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No (Meghan Trainor) | Sounds Like | No Scrubs (TLC)

No by Meghan Trainor No Scrubs by TLC

Meghan Trainor - NO

TLC - No Scrubs

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Meghan Trainor's hit "No" (released March 4, 2016) is reminiscent of several 90's tracks including TLC's "No Scrubs" (released January 23, 1999), and Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle" (released June 22, 1999).

No (:55) VS No Scrubs (:51)



Thriller (Michael Jackson) | Sounds Like | Give it to me baby (Rick James)

Thriller by Michael Jackson Give It to Me Baby by Rick James

Michael Jackson - Thriller (Short Version)

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The trumpet stance in give it to me baby also sounds similar to the cadence of thriller's chorus verse.



Save Room (John Legend) | Sounds Like | Stormy (Classics IV)

Save Room by John Legend Stormy by Classics IV

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Where to even start? Just listen to a minute of each, starting at the beginning of each through to the chorus. Sure, Kanye obviously brought in the Classics IV sample. But usually a sample is just as the name implies. This entire song was structured, played, and sung EXACTLY like "Stormy". No pitch-shifting, track isolation, or speeding up or down needed to hear the similarities! I'm glad that Buddy Buie & J. R. Cobb got writing credits (would have been nice to see Gábor Szabó get one for the sweet guitar work) but the true crime is that nobody looks at writing credits, and a whole generation thinks this is an original John Legend song! Did I just miss Legend coming out and saying - "Hey, I'm redoing this song with my own lyrics." I can't believe that Blurred Lines and Marvin Gaye got more press. Proving all is fair if you give a nod and some cash to the original creators.



Fun (Megan Nicole) | Sounds Like | If I Had No Loot (Tony Toni Tone)

Fun by Megan Nicole If I Had No Loot by Tony Toni Tone

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The chorus vocal melody to Texas-born singer-songwriter Megan Nicole's track Fun (released October 14, 2014) is similar rhythmically to the chorus vocal melody to 90's R&B artists Tony! Toni! Tone's If I Had No Loot (released June 1, 1993). While Fun and If I Had No Loot are in completely different keys and have different melodic contours, both chorus melodies feature similar "New Jack Swing" rhythms, which emphasize the first two quarter notes of the beat, and both songs have the same exact tempo (108 bpm). Fun is also reminiscent of Sugarland's All I Want to Do, the Rolling Stones' Tumbling Dice, and King Floyd's Groove Me (released 1971).
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Fun (:24) VS If I Had No Loot (1:03)

Fun
Key: D minor
Chord progession (chorus):
D min, B, D min, B, D min, B, G, B

If I Had No Loot
Key: A
Chord progression (chorus):
A6, A9, A6, A9, A6, A9, A6, A9



The Heart Wants What It Wants (Selena Gomez) | Sounds Like | Guns N' Roses (November Rain)

The Heart Wants What It Wants by Selena Gomez Guns N' Roses by November Rain

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The chorus vocal melody to Selena Gomez's The Heart Wants What it Wants (released November 6, 2014) is reminiscent of the pre-chorus vocal melody to Guns N' Roses symphonic power ballad November Rain (released February 18, 1992). Compare melodies for the lines, THWWIW: "The bed's getting cold and you're not here/The future that we hold is so unclear," with November Rain: "But lovers always come and lovers always go/And no one's really sure who's lettin' go today." Other similarities include: key (THWWIW in Bb major, and NV in B major--a half-step apart), and chord progression (THWWIW: IV-ii-vi-I; NV: IV-ii-I).

The Heart Wants What It Wants (1:21) VS November Rain (2:30)



Love You More (JLS) | Sounds Like | Better in Time (Leona Lewis)

Love You More by JLS Better in Time by Leona Lewis

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Love You More by English boy band JLS is very similar to Better in Time (released March 9 2008) by fellow Brit Leona Lewis. Both songs follow a common I-iii-vi-V-IV (or 1-minor 3-minor 6-5-4) progression only a half-step apart (Love You More: G major, and Better in Time: F# major).

Love You More (:00) VS Better in Time (:00)

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