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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")



The Hills (The Weeknd) | Sounds Like | Young Folks (Peter Bjorn and John)

The Hills by The Weeknd Young Folks by Peter Bjorn and John

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The Hills (The Weeknd) (:43) VS Young Folks (Peter Bjorn And John) (1:31)

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