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City of Stars (La La Land Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) | Sounds Like | Moves like Jagger (Maroon 5)

City of Stars by La La Land Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Moves like Jagger by Maroon 5

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Elements of the song City of Stars (released August 31, 2016 and performed by Ryan Gosling in the film La La Land), are reminiscent of Maroon 5's Moves like Jagger (released June 21, 2011), Chris Isaak's Wicked Game (featured in the film Wild at Heart; released November 8, 1990), and Peter and Gordon's A World Without Love (penned by Sir Paul McCartney and released February 28, 1964). While City of Stars is in the key of A/F#min and Moves like Jagger is in D/Bmin, the first line of both verse melodies ("City of stars [...]" vs "[...] shoot for the stars [...]") are played over a B minor chord and feature the same sequence of diatonic notes with three short notes (B-C#-D, or 2-3-4) followed by a fourth sustained one (F#, or 6) on an identical word, and a whistled intro variation over B minor. Likewise, Chris Isaak's Wicked Game, which is in the same exact key as City of Stars, features these three short notes (B-C#-D) followed by a fourth sustained one (F# in the second verse, E in the first), over a B minor chord ("Strange word desire [...]"). Isaak's brooding baritone vocal also has a similar timbre/quality to Gosling's. Lastly, Peter & Gordon's A World Without Love (while in the key of E major), shares the same relative melody (2-3-4-6) as City of Stars, with three short notes followed by a fourth sustained one ("[...] care what they say").

City of Stars (:00) VS Moves like Jagger (1:12)

City of Stars
Key: A major/F# minor
Verse Chord Changes:
Bmin, E, F#min, F#min (ii, V7, vi, vi)
Bmin, E, Amaj7, Amaj7 (ii, V7, IM7, IM7)
Verse Vocal Melody:
B-C#-D-F# (2, 3, 4, 6)
G#-A-F#-G#-E-F#-C# (b7, 1, 6, b7, 5, 6, 3)


Moves like Jagger
Key: D major/B minor
Verse Chord Changes:
Bmin, Bmin, Bmin, Bmin (vi, vi, vi, vi)
Emin, Emin, Emin, Emin (ii, ii, ii, ii)
Verse Vocal Melody:
B-B-C#-D-F# (6, 6, b7, 1, 3)
F#-F#-F#-E-E (3, 3, 3, 2, 2)


Wicked Game
Key: A major/F# minor
Verse Chord Changes:
Bmin, A, E, E (ii, I, V, V)
Second Verse Vocal Melody:
B-C#-D-F# (2, 3, 4, 6)
E-D-C#-C#-B-A-G# (5, 4, 3, 3, 2, 1, b7)


City of Stars (:09) VS Wicked Game (Chris Isaak) (:26)


A World Without Love
Key: E major
Chorus Chord Progression:
F#min, B7, E (ii, V7, I)
Chorus Vocal Melody:
A-G# (4, 3)
F#-G#-A-C# (2, 3, 4, 6)
E-C#-D#-B-B-A-G#-F#-E (1, 6, b7, 5, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1)


City of Stars (:09) VS A World Without Love (Peter & Gordon) (:17)


Honorable mention:
City of Stars (:09) VS Stranger in Paradise (Kismet) (:59) (Stranger in Paradise's melody was openly taken from Alexander Borodin's "Gliding Dance of the Maidens"!)



You'll Be Back (Jonathan Groff & Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton) | Sounds Like | God Only Knows (The Beach Boys)

You'll Be Back by Jonathan Groff & Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton God Only Knows by The Beach Boys

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You'll Be Back from Lin-Manual Miranda's musical Hamilton (released October 16, 2015) is heavily influenced by several Sixties' pop songs including The Beach Boys' God Only Knows (released July 11, 1966), The Beatles' Penny Lane (released February 13, 1967), and the Turtles' Happy Together (released February 14, 1967). You'll Be Back borrows the staccato quarter note keyboard (harpsichord) part from God Only Knows, as well as the Wrecking Crew's muted bass line and bouncy drum groove (present in the Beach Boys' California Girls as well). You'll Be Back's glee club "da da da" vocals in the chorus are also similar to God Only Know's middle section vocals, and Happy Together's "ba ba ba" vocals, while YBB's guitar part (around 3:00) and pizzicato strings are similar to Penny Lane.

You'll Be Back (1:14) VS God Only Knows (1:11)

Honorable Mention:

You'll Be Back (:00) VS Three Times A Lady (The Commodores) (:10) [Chord Progression]

You'll Be Back (:00) VS Mama Can't Buy You Love (Elton John) (:00) [Chord Progression]

You'll Be Back (1:14) VS Plush (Stone Temple Pilots) (2:37) [Chorus Vocal Melody]

You'll Be Back (1:14) VS Never My Love (The Association) (1:11) [Chorus Vocal Melody]

You'll Be Back (:00) VS Through The Years (Kenny Rogers) (:00) [Verse Vocal Melody]

You'll Be Back (:00) VS True Colors (Cyndi Lauper) (:00) [Verse Vocal Melody]

You'll Be Back (:00) VS Goodbye Stranger (Supertramp) (:26) [Chord Progression]



Writing's on the Wall (Sam Smith) | Sounds Like | Stitches (Shawn Mendes)

Writing's on the Wall by Sam Smith Stitches by Shawn Mendes

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Part of the verse vocal melody to Sam Smith's 2016 Golden Globe-winning song Writing's on the Wall (released September 25, 2015), which served as the theme to the James Bond film Spectre, is similar to the verse vocal melody to Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes' top-ten hit Stitches (released May 5, 2015). Compare the melodies for the lines for WotW's "I've been here before," with Stitches' "[I thought that] I've been hurt before." Whereas WotW's ascending pre-chorus vocal melody has been compared with the ascending pre-chorus vocal melodies in both Michael Jackson's Earth Song (released November 27, 1995), and One Night Only from the 1981 Broadway musical Dreamgirls. Compare the relative melodies (all harmonic minor scales, beginning on the seventh degree) for the lines from WotW ("This is something I gotta face") with those from Earth Song ("The crying Earth/The weeping shores"), and One Night Only ("You really don't have the time"). Finally, WotW's dramatic orchestral arrangment (a la original Bond composer John Barry) has been compared to Austrian drag artist Conchita Wurst's Rise Like a Phoenix (released March 18, 2014).

Writing's on the Wall (:16) VS Stitches (:29) [VERSE]

Writing's on the Wall (1:00) VS Earth Song (2:30) [PRE-CHORUS]
Writing's on the Wall (1:00) VS One Night Only (:39) [PRE-CHORUS]



Something To Do (Depeche Mode) | Sounds Like | You've Got Time (Regina Spektor)

Something To Do by Depeche Mode You've Got Time by Regina Spektor

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Listen to "Something to Do" at 1:45 marker, and compare with main refrain of "You've Got Time"... you'll hear what I'm referring to. Bb, C, and Db are only notes in lead melody for both songs, different sequence though. Also, though trivial, "Something to Do" is about going crazy with boredom, feeling depression all around, and "You've Got Time" was written for a show about being in prison.



Ripple (Grateful Dead) | Sounds Like | Any Dream Will Do (Donny Osmond)

Ripple by Grateful Dead Any Dream Will Do by Donny Osmond (Joseph)

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Any Dream Will Do
Key: C# Major
Chord Progression:
I-V-I-IV-I-V-I-V
Released: July, 1992 - Toronto Production (1969 First Recording of Webber/Rice musical)

Ripple
Key: G Major
Chord Progression:
I-IV-IV-I
Released: November 1, 1970



Up (Olly Murs) | Sounds Like | Streets of Philadelphia (Bruce Springsteen)

Up by Olly Murs Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen

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The b-section vocal melody to Olly Murs' Up featuring Demi Lovato (released December 1, 2014) is very similar to the b-section vocal melody to Bruce Springsteen's Oscar- and multi-Grammy-winning song Streets of Philadelphia (released February 2, 1994) from the Philadelphia soundtrack. Compare Up's vocal "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" with Philadelphia's vocal "La, La, La, La, La". While in different keys, both melodies share the same quarter-note triplet rhythm (rest-trip-let, two-trip-let), over the same (relative) chord progression. A similar rhythm can be found in the intro to Steely Dan's Kid Charlemagne

Up (2:49) VS Philadelphia (1:30)

Up
Key: A major
Chord Progression (b-section):
D, A, E, E (or IV-I-V-V)
Vocal Melody (relative to root):
C#, C#, C#, C#, C# (3, 3, 3, 3, 3)
C#, C#, C#, C#, C# (3, 3, 3, 3, 3)
E, E, E, E, E (5,5,5,5,5)


Streets of Philadelphia
Key: F major
Chord Progression (b-section):
Bb, F, C, C (or IV-I-V-V)
Vocal Melody (relative to root):
F, F, F, F, F (1, 1, 1, 1, 1)
F, F, F, F, F (1, 1, 1, 1, 1)
G, G, G, G, G (2, 2, 2, 2, 2)
G, G, G, A, G (2, 2, 2, 3, 2)



"My Destiny" My Love From The Stars Theme Song 별에서 온 그대 (Lyn) | Sounds Like | Phantom of the Opera Theme (Andrew Lloyd Webber)

My Destiny My Love From The Stars Theme Song 별에서 온 그대 (Korean TV Drama) by Lyn (린) Phantom of the Opera Theme by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyn (린) - My Destiny (You Who Came From the Stars OST)

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I've watched the entire series of "My Love From The Star" 별에서 온 그대 The television show is very captivating, and brilliant. It was hugely popular in 2014 not only in Korea, but all throughout most of Asia. There are now plans for an American re-make of the show on ABC. Anyway, watching it, I could not help but notice a slight similarity in the theme song (which is played in every episode many times) to a few bars of the big huge theme of phantom of the opera. It's not exactly the same....but very similar. "You Are My Destiny..." (Korean show) and "in sleep he sang to me...."



Love Me like You Do (Ellie Goulding) | Sounds Like | The Power of Love (Celine Dion)

Love Me like You Do by Ellie Goulding The Power of Love by Celine Dion

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Ellie Goulding's single Love Me like You Do (released January 7, 2015, and featured on the Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack) is reminiscent of Celine Dion's The Power of Love (released November 1993). LMlYD shares the same key (Ab major), ethereal synth production, and first-half verse chord progression (emphasis on the I-vi change) as PoL. The first three notes of LMLYD's and PoL's verse melody (around :20) are also identical (LMlYD: "You're the light [, you're the night]"; PoL: "The whispers [in the morning]").

Love Me Like You Do (:00) VS The Power Of Love (:00)

Love Me Like You Do
Key: Ab
Chord Changes/Progression (Verse):
I-iii-vi-vi
IV-V-vi-vi
Melody (Verse):
3-5-5 | 3-5-5 | 3-5-5-4-4-3-2-1-3

The Power Of Love
Key: Ab
Chord Changes/Progression (Verse):
I-I-vi-vi
I-I-V-V
I-I-vi-vi
IV-I-V-V
Melody (Verse):
3-5-5 | 4-3-5-5

Honorable mention:

LMlYD (chorus around 1:01) VS Wham's Last Christmas (chorus)



The Heart Wants What It Wants (Selena Gomez) | Sounds Like | Jeannie (Hugo Montenegro and Buddy Kaye)

The Heart Wants What It Wants by Selena Gomez Jeannie (Theme to I Dream of Jeannie) by Hugo Montenegro and Buddy Kaye

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The verse vocal melody to Selena Gomez's The Heart Wants What it Wants (released November 6, 2014) is reminiscent of Jeannie (released 1967), the instrumental theme song to Screen Gems hit TV series "I Dream of Jeannie," which starred Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman. Compare the dotted eighth note rhythm of Selena's vocal lines: "[...] something I can't compare to/Nothing I've ev-er known I'm," with the jazzy dotted quarter note melody of Jeannie.

The Heart Wants What It Wants (:58) VS Jeannie (:04)



Hotel Ceiling (Rixton) | Sounds Like | Okay (Jade)

Hotel Ceiling by Rixton Okay (from Victorious) by Jade (Elizabeth Gillies)

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Similar melodies [Thanks to Erika for finding this one!].

Hotel Ceiling (:58) VS Okay (:04)

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