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Shut Up and Dance (Walk the Moon) | Sounds Like | Honestly (Cartel)

Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon Honestly by Cartel

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The pre-chorus to Walk the Moon's Shut Up and Dance (released September 10, 2014) shares a similar rhythm and structure as the verse to Cartel's Honestly (released 2006). Both songs are in the key of C# major.

Shut Up and Dance (:58) VS Honestly (:05)

Shut Up and Dance
Key: C# major
Chord Progression (pre-chorus):
C#/F, C#/F, F#, F#,
C#, C#, G#/C, G#/C,
G#, G#, F#


Honestly
Key: C# major
Chord Progression (verse - second half):
F#, F#, G#, G#
C#, C#, G#/C, G#/C
C#, G#/C, C



Shut Up and Dance (Walk the Moon) | Sounds Like | Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall (Coldplay)

Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall by Coldplay

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Coldplay - Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall

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Walk the Moon's Shut Up and Dance (released September 10, 2014) borrows elements from several 80s hits including:

U2's Where The Streets Have No Name (released August 4, 1987) i.e. the Edge's delay-effected guitar arpeggios and muted sixteenth notes over Larry Mullen Jr.'s four-on-the-floor kick drum;

Aerosmith's Angel (released 1988) i.e. bridge vocal melody and chord structure;

The Cars' Magic (May 7, 1984) i.e. drum sounds and guitar power chords;

Pat Benatar's Hit Me with Your Best Shot (released September 15, 1980) and Scandal's The Warrior (released August 1984) i.e. familiar I-IV-vi-V chorus chord progression also heard in Kesha's Die Young, Fine Young Cannibals' She Drives Me Crazy, and One Direction's What Makes You Beautiful;

As well as more contemporary fare like
The Killer's Mr. Brightside (released September 29, 2003) i.e. same I-IV-vi-V progression in the same key, and Coldplay's Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall (released June 3, 2011) i.e. verse melody.

Shut Up and Dance (:20) VS Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall (1:07)

Honorable mention:

Do You Want Me (All Time Low)
One Vision (Queen)
Highway to Hell (AC/DC)



Don't Stop (5 Seconds of Summer) | Sounds Like | Eve of Destruction (Barry McGuire)

Don't Stop by 5 Seconds of Summer Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire

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The verse melody to Australian Punk-Pop band 5 Seconds of Summer's hit Don't Stop (release date: June 16, 2014) is similar to the verse melody to folk-rock hero Barry McGuire's 1965 anti-war anthem Eve of Destruction (written by P.F. Sloan). The chord structure/arrangement of 5SOS's verse is also similar to Miley Cyrus' Wake Up America, and the pre-chorus/chorus resembles Neon Tree's Everybody Talks.

Don't Stop (:07) VS Eve of Destruction (:13)

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