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Blow Me (Pink) | Sounds Like | What You Know (Two Door Cinema Club)

Blow Me (One Last Kiss) by Pink What You Know by Two Door Cinema Club

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The guitar riff in Blow Me (One Last starts immediately, while the riff in What You Know starts a few seconds in.



Little Wanderer (Death Cab for Cutie) | Sounds Like | Strangelove (Depeche Mode)

Little Wanderer by Death Cab for Cutie Strangelove by Depeche Mode

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The melody to Death Cab for Cutie's Little Wanderer (released March 16, 2015) is reminiscent of Depeche Mode's Strangelove (released April 13, 1987).

Little Wanderer (:00) VS Strangelove (:00)



Geronimo (Sheppard) | Sounds Like | Raging Fire (Phillip Phillips)

Geronimo by Sheppard Raging Fire by Phillip Phillips

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Sheppard's hit Geronimo (released February 28, 2014) is reminiscent of several tunes including Phillip Phillips' Raging Fire (released March 3, 2014), Adam Ant's Strip (released November 1983), Simple Minds' Alive and Kicking (released September 20, 1985), and The Cars' Shake It Up (released November 9, 1981). Similarities between the verses to Geronimo, Raging Fire, Alive and Kicking and Strip are: same key (G major), vocal/guitar melodies that mainly utilize the first four notes of the G pentatonic major scale, similar tempos (Geronomo and Raging Fire), and similar rhythms (latin/rumba feel of the bass/drum part).

Geronimo (:12) VS Raging Fire (:28)

Geronimo (1:34) VS Strip (:00)

Geronimo (1:34) VS Alive and Kicking (2:21)

Geronimo (1:34) VS Shake It Up (2:00)



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)



All I Want (Kodaline) | Sounds Like | Sailing (Rod Stewart)

All I Want by Kodaline Sailing by Rod Stewart

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The chorus vocal melody to Dublin-based quartet Kodaline's All I Want (released September 7, 2012) is reminiscent of the chorus vocal melody to Rod Stewart's Sailing (written by Gavin Sutherland, and released June 1972). The keys are only a half-step apart (All I Want: C, Sailing: B), and while the chord progressions differ slightly (AIW: vi-IV-I-V, Sailing: I-vi-IV-I), the relative diatonic melodies played over the minor 6 and root chords of each song are very similar (compare AIW: "But if you loved me" and Sailing: "Can you hear me?", and AIW: "Take my body" with "Far away"). Also, the melodies are rhythmically very similar, placing an emphasis on the first two quarter notes of each measure, and each chord change throughout the chorus, except for the last in Sailing, has a whole note value.

All I Want (1:21) VS Sailing (1:45)



Gigantic - iPhone 5s Ad (The Pixies) | Sounds Like | Joanna (Kool And The Gang)

Gigantic - iPhone 5s Ad by The Pixies Joanna by Kool And The Gang

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The chorus vocal melody for the Pixies' song Gigantic (released August 22, 1988, and featured in a recent iPhone 5S ad) is reminiscent of the chorus vocal melody to Kool and the Gang's 1983 R&B hit Joanna. Both melodies follow the same 5-2-1 progression (Gigantic in the key of G: D-A-G, and Joanna in the key of Bb: F-C-Bb), and share a similar rhythm i.e. each three-note melody starts on the second eighth note of the fourth beat (the "and" of four), followed by a longer note on the downbeat of the next measure (the "one"), and the final note on the upbeat in the same measure. Gigantic (:37) VS Joanna (1:18)

Other songs with melodies based around the fifth, second, and root degrees of the scale: the intro to Evergreen (Barbra Streisand), and the chorus to Lost In Love (Air Supply).



74 75 (The Connells) | Sounds Like | Let Her Go (Passenger)

74 75 by the connells Let Her Go by Passenger

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[74 75 (:00) VS Let Her Go (:00)]



My God is the Sun (Queens of the Stone Age) | Sounds Like | Gimme Water (Masters of Reality)

My God is the Sun by Queens of the Stone Age Gimme Water by Masters of Reality

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Chris Goss’s Masters Of Reality laid its roots way back in 1981, and has been producing records of consistent quality, mining stoner-rock veins and dredging voluminous rock reservoirs, ever since. Goss has long been associated with the same Palm Desert rock scene that QOTSA have been aligned with, and even served as producer on a clutch of Homme-and-company’s recordings – ‘Rated R’ amongst them. [GW (:23) vs MGitS (:01) - edit Furtherlane]



Here Comes The Night Time (Arcade Fire) | Sounds Like | Every Kinda People (Robert Palmer)

Here Comes The Night Time by Arcade Fire Every Kinda People by Robert Palmer

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Canadian indie-rock darlings Arcade Fire's latest single Here Comes The Night Time (released September 2013) seems to be channeling late English soul/pop singer Robert Palmer's 1978 hit Every Kinda People (which itself was patterned after Marvin Gaye's Mercy Mercy Me). Similarities between EKP and HCTN include tempo (EKP: 93bpm, HCTN 95bpm), production (steel drums, congas, guitar, bass, drum parts), and the rhythm of the melody for the steel drum part from EKP's chorus is very close to the rhythm of the vocal melody for HCTN's verse ("When you look at the sky, just try looking inside"). Every Kinda People (:43) and Here Comes The Night Time (6:08).

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