reminiscent of the intro vocal melody to fun's We Are Young, and Fabolous' Throw It In The Bag. Compare the melodies for the lines "[So if by the] time the bar closes and you feel like falling down" with "I-Oh-I-Oh/Got me feeling drunk and high."

Hymn for the Weekend (:44) VS Tell Me (:21) [verse vocal melody and groove]

Hymn for the Weekend (1:48) VS We Are Young (:41) [chorus vocal melody]

Hymn for the Weekend (1:48) VS Throw It In The Bag (Fabolous) (1:37)



What Do You Mean? (Justin Bieber) | Sounds Like | I Don't Mind (Usher)

What Do You Mean? by Justin Bieber I Don't Mind by Usher

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The chorus to Justin Bieber's What Do You Mean? (released August 28, 2015) is reminiscent of his mentor Usher's hit I Don't Mind featuring Juicy J (released November 21, 2014). [Thanks to AJ Lehrman for suggesting this one!]

What Do You Mean? (:56) VS I Don't Mind (1:16)



Hotline Bling (Drake) | Sounds Like | The Hills (The Weeknd)

Hotline Bling by Drake The Hills by The Weeknd

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Canadian rapper Drake's song Hotline Bling (released July 31, 2015) is reminiscent of the Weeknd's The Hills (released May 27, 2015). While keys are a half-step apart (HB: F; TH: Eb), similarities include vocal melodies with the same rhythmic scansion (compare the rhythm of HB's verse melody to TH's chorus melody), lyrics (HB: "You used to call me on my cell phone" VS TH: "I only call you when it's half-past five"), and drum track (especially the hi-hat patterns). [Thanks to AJ Halliwell for suggesting this one!]

Hotline Bling (:32) VS The Hills (:42)

Hotline Bling
Key: F/Dmin
Verse Chord Progression:
Dmin, Amin (vi, iii)
Verse Vocal Melody:
6-6-5-1-7-6-5-7-5 ("You used to call me on my cell phone")

The Hills
Key: Eb/Cmin
Chorus Chord Progression:
Cmin, Ab, Fmin, Ab (vi-IV-ii-IV)
Verse Vocal Melody:
3-3-3-5-3-1-1-2-6 ("I only call you when it's half-past five")



Nothing but Trouble (Lil Wayne and Charlie Puth) | Sounds Like | All This Love (DeBarge)

Nothing but Trouble by Lil Wayne and Charlie Puth All This Love by DeBarge

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The verse vocal melody to Lil Wayne and Charlie Puth's Nothing but Trouble (released June 29, 2015) is similar to the verse vocal melody to DeBarge's All This Love (released January 7, 1983). While in different keys (NbT: E; ATL C#), both melodies share the same relative contour, and are sung in the same falsetto vocal style. Thematically and lyrically, the songs are also similar (NbT: "For all of these problems" VS ATL: "I had some problems"). Interestingly, El DeBarge wrote All This Love "in hopes then-label mate and longtime idol Marvin Gaye would record it" [source: Wikipedia]. Puth is also a huge Marvin Gaye fan, as evidenced by his song of the same name.

Nothing but Trouble (:00) VS All This Love (:10)

Nothing but Trouble
Key: E
Chord Progression:
C#min, C#min/B, Bbmin7b5, Amaj7
Verse Vocal Melody:
1-3-4-3-2-3 ("I'm facing the bottle")
1-3-4-3-2-1 ("For all of my problems")
6-3-4-3-2-3 ("These Instagram models")
5-3-4-3-2-1-6 ("Are nothing but trouble")

All This Love
Key: C#
Chord Progression
Bmin, F7, Bmin, F7, Bmin, F7, Bmin, F7/C
Verse Vocal Melody:
3-2-6-1-2 ("I had some problems")
6-3-4-3-2-3-1-2 ("And no one could seem to solve them")



Waves (Mr Probz) | Sounds Like | Can't Hold Us (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)

Waves by Mr Probz Can't Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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The chorus to Waves by Dutch artist Mr Probz (released November 22, 2013) has the same relative chord progression (vi-V-iii-IV) as the chorus to Vanilla Fudge's cover of Keep Me Hangin' On (released 1967), Bryan Adams' It's Only Love, and Can't Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (released August 16, 2011). The progression is also similar to the chorus from Missing You by Diana Ross (released November, 1984, and written by Lionel Richie).

Waves (:15) VS Can't Hold Us (2:31)

Waves (Mr Probz)
Key: Ab
Chorus Chord Progression:
vi-V-iii-IV

Missing You (Diana Ross)
Key: G
Chorus Chord Progression:
vi-V-iii-ii

It's Only Love (Bryan Adams)
Key: E
Chorus Chord Progression:
vi-V-iii-ii

Keep Me Hangin' On (Vanilla Fudge)
Key: G
Chorus Chord Progression:
vi-V-iii-IV

Can't Hold Us (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)
Key: G
Chorus Chord Progression:
vi-V-iii-IV

Prelude/Angry Young Man (Billy Joel)
Key: G
Section Chord Progression:
IV-V-iii-IV (ii-I-IV)



Drag Me Down (One Direction) | Sounds Like | Pony (Ginuwine)

Drag Me Down by One Direction Pony by Ginuwine

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The chorus chord progression and vocal melody to One Direction's Drag Me Down (released August 7, 2015) is very reminiscent of Ginuwine's Pony (released August 20, 1996, and co-written/produced by Timbaland). [Thanks to Andrew Zucker for this one!]

Drag Me Down (:33) VS Pony (1:16)



Worse Things than Love (Timeflies) | Sounds Like | Africa (Toto)

Worse Things than Love by Timeflies Africa by Toto

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The chorus vocal melody to American duo Timeflies' song Worse Things than Love featuring Natalie La Rose (to be released: September 18, 2015) echoes the verse vocal melody from Toto's 80s chart-topper Africa (released May 10, 1982) from the Grammy-winning album Toto IV. Compare the lines, Worse Things than Love: "Take a chance with me tonight, I know you feel it so do I", and Africa: "I hear the drums echoing tonight, but she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation."

Worse Things than Love (:35) VS Africa (:24)



Locked Away (R. City) | Sounds Like | Do That to Me One More Time (The Captain & Tennille)

Locked Away by R. City Do That to Me One More Time by The Captain & Tennille

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The verse vocal melody to production duo Rock City's Locked Away feat. Adam Levine (released June 29, 2015) is very similar to the verse vocal melody to husband and wife duo Captain & Tennille's chart-topping soft pop hit Do That to Me One More Time (released 1980). Locked Away is a half-step higher (key of C#) than DTtMOMT (key of C).

Locked Away (:00) VS Do That to Me One More Time (:20)



Somebody (Natalie La Rose) | Sounds Like | I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston)

Somebody by Natalie La Rose I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston

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Natalie La Rose's Somebody (released January 6, 2015 and featuring Jeremih) appropriates not only part of the title to Whitney Houston's I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) (released April 30, 1987), but half of the chorus vocal hook. While Wikipedia and others indicate that La Rose's Somebody "interpolates" Houston's hit, I could not find any official attribution to IWDwS's composers George Merrill Shannon Rubicam, nor its producer Narada Michael Walden.

Somebody (:05) VS I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) (1:27)



UPDATE: According to this USA Today article, Rose and Flo Rida cleared the Houston sample:

After getting approval to use the sample, Jeremih went into the studio to sing the hook, and later shot the '80s-inspired video with La Rose.



Want to Want Me (Jason Derulo) | Sounds Like | I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston)

Want to Want Me by Jason Derulo I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston

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The chorus to Jason Derulo's Want to Want Me (released March 9, 2015) is reminiscent of the chorus to Whitney Houston's I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) (released April 30, 1987). While WWM's chorus is in the key of Eb major and IWDwS' chorus is in the key of F# major (before modulating), both songs utilize variations of a common I-vi-IV-V progression (WWM: I-vi-IV-vi-V, and IWDwS: I-I-vi-IV-V), and have the same rhythmic feel and close tempos (WWM: 114, IWDwS: 119).

Want to Want Me (1:05) VS I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) (1:27)

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