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Levels (Nick Jonas) | Sounds Like | You Oughta Know (Alanis Morissette)

Levels by Nick Jonas You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette



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The chorus to Nick Jonas' Levels (released August 21, 2015) is reminiscent of the chorus to Alanis Morrisette's Grammy-winning hit You Oughta Know (released July 7, 1995). Similarities includes: keys only a half-step apart (Levels: F minor, YOK: F# minor), mixed-mode composition (combining minor and major modes), chord progression (II-I-IV-V, though Levels inserts a bVII-V between the I and IV), and vocal melody (1-4-3; compare the lines from Levels: "And I know" with YOK: "And I'm here").

Levels (:42) VS You Oughta Know (:54)

Key: F minor/Eb major
Chord Changes (relative to major root):
F, Eb, Db, Bb, Ab, Bb (II-I-bVII-V-IV-V)
Chorus Vocal Melody:
1-4-3-3-4-5-4-b3-2-1 ("And I know we can get higher")
b7-b3-1-1-b7-1 ("There's levels to your love")
b7-b3-1-1-b7-1 ("There's levels to your love")

You Oughta Know
Key: F# minor/E major
Chord Changes (relative to major root):
F#, E, A, B (or II-I-IV-V)
Chorus Vocal Melody:
1-4-3-1-1-4-3 ("And I'm here to remind you")
1-1-4-b3-2-1-1-2-b3-b3 ("Of the mess you left when you went away")

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